I'm No Dummy
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Examines the fun and entertaining world of ventriloquist comics.
Get a rare glimpse into the humorous delight and creative invention involved.
Ventriloquists Trio DVD Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson and Lynn Trefzger.
Runtime: approx 86 mins.
Whimsical and insightful, this film examines the fun and entertaining world of ventriloquist comics including two-time Comedian of the Year Jeff Dunham. Full of hilarious stand-up routines, I m No Dummy shows audiences that ventriloquism is not just a novelty act but a world-renowned art form enjoyed by people of all walks of life.
|Actors:||Jeff Dunham, Jay Johnson, Lynn Trefzger, Jimmy Nelson, Paul Winchell|
|Format:||Color, NTSC, Widescreen|
|Number of Discs:||1|
|Run Time:||90 minutes|
|DVD Release Date:||April 06, 2010|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 74 reviews|
|Average Customer Review: ( 74 customer reviews )
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45 of 46 found the following review helpful:
An eye opener of a lost art Jan 30, 2010
By Annette E.
I was lucky to have seen this film at the 2009 Seattle film Festival.It was truly a wonderful adventure into the art of ventriloquism. An eye opener and new respect for the technical, mental ,creative and much comical talent of the professional ventriloquist.The film was as entertaining as it was very fascinating into the history and understanding of the true art of ventqriloquism.You are educated at the same time you are throughly enjoying many belly laughing moments.Well worth your time and even better the 2nd time around. Annette E.
36 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Great little film! Feb 06, 2010
By John Garvin
Let's be clear--this is not a stand-up routine. It's more than one-liners and "bits". So much more than that.
There's pathos here. Humor. Insight. History. Most of all there's ventriloquism. If you ever wanted to see what it's like to be a ventriloquist from a ventriloquist's perspective then you'll love this film. Peppered throughout with stand-up bits, I'm No Dummy looks at the life-and-times, the ethos, and the talent behind this often misunderstood art form.
Documentaries on the whole can oftentimes be dry and boring. Not this film! It's fun and laced with humor. If nothing else you'll come away enlightened and enriched and with a much greater appreciation for venting.
P.S. Those reviewers who were supposedly "mislead" obviously didn't read the DVD box. It may not have said "Documentary" in over-sized neon on the box cover but the makers certainly weren't trying to disguise this film as anything but what it is--a wonderful, thoughtful, often funny look at the world of ventriloquism.
A big thumbs up! Highly recommended.
26 of 27 found the following review helpful:
A very funny and interesting look a misunderstood art form Jan 16, 2010
By Bob Campbell
It is always easy to take a dark and kooky look at the art of ventriloquism. Those stereotypes of crazy ventriloquists have been fodder for "Twilight Zone" episodes and scary stories for years. This is the first documentary that looks not at the quirky surface of the presentation of the art, but the art itself. Bryan Simon (director/writer/producer) dug deep to try and find out what draws artists to this particular art rather than music or some other more traditional expression. Since ventriloquism is closely associated with comedy the doc. is filled with genuine laughs, not laughing "at" but laughing with. It could be the first time this particular subject matter has been treated with such respect and insight.
Simon has found a way to help us learn as we laugh with examples and interviews of modern day practitioners of the art as well as vintage performers. He has done what most investigators could not; he has made the sometimes creepy extremely credible. Watch it for the insight, watch it for the history or watch it for the performances or watch it for the laughs, but you will probably watch it over and over again.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
I Highly Recommend It Feb 07, 2010
I saw this film at the Seattle Film Festival and I was very pleased with the film. It was insightful, informative, entertaining and very funny. I, like most people had a preconceived feeling about ventriloquism. I thought it was an art that had lived its time and had a very small place in today's entertainment industry. I knew of Jay Johnson from Soap and I had heard of Jeff Dunham, but until this documentary I didn't know the extent of talent, preparation and popularity there was to venting.
This is a great film and I highly recommend it.
15 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Miranda J. Feb 01, 2010
By Miranda J.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie beginning to end. It was educating, interesting, and entertaining all at the same time. The documentary helped me to appreciate the art of ventriloquism and the talent of those who perform this lost art. Bryan Simon did a fantastic job incorporating interviews, clips, and commentary into a great film. I would recommend this movie to my friends.
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