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Lee Hardcastle Claymation remakes John Carpenter's "The Thing" in two minutes. And it's better than the 2011 Hollywood remake by far!
posted by benzo8 (30 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite

 
Awesome NOOT NOOT!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 2:12 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


oh god this is good
posted by permafrost at 2:26 AM on January 4, 2012


The only bad thing going on here is my year just hit a high point at 2am on January 4th.
posted by mannequito at 2:32 AM on January 4, 2012 [6 favorites]


*cough* The 2011 Thing was a prequel, not a remake. Carry on.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:34 AM on January 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


it was a pre-butcher. the original was too hard to kill, so they had to soften it up.
posted by mannequito at 2:40 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


How is it possible that an independent three minute micro budget claymation can outdo a studio-made 103 minute $35,000,000 blockbuster?

I give you Hollywood.
posted by troll at 2:49 AM on January 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hah. This was made by a coworker's friend, apparently. Saw it earlier today and love it to bits.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:50 AM on January 4, 2012


You have made me very happy. Thank you.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 2:58 AM on January 4, 2012


Here is the making of - and the storyboards. Hollywood clearly has to make more use of carboard boxes and lollypop sticks.
posted by rongorongo at 3:11 AM on January 4, 2012


Thingu: The Claymake
posted by permafrost at 3:30 AM on January 4, 2012


Thing-gu.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:36 AM on January 4, 2012


Holy crap that was great. Ridiculous how much I remember of the original.

( what is his accent, in the making of?)
posted by From Bklyn at 3:46 AM on January 4, 2012


the original was too hard to kill, so they had to soften it up.

You're referring to this one, of course.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:05 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wasn't the original about a luminous human-root vegetable hybrid?
posted by aeshnid at 4:29 AM on January 4, 2012


Dear god, that was beautiful. I love Pingu (and Pinga too). You've made my day.
posted by Ghidorah at 5:09 AM on January 4, 2012


That was great. Thanks.
posted by marxchivist at 5:39 AM on January 4, 2012


That was awesome! His other videos are pretty swell, too. Looking forward to his version of Hostel next week...
posted by mkultra at 5:44 AM on January 4, 2012


I like it (as I do anything even tangentially related to The Thing), but I really prefer the stop-motion version made with GI-Joes as a music video for Zombie Zombie's Driving this Road Until Death Sets You Free.
posted by brand-gnu at 6:37 AM on January 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


The zombie zombie stop motion take on "The Thing" was rather excellent as well
posted by BishopFistwick at 6:38 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


beaten by seconds!
posted by BishopFistwick at 6:39 AM on January 4, 2012


From Bklyn, sounds like Liverpudlian to me.
posted by the dief at 7:20 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Boxitt, starring young Cecil as Det. Lt. Frank Boxitt.

The only thing missing is the magical green VW Beetle.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:23 AM on January 4, 2012


Wow. I've seen all the Pingu available on netflix and this is an awesome mashup. My only complaint is the characters look a little wonky at times. The original Pingu is pretty polished, claymation-wise.
I felt actual fear and trepidations as these little innocent characters face the horror of the Thing. Now, who wants to start a multi-decade discussion about who is the Thing in the final scene?
What a great link.
posted by hot_monster at 8:14 AM on January 4, 2012


I've wanted to do this for a really long time. MacReady is the thing in the last scene. Remember the bottle of Jim Beam they pass around? It's in a bunch of scenes. The monster is in the bottle. Everybody who drinks from it is infected. And, and, and! Childs takes the bottle from MacReady in the last scene and Mac smiles at him as he drinks. Yay! Now can we fight?

Also? I liked the prequel almost as much I like this Pingu version. I guess I'm the only one.
posted by S'Tella Fabula at 8:36 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


By the end, they're all just amorphous blobs, ready to be crafted into whatever their master wants.
posted by jiawen at 9:01 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


For anyone who's curious, they do have a video copy of "The Thing" at the South Pole... ON BETAMAX!
posted by wcfields at 9:20 AM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


The timing of the dissolve after the blood-test scene (about the 1:15 mark) is such perfectly Pingu-style editing that I laughed out loud in pure admiration.
posted by EmGeeJay at 11:36 AM on January 4, 2012


You know, the prequel wasn't that bad. The only real fault I had with it was the CGI f/x. They looked lazy and inorganic compared to Rob Bottins original creature effects. But the story itself was quite enjoyable.
posted by cazoo at 2:19 PM on January 4, 2012


What no beard? There is no Thing without Kurt Russell's beard. But still...it's good.
posted by Liquidwolf at 2:24 PM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


No Blair destroying the communications center, but otherwise pretty fun.
posted by Scoo at 4:09 AM on January 5, 2012


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