Diuretic Park 2: The Revenge of the Fuzzywhumples
Spring 1995; 53 minutes; cast and crew of 12; approximate
cost of $10; rated PG-13.
The story to this is very loosely based on the novel and
movie Jurassic Park. To a greater extent, it's simply
an excuse to reuse the latex raptor head from the first movie.
It is also a movie which explores what happens when the fuzzywhumple
and the raptor are locked in combat (see right).
|The plot is a mixture of two elements. The first: a fair quantity
of raptors have managed to escape from Diuretic Park, and are
now tormenting the good people of Oregon. Who can stop them?
Alan Grant and his girlfriend Ellen Sattler (right), of course!
The second element is a little more elaborate. The mad scientist
who opened a gateway to Fuzzywhumple Land by writing The
Fuzzywhumple Storybook is using the fuzzywhumples as a means
to an end, the end being total world domination. Not content
with the whumples' progress, he creates a humanoid monster named
"Creature" and a robot named "Robot" to
speed things along. But Fred Parker (Invasion of the Fuzzywhumples)
is still alive to thwart his plans...
|Lowdown on the plot now that you know the premise: Nearly
everyone dies. The mad scientist is killed by mutinous whumples,
Grant and Sattler are killed by raptors, and, well, Fred Parker
just sort of walks off after impaling Creature with a wooden
List of characters played by Chris Murray
- Mad Scientist: his biggest role in this movie; he had
to learn all the lines that same day because the original
actor had unforseen conflicts and the scene could not be
- Jogger: a guy that runs around in spandex and generally
acts annoying, even after he is blinded by a dilophosaurus.
- Hat Man: a guy that walks on screen (seen on right), mistakes
a whumple for a cat, and gets shot in the head (thus flinging
his hat into the air and earning him his conspicuous name).
- Unnamed Singer: acts like a freak in the "Raindrops
Keep Falling On My Head" intermission.
This movie was influenced by most of the same movies that
the first Diuretic Park rips off of (Jurassic Park, Police
Squad, etc.) but there are some new movies targeted as well
(Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Terminator 2).
This was the first Tokugawa Pictures production filmed out
of order. It was filmed about as randomly as possible over
the course of a few weeks. The editing was done linearly on
a shuttle-based VHS editing system at a public access studio.
(Diuretic Park and Invasion of the Fuzzywhumples
subsequently appeared on television.)
- In the mad scientist scenes, dry ice was put in beakers
of colored water, making them bubble. This was a fairly
inexpensive effect that really added to the atmosphere.
- This was the first Tokugawa Picture to be edited, and
the improvement in quality is obvious.
- When Fred Parker kills Creature near the end of the movie,
he shoves a wooden pole into his chest. (A hole was torn
in his shirt, and ketchup was poured around it. The pole,
now broken, was stuck in his shirt. It's simple but it works.)
This whole scene has somewhat realistic fighting maneuvers
in it and turned out to be one of the more enjoyable scenes
in the movie. Of course, part of this is due to Tom Ishii
(as Creature) who actually kicked me in the face and stomach
once or twice during the scene. The idea of physical pain
and actually doing what your character is doing got its
start in this movie and has added much to our subsequent
- The use of a female actor. Yes, this was the first Tokugawa
movie to use a girl for a character (Ellen Sattler). The
explanation for the delay is as follows. In Invasion
of the Fuzzywhumples, a female was going to play the
part of Karen, the sleazy pervert's girlfriend, but she
got strep throat at the last minute and the part was filled
by Chris Murray. Diuretic Park had no females in
it other than my mom, and she doesn't count because she
had no choice in the matter of playing a corpse.
- Stereo sound is to be cherished. In this movie, the shuttle-type
editing consoles worked great, with one exception: whenever
there was background music it played on the left channel
and all other sound played on the right channel. This sounds
okay in theory, but the sound quality suffered and the movie
was not as "real" since it was not in stereo.
After that experience I used my home VCR (which has limited
editing functions) because it offered stereo sound in addition
to higher sound and image quality (at the expense of precise
- Lighter fluid "burns cold" so it's more difficult
to burn yourself with it. In Diuretic Park 2, Grant
sets fuzzywhumples on fire and flings them around. This
would have been harder to accomplish had gasoline been used
- Fight scenes only look good if you're not worried about
injuring the other actor.
- Don't overcomplicate the script.