567. Jac Mac & Rad Boy Go! – Wesley Archer


SUMMARY: Two party-bound teens cause major destruction to a city, ultimately ending up in Hell.

WHY IT’S HERE: Wesley Archer’s ‘Jac Mac & Rad Boy Go!’ is a cult short made as a college project which became an extremely influential film. Archer’s subsequent career trajectory, working on ‘The Simpsons’, ‘King of the Hill’ and ‘Futurama’, is hardly surprising given the obvious influence that ‘Jac Mac & Rad Boy Go!’ had on the TV adult animation boom of the 90s. Watching this anarchic short, one is instantly put in mind of Mike Judge’s 90s masterpiece ‘Beavis and Butthead’, and Judge was indeed strongly influenced by ‘Jac Mac & Rad Boy Go!’s pedal-to-the-metal pace and extreme stupidity of its characters. The horrific ending, in which they are punished eternally for their crimes, also reflects the unforgiving satire that would surface in so many of the shows it influenced. ‘Jac Mac & Rad Boy Go!’ can also be glimpsed briefly in ‘Back to the Future II’ on the wall of TVs in the McFly’s house.


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