Writer, director, and all-around comedy genius Christopher Guest was on a “Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder between 1968-1974”-level hot streak when he went from Waiting for Guffman, to Best in Show, to A Mighty Wind. 2006’s For Your Consideration was a minor disappointment, however, and Guest has remained fairly quiet since — he co-created Family Tree for the BBC, directed a segment for the 84th Academy Awards, and appeared in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and SpongeBob SquarePants (!), but when you’re the guy who wrote This Is Spinal Tap, people come to expect brilliance.
Thankfully, Mascots looks brilliant.
Guest’s first movie for Netflix “takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy,” according to the plot description. It stars his usual troupe of weirdos, including Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, and Fred Willard (the MVP of everything he’s in), as well as some funny newcomers to the Guest-verse like Zach Woods and Sarah Baker.
Guest told Entertainment Weekly that he was inspired to make Mascots after co-writer Jim Piddock “thought this world of mascots would be interesting to do a real documentary about. I said, ‘Well, I don’t know about that, but I certainly know I can do this the way I do it.’ I had an interest in this myself going back quite a way. When my kids were small, we would go to places that had mascots. I found it odd, I guess.” There’s nothing odd about this.
Mascots comes out on Oct. 13.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)