Both the original and the sequel, that is. I found out about it immediately after
posted a twit on Twitter about it just hours ago. Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
is a series of viral videos posted by the group, This Is It. (Not to be confused with a certain Michael Jackson tribute movie.) And well... after watching those videos, I just had to discuss about it.
It is impossible to discuss my thoughts and reviews about those videos without spoiling everything, so warning, this review contains spoilers.
But let's just say this in a nutshell: if you've played Eversion, you'll get a good idea of how the videos will be like. And it's creepy.
As in, Five Nights at Freddy's kind of creepy. And considering it's close to Halloween, the timing since I found out about this video series seemed almost perfect.
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Warning: These videos are not for the faint heart.
None of the characters officially have names, so I'll use the names which fans have named them: Harry (that big red humanoid thing), Manny (that yellow guy with blue hair) and Robin (that dark green bird). And the sketchbook, Paige, and the wall clock, Tony.Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
is a commentary on children's television shows. Specifically, how these shows condition kids who watch them into believing and acting out the ideologies they want to represent. Like, "green is not a creative color." (Aw, damn!
) Or that the future "doesn't exist." These videos start out like a typical kid show, but as time progresses, they grow more and more creepy, jumping into horror movie territory. In the first video about getting creative, Harry sparkles a human heart with glitters, while Robin slices a cake which turns out to contain raw meat. All juxtaposed with psychedelic imagery and creepy sound effects. The second video, about time, is less creepy, but what really nails it is how Hairy, Manny and Robin slowly rot away from accelerated aging while Tony smugly comments on how, eventually, everyone runs out of time.
There's going to be a third video as well, to be released soon enough, as teased by the trailer, probably in just a few days from now. In fact, after their successful Kickstarter campaign, This Is It have stated that they're planning to release a total of six videos.
I admit that I did find these videos amusing, in a creepy kind of way.
They parody kid shows and their predictable formats, while inserting elements of harsh realities that's far too unsuitable for kids. Other shows that do the same are the adult TV series Wonder Showzen, and Avenue Q's puppet stage shows. There's also a book called Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, which satirizes the format of of a typical ABC book. Meanwhile, characters from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared are quite popular in the fandom; they've already gained a crapload of fanarts, especially that of Paige and "Meh Meh" Tony, who are often paired together in fanart and almost always drawn in humanoid forms.
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