That’s the one. The furry cat-eating alien from the planet Melmac that sounded a bit like Rodney Dangerfield and loved to say “nooo problem!” He starred in his self-titled televison show for four seasons in the 1980s that I watched religiously. Not because it was a great show, but because he was such a great character.
If it wasn’t for ALF, I would not have insisted on stopping in Oxnard during a family road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know the episode I’m talking about.
Has the time come for a cute and fuzzy alien movie? ALF creator Paul Fusco, who I believe is also the voice of ALF and puppeteer, seems to think so. At least that’s what he said during a recent interview in which he revealed he will be pitching Hollywood on an ALF movie.
ALF was always very funny. I still have my talking ALF doll and my son, who has never seen an episode of the show, thinks it’s great. What I loved about him was that he had a Jack Sparrow kind of mentality. He always talked about doing the “wrong” thing but that conscience of his always forced him to do the “right” thing in the end.
I say, Hollywood, take a chance on an ALF movie. Don’t waste time on original ideas when you already know you have something that works.
Allow me to end with a favourite quote from the Oxnard episode: “ALF! Turn the car around – stop what you’re doing - come back home!”