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Crow T. Robot
Crow T. Robot

Crow T. Robot is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Crow is a robot, who, along with others, quips and riffs upon poor-quality b-movies. Image File history File linksMetadata Crow_T._Robot. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Crow_T._Robot. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999), usually abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ...

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Overview

According to the MST3K storyline, Crow, like his fellow robots Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Cambot, was built by Joel Robinson, who created them to help him withstand the torment of watching bad movies on the Satellite of Love, where Joel was trapped by mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and his assistants. Tom Servo and his friends. ... Gypsy Gypsy is one of the robot characters on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. ... Cambot as he appeared during Joels time on the series. ... Joel and the bots. ... Satellite of Love On the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series, the Satellite of Love is the giant bone shaped spacecraft that Joel Robinson and his robot friends - Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Cambot - live in. ... Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester (left) and Frank Conniff as TVs Frank). ...


Crow's middle initial "T" stands for "The". In episode #K19: Hangar 18, Joel stated that "Crow" was an acronym for "Cybernetic Remotely Operated Woman" but then claimed he built Crow merely to play this joke on him. Crow is also sometimes called "Art," primarily by late-series antagonist Pearl Forrester. This arose from a gag in episode 203, Jungle Goddess, in which Joel introduces the bots as Jackie Gleason did with his fellow cast members at the end of every episode of The Honeymooners, calling each one out individually to take a bow. During this, Joel refers to Crow as "Art Crow!", a reference to the enthusiastic way that Gleason would introduce his long-time partner Art Carney. Later, Best Brains received a letter from a child who had evidently missed the cultural reference and labelled a drawing of Crow as "Art". The letter was read in episode 402 The Giant Gila Monster, and the writers were so taken with it that it became a recurring joke.[1]. In episode #908: The Touch of Satan, "babysitter" Steffi calls him "Cow" (possibly a call back to episode #811: Parts: The Clonus Horror, during which Crow introduces himself to the space children as "Crow *stammer* Cow"). Hangar 18 is a 1980 movie that was released to capitalize on the UFO interest of the era. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... Mads Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl) (center), Observer (aka Brain Guy)) (left), and Professor Bobo (Kevin Wagner Murphy) (right). ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (b. ... Cover of a book about the Honeymooners. ... Art Carney starring as Ed Norton from The Honeymooners Art Carney as Saun Dann in The Star Wars Holiday Special. ... The Giant Gila Monster is a 1959 black-and-white science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg, and produced by Ken Curtis. ...


Originally, Crow was more adolescent than Tom Servo, although their relative maturity occasionally changed to suit the host segments; both robots regarded Joel as a father figure, while Mike was more of an older brother type. Crow, was voiced by Trace Beaulieu from the beginning of the series to season seven and Bill Corbett from the eighth season until the end of the show. Corbett's Crow was noticeably more irritable, bitter, and impatient with the movies than Beaulieu's Crow had been, perhaps from being left on the SoL for several hundredyears while the rest of the crew became pure energy. A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Tom Servo and his friends. ... From left to right, Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester and Frank Conniff as TVs Frank in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 television series. ... Bill Corbett - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ...

Crow T. Robot - played by Bill Corbett when this picture was taken, along with Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson), and Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy).
Crow T. Robot - played by Bill Corbett when this picture was taken, along with Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson), and Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy).

Crow's accomplishments during the show's run include: Image File history File links MikeAndTheBots. ... Image File history File links MikeAndTheBots. ... Bill Corbett - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000s Mike Nelson (left) and Kevin Wagner Murphy, at Exoticon 1 convention panel in Metairie, Louisiana, November, 1998. ... Tom Servo and his friends. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000s Michael J. Nelson (left) and Kevin Murphy at an Exoticon 1 convention panel in Metairie, Louisiana, November 1998. ...

