Two Hundred Years of Psychedelic Cornucopias
May 30, 2007 7:37 PM   Subscribe

A celebratory and trippy US Bicentennial animation comissioned by the US Goverment. More from animator Vince Collins via
posted by Burhanistan (13 comments total)

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You probably shouldn't show this to your dog.
posted by Aloysius Bear at 7:49 PM on May 30, 2007 [1 favorite]

I remember when the world was full of this sort of visual image and funky bass line. And it was good.

I'm not sure what I liked best: The flashing bison, or the cornucopia dispensing cars, hot dogs, burgers, baseballs, and TVs.
posted by Miko at 8:01 PM on May 30, 2007

Ah, the Seventies.
posted by longsleeves at 8:27 PM on May 30, 2007

I especially like the part where the America cone spews hamburgers and televisions.
posted by tepidmonkey at 9:06 PM on May 30, 2007

I know it was the 70s and all, but it struck me how they put a peace sign on the flip side of the US seal. Eagles, liberty bells, hamburgers...I can see the government using them all in an America cartoon today, but a peace sign? That's about as un-American as you can get these might as well put the French flag in there too.
posted by gueneverey at 9:14 PM on May 30, 2007

Oh man. The walls, they're melting.
posted by ninjew at 9:32 PM on May 30, 2007

Heh, I remember this was shown on ABC TV in Australia and stared a debate the next day in class about subliminal advertising. Since that day I have had an unexplained love of Americans and all other cola related things.
posted by mattoxic at 9:44 PM on May 30, 2007

gueneverey and I had the same thought. Associate a peace sign with any official US symbol today and you'll probably end up being interrogated in an enhanced fashion.
posted by maxwelton at 10:22 PM on May 30, 2007

gueneverey: when I saw that, I thought the cartoonist was making a subtle(ish) dig at how the government is the direct opposite of the peace symbol. Two sides of the same coin, and all that. So on one side of the line you have the US government, represented by the eagle, and on the other you have the peace movements, who may or may not be comprised of the american people - hence the flag as part of the peace symbol. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it.
posted by talitha_kumi at 4:53 AM on May 31, 2007

My eyes! The goggles do nothing!
posted by kirkaracha at 6:41 AM on May 31, 2007

If you can find the point in time where the Great American Media Product went from being this kind of low-level weirdness to general purpose stupidity, you will have identified the beginning of the decline of the American empire to a first approximation. I'd guess it's somewhere around the mid-80s, not too long after Buckaroo Banzai.

In any case, my only disappointment from watching this particular video is that a pinball didn't come along and count to twelve for me.
posted by majick at 7:29 AM on May 31, 2007 [1 favorite]

Far out, man.
posted by jefbla at 9:22 AM on May 31, 2007

talitha_kumi: I never thought of that...I guess all the flashing colors and general grooviness made me think the message wasn't going to be particularly deep.
posted by gueneverey at 2:07 PM on May 31, 2007

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