WC Fields Head and Head Furst, with one of the many members of the Haight Street Republican Army, on the phone table.
The guys sitting down with chips and beer getting ready to watch Superbowl CCXXV.
Head Furst, shopping for finery at the Reagan Head department store.
At the marriage of WC Fields Head and Head Furst.
DWB, upon learning that WC Fields Head was not neutered—"Oh No! Puppies!"
"Two Heads Are Better Than One" is the only "family values" movie ever produced in the studios of Sutro Tower Video. In 1991 this movie took third place in the annual Videomaker magazine's home video contest in the "anything goes" category. It has been reworked and computer enhanced in our new millennium.
"Two Heads" takes place in 2195 on earth, although the entire Milky Way has become the average Earthling's playground. When the local household humanoid returns from "skiloping" in the outer galaxy (where the weather was "terrible!"), he finds a new "head" (genetic engineered, no doubt) resting on his coffee table, a gift from his friend the e'er chirping Madeline. It's a male head, and takes a quick liking to the female head that was already the household pet. Alas, when the humanoid is away, the inanimate objects will play, and this sometimes leads to trips to Niagara Falls and unexpected litters.
Can Fields protect Furst from Santa Claus? What genetic predisposition is it about Amaretto Twooze that sets her body parts apart? Will everybody live happily ever after?
Two Heads stars: "WC Fields" as Madeline's gift head, Heddy De La Mars as Head Furst, Santa Claus as Dirtee O'Man, Magic Mike as R7D9, the Spare Changoid, Amaretto Twooze as Head Cheese, Head Ake (RIP) as the High Priest, former president Ronald Reagan (now also deceased) as Teflon Tiddy, the Head Shop Store Clerk, Poisson VĂrt as the odd creature from Pluto, the Haight Street Republican Army, and many others equally infamous.
The 1991 version of the annual Videomaker Contest received more entries than any of the previous four, videos of higher technical quality and greater artistic merit than ever before.
Our judges looked for both technical excellence and solid content Winners had to have at least a bit of both. Broadcast quality imagery with a dead-dull creative core wouldn't do; neither would wondrous and inspired subject matter obscured by terminal dropouts and jitter. […]
Twenty-one people made the final cut. They range from a gang leader who credits the Lord with getting him out of prison to a concentration camp survivor who vehemently denies the existence of any supreme being. […]
Anything Goes was by far the favored category this year, with twice as many entrants as any other classification. […]
Third place in Anything Goes was awarded to Dennis Brumm of San Francisco for "Two Heads Are Better Than One," an ingenious sixteen minutes of stop-action animation.
It seems that midway through the 22nd century [sic: 2195] inanimate objects have gained the power of movement. Human Brumm, a collector of Old Age art, receives as a gift a W. C. Fields head, which joins a hairless female mannequin head upon his phone table.
When Brumm retires to his room, the heads and several dozen Old Age friends arise to rock the joint in a rollicking frenzy of animated madness.
The gamboling gemeinschaft includes a panhandling robot; a beauty queen struggling to retain her limbs; a randy, spinach-slurping Santa Claus; a grinning, greedy Reagan cutout sucking money through his eyes; and a vast cadre of macho men marching neath the banner of the Haight Ashbury Republican Army. The lustmitten heads are eventually hitched by a sober-visaged priest who skull sprouts worming fibrous material throughout the ceremony.
"Two Heads" was created on a JVC camcorder "that was my Christmas present to myself last year," Brumm says. He also used a Sony XVC300 digital effects unit and several VCRs. "I have no idea how many hours it took" to painstakingly position, move, and tape the creatures, he says, noting only that he worked nights from five to midnight and many weekends to complete the piece.
All the characters were purchased, usually at garage sales, specifically for the video. Certain objects he retains for practical or aesthetic reasons: The W.C. Fields head, for instance, is used as an ice dispenser.
Brumm began making movies in 1987 and "got serious" in 1989. As an obsessive perfectionist he frets over the occasional glitch in "Two Heads," but vows "give me a twenty million dollar studio and you'll see what I can produce."
Videos with an asterisk (*) are available for viewing courtesy of the Internet Archive.
The Detaxilification of Quemalt Aite (1992)
(sketched out: never produced)
The Last Time Dennis Saw Iowa (2005)
(see also: "Red Meat and Red Jell-O")
Sturm in der Deutschstunde (1992)
A Tour of San Francisco (1987)
(the very first "movie")
►Two Heads Are Better Than One (1991)*