  • Writing several screenplays, including Earth vs. Soup (his seminal work), Peter Graves at the University of Minnesota, The Spy Who Hugged Me, and Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk. He also wrote a documentary entitled "Crow T. Robot's Bram Stoker's The Civil War."
  • Being an avid member of the Kim Cattrall and Estelle Winward fan clubs.
  • Co-writing a musical called Supercalifragilisticexpiali-wacky!

During episode 416, Fire Maidens of Outer Space, Crow acquired a double named "Timmy", whom the trio quickly took a liking to; however, the double began playing tricks on Tom Servo and Joel, who blamed Crow for the actions. He eventually joined them in the theater during the movie and attacked Tom, cocooning him in a matter identical to the Xenomorph, forcing Joel and Crow to stuff him into an airlock and blast him out of the ship and into space. Timmy's appearance was a parody of the evil twin concept. Peter Graves Peter Aurness (born March 18, 1926 [1]), better known as Peter Graves, is an American actor. ... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... As Samantha Jones in Sex and the City Kim Victoria Cattrall (born August 21, 1956) is an Anglo-Canadian actress. ... The xenomorph is a fictional extraterrestrial life form of unknown origin from the Alien universe, created by writers Dan OBannon and Ronald Shusset. ... Captain Kirk with Spocks evil twin An evil twin is the concept in fiction (especially soap operas, science fiction and fantasy) of someone equal to a character in all respects, except for a radically inverted morality (and often some changes in appearance, stereotypically a goatee for men and a...


Crow is more likely to make more off-color or lewd comments than the other movie-riffers, and receives frequent scolding from Joel, Mike and Tom for this (see Crow Syndrome below).


Crow holds the distinction of being the only SOL robot who ever visited Deep 13 (although Tom Servo and Gypsy once visited the alternate-earth version): In episode 615, Kitten with a Whip, he slid down the Umbilicus in an attempt to bring the SOL back to Earth, only to be frightened back up by Dr. Forrester (who then had Frank put a giant mousetrap beneath the Umbilicus). In the "Turkey Day" version of ep. 701, Night of the Blood Beast, Crow attended the Forrester Thanksgiving dinner alongside such guests as Mr. B. Natural, Pitch the Devil, and others. For the first seven nationally-telecast seasons of the Peabody Award-winning television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), Deep 13 was the subterranean hideout (13 miles below the Earths crust, hence the name) for the villains of MST3K during that period of the shows history, Dr. Clayton... Kitten with a Whip is a 1959 pulp novel by Wade Miller, a pseudonym used by the writing team Robert Wade and William Miller. ...


Behind the scenes

Servo displays his science experiment, Crowtus robotus horriblis
Servo displays his science experiment, Crowtus robotus horriblis

Crow is a gold-colored puppet composed of, among other things, a split bowling pin mouth (Empire Bowling Pin), an ice hockey mask head (Cooper XL7 FG), and a Tupperware (Floralier) body. During the KTMA season, he only had one Tupperware tray, and his eyes did not include a separate movement mechanism, leaving them with a bulgier appearance. He is painted with Testors Green-Gold paint, which looks basically gold. Another version of Crow is used for the theater segments. This version is painted flat black. This flat black version was also used as his previously-mentioned alter ego, Timmy. Image File history File linksMetadata Crowtus_robotus_horriblis. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Crowtus_robotus_horriblis. ... Elmo, a popular puppet from Sesame Street. ... Bowling ball and two pins Ten-pin bowling lane Bowling is a game in which players attempt to score points by rolling a ball along a flat surface to knock down objects called pins. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Tupperware logo Tupperware is the brand name of a home products line that includes preparation, storage, and serving products for kitchen and home. ... Alter Ego has multiple meanings: Alter Ego is a game for the Commodore 64 computer. ...


