When I was a kid, my Dad introduced me to Moron Movies. He taped a few on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson one night, and the next day, he showed them to me. They were hilarious.
Many years later I found a VHS copy of More Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster and picked it up. It was around the same time that digital technology was making it easier for people to make movies on their own, and it was just the inspiration I needed. Len Cella showed me you didn’t need big budgets, big crews, and top flight equipment. You needed drive, imagination, and a good healthy dose of madness.
Today is Len’s 80th birthday. In honor of Len I’ve compiled and released the best of my Moron Movies inspired film series, Adam and Eve.
I still remember the first time I saw Len Cella’s work. My Dad taped a clip from The Tonight Show back in the early 80s, when Len was just starting to draw a cult following for his own series of shorts, the Moron Movies. Len wrote, starred in, edited, produced, and directed all of these low/no budget shorts himself, long before the time when iMovie and other editing software made it so easy. The two shorts I remember from that day were Cleaning Behind the Fridge (where Len simply throws a bucket of water behind the refrigerator) and How to Make a Sandwich (in which Len puts a piece of corn on the cob and a salt shaker on white bread).
Years later I found a copy of Volume 2 of the Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster. It was around the time I started making films on my own, and it directly inspired a series of shorts I produced about Adam and Eve. A few years later, I found Len on Facebook. I contacted him and asked him to do a guest spot in the movie The Last Temptation of Fluffy. Len shot his own footage and sent it to me to include in the movie. I am eternally grateful to him for his kindness and generosity.
Len is living proof that anyone with a camera and some imagination can be a filmmaker. He’s turning 80 years old this year, and he’s making more movies than ever. If you’ve never seen him in action, give the Moron Movies a look for yourself in the clip below. You can also view a short documentary by filmmaker Simon Mercer titled King Dong on Vimeo (Contains adult language), and you can follow Len on Facebook to see even more of his films.