Josh Cooley’s individual prints of classic adult film scenes, illustrated in the style of those old Golden Books we read as kids, have been floating around on the internet for a few years. Cooley himself published a limited run collection back in 2010. He’s written and illustrated more since then, but this time the book is widely available, and well-worth picking up by movie fans or anyone who appreciates good parody.
Movies R Fun is short (like the Golden Books series), and consists of a single repetitive joke. Fortunately, it’s a great joke. The illustrations are terrific; Cooley manages to recreate classic scenes while still making them look like something from a toddler’s picture book. But what makes it truly funny is the text which accompanies each drawing…lines from these movies are quoted mostly-verbatim, but rendered hilarious by intentionally bland dialogue tags (i.e. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” suggested Chief Brody). Hell, even the knowing Cooley’s day job is that of a Pixar artist adds to its amusement.
Sorry, kids, the internet doesn’t do this one justice (nor would any e-book version). Movies R Fun may be a little on the pricey side for a scant 48 pages, but like other great children’s book parodies, such as Go the Fuck to Sleep, it's a combination of the content and it's physicality that makes the joke work.
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