I had noticed that massage was something that turned up regularly in physical comedy. Of course, it’s pure physical interaction, usually involving an aggressive masseuse or masseur. Patients, or clients, can be incredibly pleased, awkwardly uncomfortable, or bent into pretzel shapes. Often, the person giving the rubdown is not who they think they are and are behaving badly. I had been keeping a list of YouTube videos with funny massage scenes for future reference.
Recently, master animator Richard Williams posted this tweet about the upcoming Aardman film Early Man.
If Williams thinks it’s a stunning comic achievement, he’s got me even more excited than I was already. It appears the massage happens in the bathtub, judging by this promotional image.
I had time today, so I assembled a dozen or so clips of funny massage scenes from movies, TV, and cartoons. I hope you like it. If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel please do. And check out some of my other video essays on comedy in animation.