Wes Anderson fans are most excited by precisely five things, in this order: 1.) new Wes Anderson movies, 2.) new Wes Anderson movie trailers, 3.) critiques of new Wes Anderson movie trailers, 4.) Wes Anderson parody videos, and 5.) Wes Anderson-related Lists of the Day at Paste. We are pleased today to offer our esteemed readers a twofer, with this collection of the best parody videos derived from the world of Wesley Wales Anderson. (Sadly, the Wes Anderson LEGO parody hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully someone will be inspired by these Royal Tenenbaums creations and start working on that soon.)
7. Community Season Two Opener
NBC’s Community opened up its Season Two premiere with this short, sweet tribute to Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. This play on the film (starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers taking an unforgettable train ride) shows us that what we’ve always suspected is, indeed, true: if Wes Anderson were directing your daily life, getting out of the bed would look so much cooler.
6. American Express Commercial
In this brilliantly meta ad for (gasp!) an American Express credit card, Anderson parodies Anderson. He directs, stars in, and narrates this commercial, taking us inside an awfully familiar setting where geishas, Jason Schwartzman, and uncomfortably honest children collide.
It needs to be said that the fellow playing Owen Wilson (playing Harry Osborn) completely nails it. And since our film editor was none-too-pleased with the recent production of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one wonders if perhaps he’d like a little less Marc Webb and a little more Anderson in the next attempt (though, in all honesty, this would probably be a terrible idea).
4. Super Bowl
(Eli Cash voice): Everyone knows that great filmmakers like Anderson, Tarantino and Godard have never been directly involved with the Super Bowl. What this parody presupposes is … maybe they should be?
3. “The Grand Sausage Pizza”
For all of the Wes Anderson fans who also have a bit of a Don Jon problem, this one’s for you. The folks at Nacho Punch put together a hilarious, NSFW short “film” about a young man who has inherited a significant trait from his family, and—Moonrise Kingdom-style—receives some lovely handwritten notes from a young lady with whom he hopes to have an epic adventure. Yup. It’s just like Moonrise Kingdom, if the Moonrise Kingdom kids fused with Richie and Margot Tenenbaum, and made a porno.
2. How a Wes Anderson Enthusiast Eats a Reese’s
There is something so, incredibly wrong about a parody of a scene that depicts an attempted suicide. And yet … watching this man channel Richie Tenenbaum as he prepares to devour the chocolate and peanut buttery deliciousness of a Reese’s cup is hilarious. He’s going to eat a Reese’s tomorrow. Or today. Whichever. And it also should be said that part of what makes Anderson’s visual masterpieces so rife for parody is the fact that there’s a twinge of humor and irony in everything—including the original scene from The Royal Tenenbaums.
1. “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders”
When he first became a parodied character on Saturday Night Live, Jason Schwartzman proudly declared, “It was a definer.” He went on to say, “I would much prefer someone pretend to be me than me be in a pretend thing,” which may have been a dig at parodies in general, but he probably enjoyed this one. The recent season of Saturday Night Live serves as reminder that the sketch comedy show doesn’t always get it right, but when they re-imagined horror and suspense movies like The Strangers and Signs with an Andersonian twist, it was hard not to fall in love with the series all over again. Throw in the Edith Piaf joke to end all Edith Piaf jokes (granted, there are probably only a few), and you have an excellently executed Wes Anderson spoof.
Shannon M. Houston is Assistant TV Editor at Paste, and a New York-based freelance writer with probably more babies than you. You can follow her on Twitter.