Feb 03 2014

Start your week with something bizarre

My children are fortunate to all be fully grown, so I can’t warp them in their formative years by exposing them to children’s programming like this:

Actually, even as a grown up myself, I’m feeling a bit perturbed by all that. Perhaps it isn’t too late!


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  1. 1
    Reginald Selkirk

    In the mood for bizarre? Try this Stay in school video.

  2. 2
    PZ Myers


    That was awful, and probably counterproductive. I remember the deluge of ads we got about drugs, when I was much younger: your brain was going to melt, you would suffer debilitating flash backs for years afterwards, your penis would shrink and stop working. Then we’d try them, the terrible things wouldn’t happen, and it would reinforce the notion that the cassandras were full of shit.

    Every kid who plays hookey and discovers that they don’t explode are going to find their rejection of authoritarian pronouncements confirmed.

  3. 3
    Reginald Selkirk

    It’s got fairly good production values though.

  4. 4

    Hmmm, did I catch that in the background at 2:41?

  5. 5

    What the ever-loving fuck?

  6. 6

    The calendar has the same day as the original “Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.” These guys are having a fucked up day.

  7. 7
    Michelle Rogers

    That clock is an asshole.

  8. 8

    @$ “Hmmm, did I catch that in the background at 2:41?”

    mc^2 = what?

  9. 9
    chigau (違う)

    I agree with LykeX #5
    What the ever-loving fuck?

  10. 10
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought

    Mommy, I’m scared.

  11. 11

    Again with the What the ever-loving fuck?

  12. 12

    People don’t actually think this is a real children’s show, do they?

  13. 13

    Makes me think of the classic Spitting Image. It would be right up their alley.

    This kid’s safety ad always kind of freaked me out with its weird puppets. And I was an adult when it came out.

  14. 14


    Luckily, perhaps, it’s not actually a real PSA for any real organisation. It’ more just for shock value
    and parodying a certain fairly prevalent style of advertising, I think. I say this having worked on it.

    That other one is kind of interesting and weird but certainly not for kids, and makes me yearn a little
    for less meta times.

  15. 15

    It could be useful if you preceded it with a caption:

  16. 16

    I am more than a little freaked out by the red spaghetti-man..

  17. 17
    The Mellow Monkey

    I’ve never watched a video before that made me worry I’d accidentally ingested LSD.

  18. 18

    I watched the video timgueguen posted, and I’m starting to wonder if it’s not secretly about blowjobs. It’s probably because of all that emphasis on asking somebody you love.

  19. 19

    I don’t think a sequel was necessary. The first one got the point across just fine, and the second one lacks the subtlety that made it work.

  20. 20


    Which is why it inspired this spoof.

  21. 21

    You should follow the advice of Black dynamite

  22. 22

    Disturbing British comedy makes my day (as does disturbing dystopian British scifi). Then again, I’m the kind of person who, upon waking from a horrifying nightmare bathed in a literal cold sweat, says “OMG that was AWESOME.”

  23. 23

    You know, I grew up with HR Pufnstuff and saw Yellow Submarine enough to memorize it by the time I was 10. Ditto to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, complete with the crazy chicken-head-chopping during the boat montage. But I gotta say, this video was some of the freakiest shit ever.

    However, based on the aforementioned, I completely believe this could be children’s programming.

  24. 24
    Daz: Experiencing A Slight Gravitas Shortfall

    If the Cramps made children’s videos…

  25. 25
    Josef Mulroney

    there is a video of kids watching and responding to the first don’t hug me i’m scared video.

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