The new video for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark)' by Becky & Joe poses a few very important questions. One of those questions is, "if an otherwise endearing puppet is creepily pleasuring himself to an unsuspecting naked lady puppet and we're all there to see it, is it really NSFW at all?" Why yes folks, it is. It most certainly is. Right off the bat, Becky & Joe set a darkly comic tone and introduce us to the star of the video, a compulsive masturbator in the midst of a voyeuristic peeping session. From there, it all gets weirder and weirder in his deceptively bright world, where a self-aware puppet lives out a very human existential crisis brought on by crippling embarrassment. You'll find yourself rooting for the little pervert as he goes on a quest to rid himself of his addiction, with the aid of an equally twisted therapist, a bit of unsuccessful horse painting and a bout of blancmange envy. But there's a bright side and by the end, Becky & Joe prove that ultimately, there's someone out there for everyone. Even adorable sleazy puppets.
Sometimes a song can get stuck in your mind. Become a little piece of unwanted music, that keeps looping for the rest of your day.
Neurologists claim that stuck songs are like thoughts we're trying to suppress. The harder we try not to think about them, the more we can't help it. The phenomenon is also known as earworms, and the ongoing ‘dim di da da dum’ causes a kind of brain itch you can't scratch.
Jazz that nobody asked for is an ode to all those unwanted songs out there, that have nowhere to go. The music that haunts this film, is the amazing swing jazz tune 'Quaker City Jazz' by the long forgotten ‘Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters’. In 1937 they were the first jazz big band to feature an african american vocalist.
The film is made without any financing, and has no commercial purpose. The love of all things animated has been the driving force for the small team of 3 persons that has created it.
'Fight For Everyone' music promo for The Leisure Society.
A hand creates life on a little bluey-greeny planet, only things don't quite go as planned. Miniature animated destruction ensues.
Client: Full Time Hobby & The Leisure Society
Taken from the new album 'Alone Aboard The Ark'. Pre-order from Amazon now amzn.to/XUbjrS
Direction: Persistent Peril
Producer: Sam Bourner
Animation: Garth Jones, Ginny Jones, Mark Billington & Emma Wakely