Ernie Fosselius

Ernie Fosselius (born 1946) is an American filmmaker who has largely stayed out of the public eye. He is best known for his satirical spoofs of popular films, including the classic Star Wars parody Hardware Wars. Fosselius' film career began in the early 1970s when he co-created 20 original animated films for Sesame Street. Fosselius is known for his satirical short films. One of the most notable, made in 1976 for Mother's Little Network, a Pythonesque sketch comedy show for WGBH-TV in Boston, was The Hindenburger, in which a flying Big Mac burst into flames over New Jersey while a radio announcer (voiced by Fosselius) emotionally sobbed: "Oh the humanity!" Porklips Now was a send-up of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now which starred Billy Gray of TV's Father Knows Best. It has been said that Fosselius was the studio pick for the director of Pee-wee's Big Adventure but passed on the film after a meeting with the film's star, Paul Reubens. A later encounter in an elevator with the film's director, Tim Burton led to his role in working as a sound editor on the Ed Wood film.


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