|“||Pu-ma-man, he flies like a mor-on!||”|
|903 - The Pumaman|
|Air Date||April 4, 1998|
|Movie Director||Alberto De Martino|
|Cast||Walter George Alton, Donald Pleasence, Miguel Angel Fuentes, Sydne Rome|
|Preceded by||902 - The Phantom Planet|
|Followed by||904 - Werewolf|
Low-budget superhero flick about a young man given a mystical belt by a South American shaman in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him.
The star of the film, Walter G. Alton, Jr, is a New York City medical malpractice attorney who moonlighted briefly as an actor. As of February 2010, the website of his practice is Altonlawfirm.com.
- Servo struggles with Short Man's Disease.
- Host Segment 1
- Servo overcomes his disability; Pearl throws a ball in the castle. Brain Guy has Ortega and a few other friends over.
- Host Sement 2
- Mike wants the dry look hairstyle like the guy in the movie, but angers Shelli the Nanite who makes his look perhaps a little too dry.
- Host Segment 3
- Mike is chosen by the "gods" to be Coatimundi Man complete with powers, theme music, and a haphazard costume (a Rhoda vest, a Dr. Who scarf, and a giant foam cowboy hat).
- Host Segment 4
- Crow and Servo use their "genuine Aztec mask" to control Roger Whittaker.
- Crow quits, but is quickly rehired. Pearl feels dejected that no one came to her ball, so Roger Whittaker is sent to cheer her up.
- Stinger - Tony gets thrown out the window, and blue-screen falls to the ground.
Quotes & References
- "No one knows who they were or what they were doing... "
A line from the movie This Is Spinal Tap where guitarist Nigel, introduces the Stonehenge song in concert.
- "Jane?" "Are you getting serious?"
refers to Jon Astley's 1987 hit, Jane's Getting Serious.
- "Dick's Red Owl, selection and service . . . "
Dick's Red Owl used to be a grocery store in Bisbee, North Dakota.
- "Dorf on Rituals."
Dorf is a character played by Tim Conway in a series of comedy videos.
- "The Botany 500 Man."
Botany 500 is an American clothing line.
- "I can't get the piña colada song out of my head."
A reference to Escape (a.k.a. 'The Piña Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes. The song is significant from an MST3K perspective as it was deconstructed by Joel Robinson for Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot in a host segment for Monster A-Go Go.
- "Barry Diller, here?"
Barry Diller is an influential television and film executive.
- "Alright, Craig T. Nelson. Make me laugh."
- "Then they snagged on me, and called me Prince Valiant..."
Prince Valiant was a comic strip that began running in 1937. The remark comes from the title character and Vadinho having similar hairstyles.
- "He's as cat-like as Boog Powell."
John Wesley "Boog" Powell is a former MLB player for the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and L.A. Dodgers. Powell was a large, imposing player with no real fielding skills.
- "Billions and billions of pumamen."
- "Believe it or not, this movie's still on. It should have ended two hours ago."
Crow sings this to the tune of "Believe or Not", the theme song of The Greatest American Hero, a TV series that aired on NBC from 1981 to 1983 about a schoolteacher who gains superpowers from a red superhero suit. Possibly unintended, but an apt comparison all the same is the hero of the show losing the manual for his super-suit, resulting in him being very awkward in the use of its powers rather like Pumaman himself.
|preceded by: Season 8||MST3K Season 9||followed by: Season 10|
|901||The Projected Man||1998-03-14||906||The Space Children||1998-06-13||911||Devil Fish||1998-08-15|
|902||The Phantom Planet||1998-03-21||907||Hobgoblins||1998-06-27||912||The Screaming Skull||1998-08-29|
|903||The Pumaman||1998-04-04||908||The Touch of Satan||1998-07-11||913||Quest of the Delta Knights||1998-09-26|
|905||The Deadly Bees||1998-05-09||910||The Final Sacrifice||1998-07-25|