Run Ronnie Run! is an American comedy film and a spin-off inspired by the HBO sketch comedy show Mr. Show. The recurring character Ronnie Dobbs (David Cross) is the focal point of the movie. It was directed by Troy Miller. The film was produced in 2001 and premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. It was released direct-to-video in 2003.
Ronnie Dobbs (David Cross) - a redneck petty criminal whose hijinks are caught on tape by a Cops-like television show called Fuzz—is noticed by failing infomercial personality/inventor Terry Twillstein (Bob Odenkirk), who notices Dobbs' popularity with lowbrow viewers. He promotes the idea for a Ronnie Dobbs show to television executives entitled "Ronnie Dobbs Gets Arrested" in which Ronnie is arrested in a different city each week. The show becomes a phenomenal success leading to a level of fame & fortune that dramatically changes Dobbs' life.
- David Cross as Ronwell Quincy "Ronnie" Dobbs / Pootie T / voice of Chow Chow
- Bob Odenkirk as Terry Twillstein / Wolfgang Amadeus Thelonious Von Funkenmeister the XIX 3 / 4 / Daffy Mal Yinkle Yankle
- David Koechner as Clay
- Jill Talley as Tammy
- Ben Stiller as Himself
- Jack Black as Lead chimney sweep
- Brian Posehn as Tank
- Patton Oswalt as Dozer
- M.C. Gainey as Hark Trellis
- Dave Foley, Andy Richter, and Sarah Silverman as Network executives
- John Stamos and Rebecca Romijn as Themselves
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone as Themselves
- Mandy Patinkin as Himself
- Nikki Cox as Kayla
- Laura Kightlinger as Birthday woman
- Jeff Garlin as Birthday woman's friend
- Scott Ian as Himself
- Patrick Warburton as Head of gay conspiracy
- Scott Thompson as Himself
- Kathy Griffin as Herself
- Garry Shandling as Himself
- Mary Lynn Rajskub as Herself
- Rhoda Griffis as TV anchorwoman
- Scott Adsit as Police negotiator
- R. Lee Ermey as Lead kidnapper
- Scott Aukerman as Starving kidnapper
- Deborah Theaker (uncredited) as Mrs. Robinson
- Jeff Goldblum (uncredited) as Himself
- David Baddiel (uncredited) as Himself
- Brendan Fraser (uncredited) as Himself
- Blaze Walker as Little Middle Ronnie
- Storm Walker as Little Ronnie
Many of the regular cast members of Mr. Show made appearances in the film, such as Jill Talley as Dobbs' occasional wife. Unlike on Mr. Show, where they each played a wide variety of characters in each episode, Odenkirk and Cross portrayed a single character throughout the film, with the exception of a brief appearance by R&B duo Three Times One Minus One. Jack Black starred as a chimney sweep who sings "The Golden Rule Song".
Many well known celebrities had brief cameos in the film, such as Trey Parker, Matt Stone, John Stamos, Rebecca Romijn, Ben Stiller, Jeff Goldblum, Blaine Cartwright, Mandy Patinkin, David Baddiel, Jeff Garlin, Scott Ian & Kathy Griffin.
The film premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Bob Odenkirk initially publicly criticized the film's studio (New Line Cinema) and even went as far as releasing the personal email addresses of Robert Shaye (Chairman) and other principals of New Line Cinema to his fans in an effort to get the film released. He later went on to blame the film's failure to director Troy Miller who, as Odenkirk claims, denied him and David Cross the right to do a final edit of the film. Cross and Miller would later reunite when Miller was hired to direct several episodes of Arrested Development.
As of July 2020, the film holds a 71% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on seven reviews with an average rating of 6.43/10.