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March 11, 2014
Consistently weird and delightfully wonderful, this Cory McAbbe's masterpiece is noticeably warmer and life reassuring than his first hit The American Astronaut, yet still perhaps not for everyone. Featured songs like Little Shoes, Scottsy, The Captain fully deserve to be singles on their own.
½ February 10, 2014
Cute little six-episode series (ten minutes per, so an hour total) following Stingray Sam as he saves a girl who was kidnapped.

Two parts Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one part They Might Be Giants, and one part Cowboy Bebop.

A technical upgrade over director Cory McAbee's first film, but still maintains the campy charm he throws in.
½ January 20, 2014
How can I resist this kind of quirky fun? I can't! Non-stop giddy packed into a single hour. I haven't had this kind of fun since David Byrne's "True Stories". Must see for indie freaks.
½ July 2, 2013

Bloody mad, genius. Not as good as THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, but darn near sunny boy.
½ May 4, 2013
Awesome, funny, and visually cool!
March 22, 2013
totally bizarre space western musical -- I did not even know about this sub genre! And just the secret hand shake is worth watching this (it may be the reason for making this in the first place.)
½ March 10, 2013
WOWEEE!! It's back to the 50's TV space operas. Gotta love it.
½ January 20, 2013
Billy Nayer Does it again. No astronaut, but still a stylized wonderland.
September 30, 2012
Interesante, que buen trabajo de collage y la música esta muy bien!
Super Reviewer
February 22, 2011
An oddball Western/Sci-Fi/Dark Comedy/Musical. Shortlived TV show (not sure if it ever actually aired anywhere) that follows the adventures of Stingray Sam and Kuazar the Kid. In an effort to repay their debt to society this duo is to rescue a young girl who has been kiddnapped, and is being held on an affluent planet called Fredward. It got 3 stars for being unique, and unlike anything I've ever seen, but there really isn't much here for you to sink your teeth into. Worth a watch, but you probably won't feel the desire to re-watch this ever again.
January 26, 2011
This isn't as good as the American Astronaut but then again it's a serial made to not be watched in one sitting, right?

It's got some pretty similar themes though, no?

The songs are pretty neat.

And how the hell did they get David Hyde Pierce to narrate this? Magic? Did they call Frasier?

On a side note I saw this band live last week and they were awesome. Here's hoping The Werewolf Hunters of the Midwest is a step up from this. But it was fun.
October 19, 2010
I always give Cory McAbee 5 stars for awesomeness and imagination.
October 17, 2010
With "Stingray Sam," Cory McAbee takes the elements of his intriguing cult film/happening "The American Astronaut" - roughnecks in space, a Homeric journey, a cleverly and constantly-explained backstory - and imbues it with all of the humor that "Astronaut" lacked. That, however, was an art film and this is more like a Saturday serial, and McAbee alters his performance accordingly to match that of the perpetually persevering matinee hero. Offscreen, he's still the same resourceful, perversely imaginative creative force that he's always been, but by reining in all his wildest ideas he has crafted a better and sweeter film overall. What a difference a dad makes.
July 31, 2010
Some very catchy songs partnered with a bizarre sense of humor. Stingray Sam is like putting Zappa, Tom Waits, Sergio Leone and Kurt Vonnegut in a blender and hitting "liquify"
May 15, 2010
Musical Space Western! Not as good as American Astronaut, but still pretty amusing. The song "Peg Legged Father" is probably the "best" children's song ever written.
March 22, 2010
Very strange but unique mini-series/film that follows the adventures of a space cowboy/ex con as he and his friend strive to rescue the last remaining upper-class girl after cloning and gender-choice drugs wipe out women from the 'ruling class.'

With an astute lambasting of sci-fi, politics, westerns and some very funny and catchy songs, a film that is quite difficult to get into at first rewards the viewers persistance and acceptance. Whilst the films seems filmed on a shoe-string, the film-makers use this to their advantage; turning the limitations of special effects and such into glorious Monty Python style collages of archive pictures and sarcastically pompous narration.

Some funny scenes, great music and shows a great deal of originality. Not likely to be to everyone's taste, but worth checking out for any fan of weird and wonderful leftfield comedy.
½ February 25, 2010
Fuckin loved this. Will soon purchase on DVD. Will now spend lots of monies to see whatever McAbee has made/will make.
February 5, 2010
Another great one from Cory McAbee. Lame that there is no trailer. Yahoo, wtf?
½ January 4, 2010
What is Stingray Sam? That's a little difficult to explain. This movie is part of multiple genres: sci-fi, western, comedy, and musical. It's also broken up into 6 episodes which are approximately 10 minutes each. I loved the episodic format (and, no, it doesn't start with episode 4). Considering the budget and the no-name cast, the film is exceptional. I enjoyed the story and most of the songs were catchy. Reminds me slightly of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog due to the singing and the multiple episodes. I wish there were more quality films that could be shown in this format. Extra kudos for being able to incorporate songs into the film.
December 29, 2009
Its shot episodically... and once you buy into its universe, it is pure magic and hilarity 'til the end!
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