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The Cyclopean Terror of Sex Ed
April 28, 2011 4:30 PM   Subscribe

Late Bloomer (SLYT, NSF4th graders)
posted by PhoBWanKenobi (41 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I really want to like this, but god that voice.
posted by empath at 4:38 PM on April 28, 2011 [15 favorites]


tldw; Nick Cave recalls Sex Ed.
posted by clearly at 4:40 PM on April 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


empath: "I really want to like this, but god that voice"

Yeah couldn't agree more, it's too cheesy. The music/visuals/premise are all appealing but the voice is just so lame.
posted by Perplexity at 4:47 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shades of Brad Neely's narration for Wizard People, Dear Reader.
posted by lantius at 4:51 PM on April 28, 2011


I only got half way through, my ears couldn't take it. Too bad, it seemed well done.
posted by Harpocrates at 4:52 PM on April 28, 2011


Getting to the end is worth it for the punchline (if you didn't see it coming).
posted by ElliotH at 4:58 PM on April 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


Speaking as a woman whose uterus went feral, I love the SCARY ANGRY UTERUS art.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:02 PM on April 28, 2011


That's the sound of a voice actor who is ravenously hungry for scenery.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 5:04 PM on April 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


How much did all that chalk cost the taxpayers?
posted by Iron Rat at 5:05 PM on April 28, 2011


Actually - that voice was perfect, it you imagined the narrator as Lovecraft himself, sitting through a sex-ed class... (Wasn't he a bit, well, "asexual"?)
posted by jkaczor at 5:09 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


OMG lady, if you're going to reduce a woman's entire reproductive system down to the word "vagina," at least point to the correct area when you say it.

Previously -- I believe "the unknown" referred at least in part to women. So yeah, I think the film was pretty rad.

I kinda liked the voice.
posted by giraffe at 5:10 PM on April 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Now that you brought up the voice, I can't get past it.
posted by cazoo at 5:12 PM on April 28, 2011


OMG lady, if you're going to reduce a woman's entire reproductive system down to the word "vagina," at least point to the correct area when you say it.

At least she was equally incorrect in regard to both sexes--referring to the entire male repro system as a one-eyed god penis.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 5:14 PM on April 28, 2011


Yeah, I think she's an equal opportunity pointing failure.
posted by giraffe at 5:18 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Does the female form make you uncomfortable, Mr. Lebowski?
posted by mccarty.tim at 5:23 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, I've been meaning to check out Lovecraft. My library doesn't have any Lovecraft books, and I'm too lazy to ask for an inter-library loan or just drive to the bigger library in the system, so I'm thinking I might check out a public domain audiobook/reading.

However, if this is how people narrate Lovecraft, I might pass.
posted by mccarty.tim at 5:26 PM on April 28, 2011


It's all on wikisource.
posted by empath at 5:40 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Well, that's going to make life drawing class much more interesting this evening.
posted by MrVisible at 5:40 PM on April 28, 2011


Good Morning, Miss Lovecraft.
posted by adamt at 5:47 PM on April 28, 2011


I liked it, I liked it a lot. Tho the teachers name being Lovecraft seemed a bit heavy handed. Tho I can't think of something more brilliant myself.
posted by MrBobaFett at 6:05 PM on April 28, 2011


ElliotH: Getting to the end is worth it for the punchline (if you didn't see it coming).

I see what you did there.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:14 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was pretty awful, unless you like the idea of sitting through a fifteen-minute film of an actor playing Sigmund Freud lasciviously smoking a cigar. Sexual imagery in Lovecraft's fiction is pretty blatant, and countless term papers have discussed it, always with the biographical note about his minimal contact with women (save for the spinster aunts that he lived with). I think that I might pay cash money not to have to sit through this thing again.
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:19 PM on April 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Loved it, voice and all. Another voice actor might be able to improve on the effort, but I wouldn't want to hear it in any other style.
posted by jsturgill at 6:20 PM on April 28, 2011


Narrated by Mz. Dubcek?
posted by cmoj at 6:25 PM on April 28, 2011



That's the sound of a voice actor who is ravenously hungry for scenery.

It's Lovecraft. If your mouth isn't half full of chewy soft scenery chunks you're doing it wrong. The man's prose is past purple and into infrared.
posted by The Whelk at 6:35 PM on April 28, 2011 [4 favorites]


Ew.
posted by wreckingball at 7:43 PM on April 28, 2011


Actually - that voice was perfect, it you imagined the narrator as Lovecraft himself, sitting through a sex-ed class...

I have to agree . . . I think the voice is perfect.

And this is exactly what junior high school felt like. I could have never made its similarity to a Lovecraftian tale before?
posted by fignewton at 8:59 PM on April 28, 2011


I'm not sure I needed a reminder of the raw, yes Lovecraftian, horror of junior high school... Man that shit was awkward and terrible.
posted by Blasdelb at 10:40 PM on April 28, 2011


Yeah, the voice was a bit much for me, too... Though the look in the Innsmouth girl's eyes was pretty great.

The man's prose is past purple and into infrared.

At the risk of outing myself as a huge nerd, 'past purple' would be ultraviolet. Infrared's at the whole other end of the spectrum.
posted by kaibutsu at 10:42 PM on April 28, 2011 [5 favorites]


ULTRAVIOLET
posted by The Whelk at 10:43 PM on April 28, 2011


not sure i liked the film so much, but I will definitely be referring to my penis from this point on as "the one-eyed goat with a thousand young".
posted by jadayne at 3:25 AM on April 29, 2011 [1 favorite]


But that wasn't a vagina.

Has the modern trend for linguistic reductionism extended even into the sex education class? I weep for the younger generation. No wait... I don't give a shit about them.
posted by Decani at 3:28 AM on April 29, 2011 [2 favorites]


Needs more dramatic voiceover
posted by AndrewKemendo at 4:51 AM on April 29, 2011


"Vagina" --- if that's your sex ed classes no wonder so many teens are confused.
posted by dabitch at 5:29 AM on April 29, 2011


Kinda disappointed... expected/hoping for a funnier ending. Yecch.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:24 AM on April 29, 2011


My best friend sent this to me last night and said that if I didn't think it was funny, we should reconsider being friends.

And now I'm trying to think of a very polite way to say goodbye.
posted by jph at 9:20 AM on April 29, 2011


Luckily years of This American Life has inoculated me against such voices, so I was able to enjoy this.
posted by odinsdream at 11:47 AM on April 29, 2011 [3 favorites]


MrBobaFett: "I liked it, I liked it a lot. Tho the teachers name being Lovecraft seemed a bit heavy handed. Tho I can't think of something more brilliant myself"

Miss Katonic!

Sorry.
posted by giraffe at 1:53 PM on April 29, 2011


Mrs. ichibun got hung up on the fact that he says he's a moth, and then says he's a butterfly. But it was totally worth it to listen to it the second time just to watch her faces.
posted by theichibun at 5:26 PM on April 29, 2011


Stumbled across this on another website. Not perfect, but yeah, if you're gonna do lovecraft, you kinda have to dial the voice up to 11, break the knob off, and then subject it to mind-shatteringly ancient profane defilement.
posted by dvorak_beats_qwerty at 6:56 AM on April 30, 2011


I want to like this -- it's very well-made, and the kids are hilarious to watch -- but man does it seem like a loooooooooooooooong walk to get to that punchline. I mean, seriously, does this really need to be a quarter of an hour? I think this could benefit a lot from being cut down to five minutes.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 7:11 AM on April 30, 2011


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