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Released November 6, 2003
Starring
Genre
  • Comedy
  • Adventure
Running time
14:32
Language English
Part of the Biff and Mario series
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Taco Trouble is a 2003 comedy adventure brickfilm by Dave Lennie and Andy Boyer. It is the fourth main installment in the Biff and Mario series (and listed as the eleventh film featuring them[1]) and was produced eight years after the preceding film, Heart of Darkness. It follows Mario Stradivarius as he attempts to rescue Biff Feedback and Savannah Shell from the somewhat-evil Doktor X.

PlotEdit

Mario Stradivarius is distraught when his friends Biff Feedback and Savannah Shell disappear. He asks a police officer about them, who is of no help. He purchases a taco from a Mexican food stall, paying little heed to a warning the attendant gives him in Spanish. Upon eating the taco, he immediately rushes to a public toilet and passes an extended bowel movement, the force of which demolishes the stalls. Back outside, a stranger interrupts him and tells him that Biff and Savannah are rumoured to be in El Morrow, and in trouble. After buying another taco, Mario goes to his car to drive there. Upon arrival, a crowd approaches Mario and dismantles and steals his car. Left sitting on the road, he is approached by Queen Jane Approximately, who offers him food and drink. When Mario explains his search to Jane, she decides to accompany him.

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Biff and Savannah are strapped in the pleasure/pain device

Meanwhile, Biff and Savannah are living in a box in El Morrow. Biff recognises the fabulous babe whom he had quested after in Oh Well, but she reveals she is now a destitute prostitute. Biff agrees with this assessment and leaves due to her smell. Later, Mario and Jane meet the fabulous babe. They ask her is she has seen Biff and Savannah and she tells them that a man kidnapped them, just as the kidnapper drives by. The kidnapper, the evil Doktor X, says to Biff and Savannah that he will perform terrible experiments on them. Mario and Queen Jane give chase in car, but fall behind when one of Mario's farts catches fire. They see Doktor X's castle ahead of them. Inside, Doktor X has his assistant Steve strap Biff and Savannah into the pleasure/pain device and demonstrates it on them.

Mario and Jane sneak into the castle and make their way past the guards down to the dungeon. They arrive just as Doktor X is about to demonstrate the device to its extremes. They free Biff and Savannah and Doktor X calls for Steve to summon the guards. The four engage in a lengthy battle with the guards, brutally slaughtering them all. Afterwards, Biff is grateful for Mario coming to his rescue. Doktor X and Steve escape in an aircraft and the four head back to town. Mario ponders what they have learned from this ordeal, but Biff is sick of Mario posing this question after each of their adventures. A brawl breaks out between the two, which Queen Jane and Savannah can do little to stop.

CastEdit

  • Dave Lennie as Mario Stradivarius, Biff Feedback, Doktor X, additional
  • Kari Smith-Boyer as Queen Jane Approximately
  • Heather Lennie as Savannah Shell
  • Lisa Mehta as Fabulous Babe
  • Jeff Laird
  • Kevin Reynen

CrewEdit

  • Andy Boyer - Writer, Producer
  • Dave Lennie - Producer, Editor

ProductionEdit

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The making of the driving shot

The script for the film stemmed from an idea to produce a violent fight scene set to "Take Five" by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. However, the overall story originated from one written by Andy Boyer eight years prior.[2]

Like its predecessors, Taco Trouble makes extensive use of practical special effects. Some particular highlights are the driving shot, which was achieved by placing the camera along with Mario in his car in an actual moving car, and the bleeding effects during the fight scene, which involved drilling holes in minifigures and inserting tubes into them for the blood to flow out of.[3]

Deleted

The deleted scene

The film had a deleted scene in which Mario and Queen Jane attempt to get information on Biff and Savannah in "Steve's Pub", but Mario insults the bartender and a fight breaks out. This scene would have gone in place of the "Later..." title between the two scenes featuring the fabulous babe, but was omitted from the final film due to low quality animation.[1]

Taco Trouble 2: The TrialEdit

In November 2003, Andy Boyer posted his script for a sequel to Taco Trouble, entitled Taco Trouble 2: The Trial, to the Brickfilms.com forums.[4] This film would have been a comedic courtroom drama in which Biff and Mario are put on trial for the killings they committed during the original film. Boyer doubted the script would ever be produced due to it consisting almost entirely of dialogue, with no action.

