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March 12, 2018 3:45 PM   Subscribe

More or less. Travel Oregon has produced a lovely, Studio Ghibli-esque piece about what it's like to visit Oregon.

Other enjoyable Travel Oregon productions include Finding Oregon (previously) and Travel Oregon: The Game (previously)
posted by Secretariat (43 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
 
I saw this on Twitter today, and it is a glorious thing.

The field of rabbits and the Rabbit God or whatever is, perhaps, my favorite bit.
posted by Making You Bored For Science at 3:53 PM on March 12 [3 favorites]


Wonderful, and yes, only the size of that rabbit seemed a bit off.
posted by OHenryPacey at 3:54 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


that's because it is slightly exaggerated
posted by mbo at 3:57 PM on March 12 [7 favorites]


This ad is wonderful but I keep seeing it without the studios and directors attached! Directed by Kylie Matulick & Todd Mueller of Psyop, in partnership with Sun Creature. A+++ work, I'm going to download the youtube so I can frame by frame later.
posted by matcha action at 3:58 PM on March 12 [9 favorites]


My young children were enraptured but did not understand the joke.
posted by selfnoise at 4:07 PM on March 12


Wow, that's just lovely!
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:10 PM on March 12


The Travel Oregon page/guide is also quite nice.
posted by chainlinkspiral at 4:11 PM on March 12


Obviously, the favorite strain down at the Travel Oregon offices is Girl Scout Cookies.
posted by Thorzdad at 4:26 PM on March 12 [12 favorites]


I'm going to download the youtube so I can frame by frame later.

I beat you to it, and underneath the Rabbit God and dragonboat races there's a few interstitial frames of criddlers constructing giant terrifying death robots out of stolen bikes and an army of shambling oogies clogging up all of the public toilets and causing The Great Stink.

Also, the PNW looks like this for like 10 minutes out of the year. It's usually more like this.

And yes, the video is adorable. I'm not hating.
posted by loquacious at 4:29 PM on March 12 [10 favorites]


Well, if any place would have a catbus, it would be Portland.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:35 PM on March 12 [3 favorites]


That was so lovely, but did I miss the Painted Hills? I want a little more east of the Cascades representation!
posted by Hopeful and Cynical at 5:11 PM on March 12 [5 favorites]


it all looks great in the promo video, but just wait until the bicycaterpillar is going 3 mph in front of you in the bike lane and you can't get around it
posted by idiopath at 5:34 PM on March 12 [11 favorites]


> Directed by Kylie Matulick & Todd Mueller of Psyop, in partnership with Sun Creature.

Thank you! I was looking for that, but just kept finding that it was part of a campaign by Wieden + Kennedy. I wish they had a few credits attached more to the video.
posted by Secretariat at 5:35 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


I like the part in the end where the animals, feminist bookstore owners, craft brewers, and Californian emigres come together to defeat the White Nationalists.
posted by leotrotsky at 5:51 PM on March 12 [5 favorites]


My favorite is how they show that it does indeed rain in Oregon. Just one drop and the entire Willamette Valley springs to lush verdant life.
posted by Nelson at 6:02 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Needs more Unipiper.
posted by Sublimity at 6:16 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


It was really lovely to see Ghibli's style applied to North American flora and fauna. Almost like a cultural mashup.
posted by Rora at 6:35 PM on March 12


I think I'd prefer an animated version of this. As-is, it feels a bit "yes, yes, we've all been to Oregon"
posted by zeypher at 6:56 PM on March 12 [16 favorites]


This is how I remembered home when I lived in the Flat Cold (also called Ohio).

There must be something in my eye.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 7:07 PM on March 12


Canada put out another anime tourism video last year that was done by the Your Name team.
posted by thecjm at 7:15 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


I didn't know sky whales ventured that far south.
posted by euphorb at 7:42 PM on March 12 [2 favorites]


I love the rabbit-bus but ODOT is a bit lax on the rabbit-bus cleanup. It's hell on paint.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 7:45 PM on March 12 [1 favorite]


Canada put out another anime tourism video yt last year that was done by the Your Name team.

why make a new anime ad for Canada? just play the Anne of Green Gables anime series over and over and over again!
posted by jb at 8:28 PM on March 12 [2 favorites]


Also, the PNW looks like this for like 10 minutes out of the year.