Trace Beaulieu operated Crow in the initial KTMA season and throughout the Comedy Channel/Comedy Central years of seasons 1-7, as well as in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. During KTMA and season 1, Trace slowly refined Crow's voice. Originally, it was somewhat babyish (this is most pronounced in the flashback to Crow being frozen in episode K05, Gamera. However, during the filming of this KTMA-era episode, Trace Beaulieu was out of town on business, and Servo's then-puppeteer Josh Weinstein actually handled Crow's one line in Beaulieu's absence). By season two, Crow's voice had become more sharp. Upon Trace's departure, Bill Corbett took over Crow's operation. Crow's consequent voice change, though never explicitly explained within the storyline, presumably developed during his 500+ years of solitude on the Satellite of Love while Mike Nelson and the other SOL inhabitants played at the edge of the universe as pure essences. The show's writers later made a joke of the change in episode 904, Werewolf, by suggesting that Crow's inherent characteristics included a change of voice every seven years. When Joel Hodgson returned for a guest spot in episode 1001, Soultaker, he offhandedly suggests that Crow "changed his bowling pin", that is, his mouthpiece. KMWB (Channel 23 analog, 22 digital) is an affiliate of The WB Television Network serving the Minneapolis-St. ... Comedy Central is a cable television channel in the United States. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996, produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Gamera or Gammera, the Invincible , Giant Monster Gamera) is a 1965 daikaiju eiga about a giant turtle named Gamera. ... J. Elvis Weinstein is an American writer and performer, best known for his role in Mystery Science Theater 3000; he was one of the founding writers/preformers in 1988 at the age of 17. ... Bill Corbett - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Mike Nelson and the bots. ... Joel Hodgson on Mystery Science Theater 3000 with robots Crow and Tom Servo John Joel Hodgson (born February 20, 1960 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin) is best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000 and starring in it as the character Joel Robinson. ...


Many first-time viewers of the series are confused by Crow's appearance during the movie segments. Only the outline of his head can be seen, and (due to multistable perception) it can appear as if Crow is facing toward the viewer. Examples of visually ambiguous patterns. ...


Appearances in other media

  • An early episode of Futurama had the gang going to the theater, where a talkative Fry was shushed by the silhouette of a Crow-like robot Crow ironically saying, "Don't talk during the movie".[2]
  • In the Archie Comics series Sonic the Hedgehog, issue #52, Sonic is sent into a 1920s variation of Mobius. In searching for the handheld computer Nicole, Sonic does battle with a number of robots, two of them resembling Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.

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Crow Syndrome

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The "Crow Syndrome" is a cliché and frequent joke on the show and MSTings, wherein Crow chimes in with an off-topic and/or excessively lewd comment and the other two reprimand him, often bemusedly and perturbedly shouting "Crow!" in response. "Crow Syndrome" is a general term, and is used in MSTings that do not feature Crow or other regular characters.[3] Image File history File links Wikiquote-logo-en. ... Wikiquote logo Wikiquote is a sister project of Wikipedia, using the same MediaWiki software. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


References

  1. ^ MST3K FAQ -- Subtleties
  2. ^ Futurama, episode "Raging Bender" [2.21], 27 February 2000
  3. ^ Web Site Number 9 MSTing FAQ, question 3.4

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Crow T. Robot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (592 words)
Crow T. Robot is one of the two main fictional wise-cracking robots — the spindly golden one — from the Peabody Award-winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K).
Crow is generally somewhat more adolescent than Tom Servo, although their relative maturity occasionally changes to suit the host segments.
Crow's consequent voice change, though never explicitly explained within the storyline, presumably developed during his 500+ years of solitude on the Satellite of Love while Mike Nelson and the other SOL inhabitants played at the edge of the universe as pure essences.
Crow T. Robot - definition of Crow T. Robot in Encyclopedia (402 words)
Crow T. Robot is one of the two wise-cracking robots from the Peabody Award-winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K).
Crow is a gold colored puppet composed of, among other things, a split bowling pin mouth, a hockey mask head and Tupperware body.
Crow Syndrome, as it's called by MSTing authors, refers to the clichandeacute wherein one of the robots (usually Crow) chimes in with an off-topic and/or excessively lewd comment and the other two reprimand him, as in the following excerpt from "Riding with Death" (episode 814):
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