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June 17, 2010 10:11 AM   Subscribe

Do the perils and vagaries of the modern world leave you bewildered? Do you miss elementary school, where short black and white films made it all easier to understand? Turn to Mister Sharp, whose animated shorts explain life concepts, such as The Magic of the Mobile Phone, Politics: The Global Language, and The Perils of Lesbianity.
posted by cereselle (16 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love these. I almost did a post on these a couple weeks ago, but got distracted. My favorite is Physical Intimacy: A Dangerous Game.
posted by dortmunder at 10:20 AM on June 17, 2010


why is it raining pubic hair constantly in these videos?
posted by boo_radley at 10:23 AM on June 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


Someone's late to the party. Check our Mr. Cholmondley-Warner.
posted by Lleyam at 10:34 AM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Do the perils and vagaries of the modern world leave you bewildered?

My initial misreading of this was an intended effect...right?
posted by DU at 10:43 AM on June 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


These hurt. So bad in a good way.

The "raining pubic hair" is annoying though. Too bad he couldn't have had a more random and subtle effect.
posted by cjorgensen at 10:47 AM on June 17, 2010


I feel like such a nit-picker, since this is a neat idea and has obviously been a lot of work, but the voice-overs are just so slightly /off/, and it really breaks me out of the experience.
posted by cmyr at 11:14 AM on June 17, 2010


DU: Um, yeah. I meant to do that. *whistles innocently*
posted by cereselle at 11:15 AM on June 17, 2010


why is it raining pubic hair constantly in these videos?

Well that's one of they key bewildering things about modern perils and vagaries.
posted by Babblesort at 11:19 AM on June 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Don't forget The Ministry of Unknown Science.
posted by Evilspork at 11:29 AM on June 17, 2010


I very much enjoy the pronunciation of "foreigner" in "The Evils of Racism." And the weird thing, CMYR, is that the voiceover is what actually makes these work for me. There's too many slight weirdnesses, like, if Love is a sexually transmitted disease that the woman gets, then wouldn't she be getting it from her partner?
posted by redsparkler at 11:31 AM on June 17, 2010


I agree with cmyr, the narration ruins it for me. I can hear the effort in his voice, that he's trying to sound like something else, and that makes it not funny.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 11:41 AM on June 17, 2010


Do the penises and vagina of the modern world leave you bewildered?

wait.. what..?

Do the perils and vagaries of the modern world leave you bewildered?

oh right.

You can tell what bewilders me, the written word I guess.
posted by edgeways at 11:52 AM on June 17, 2010


I read the first few words as "the perils and vaginas". I see I'm not the only one.
posted by stormpooper at 12:00 PM on June 17, 2010


the voice-overs are just so slightly /off/

Lowell Thomas and Walter Winchell were vacationing (together?) in the Bahamas at the time and were unavailable. Carl Kasell was too upset because a wing fell off his toy duck. All they could find was a guy who used to impersonate Robin Williams impersonating Basil Rathbone.
posted by Twang at 12:05 PM on June 17, 2010


Lleyam, thank you so much for that link.

It could well be twenty years ago that I saw Harry Enfield's brilliant "Norbert Smith - A Life" without knowing who he was. For all this time I've wondered.

I'm so pleased to be able to see more of him. And so far he's not letting me down. The Hitler bit is great, and he nails the period feel on those Public Service films.

So I thank you again, and I recommend Enfield to all others.
posted by Trochanter at 1:37 PM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, the voice overs really sound weird to me, like he is going for a trans-Atlantic accent without ever really getting there.
posted by Carillon at 6:35 PM on June 17, 2010


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