Giddy Up: Ride That Funky Naughty Pony!

Giddy Up: Ride That Funky Naughty Pony!

Giddy Up is an amusingly cheeky music video by New Zealand’s Tahuna Breaks, directed and illustrated by Leah Morgan.  The video is a sexy parody of the Pointer Sisters’ 1970s Sesame Street classic, Pinball Number Count.  Now you’ll never see those pinball machines in the same way ever again!

Giddy Up: Ride That Funky Naughty Pony!

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One Flew Over the Dodo’s Nest: I’m Alive!

One Flew Over the Dodo’s Nest: I’m Alive!

I’m Alive! is the too-cuckoo-for-dodos video of British singer Don Fardon’s 1969 song, remixed by international DJ Ashley Beedle. The soundtrack here is from the Dodo commercial for Coca Cola’s 5 Alive, but now it’s out with the ad’s dodos and in with some very sexy, high-kicking dancing nurses.

The video opens with a frail old pensioner, surrounded by concerned nurses.  Suddenly a melody of trumpets and funky drumbeats erupts, and he suddenly comes alive, like the Dancing Dodo in the TV ad.  The fun packed video comes complete with old age pensioners break-dancing and an almighty dance-off!

One Flew Over the Dodo’s Nest: I’m Alive!

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Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Baby is a zany one-minute stop-motion short film by Montreal’s quirkiest filmmaker, Patrick Boivin.  The film stars Boivin’s own baby daughter as Iron Tyke, following the brave full metal-jacketed infant as she fends off a trio of violent machine gun-wielding bunny rabbits.

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

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Vincent Moon: Never Let Me Down Again

Vincent Moon: Never Let Me Down Again

Never Let Me Down Again (2005) is a beautiful short film by the French filmmaker Vincent Moon (Mathieu Saura), who was an original co-creator of La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows Project.  Moon perfected an immediately recognizable style of intimate, fragile, dancing and shadowy long shots, which changed the whole idea of what a music video could be like.  In this work, Moon’s images are married to the captivating music of Sylvain Chauveau, who pays acoustic tribute here to Depeche Mode.  The result can be something strange and mysterious for the viewer, a new kind of musical experience.  Moon’s surrealistic creation leads one into a territory between dream and reality.  Again and again…. Again and again….

Vincent Moon: Never Let Me Down Again

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America Loves an Underdog: Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010!

America Loves an Underdog: Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010!

Chicago’s Lee DeWyze, a Mt. Prospect paint store clerk who overcame his shyness to impress the American Idol judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, triumphed Wednesday night over singer Crystal Bowersox in American Idol’s ninth season.

Simon Cowell, who had pointed to DeWyze as the front-runner before the finale performances, said that American Idol was created for someone like DeWyze, who was working in a paint shop when he tried out for the show and really needed a break.  DeWyze’s first recorded single will be Beautiful Day, which he had performed on Tuesday evening.

Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010

Lee DeWyze in Americal Idol’s Finale Performances: Beautiful Day

Lee DeWyze in American Idol’s Top 7 Performances: The Boxer

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Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

Leader of the Pack is an action-thriller short film by the young San Francisco filmmaker Jason Roberts.  In the film, a fellow gang member gives young Kid a pep talk and convinces him to pull his first heist, robbing a liquor store for everything it has.  But he finds that it’s no easy task.  Just when the very nervous Kid finally walks up to the cash register, a junkie desperate for his next fix stumbles into the store with gun in hand and tries to take charge of the stickup.  Then, both would-be robbers are suddenly taken off guard when an undercover cop shows up, revealing that he’s got some long overdue business to finish with the junkie.  In the midst of the holdup’s increasingly confused commotion, who will end up the winner in this wacky robbery?  Who is truly the Leader of the Pack?

Leader of the Pack: One Cash Register, Two Robbers and $3.50

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Gala: Villagers Take Joyful Collective Action to Subdue a Giant Alien Object

Gala: Villagers Take Joyful Collective Action to Subdue a Giant Alien Object

Gala is a fantastical animated short film by admired filmmaker Mahiro Maeda, put out by the acclaimed Japanese anime production house Studio 4°c.  The film begins with a giant alien object crashing down in what looks like a traditional Japanese village.  At first, the villagers approach it courageously, trying to break through its outer shell by throwing stones and lighting fires.  Eventually the villagers turn away from their stance of fear and violence towards the alien object, and undertake the joyful collective action of creating music, which peacefully entwines itself with the object in order to draw out the alien’s ultimate potential.  Gala delights in being an anime with a multitude of approaches, cramming explosions, light, flight, transformation, music, history, and religion seamlessly into the plot.

Note: The film is in two parts.  Click through to part two upon the completion of part one.

Gala: Villagers Take Joyful Collective Action to Subdue a Giant Alien Object

(Note: Activate subtitles by clicking button on right side of screen)

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