Meet the Feebles DVD

Meet the Feebles - 1990

Arrow/Wingnut Films - 97 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 018619077078; 733565031294(US); 4012050405588(DE); 5709624008540; 4250124320041(DE);

Cast: Voices: Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow, Ross Jolly, Brian Sergent, Peter Vere-Jones, Mark Wright and Heidi by Danny Mulheron.
Screenplay: Frances Walsh, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson; Puppet Design: Cameron Chittock; Production Design: Mike Kane; Photography: Murray Milne; Music: Peter Dasent; Editor: Jamie Selkirk; Producers: Jim Booth and Peter Jackson; Director: Peter Jackson.

This film is the first puppet-creature film made for an adult audience. On its release Peter Jackson warned, "It's a nasty little piece of work, this one, and people should know that". Suffice to say, this is the lowdown and dirty of the puppet world. "The Feebles" are a travelling variety troupe, the members and managers of which deal and do drugs, make porno movies and waste those who irritate them. A big "cult" hit, but borderline X rated.

Censor rating: R16 - Review rating: B-

Meet the Feebles
Official MP4 Trailer


Used NTSC VHS copies can be found in the U.S. or Canada selling for about $10us. PAL copies are available from the UK for about 5#.
R1 DVDs are about $15-20us. R2 PAL are selling for about 10# . R0 PAL copies can be purchased from New Zealand sources for $30nz.
An R4 version is available from Australian sources for $25au and from NZ sources for about $25nz. It is presented 1.33:1 with 2.0 dolby digital surround audio. The only extras are trailers. Most of the R2 versions have some subtitles in other than English.

NOTE: There is a Norwegian R2 PAL 4-disc set, "The Peter Jackson Boxset", which contains Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead and Forgotten Silver. All have their original English soundtrack, plus optional Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norgegian subtitles. New sets been spotted at ebay selling for about 15# from UK sources.

Aro Video of Wellington has rental copies they will send to any New Zealand address

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Reviews at

Wellington Film Society Review

Moria Review

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'Bad Movies' review + audio clips & graphics

"The puppets themselves aren't of a caliber to one-up the Muppets, but they are numerous and varied enough to underscore Mr. Jackson's ingenuity. From a technical standpoint, Meet the Feebles does an impressive job of staging action sequences that stretch the boundaries of ordinary puppet drama" - (Janet Maslin, "Playful Puppetry, for Adults Only", The New York Times, February 22, 1995)


North & South Review by Brian McDonnell - December 1990 - For details or copies contact Kakapo Books


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New Zealand Film Archive Info

'Rise of the Feebles' - Facebook Fan Site

Director's Guild of America Peter Jackson Interview - Summer 2013

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

Sex, Drugs and Soft Toys - The Making of Meet the Feebles

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Internet Movie Poster Awards


1990 - New Zealand Film Awards - Best Design in Puppetry.
1991 - Fantafestival - Best Actress: "Heidy"; Best Direction; Best Special Effects.

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