More Zappa Nonsense

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More Zappa Nonsense
1988-01-05, New Musical Express, page 13

FRANK Zappa's first movie since 200 Motels is due for release in the States this month. Baby Snakes, subtitled 'A movie about people who do stuff that is not normal' is financed by Zappa to the tune of half a million dollars.

It's the result of two·year's work, with Zappa acting as producer, director, supervising editor, star and composer, and features many tracks from the Sheik Yerbouti album plus some new material.

Zappa told Howard Smith of the Village Voice: "Most of it deals with strange forms of behaviour – actual real behaviour. Very little of it is concert footage. The camera just happened to be on while various individuals were doing these unusual things."

Zappa fans may recall a track of his in the Old Grizzly Whiny Turnip illustrated by animator Bruce Bickford. Baby Snakes will feature no less than half an hour of this madman's work. Zappa revealed: "Can you imagine what it would look like if a hamburger ate a man's face? It happens while a clay man in a clay audience watches a clay movie."