Well hello there, children. Today we‚Äôre going to go back into that big bag of strange I like to pull sh*t out of every once and a while. There are certainly some horrific overtones, but bizarre is the primary adjective at play here. This is a little segment from a movie you just might have seen in your younger years called ‚ÄúThe Adventures of Mark Twain.‚ÄĚ
If this looks familiar it‚Äôs probably because you‚Äôve definitely seen these guy‚Äôs old ‚Äė80‚Äôs claymations for the California Raisins. Hell yeah, you have, ‚Äėcause those f*ckers are the sh*t. Does anyone remember their kick ass Christmas special? With those animated bells that were playing ‚ÄúCarol of Bells,‚ÄĚ and that one goofy bell could never get the timing down? Great stuff right there. Fun for the whole family.
Today‚Äôs madness, however, is probably not fun for the whole family. Particularly if your family don‚Äôt much cotton to crazy ideas about reality being feed to children by a faceless, mask wearing entity calling itself ‚ÄúSatan.‚ÄĚ Yep, we‚Äôre in some strange territory here, children. This clip, from a purely artistic standpoint, is fantastic. The stop motion work is is top notch and the production design is nothing to sneeze at either. I even enjoy the interesting concepts floating around in here, particularly in this form of animation, which is usually reserved for safer material. Well, unless you‚Äôre talking about Jan Svankmajer or the Brother‚Äôs Quay. Both of who‚Äôs work needs to get featured on Video Madness with the quickness. Maybe soon.
Apparently, this is based on some nonsense Mark Twain wrote near his death but never finished. It was posthumously released, but there‚Äôs some skepticism surrounding how much of it is actually Twain‚Äôs on words. I guess there are several versions of the tale, if you‚Äôre interested, all featuring elements represented here in this clip. I say, madness all around ‚Äď and that‚Äôs exactly what we‚Äôre here for ‚Äď a little madness. So, enjoy this unsettling clip, and remember, I‚Äôm pretty sure it was intended for a young audience. Keep that in mind.
Oh, and props to the Lady West, or The Brianimator, for re-directing my attention to this clip. I had seen it years ago and completely forgotten about it. Thanks lady. You‚Äôre the most!