Taco Trouble 2: The Trial script
The Trial


[In a courtroom. Biff and Mario sit at defendant’s table. Judge enters.]

Bailiff: All rise for the Honorable Steve Fryem.

Mario: Steve?

Biff: We’re screwed!

Judge: Biff Feedback and Mario Strativarius, you are charged with the murder of five men. How do you plead?

Biff: Five? We slaughtered more than that!

Mario: Shut up, Biff. We plead Not Guilty.

Judge: Let the trial begin. Mr. Jingles, you may begin your prosecution.

Jingles (a monkey, with a deep, dignified voice): Thank you, your Honor. Members of the jury, I will prove to you that these two filthy perverts gleefully butchered five innocent men on the night of April 15.

Mario: Objection! It was April 16.

Biff: In your face, monkey-dude!

Jingles: Quite so. The butchering took place on the 16th. The evidence will show . . . [cut to Biff holding out a banana towards Jingles.] Your Honor, please instruct the defendant not to tempt me with bananas.

Judge: Stop it, Mr. Feedback.

Biff: (quietly): D…..

Judge: What was that?

Biff: I said “Touche’.”

Jingles: The evidence will show that the godless perverts sitting here smiled while they slaughtered five Christian men. Thank you.

Judge: Mr. Strativarius, you may give your opening remarks.

Mario: Thank you, Judge Fryem. Guten Tag, meine Damen und Herren. Biff and I may be filthy perverts, and we do not believe in your silly God, and we did enjoy watching crimson rivers of blood spurt from the holes we made in those men, but is that really a good reason to fine us $100? I think not.

Judge: The penalty you are facing is death by torture, Mr. Strativarius.

Mario: Ladies and gentleman of the jury, as God is my witness, I have never seen that man before (points to Biff) and on the night of April 16th I was teaching crippled children how to yodel.

Biff: You lying f-ckwad!

Judge: Sit down, Mr. Strativarius. Mr. Jingles, call your first witness.

Jingles: I call Gregory Henchman to the stand. [The back door opens and a guard comes in. He is still impaled on a spear. Blood drips occasionally from the end of it. He walks in, having trouble manuvering with the spear in him, and sits at the witness stand. The spear juts out in front of him.]

Jingles: Mr. Henchman, you are impaled on a spear, are you not?

H: (Thick British accent) Yes, sir, I am.

Jingles: Does it hurt?

H: Bloody right it hurts! And everytime I sneeze blood shoots out of me bum!

Jingles: Who did this to you?

H: That bloke with the helmet. [Points to Biff.]

Jingles: Your witness! {Sits downs. Biff gets up.]

B: Mr. Henchman . . . are you gay?

Jingles: Objection!

B: Withdrawn! [Biff walks around a bit.] Mr. Henchman . . . [Biff puts his hand on the end of the spear. H cries out in pain.] Oh, sorry dude. No more questions. [H leaves witness stand wimpering, blood flowing freely from his wound.]

Judge: Call your next witness, Mr. Jingles.

Jingles: I call Doktor X to the stand! [Audience gasps. Doktor X walks in and sits at witness stand.]

Jingles: Doktor X, what is your occupation?

Doktor X: I am a mad scientist!

Jingles: On the night of April 16, did you kidnap two people for the purpose of performing experiments upon them?

Doktor X: Yes! They were to be tortured in my Pleasure/Pain device until driven mad!

Jingles: And after they were driven mad, what would you have done with them?

Doktor X: I would have let them go free!

Jingles: [Turns toward the jury] (Gently) Let them go free. (To Doktor X) But what happened before you could let them go free?

