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200 Motels

Alternate Title: Two Hundred Motels

200 Motels (Two Hundred Motels) (1971) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film 200 Motels

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  • Murakami-Wolf Productions, Bizarre Productions
  • Animated Characters: (Live-Action) Rance Muhammitz/Dave, Mothers of Invention, The Hot Nun, Groupies, Lonesome Cowboy Burt, Bif Debris (The Vacuum Cleaner), Interviewer, Fake Drummer, Chorus Leader, Larry The Dwarf/Frank Zappa, Motorhead Sherwood.
  • Originally Released in 1971.
  • Running Time: 98 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • United Kingdom  United Kingdom

Alternate Titles:

Alternate Title: "Two Hundred Motels."

Cartoon Production Information:

Live action with an animated sequence.

The animated sequence, "Dental Hygiene Dilemma," was based on Mothers of Invention member Jeff Simmons, who had recently quit the "comedy group" to form his own band. The sequence has also variously been credited to Cal Schenkel and Chuck Swenson.

This was the first major motion picture release to use video to shoot and assemble footage, which was later transferred to film (in this case, 35mm). Shot on videotape at Pinewood Studios in London, England.

Intended by Frank Zappa to be a live concert, "200 Motels" was filmed after received a charge in the United Kingdom of being an "obscene libretto" in the UK and was canceled.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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