Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared: A Horrific Bloody Mess!

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared: A Horrific Bloody Mess!

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is a finalist in The Wrap’s 2012 Short Films Festival, a new festival presenting 12 award winning short films selected from this year’s top international film festivals. Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared screened at the 2012 Sundance and 2012 Sundance London Film Festivals and the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it received the SXSW Midnight Jury Award.

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is a wonderfully bizarre three-min. animated short film created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling from the London-based This Is It Collective. The short begins innocently enough, with a small cast of sort-of identifiable characters sitting around a table and sing-talking about being “creative.” Then again, it looks like a rather lame children’s video, telling kids how to do what they do really naturally anyway, use their imaginations. But suddenly, it turns into a extremely disturbing free-association sequence, hinting at some very bleak psychological states, more like Black Swan than Sesame Street.

The filmmakers zero in on adult insecurities about self-expression, then delve into the perils of creativity. Such dangers quickly lead to terrifying glitter-covered animal organs (real, bloody ones, not made from the felt everything else in this video is made of), seizures and death. But just as quickly as the characters are served a gory meat cake, everything goes back to normal. And, just like any other children’s television show, the lesson learned is repeated at the end of the segment. And just what is that lesson? Never, never be creative. Unless you want to die.

Watch this video to the very end and you won’t regret it. Or will you?

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared: A Horrific Bloody Mess!

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Dr. Breakfast: A Surreal Meditation on the Healing Nature of Friendship

Dr. Breakfast: A Surreal Meditation on the Healing Nature of Friendship

Dr. Breakfast is a bizarrely surreal seven-minute animated short film by Stephen Neary, which has just been announced as an official selection to screen at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. One day at breakfast, Dr. Breakfast’s insatiable soul bursts out of his eyeball and roams the earth, voraciously devouring everything in sight. Two kindly wild deer end up becoming the poor fellow’s caretakers, bathing and dressing the man’s catatonic body. The wacky, heartwarming story ends up being a surreal meditation on the quirky but rejuvenating nature of friendship.

Dr. Breakfast: A Surreal Meditation on the Healing Nature of Friendship

Read more about the film at Short of the Week here.

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