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THE BUNNY GETS IT (slyt)
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese (62 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by anadem at 8:24 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Really? snuff films for preschoolers.. what did the chocolate bunny ever do to them?
With that said, the shots of the ripples flowing back on the hair drier bunny were really neat.
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 8:24 PM on April 4, 2010


I don't know why, but this tugs at something very deep within me and it's a struggle to keep from bursting into tears. Perhaps it's the analogy to life that my brain keeps conjuring.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:27 PM on April 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


Watching the hairdryer bit, I kept thinking, "Don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"
posted by gern at 8:30 PM on April 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


Watching the hairdryer bit, I kept thinking, "Don't look at it. Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it, no matter what happens!"

Or "It's beautiful!"

Also kind of makes me want to lick the screen.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:35 PM on April 4, 2010


That was surprisingly disturbing. This was made for kids? Gdamn.

Also - AWESOME.
posted by Stunt at 8:36 PM on April 4, 2010


The eyes. They haunt me.
posted by geek anachronism at 8:43 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Was it just the swirly-whirly music, or was that really pretty?
posted by Gilbert at 8:43 PM on April 4, 2010


This is fantastic. An entire generation of Dutch kids are going to grow up to be conceptual artists with a focus on body horror and images of childhood.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:44 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now I'm really pissed I already ate my chocolate bunny.
posted by sallybrown at 8:48 PM on April 4, 2010


Previously.

Love the video though.
posted by the other side at 8:51 PM on April 4, 2010


What is that song and where have I heard it before?
posted by sarahnade at 8:51 PM on April 4, 2010


That was just creepy. They don't really show that to preschoolers, do they? What do they show fourth graders then? Stockyards and slaughter houses???
posted by leftcoastbob at 8:53 PM on April 4, 2010


This is actually a triple, at least; we saw one in 2007 that the other side linked there, and we also saw this as a front-page post just last July.
posted by koeselitz at 8:53 PM on April 4, 2010


What is that song and where have I heard it before?

Sounds like a ripoff of Komeda's Rosemary's Baby score.
posted by dobbs at 9:02 PM on April 4, 2010


Hmm, I wonder what it says about me that I didn't find it disturbing at all. It's the kind of film, that if I were a film student, I would wish I had made for some class project or other.
posted by jeffamaphone at 9:05 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Poor little guy.
posted by marxchivist at 9:05 PM on April 4, 2010


This version with a different soundtrack is not sad; it's actually sort of badass.
posted by bewilderbeast at 9:16 PM on April 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seriously lightweight - a very simple minded project, without merit. Yeah, that's my subjective opinion, so?

What is this supposed to signify, other than sadness conjured up by watching someone destroy destroying a beloved symbol of a happiness - i.e. the Easter Bunny. or, as a stimulus for those who get a kick out of destroying traditional symbols at the expense of others? Stupid. Something a 5-year-old would do. It's like the so-called "artist" who put a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art (and I'm not a religious person). I rate this a .1 on a ten point scale of creativity, and would have serious issues having my kids spend time with the creator of this stupid video.

Of course, the simple mind that created this piece of "art" or "performance piece" would take my objection as proving that what he has done is "art" or some semblance of same, because I'm disturbed by it - most likely inspired by something he read in an Art History textbook about performance art, or the DaDa movement. Who knows? Just proves how crap can be elevated to grab attention by intentionally jolting sensibilities. Like the Easter Bunny is a symbol of something that needs to be "deconstructed" (by melting)? Give me a break? Next.
posted by Vibrissae at 9:16 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fantastic.

I remember when I was a kid, I could never eat my chocolate bunny at Easter. I just felt so bad eating such a cute and obviously sentient little animal. Maybe I would try eating the ears but usually I would keep my chocolate bunnies on a shelf in my room until fall when they would start to disintegrate.

Yeah, I was probably an overly sensitive child.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:18 PM on April 4, 2010 [3 favorites]


There is no good in this world.
posted by Jeff_Larson at 9:20 PM on April 4, 2010 [1 favorite]


OH BUT IT'S OK WHEN DONE IN THE NAME OF GLUTTONY? u fat usians sicken me. ur greedy fatbeast cats, too. peepists.
posted by Juicy Avenger at 9:27 PM on April 4, 2010


I'm thinking of the Aeschylus quote from earlier...
posted by bonobothegreat at 9:29 PM on April 4, 2010


I could never eat my chocolate bunny at Easter

I couldn't wait to get it out of the box so I could BITE THE ASS OFF.


Paging Dr. Freud.... Dr. Freud to The Blue zone, please.
posted by CynicalKnight at 9:31 PM on April 4, 2010


"Seriously lightweight - a very simple minded project, without merit. Yeah, that's my subjective opinion, so? ..... would have serious issues having my kids spend time with the creator of this stupid video."

Wait, you have children and you're this bothered by melting chocolate? Why are you so angered by this?

CynicalKnight, this is for you.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:36 PM on April 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


(My profile doesn't look all that different, honestly.)

