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Ah! Darda cars! I loved those things when I was a kid. Those wind-up motors held up to serious abuse.
posted by tmt at 3:10 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm in awe of the construction skill. Also the music choice.
posted by Fraxas at 3:12 PM on November 17, 2010


i thought this was going to be about the american "top gear" which me surprisingly upset to think about
posted by nathancaswell at 3:17 PM on November 17, 2010


Disposable income: disposed.
posted by bicyclefish at 3:21 PM on November 17, 2010 [4 favorites]


I want to go to there.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:50 PM on November 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


Obviously not one continuous run, but well done, none-the-less.
posted by peewinkle at 3:52 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'd forgotten I had those as a kid, until I saw this video. Thanks for bringing those synapses back to life!
posted by davejay at 3:55 PM on November 17, 2010


Yeah, I was a Darda kid too. They were great.
posted by chairface at 4:04 PM on November 17, 2010


Watched four times now. Love this.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:09 PM on November 17, 2010


I used to think I was such a tomboy, playing with my older brother's matchbox cars. Now when I reflect on it, I realize that I basically played out little dramas with them, personifying them like dolls.
posted by frecklefaerie at 4:29 PM on November 17, 2010 [3 favorites]


The only thing that would've made that video more epic was if the car had caught fire when it went in the fireplace and had kept going for another minute before exploding. Incidentally, here's the YouTube channel of the creators of that vid.
posted by Kattullus at 4:36 PM on November 17, 2010


I'm feeling wooziness more than awesomeness.
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:48 PM on November 17, 2010


Wow, videos like this remind me what a spoiled hipster brat I've become thanks to the internet. Instead of being impressed, my gut reaction is "meh, if you're going to make some kind of convoluted Goldbergian contraption, at least film it in one take. Amateurs."

I despise myself for thinking that.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 4:51 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Watched four times now. Love this

My fourth now too. I've decided it's the kids at 1'00" to 1'20" waving to the little car as it goes past their little lunch that kick the video from "cool way to spend a lot of time and money" to "I want any children of mine to have parents like these".
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:00 PM on November 17, 2010


The Winsome Parker Lewis: "meh, if you're going to make some kind of convoluted Goldbergian contraption, at least film it in one take. Amateurs.""

I kind of thought, if it's not going to be a real, honest-to-goodness one-take machine, why not have parts of it be more comically impossible? They start to go in that direction later in the video, with the car ramping over the garage, but they could have taken in much further.

Having said that, it's also awesome as-is.
posted by roll truck roll at 5:02 PM on November 17, 2010


Maaaaaan, I wish I could smack my boss across the face with a section of hot-wheels track.
posted by isopraxis at 5:09 PM on November 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Good stuff! Clearly they have a Darda affiliation what with the front license plate on the truck and all.

Either that, or just an unhealthy obsession...
posted by StarmanDXE at 5:44 PM on November 17, 2010


Thank you Metafilter. You just solved what I am going to get my Hot Wheels/Matchbox car addicted son for Christmas. Now will those cars fit on Hot wheels track?

(Yes I am JUST learning about these Darda cars)
posted by ShawnString at 6:27 PM on November 17, 2010


oh and that video was the BOMB! Love the skatepark part
posted by ShawnString at 6:28 PM on November 17, 2010


AHHHHH!!! TOO MANY COLORS! It was making me feel like I was tripping somewhat. Maybe it was just that i had a long day at work, but my brain was not ready to process that much color information while tracking a fast moving object. My optic nerves had a 10-car pileup with all that information going through my rods and cones. I dig it, though.

What I now want to see now that I've seen this:

Tiny macro lens cameras in the car and at various points on the track, directed by Peter Yates (of Bullitt fame), with two cars racing each other.

No, wait;

Maybe shoot it in black and white, with a heavy Noir angle, Alphaville meets Bullitt, with tilt-shift establishing shots and only the character shots using 'normal' lenses. Forced perspective rules the visual frame. Deadly games of cat-and-mouse in a tiny, dangerous world gone mad. Dark, abstract heroes and villains forced to drive down a one-way track with no... going... back.

Yeah.

The bad guys could look like those wrench-wielding bad guys from the 'Take on Me' video.

The smallest film with the biggest budget ever.
posted by chambers at 6:40 PM on November 17, 2010


Clearly, best of the web.
posted by Doohickie at 6:44 PM on November 17, 2010


Disposable income: disposed.

Disposable time: disposed. Well, I might add.
posted by philip-random at 7:04 PM on November 17, 2010


Is this the sort of thing you'd need two young sons for so you can say 'But honey, think of the children'?

Because I've got that so covered.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 11:35 PM on November 17, 2010


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