Doktor X: That pilgarlic lunatic [points at Mario] came in and slaughtered my janitorial crew!

Jingles: [shakes head] Your witness, Mr. Strativarius.

Mario: Doktor X . . . are you gay?

Jingles: Objection!

Judge: (Pauses) No, I’ll allow it.

Mario: Again . . . are you gay, Doktor X?

Doktor X: A little. [Audience gasps.] I was young! We were drunk! [Audience gasps.] I was the pitcher! I swear!

Mario: No further questions.

Judge: Any more witnesses, Mr. Jingles?

Jingles: The prosecution rests, your Honor.

Biff: The prosecution smells, your Honor!

Judge: Shut up, Mr. Feedback. You may now call your witnesses.

Mario: I call Biff Feedback to the stand. [Biff goes to the witness stand.]

Mario: Mr. Feedback . . . when you shot the wounded guard in the head, reducing his skull to mere slivers of plastic, you were smiling.

Biff: (Stilted, as if rehearsed.) Yes, dude, I was.

Mario: Were you smiling because you enjoyed the violence you were perpetrating?

Biff: No. I was smiling because I was high on crack at the time.

Mario: Thank you, no further questions.

Judge: Your witness, Mr. Jingles.

[Mr. Jingles gets on table, craps on it, then flings the crud at Biff.]

Mario: Objection! The prosecution is badgering the witness!

Judge: (Pauses) No, I’ll allow this. Continue, Mr. Jingles. [Mr. Jingles flings cruds for a while more.]

Jingles: No further questions. [Biff gets down]

Judge: Any more witnesses?

Mario: I call Jesus Christ to the stand! [Audience gasps. Jesus walks in waving to the crowd. As he walks past Biff to the witness stand, Biff says “Hey, dude.”]

Mario: Mr. Christ, which is the higher law: man’s law or God’s law?

Jesus: God’s law is above all others.

Mario: Yes. And according to God’s law, if I were to commit a sin, say the slaughter of five. . or more. . . men, should I be forgiven for such an act?

Jesus: If you accept me into . . .

Mario: [cutting him off] A yes or no answer only, Mr. Christ.

Jesus: Yes. (Pauses) But only if . . .

Mario: [cutting him off] Thank you, that will do. Your witness, Chimpy.

Jingles: I am not a chimpanzee. I have a tail. (To Jesus) Mr. Christ . . . are you gay?

Mario: Objection!

Jingles: Withdrawn! No further questions!

Judge: Closing remarks, Mr Jingles?

Jingles: [Pacing in front of the jury] Members of the jury, I am a simple monkey. I live in a tree and eat bananas all day. I don’t know much, but this I do know: these two evil people killed five honest men in cold blood and must be found guilty! Thank you.

Judge: Mr. Feedback, you may give your closing statement.

Biff: Dudes and dudettes, one thing is obvious: [points at Mario] that dude is guilty! He made me do it! I wasn’t even there!

Judge: Sit down, Mr. Feedback.

PART II: The Verdict

[Biff and Mario are sitting in their home.]

M: How does it feel to be found not guilty?

B: It’s great, dude! I can’t believe it. How did it happen?

M: Well, Mr. Jingles was actually Doktor X’s pet monkey and not actually a prosecuting attorney. He dropped out of law school after only two years.

B: What happened when the judge found out?

M: Doktor X was arrested. But then he escaped. He vowed to hunt you and I down and kill us.

B: Whatever! Let’s go get some bagels!

M: And tacos.

Behind the scenes gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Website page for Taco Trouble
  2. Interview with Lennie and Boyer from Animation Magazin, mirrored on Cool Brick Movies
  3. Behind the scenes images from Taco Trouble
  4. Thread with the full script of Taco Trouble 2: The Trial
Biff and Mario series
Oh Well (1989) · TE (1990) · Heart of Darkness (1995) · Taco Trouble (2003) · Bork (2004) · Breaking News (2004)