I enjoyed the video but I do think it's a little odd that a video for preschoolers would show an iron being used in this way. Danger, kids, danger.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 9:53 PM on April 4, 2010


In other macabre Easter candy news, I learned today that if you introduce a marshmallow peep to a basketful of baby chicks they will peck out its eyes and then ignore it.

Lesson: do not take a basket of baby chicks to an Easter barbecue with alcohol.
posted by Alison at 9:55 PM on April 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I mean, I'm hardly seconding Vibrissae's comment, but it's hard to look at lalochezia's and not interpret as a snobby, "Your opinion means squat, n00b."
posted by mreleganza at 10:04 PM on April 4, 2010


Orange and Teal; it is everywhere...
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 10:05 PM on April 4, 2010


What is this supposed to signify, other than sadness conjured up by watching someone destroy destroying a beloved symbol of a happiness - i.e. the Easter Bunny. or, as a stimulus for those who get a kick out of destroying traditional symbols at the expense of others?

You do realize that children eat these, yes? Usually head first?
posted by empath at 10:07 PM on April 4, 2010


My own humble efforts, along these lines, may be viewed here*

*self link vimeo
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:11 PM on April 4, 2010


It is not art, Vib. Its just food. NOM.
posted by vrakatar at 10:14 PM on April 4, 2010


RABBIT VS HUNTER
posted by homunculus at 10:20 PM on April 4, 2010


BRING ME THE HEAD OF JOHN THE CHOCOLATE BUNNY.
posted by loquacious at 10:21 PM on April 4, 2010


lalochezia: “Vibrissae's profile”

I say this in the friendliest way possible: fuck this stupid in-groupy bullshit. Vibrissae has an opinion, s/he can damned well post it. I might think it's idiotic, or I might think it's fantastic, but that'll have absolutely nothing to do with how many comments and posts s/he's made on some website. Fucking hell.
posted by koeselitz at 10:31 PM on April 4, 2010 [5 favorites]


Vibrissae: "What is this supposed to signify, other than sadness conjured up by watching someone destroy destroying a beloved symbol of a happiness - i.e. the Easter Bunny......"

The Easter Bunny has no symbolic value to me, nor do I enjoy the presentation of pointless destruction. For me, the piece echoes the Promethean tragedy of daily life. It wears us away, day after day, and day after day, we rise again only to fall.

I can appreciate your critical analysis, but your comment also demonstrates extreme limitations in your thought process.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 10:33 PM on April 4, 2010


For me, the piece echoes the Promethean tragedy of daily life.

He flew too close to the hair-dryer?
posted by bicyclefish at 11:10 PM on April 4, 2010 [2 favorites]


Vibrissae: Where’s your thing that you made and put online for everyone to see?
posted by JDHarper at 11:11 PM on April 4, 2010


Years ago, I went to a two-day music-art show in Baltimore called the Once-Twice Festival and they had some video artists on loop.

I can't remember the name of the artist duo that did these, but they took atomic testing film (the classic footage of the building being hit with nuclear shock waves), regular 50s films of emotional, if silent personal exchanges between a mother and daughter, and a 1970s split-video hospital drama of a helicopter flying to the roof of a hospital, while EMTs wheel a gurney out to the approaching chopper. They played it all in slow motion while performing some kind of equally slow, burning effect on the film that took over more of the image as the loop progressed.

It was creepy and compelling, I think for the same reasons as this footage: memories of home, love, safety, comfort, etc. get taken apart and annihilated slowly; it's like watching entropy take its inevitable, evil prize.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:37 PM on April 4, 2010


The hare dryer was the best part.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:52 PM on April 4, 2010 [4 favorites]


What is this supposed to signify, other than sadness conjured up by watching someone destroy destroying a beloved symbol of a happiness - i.e. the Easter Bunny. or, as a stimulus for those who get a kick out of destroying traditional symbols at the expense of others? Stupid. Something a 5-year-old would do. It's like the so-called "artist" who put a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art (and I'm not a religious person).

1. Art doesn't have to signify anything. Art can be stuff that looks cool, without any real significance.
2. Melting stuff looks cool. That's why kids have to be told not to play with matches.
3. Not everyone holds a chocolate Easter bunny as a symbol of happiness. Some of us just consider it a seasonal inanimate object. Would a video of smashing jack-o-lanterns get you all bothered, too?
posted by 23skidoo at 12:08 AM on April 5, 2010


It made me sad. :(
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 12:28 AM on April 5, 2010


surely i can't be the first to think of this, can I?
http://bennyhillifier.com/?id=T-SZYZLfZ7E
posted by milnak at 12:35 AM on April 5, 2010


Okay, so there's the original, and the one with the metal soundtrack. A different tune can really change everything. Try the tragic & epic options too.
posted by bjrn at 1:25 AM on April 5, 2010


Oh drat. Beaten by 50 minutes, and I missed the comment RIGHT ABOVE MINE.
posted by bjrn at 1:47 AM on April 5, 2010


How can a light that's burning so brightly suddenly turn so pale?
posted by Samuel Farrow at 2:03 AM on April 5, 2010


Wow, hot chocolate.

