In this seminal work--which is still quite popular in Italy due to its... seminality--our hero is accidentally transformed into a donkey and forced to live as one for quite some time. His adventures take him on a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hysterical journey through the decadent Roman Empire, including a brief stint performing in... you guessed it: donkey sex shows. His participants range from a "insatiable" noblewoman to a lady convicted of murder, and thus sentenced to public donkey-poking.
So yeah, remember that the next time the donkey scene in Pinocchio gets you down. Not only do those donkeys from Pleasure Island escape the salt mines, but they make it all the way to Tijuana.
Gilligan's Island - The Seven Deadly Sins
The Story You Know:
It was like Robinson Crusoe, only with seven castaways. Also, one of them was hot.
Naturally, the other one was a slut.
And... well, as far as we can remember, that's all there ever was to any Gilligan's Island episode.
What Inspired It:
The whole thing appears to be show creator Sherwood Schwartz's Se7en-esque message to the world about morality. According to Sherwood in his book Inside Gilligan's Island, the seven lovable castaways on Gilligan's Isle were modeled after the seven deadly sins. That smart-ass Professor is Pride, the Skipper is Anger, that sexpot Ginger is Lust.
As such, Gilligan's Island really is like Robinson Crusoe, only starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, or should we say, Satan. Seriously, because his laziness (or sloth) keeps everyone on the island, Gilligan plays the same role previously vacated by the literal Lord of the Flies, otherwise known as Beelzebub.
"...And then the Harlem Globetrotters show up."
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