There’s no wrong answer for the best Mel Brooks movie. (Well, as long as we’re limiting the selections to his filmography between 1968-1987 and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.) Whereas everyone knows that, for instance, The Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars film, and that House Party 3 is superior to House Party and House Party 2, if someone were to explain why they think Silent Movie is better than Young Frankenstein, I’d hear out their argument. They’d be wrong, of course, but they wouldn’t be laughed out of the room, either.
He was/is that good, to say nothing of his work on Get Smart (creator), The 2000 Year Old Man (co-writer with Carl Reiner), and The Muppet Movie and The Simpsons (actor), and his involvement with the wonderful The Producers Broadway musical (let’s not mention the film adaptation with Will Ferrell, though).
This week, Shout Factory! released The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy, a multi-DVD career retrospective, and to celebrate the occasion, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the funniest GIFs from throughout Brooks’s film career. To quote Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, “For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.”