I believe in miracles. Where you from? You sexy thing!
posted by bwg at 3:13 AM on April 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


Is there something else besides the melting chocolate or is that it?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:30 AM on April 5, 2010


When the eyeball dripped down during the Close Encounter with a Heater incident, I was convinced I would not show this to any preschoolers of my acquaintance. I can see 10 year olds enjoying this, but not small children aged 3 or 4. Or does "Preschool Children" mean something else in Dutch?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 6:01 AM on April 5, 2010


You know, SLOG, I was sort of thinking the same thing until I thought about how we're not afraid of much until we learn to be afraid of it, like how a 3 year old can hold their hand to the glass when a rattlesnake strikes but you or I can't w/o flinching.

I almost think the 8 or 9 or 10 year old might be more freaked out than the 3 or 4 year old, I mean, most 3 or 4 year olds haven't yet seen something rotting or decaying, nor do they really have a concept of death.

I bet the end result of showing this to 10 pre-k's would be 9 mom's having to take messy chocolate bunnies away from them after the showing, as they recreate the melty goodness.

Also, I love art. You know what I hate? Art critics.
posted by TomMelee at 7:08 AM on April 5, 2010


So you don't think that they would be having bad dreams about their own eyeballs melting down their faces? Little guys personalize everything. Kitties, puppies, chocolate bunnies? All stand-ins for the three-year-old.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:57 AM on April 5, 2010


If they saw a vid of someone eating a chocolate bunny, would they have bad dreams about being eaten alive?
posted by 23skidoo at 8:21 AM on April 5, 2010


I love this. Its beautiful and fun, and has been a treat every time I've gone back and watched it over the last 3 or 4 years.

@sarahnade & dobbs

I believe it may have been in the movie Palindromes. I haven't seen it, but all my searching around a few years ago for a copy of this song lead to lots of references to it having been in that movie.

Which leads me to believe it may be called "Aviva Pastoral" as I'm pretty sure its Nathan Larson (AKA Shudder to Think) and Nina Persson (The Cardigans) doing the vocals and they're credited with a song of that name on that soundtrack.

One evening of fairly extensive searching brought me to that assumption, but still nothing concrete.
posted by blackfly at 8:45 AM on April 5, 2010


I'm stoked that my Nederlandse is good enough that I could read that title without the post-jump translation. I did do some Deutsch interpolation.

carry on.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:58 AM on April 5, 2010


This was very very odd, yet captivating. The hairdryer scene reminded me of that part from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. And it was creepy how the bunny's eye seemed to be staring right at the heat lamp.
posted by xedrik at 1:59 PM on April 5, 2010


Art doesn't have to signify anything. Art can be stuff that looks cool, without any real significance.

god help us - another person who wants to call "anything" art


I can appreciate your critical analysis, but your comment also demonstrates extreme limitations in your thought process.

And another.

And then there are the little spoiled ones who can't stand rejection, and react to that by striking out at those who object to being lambasted with "junk in the box" created by "Mommy, look at me!!" fanboys.

Didn't know that about Jonathan Coulton. Talk about boring.
posted by Vibrissae at 5:53 PM on April 5, 2010


god help us - another person who wants to call "anything" art

God help us, another person who wants an argument about what is and isn't art.

And then there are the little spoiled ones who can't stand rejection, and react to that by striking out at those who object to being lambasted with "junk in the box" created by "Mommy, look at me!!" fanboys.

No one is being "lambasted" with anything. It's a link to a video clip, which you can choose to click on or not. And I'm not implying you have no right to your opinion about this or any other art (which this is, whether you happen to agree or not), but you have to realize you lose credibility when you start saying "this is not art" simply because you don't enjoy it or see merit in it or think it's horrible or whatever.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:48 PM on April 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Art doesn't have to signify anything. Art can be stuff that looks cool, without any real significance.

god help us - another person who wants to call "anything" art


I'm sorry, when did I say ANYTHING could be art? (Answer: never) I said "art can be stuff that looks cool, without any real significance".
posted by 23skidoo at 8:34 PM on April 5, 2010


When I saw this several days ago (it absolutely weirded me out), I couldn't help but wonder "what context am I missing?"

Seeing it linked on the blue, I eagerly dove in thinking that some right-minded MeFite would either be from the target market; would have grown up with the imagery in that culture; would have some sort of explanation of context.

I can't imagine that this is all there is, absolutely context free and shown to the "if it's on the ground it's goin' in mah mouf!" set.

Anyone have any further info or contacts who might be able to shed some light?
posted by drfu at 12:09 AM on April 6, 2010


Context

Looks like it didn't even make the cut.
posted by empath at 12:18 AM on April 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Here's more from the series.

Ik de jouwe, jij de mijne

Sally

You can find more if you search for the Dutch name of the series.
posted by empath at 12:25 AM on April 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


I found this hilarious. I don't want to consider what that might say about me.
posted by Monster_Zero at 8:33 AM on April 6, 2010


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