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Better Off Dead... (Better Off Dead , One Way Love) (1985) Feature Length Theatrical FilmFeature Length Theatrical Animated Film Better Off Dead...

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A&M Films, CBS Entertainment Productions (Live Action): John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby, Demian Slade, Scooter Stevens, Diane Franklin, Laura Waterbury; Full Voice Cast Full Voice Cast.. Savage Steve Holland Michael Jaffe, William Strom, Gil Friesen, Andrew Meyer Rupert Hine
  • 1985
  • A&M Films, CBS Entertainment Productions
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
  • Cartoon Characters: (Live Action): Lane Meyer, Al Meyer, Jenny Meyer, Johnny Gasparini, Badger Meyer, Monique Junot, Mrs. Smith, Ricky Smith, Yee Sook Ree, Chen Ree, Rocko, Beth Truss, Charles De Mar, Roy Stalin, Mr. Kerber, Buster, Roller Skater, Chris Cummins, Tree Trimmer, Tree Trimmer's Helper, Mailman, Joanne Greenwald, The Band, Backup Singer, Smitty, Student, Elizabeth Daily, Roy’s Ski Buddies, Nerds, Jocks, Paperboys.
  • Vocal Talent: (Live Action): John Cusack (Lane Meyer), David Ogden Stiers (Al Meyer), Kim Darby (Jenny Meyer), Demian Slade (Johnny Gasparini), Scooter Stevens (Badger Meyer), Diane Franklin (Monique Junot), Laura Waterbury (Mrs. Smith), Dan Schneider (as Daniel Schneider) (Ricky Smith), Yuji Okumoto (Yee Sook Ree), Brian Imada (Chen Ree), Chuck Mitchell (Rocko), Amanda Wyss (Beth Truss), Curtis Armstrong (Charles De Mar), Aaron Dozier (Roy Stalin), Frank Burt Avalon (Roy's Ski Buddy #1), J. Warren David (Roy's Ski Buddy #2), Peter Ellenstein (Roy's Ski Buddy #3), Vincent Schiavelli (Mr. Kerber), Edward Mehler (Buster), Thomas Rollerson (Roller Skater), Toby Iland (Nerd #1), Jonathan Charles Fox (as Jonathon Charles Fox) (Nerd #2), Darren Harris (Nerd #3), Randy Stoklos (Jock #1), Sam High (Jock #2), David Vaughn (Jock #3), Tina Littlewood (Chris Cummins), Steven Williams (Tree Trimmer), Stuart K. Robinson (Tree Trimmer's Helper), Taylor Negron (Mailman), Rima Delane (Joanne Greenwald), Elizabeth Daily (Herself), Ron Anello (The Band), Dominick Certo (The Band), Jude Cole (The Band), Robert Gianette (The Band), Angie Rubin (Backup Singer), Yano Anaya (Paperboy), Joey Tushnet (Paperboy), Sebastian Dungan (Paperboy), Rick Rosenthal (Smitty), Rich Little (Additional Voices), Stevie Mack (Student).
  • Directed By Savage Steve Holland.
  • Produced By Michael Jaffe.
    Associate Producer: William Strom.
    Executive Producers: Gil Friesen, Andrew Meyer.
  • Animated By Bill Kopp.
    Animator, "Burger & Fries" Animation: Jimmy Picker.
  • Written By Savage Steve Holland.

