Celebrity Deathmatch: Memories
People enjoy fights. With the improvements in animation, people were able to create new forms of animated entertainment. With claymation, a form of stop motion animation, people were able to see a more three-dimensional form of entertainment without using computer generaed images. One form of claymation that was popular was the television show Celebrity Deathmatch. Initially airing in 1998, Celebrity Deathmatch made clay models of famous celebrities, put them in a wrestling ring, and made all of them fight each other to the death in one-on-one matches. Because this was a relatively new concept when it first aired, Celebrity Deathmatch was a show that gained attention due to its violent ideas. With the addition of animating famous celebrities fighting other animated celebrities, Celebrity Deathmatch gave viewers questions about which celebrity would be the better fighter. Celebrity Deathmatch also made use of its animated setting to make all of its fight ends as brutally and violently as possible, while still retaining a degree of hilarity in how it made its characters kill each other. While the show was ultimately cancelled in 2007, Celebrity Deathmatch provided MTV a show that it could use to gain more viewers, and it gave viewers an entertaining show to watch other than music videos.
Celebrity Deathmatch had a fairly simple plot. There was no big story. It was just making animated versions of famous celebrities fight until one side died. It all occurred in a wrestling ring and it had everything that was in a wrestling ring like commentators, referees, and people who would analyze the people who were fighting. Of the two commentators, one of them was Johnny Gomez, the more professional of the commentators, and Nick Diamond, the more comedic of the commentators. In the ring the referee was Millis Lane, who provided his voice and likeness for the show. Millis's character basically allowed everything that happened during the fights, except for biting and guns.
Some of the jokes about some of these fights were their similarity. For instance, one fight involved the Spice Girls, a British pop girl group formed in 1994, and Hanson, an American band formed in 1992. To make the fight more humorous than it already was, Celebrity Deathmatch decided to make it a title match for the title of Most Annoying Band in the World. During the fight it seemed like the boys from Hanson were doing pretty good. They managed to remove two Spice Girls from the ring and took the fight outside, save themselves when it seemed like the Spice Girls had the upper-hand, and even caused one of the Spice Girls to get horizontally cut in half. However, the fight ultimately ended with both Hanson and the Spice Girls crushed to death from the broken rigging from the roof. When the commentators tried to see what happened it turned out that Marilyn Manson used a chainsaw to cut the rigging and caused it to crash down on the wrestling ring. When questioned about his motive, Marilyn Manson basically said he was sick of how annoying both bands were and was happy about what he did.
When Celebrity Deathmatch had its celebrities fight, most of the matches were made in that the show could make a big deal about it. In the case of Hanson versus the Spice Girls, the fact that they were both arguably annoying bands meant that whoever won would have been considered the most annoying band. Of course, what made this fight funny was that Marilyn Manson killed both of them at the same time, so neither band could say they were the most annoying; they were both just annoying. But while this fight ended in a draw, a majority of fights actually ended with a clear winner.
One fight that ended with a clear winner was Men in Black versus The X-Files. Here the viewer saw Will Smith as Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K fight against David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully. What made the fight hilarious was that the fighters poked fun at their respective roles as actors. Like David Duchovny constantly saying that there was this bigger conspiracy in the government for a large majority of The X-Files, or Will Smith as Agent J adding some rhythm to his punches and kicks. But to add some humor at the end of this match; as a reference to some of the more confusing weapons from Men in Black, Will Smith accidentally shot a giant alien gun from the wrong end, resulting in him and Tommy Lee Jones's deaths.
Celebrity Deathmatch was a show that reveled in its imaginary killing spree. The fights between celebrities, its main appeal, included hilarious moments when a celebrity died. The commentators and referee added an interesting amount of indifference toward the carnage which managed to make the viewer laugh at some moments. Which made it a good show.