Something to Watch: “Rainbow Narcosis”

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Welcome to the weekend! Wanna start off your stay with something especially trippy? No? Well you’re getting it anyway!

Just added to Vimeo’s staff picks is a weird little piece from animator Jonathan Monaghan. He calls it Rainbow Narcosis and… I really have no words that can describe it. Um, it’s about a sheep? Enjoy!

Confused? So am I! But if you want to see more of Monaghan’s work, feel free to check out his site.

Something to Watch: Thanksgiving Video Collection

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It’s that time of the year. Turkey Day is tomorrow! Time to gather around with family and give thanks for the things we love most in life… Or we can just goof around in front of a computer and watch videos about turkeys and other food-related stuff. Shall we?

A Thanksgiving Pardon

Let’s begin with a five-second film from 5-Second Films.

Happy Thanksgiving, Turkey.

An amusing short film from the folks at Taste TestHappy Thanksgiving Turkey enters on an innocent turkey just going about his everyday suburban life, having forgotten that today is Thanksgiving. What follows is nothing short of goofy, in a good way. The crew behind this clearly had a lot of fun making this video, and that makes me enjoy it even more.

What’s that? You wanted something a little longer? All right…

Harvest

Continuing on our pilgrim-versus-turkey theme, Jonathan Soto provides a funny CG short involving a turkey running for his life. It may not be the most polished CGI I’ve ever seen, but it’s very well animated and a lot of fun to watch.

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Another animation following turkeys trying to escape certain doom, this time from the animator Naz Ghodrati-Azadi. I’m very impressed with the art-direction, animation and voice-acting of this one.

What? You wanted something a little longer? All right…

TURKEY

And now for something completely different! Originally made for an animation showcase held by Oof Collective, Harvey Benschoter takes a ton of stock images and… does very strange things with them. It’s really weird, but I like really weird, so here we go!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’ll be taking a break on Friday, but don’t worry. I’ll be back on Monday with something new. Take care!

Something to Watch: “Too Many Cooks”

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Well, there’s no use trying to deny it. Rolling Stone wrote about it. The Atlantic wrote about it. Other art sites like It’s Nice That have written about itToo Many Cooks is a thing, and I’m running just a tad late to the party.

See, from time to time, the comedy network [adult swim] produces eleven-minute shorts and airs them on the graveyard slot of 4am. A week later, they’ll often upload these shorts to their official YouTube channel. In a somewhat unusual case, their most recent effort has reached viral status, following it’s upload. I’ll go ahead and say ahead of time that Too Many Cooks is rather NSFW. I’d give reasons why but, as The Atlantic would tell you, the less you know about this short going in, the more likely you are to enjoy it.

That was really well done! The joke about a never-ending TV theme song is funny enough, but to then transcend the sitcom parody and lampoon cop shows, sci-fi shows and even G.I. Joe makes this video something else entirely. Clearly, a lot of thought went into this, and it’s paying off. To give credit where credit’s due, there aren’t a whole lot of networks that would invest money in weird, one-off projects like this. [adult swim] does so for seemingly little purpose other than showcasing them, and that says wonders about who they are and how they do businesses.

Now, as evidence of the short’s popularity, I leave you with a fan-made 8-bit rendition of the theme song from Too Many Cooks.

You can find more from [adult swim] by visiting their official site and YouTube channel.

Something To Play: “Jazzpunk”

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So I’ve been looking over some of the indie stuff I’ve gotten my hands on in the months before I started this blog. I may be plunging into that archive a few times before this year is over. One particular thing that stuck out to me is a strange little game, developed independently by Necrophone Games and published to Steam by none other than the video game division of experimental comedy network [adult swim]. Welcome to the world of Jazzpunk.

Where do I even begin with this one? Well, the story (nonsensical as it is,) places you in the role of Polyblank, a secret agent running espionage missions in an alternate-reality Cold War era. But don’t be fooled. This is a absurdist comedy, first and foremost. You’ll be asked to perform completely insane tasks to achieve slightly less insane results.

Need to get into a room? Go collect a bunch of spiders in a jar and let them loose on the guard. Need to fool a security camera? Go the copy-machine, take a picture of your butt and show it to the camera. Get the idea?

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As you do these strange things, everything happening around you becomes even stranger. Suddenly, your boss’s office is becoming flooded with water and octopuses. Now you’re standing in a creepy land made of pizza. It’s best to just go with the flow.

Actually, the best thing to do (in my opinion,) is to follow the story straight through on your first go. Then, after the end credits have finished, play again and go as far off the beaten-path as possible to see what else you can do. There’s pigeons to smuggle, frogs-with-Mohawks to escort and references to other video games to find.

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Both playthroughs will only take you a couple of hours, but I think it’s worth the price of admission, anyway. It’s really funny and I don’t think you’re going to find a game with this sort of look and feel anywhere else. What else can I say? Jazzpunk is a game where you’re thrown into a weird little world and asked to go see what you can make happen. If that sounds like fun to you, then hop on board!

You can find Jazzpunk on Steam here.