Additional Crew:



  • Director: Savage Steve Holland.
  • First Assistant Director: Yudi Bennett.
  • Second Assistant Director: Jann Dutmer.
  • Second Unit Director: Fred Lerner.
  • DGA Trainee: Scott Printz.
  • Production Design: Herman F. Zimmerman.
  • Set Decoration: Gary Moreno.
  • Costume Design: Brad R. Loman, David Roester.
  • Costume Supervisor: Marcy Lavender.
  • Costumer: David Roesler.
  • Makeup Artist: Jim Scribner.
  • Hair Stylist: Georgina Williams.
  • Animator, Cartoon Animation: Bill Kopp.
  • Animator, "Burger & Fries" Animation: Jimmy Picker.
  • Unit Production Manager: Jack Clements.
  • Property Master: Art Lipschultz.
  • Assistant Property Master: Bud Peifer Jr.
  • Leadman: Bill McLaughlin Jr.
  • Swing Gang: Richard Cline, Thomas Furginson.
  • Cinematography: Isidore Mankofsky.
  • First Assistant Camera: Malcom Brown.
  • Second Assistant Camera: Frederick Hamm.
  • Camera Operator: Rick Neff.
  • Photographer, Second Unit: Frank M. Holgate.
  • Still Photographer: Fred Sabine.
  • Key Grip: Tom Kessenich.
  • Second Key Grip: Mark Stanley.
  • Dolly Grip: Jim Dunford.
  • Grip: Jan Gould.
  • Best Boys: David Jarrell, Russell Wooley.
  • Gaffer: Jake Jarrell.
  • Electricians: Albert Fitch, Greg Langham.
  • Music: Rupert Hine.
  • Music Producer: Rupert Hine.
  • Music Supervisor: David Anderle.
  • Music Editor: Ted Roberts.
  • Assistant Music Editor: Stan Jones.
  • Soundtrack: A&M Records.
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Bill Hooper.
  • Sound Mixer: Bud Alper.
  • Sound Effects Editors: Kevin Durst, Dick Vandenberg, Earl Watson, Bill Young.
  • Sound Re-Recording Engineer: Bill Henderson.
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixers: Don MacDougall, John L. Mack, Richard Tyler.
  • Post-Production Sound: Gomillion Studios.
  • Boom Operator: Gene Ashbrook.
  • Cable Operator: Cary Weitz.
  • Special Effects: Roy L. Downey.
  • Titles and Opticals: Consolidated Film Industries (CFI).
  • Special Optical Effects: Dream Quest Images.
  • Special Visual Effects, DQI: Hoyt Yeatman.
  • Associate Editor: Nancy Forner.
  • Assistant Editor: Patrick W. Magee.
  • Apprentice Editor: William Fletcher.
  • Negative Cutter: Susanne Garvay.
  • Stunt Coordinator: Fred Lerner.
  • Stunts: Frank Beddor, Sandy Berumen, Cheré Bryson, Hank Calia, Jean Coulter, Greg Wayne Elam, George Fisher, Bill Hart, Keith Harvey, Kent Hays, Johnny Hock, Jeff Jensen, Wayne King, A. Michael Lerner, Bill McIntosh, Faith Minton, Tom Morga, Harvey Parry, Wally Rose, Debby Lynn Ross, Tanya Russell, Sharon Schaffer, Rick Seaman, Peter Stader, Neil Summers, Dick Warlock, Mark Yerkes.
  • Ski Double, John Cusack: Jim Dunn.
  • Extras Casting, Los Angeles: Robert Lansing Parker, The Atmosphere Agency.
  • Transportation Coordinator: David Jernigan.
  • Transportation Captains: Robert Elsey, Donald Haflich.
  • Production Coordinator: Merle L. Jackson.
  • Production Assistants: Kristin Bundesen, Kristin Burleson, Curt Collins.
  • Producer, Skiiing Sequences: Mike Marvin.
  • Assistant to Producer: Audrey Kennedy.
  • Craft Service: John Byl.
  • Script Supervisor: Maria Cady.
  • Caterer: Stanley Cohen.
  • Location Manager: Huw Davies.
  • Public Relations: I.C.P.R.
  • Unit Publicist: Shelley Kirkwood.
  • Publicity Designer: David E. Van Houten.
  • Production Accountant: Dona Williams.
  • First Aid: Isabell Yale.

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Lane Meyer's dreams are shattered when his girlfriend Beth decides that she prefers the company of a sleazy ski jock over his own. This disheartening news leads...  (more)

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