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© 1980 WARNER BROS., INC.
In 1980, Mad Magazine and Warner Brothers made a movie together, but neither side could agree on the script. By the time it was ready to release, Bill Gaines, publisher of Mad offered Warner Bros. $30,000 to not have this movie associated with Mad Magazine. The magazine spoofed the movie in "MAD Magazine Resents Throw Up the Academy" and Gaines wrote apologies to everyone who wrote in to complain. Directed by Robert Downey Sr., of Putney Swope fame, it was bound to at least be a little bit of a cult classic.