“Kuntsbar” (in English, “Art Bar”) is Whitehouse Animation’s brilliant interpretation of a confusing world where all artist-created realities live side-by-side. Watch for the visual citations to Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and others art masters.
As uncomfortable as it is original, Unglewd will challenge your concept of music. Samples of chatter and screeching, accompanied by erratic drums, blend with a slew of distressful images to make this week’s short a bad trip you must experience.
For someone who wasn’t around fifty years ago to see the original airings of “The Flintstones”, watching Fred and Barney down a couple glasses of Busch beer may come as a bit of a shock. Younger generations commonly view the Flintstones as a family friendly comedy appropriate for all ages, but the show was initially intended for adults.
Fred and Barney’s casual drinking aside, this commercial has even more odd qualities in store. The hypnotic circle at the beginning, repeating of slogans, and Mr. Slate’s hallucinations make for an anomalous gem.
For some Adult Swim viewers, it was hard enough to believe that Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s grotesquely odd television series received a second season. To their dismay, Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! premiered season five (season “cinco”) in February of this year. Although the series focuses on comedy, Wareheim claims that the show is greatly influenced by the awkwardness of David Lynch‘s work.
From the title alone, one will likely infer that “Nagasaki Ding-Dong” is not your average short film. Rather, Nagasaki seems to be an experiment on just how far one can stray from the norm. Filled with nauseating scenes and sounds, it’s unpleasant nature will leave weird enthusiasts satisfied with a weighty feeling of unease.
We’ll leave it to you to describe this… special… video for yourself. We’re just going to supply the background: this short film was created by commercial director and artist Nagi Noda for a short film compilation sponsored by Panasonic celebrating the Olympics. We haven’t seen the other nine films in the series (no one has for six years now), but we suspect that this poodle fitness video (a parody of fitness guru Susan Powter) was not quite what the corporate giant expected when they commissioned the project.
Mathieu Labaye’s tribute to his father, who suffered from multiple sclerosis when he was 29 years old, was confined to a wheelchair at 40, and died of pneumonia at the age of 55. Labaye has an indisputable talent for creating music and visual art that radiates a surplus of energy. Warning: like our last Saturday Short, “Orgesticulanismus” also contains some brief artistic nudity.
A man’s food addiction becomes his undoing. Decades later, Hunger‘s message is as relevant as ever. This cartoon by Peter Foldès was nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Animated Short” category. A mild warning: the film does contain brief, artistic nudity.
If there’s one thing we like more than a talented, unconventional film director, it’s one who also writes extraordinary music. John R. Hand is one of these talented artists. His band, User Assumes Risk, mixes their disturbing electronic music with horrifying, gruesome images for a live performance that would make Marilyn Manson envious. CORRECTION: Although Hand is also a composer, the music in this video was actually written by Lemmie Crew.
When coming across an artist like Justin Tomchuck, the task of selecting a single short becomes fairly difficult. Each video is very different from the next, while staying true to his unconventional style. Still, “Children Purple” seems to be just a tad more imaginative and wayward than the rest of his work. Enjoy.
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