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Creature Comforts – What is Art?

Absolutely hilarious and addresses something that bothers me quite often. If everything is art, what isn’t?

Watch it.

Creatures comforts – Being a bird

I never get tired of this.

Watch it.

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

Very very cute. Much like Creature Comforts.

Spike Jonze – Miller auditions

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Much like Nick Park’s Creature Comforts, Spike Jonze viral commercials for Miller beer uses animated animals with real person interviews. Jonze’s pieces work on so many different levels: you got the obvious Miller plug, the auditions, the animation, the real voices, the personalities, the actor struggle. And yet all this feels very light.

The subjects are full of personality, some even obnoxious. But there is this sadness underneath all of it. Actors, people struggling for success, for the limelight. Each one believing quite early in their lives that acting is what they wanted to do in life. And yet none have achieved anything significant with this calling. It is actually quite depressing, if you think about it.

The special effects is incredible. Capturing all the wonderful subtlety of the people. You have probably heard that statement before but this is really exceptional.

What is amazing to me is that Spike Jonze has never directed anything that was just ordinary. Everything is constantly challenging something or the other. It is always mildly shocking without being grotesque. The fact that he can keep doing this for this long is in itself an achievement.

Watch them all (the site requires you to type in your birthday, a made up one is fine, to access the movies, once you do, all the videos are available to you. Pretty painless!!)

Dek’s List for Best Videos for 2007

Random Order, From No Fat Clips:
Annie Let’s Not Wait
Three Legged Legs Samurai
Hearts a Mess
Tread Softly
Similo
Wartype Fonts
Tired City
Doll Face
Page Decriture
Lonely Sky
Millimeters Matter
Missing Pages
A Good Year for the Robots
Emily
485nm
My Ojo Izquierdo
Hangetsu
Papiroflexia
I lived on Moon
Grip
dim.
Wrong lyrics
When You were Young
Suba
Dear Stranger
Another Kind of Love
Heavenly Sword
Lime Tree
Tidy Monster
Jamais 2 Sans toi
Shock Doctrine
Internet People
Eighteen Seconds
LMEC
Substantia
Josie’s Lalaland
Little Atomic Bomb
Mirador
Chocolade Haas
Evil Bee
Terminus
Hugh
Characters in Motion
I’m Impressed
Kotori

On Tickle:
Duelity
The Story of Stuff
Key To Reserva
Simpsons Product Placement
Surly Squirrel
Radiohead – All I need (unofficial)
Jojo in the Stars
Darth Vader in Love
Where is my love
Forest
Our Hell
A goofy Movie
Hotel Chevalier
Our Smallest Adventures
Ninja Warriors
How to cope with death
Noderns Video
Image Resizing
Keep on Dancing
Minesweeper the Movie
Process Enacted
Raftman’s Razor
A Piano Tale
Epurons ad
A First Date
One Day
Kill All The Living
A small story about Alex and Juliet
One Rat Short
Pretty Woman
Me – I
Jona/Tomberry
Pulp Muppets
A Story of Healing
My Generation
Copy Shop
Fallen Art
Sailors Girl
With What Shall I Wash It?
Best WTF Scene Ever
Nessuno
Ehrensache
Ashes and Snow
American Infant

Elsewhere:
Creature Discomforts
Psychobob
Gum Thief
HBO Voyeur

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