When I first heard of these "thumb" movies, my first thought was along the lines of "how stupid can you get?" My second thought was, of course, "I have to see this for myself," and The Blair Thumb seemed like the best film for me to start with. There are two things you need to know about The Blair Thumb: it's short (28 minutes) and it's extremely funny. Without a great script, this whole thing would have been a disaster. No one wants to sit and watch a bunch of thumbs just wander into the woods and get lost. Fortunately, these thumbs took as many classic one-liners as three thumbs could carry along for the journey. I'm not going to say Steve Oedekerk is a genius - this is the same guy who wrote the Ace Ventura movies - but there can be no doubt that, in the world of thumbs, Steve Oedekerk is king.
You're going to need to have seen The Blair Witch Project (just the first one - I would never recommend the second one to anyone I didn't hate with every fiber of my being) in order to appreciate all of the jokes on display here, as The Blair Thumb is a true parody. Here, Stressy, Jish, and Vic head out into the woods - after interviewing a few local thumbs, of course - to investigate the legend of the Blair Thumb. They end up getting lost, of course, and hilarity ensues time and time again as they suffer a "totally sharky" night-time attack on their tent, lose Jish, and scream a lot on their way to a classic ending.
Just how realistic can a bunch of thumbs be? You'll be surprised - I was, at least. From their beady little eyes to their ultra-expressive mouths, these thumbs go where no thumbs have gone before. It's the voiceovers that really make the film, though. Megan Cavanaugh (Stressy) and Jim Jackman (Jish) are great, but Steve Oedekerk's Vic steals the whole show time and time again with some of the funniest dialogue I've heard in quite a while.
The Blair Thumb comes with a veritable cornucopia of extras - including trailers for other Thumb films, behind-the-scenes interviews with the thumb cast members, and both sane and insane commentary tracks. Thus, despite the actual film's short running time, you still get plenty of bang for your buck with this DVD. This is actually the second entry in Oedekerk's Thumbation film series (the first being Thumb Wars
), and I can't wait to see the likes of Bat Thumb