If you have heard of Christopher Guest, then you know that he is not only a great comedic actor, but an excellent writer and director. He is most known for the mockumentary, these comedies that come off like documentaries like Documentary Now, but they are realistic enough to believe it is actually happening. This is the case for Mascots, and it will be appearing on Netflix. This is what is known about Mascots with its release date and new trailer.
The concept behind this film is pretty slapstick, as Salon describes the story as "the exploits in the 8th World Mascot Association Championships". What follows will be candid interviews with those people that you know dress up in the big heads and suits, as they will win the prestigious "Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned Best Mascot in the World".
If you have never seen one of Christopher Guest's films, you really should do that before the premiere of Mascots on Netflix. His films of Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman are all about people who are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame, and its mockumentary format makes the quirky characters relatable to the audience.
In this case, Mascots is going to be about how people who dress up in the mascot costume take their jobs too seriously. The trailer, which you can see below, shows the interviews with these strange mascots, and like most Christopher Guest films, I wouldn't be surprised if something like this actually happens in real life.
In fact, if you look up some strange college mascots in the past, like on Football Babble, you will see that some have been okra or even banana slugs. Yes, this is one of those times where I am wondering whether the parody of this could be less realistic than what actually is out there.
Christopher Guest is known for working with a lot of the same names over the years like Jane Lynch, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, and Ed Begley Jr. Christopher Guest often guest-stars in his own films, and he will be in this one as well.
Guest has a lot of experience acting, as he was once in the cast of Saturday Night Live. He also starred in This is Spinal Tap, which Rob Reiner directed, but he wrote the script about the rise and fall (mostly fall) of a heavy metal rock group. One role he is most known for is Count Rugen, the six-fingered villain from The Princess Bride.
Mascots will come to Netflix on October 13.