Yeah, it's awful up here. Don't believe the Bunny God video -- the only time it stops raining up here is when it's sleeting. Sun is something my grandpa told me about, once. My raincoats wear raincoats. Better not move here, nope!
posted by gurple at 9:22 PM on March 12 [12 favorites]


OK my first thought was, if you're going to do it right, there better be a low-angle shot of a girl reclining on a grassy slope with clouds wafting by. Bingo!
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 9:41 PM on March 12 [5 favorites]


And a Fiat
posted by aubilenon at 12:44 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


"I didn't know sky whales ventured that far south."

After watching Re:Zero, I would rather do without sky whales entirely...
posted by mystyk at 4:10 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


This guy found the locations used in the animation, and posted side-by-side pictures.
posted by Miss Cellania at 4:38 AM on March 13 [11 favorites]


I think I'd prefer an animated version of this. As-is, it feels a bit "yes, yes, we've all been to Oregon"

So what's your favorite strain and producer these days?
posted by loquacious at 4:49 AM on March 13 [3 favorites]


This was so great. Thank you so much for sharing it.
posted by brainwane at 4:50 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


posted by Mei's lost sandal at 9:41 PM on March 12
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posted by Annika Cicada at 5:14 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


That was so lovely, but did I miss the Painted Hills? I want a little more east of the Cascades representation!

There was the quick shot of horses galloping through a blighted hellscape. From my time in eastern Oregon looking for John Day Fossil Beds NM that's a pretty accurate representation.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:53 AM on March 13


We watched this last night and my daughter said, “Caterpillar bike! Just like the one we rode at the light festival!” Truth! Fun stuff.
posted by amanda at 6:38 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


> only the size of that rabbit seemed a bit off.

Are you kiddin'? We got rabbits bigger than that in our backyard, we just don't go around braggin' about 'em. Fuckin' Oregonians, always showin' off.
posted by languagehat at 6:39 AM on March 13 [1 favorite]


They got teeth like— they can jump like— LOOK AT THE BONES!

I love my home state, and the video is cute and makes me feel great about things here. But yeah, needs more gloom and gray. It also needs frenzied insane, decidedly not cute or epic freak out when it snows. Otherwise, yes. Yes it does sometimes feel like that here.
posted by furnace.heart at 6:54 AM on March 13


It's cute, but missing an earnest white person telling you all about their idea for a community garden.

That was so lovely, but did I miss the Painted Hills? I want a little more east of the Cascades representation!

I was surprised that it had as much east side representation as it did, given the eastern two thirds of the state is usually just ignored.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:30 AM on March 13


Wonder if the flying whales were an oblique reference to our infamous exploding whale incident in which quite a lot more whale became airborne than usual

I cannot take credit for this observation but, like, amazing if so
posted by churl at 8:43 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


I visited Oregon when my sister lived briefly in Ashland, and spent a week mostly hiking and exploring alone. It blew my mind in ways I’d not anticipated... the trails, the lava beds, the ghost towns and crystal streams for skinny-dipping, the trees... and when I had to leave, knowing I’d not likely return for a long time, I stood at the Ashland airport and cried like a baby.

Yep, I’d say that video is pretty accurate.
posted by kinnakeet at 10:20 AM on March 13 [3 favorites]


I got a little teary when they went to Crater Lake. I moved to southern Oregon in 2014 I do feel kind of weepy and dreamy about how it is in places, especially as a counterpoint when my job is aggravating and exhausting and painfully mundane.
posted by Tesseractive at 10:48 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


It's cute, but missing an earnest white person telling you all about their idea for a community garden.

Well, fuck me. I've been earnestly pondering this exact thing.

I also ate an ice cream cone in the pouring rain last week. Without an umbrella. From Dick's. While striding purposefully down Broadway. (Ok, this part is Seattle specific, but Portlanders have the same thing going on with ice cream and cold weather.)

Apparently living out this PNW cliche makes about every other person you pass chortle, laugh or smile. I was so busy nomming on my ice cream I didn't really notice, and then I didn't care. Because, yeah, it was freezing cold out and I was definitely getting rain on my ice cream cone and it probably looked pretty funny.
posted by loquacious at 10:50 AM on March 13 [2 favorites]


My local community gardens in Portland are diverse.
posted by aniola at 12:32 PM on March 13 [3 favorites]


I have a community garden just off Broadway (near Dick's) and I've been growing peas (well, pea plants) all winter. Even the recent snow hasn't killed them off. The greenness is real.
posted by afiler at 2:24 PM on March 13


When the grapevine first appeared I was expecting blackberry brambles that choke out the surrounding vegetation.
posted by Tentacle of Trust at 8:27 PM on March 13 [4 favorites]


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