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Making fun by making fun

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'Scary Movie 5' joins a goofy line of parodies and spoofsBy Jeff Michael ViceSpecial to MSN MoviesIf you're looking for someone or something to blame for movie spoofs, you could probably point a finger at MAD magazine.As any fan will tell you, the long-running comedy magazine sold issues and cemented its reputation by spoofing all sorts of popular media, including music, television shows, fashion trends and, of course, movies. While the appeal of parodies varied (the musicals had catchy, goofy lyrics), the art was a large draw as well. The great Mort Drucker could draw exaggerated but still realistic cartoon versions of just about any actor. He and the other artists also put the head of the magazine's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, on various actors and celebrity's bodies, clothing, costumes or whatever.There's no doubt that MAD made it fashionable to make fun by making fun. Filmmakers as talented as Mel Brooks and the Zucker brothers made millions by creating likeminded cinematic parodies. And their success led to films like "Scary Movie 5."Bing: More about 'Scary Movie 5' | Watch the trailerFor more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. "Scary Movie 5" is out in theaters April 12.(The Weinstein Company)
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