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.
Uncomfortably silent, slightly depressive, and undeniably strange, Nikola Gocic’s “Three… or Apple?” is a mysterious, dreamlike experience weird enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.
Today’s Saturday Short was suggested by a reader, Nina. Our protagonist in this short, Gustafer Yellowgold, is an alien from the sun who only dreams in green. In the midst of all those kid shows that encourage children to dance around and shout out answers to questions comes one that actually has a calm, soothing nature to it. It’s fanciful personality makes it acceptably weird.
David Firth, creator of our first Saturday Short “Crooked Rot”, receives his second appearance on our site with the eighth episode of his bizarre comedy series, Salad Fingers. (If you haven’t seen the previous seven, don’t worry. There’s no background information you’ll need in order to understand this one.) Whether you laugh so hard you puke, or curl up in the fetal position during this clip, one thing is certain, David is a master of weird.