Too Fat To Kidnap
Fans of The Wizard of Oz will likely enjoy this team's excellent recreation of the characters from the beloved film, which included the hot-air balloon that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end. We're not entirely certain of the connection between the team's somewhat bizarre name and their choice of source material, however, if there is one at all.
We also got differing answers regarding why they chose to pay tribute to the 1939 cinematic classic. Rick Eastman, who played the Scarecrow, says its because its one of their "favorite movies ever," while others said it was because their teammate Maria Dehghan (a.k.a. The Cowardly Lion) had hair that resembled the wild mane of the character from the film. Our favorite response came from Bryan Thelen, who donned the costume of the Tin Man. "We wanted to do this because I'm into metal and I don't have a heart." Right on.
This team's choice to go as some of the most memorable characters from Warner Bros. Cartoon canon -- including Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, and Speedy Gonzales -- seemed very fitting, considering that Idiotarod is often just as chaotic and colorful as your average Looney Tunes misadventure. "Who isn't a fan of Warner Bros. Cartoons?" said Melinda Paiva, who portrayed The Roadrunner.
We also dug their transformation of a shopping cart into a Wile E. Coyote-style ACME rocket. And while team member Sara Libby (a.k.a. Marvin the Martian) jokingly told us that they were going to set it off at the end of the race, their were (sadly) no "earth-shattering kabooms" to be had.
Robin Your Dignity
The late Robin Williams had a quirky sense of humor, to say the least. So much so that we're willing to bet that he'd probably approve of this team's macabre tribute to his career and some of his most famous screen roles, including Popeye, the Genie from Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Alan Parrish from Jumanji, and Patch Adams. "It was a great way to be morbid and to have a little fun," says Chuck Vaughn, who donned drag to become Mrs. Doubtfire.
Reactions by their fellow Phoenix Idiotarod competitors ranged from amused looks and many laughs to a few fans of Williams that seemed a little wistful, like the dude who seemed to have his heart-strings pulled by the cart when he proclaimed, "Aww...fuck you guys!" in good-natured fashion.