Scientifically accurate comedy

By Sanjana.


Political correctness has gone too far.

The modern PC culture has taunted regular people for enjoying or engaging in “offensive” and “politically-incorrect” comedy. The common man has taken to social media, including the SJW-laden Tumblr to express his exasperation for this attitude, with memes based on one genius’s philosophical comment: ‘No one can make a joke these days.’

The infamous Ray Liotta laugh from Goodfellas

Many good satirical TV shows and films have been unfairly bombarded with partly good and partly bad attitudes from the PC cult. Some, however, have managed to slip out of its clutches and maintain their sanctities. Two such examples are South Park and its less vulgar cousin Rick and Morty.

Wiser words have never been spoken.

Adult Swim’s mind-bending hit comedy is a breath of fresh air. Co-created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty is easily one of the best shows out there.

Shake that ass!

Rick (burp!) Sanchez is a boozy, cynical, ‘wubba lubba dub dub’ and other silly catchphrases-making grandpa from Earth dimension C-137, whose peculiar character could very well make him a male, older and cooler version of Daria Morgendorffer.

His ideal companion,his socially-awkward and kinda dumb grandson M-M-Morty Smith follows Rick on bizarre adventures across different planets in different dimensions.

Summer, Morty’s older sister has some of the personality traits of a typical teenage girl, but stands out as a family-concerned and nimble girl with an idiosyncrasy of peeing her pants.

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Beth, well . . . being Beth.

Morty and Summer’s unfailingly, painfully boring unemployed dad Jerry tries very hard to make it up to his family, and has a strong distaste for Rick. Beth, Jerry’s wife, who has a share of her father Rick’s love for alcohol, is an intelligent, independent and compassionate woman who suffers from her insecurities of being a horse surgeon, which Jerry claims is not equal to being a real surgeon.

Rick and Morty offers viewers insightful, thought-provoking ideas about the universe; family, friends and glip glops alike. And as for the science-y stuff, Rick and Morty is a portal of possibilities, with quirky and clever ideas in each electrifying episode, and characters that one keeps coming back for. I mean, who’s ever thought of a cross between Adolf Hitler and Abraham Lincoln, or what TV programmes from every conceivable reality would look like? Now that’s the kind of quality content I’m looking for.

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Morty, you gotta flip ’em off. I told them it means “peace among worlds”. How hilarious is that.

While written and made in the styles of shows like Adventure Time and Gravity Falls, Rick and Morty falls into a category of its own: the scientifically accurate comedy. The show has two seasons + an episode from the upcoming Season 3; each episode spans a mere twenty-two minutes—episodes so short but so brilliant, you just can’t get enough.

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about political correctness.

. . . which is what Rhett Butler would have had to say about today’s unfortunate world, where the original meaning of “political correctness” has been tainted by easily-offended millennials. In a dimension where we are under scrutiny for calling black coffee “black” coffee, Rick and Morty speaks out to us. Rick frankly doesn’t care a damn about PC. Nor do the others. The characters are exactly how they are; they say what they actually feel, regardless of the “consequences”.

Talk about being a rebel without a cause.

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YOU’RE TEARING ME APAAAART!

It is definitely worth your binge. If you haven’t seen it already, *clears throat* * in Shia LaBeouf’s voice*:

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A British Sitcom: Yes Minister

This political satire British sitcom was broadcasted on BBC Television from 1986 to 1988, and was written by Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. It was also the favourite television program of the then British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who is well known as the “Iron Lady” and is also known for changing her voice, for lowering her pitch to sound more masculine!

In this clip we can see how the Prime Minister describes the British newspapers; it is a must-watch to all those who read British newspapers online.

Here is the transcript:

Sir Humphrey: The only way to understand the Press is to remember that they pander to their readers’ prejudices.

Jim Hacker: Don’t tell me about the Press. I know exactly who reads the papers. The Daily Mirror is read by the people who think they run the country. The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country. The Times is read by the people who actually do run the country. The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country. The Financial Times is read by people who own the country. The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country. The Daily Telegraph is read by the people who think it is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

Bernard Woolley: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country—as long as she’s got big tits.

Morphation

By Sitara.


A list of shorts featuring animated metamorphosis. (‘Watch, not read’ is the new motto, so the descriptions have been kept to a minimum.)

1. Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, by Joan C. Gratz

Seven minutes of paintings cleverly morphing into each other.

 2. Nameless, by Ira Elshansky

A short and poignant piece of animation, with claymation that’s reminiscent of playtime as a child.

3. Zeitwellen / Waves of Time, by Evgenia Gostrer

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A canvas of red clay that becomes many things.

The Puppeteer

By Sitara.


A selection of stopframe short films and their like, comprising puppets of clay and cloth and wood.

1. Ring Around the Mulberry Bush, by Nicholas D’Agostino

This film is on this list more for its animation than anything else: the props and the puppets are beautiful. The story and its message are simple and uncomplicated, which helps pay more attention to the film’s production.

2. Vincent, by Tim Burton

From claymation’s earliest years is Tim Burton’s Vincent, a film about Vincent’s unusal dreams of becoming Vincent Price, and with the added funniness of being narrated by Vincent Price.

3. Canis, by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas

In this painstakingly crafted (the puppets took more than a year to make) black-and-white stopmotion film, a boy lives in isolation in a house with nothing to eat but birds while feral stray dogs bark at the door. With no dialogue and slightly eerie sound and music, Canis represents several things…though I’m not sure what.

4. California Raisins

The California Raisins were clay raisin characters in a series of music-based advertisements for California Raisins, and are iconic symbols in the history of claymation. Their ads are very well-done for the 1980s, besides being lots of fun.

5. Children, by Paul Slobodan Mas

Children is a tad bit crudely-animated compared to the other items on this list, but its story’s signifance is pretty deep, and thought-provoking. (Follow the link to watch it on Vimeo.)

Animated Series: A List (Barely)

By Sitara.


 1. The Benedito Machine

The Benedito Machine is a long-running web series, with animation strongly resembling shadow puppetry and intricate and possibly meaningful (or just as possibly meaningless) science-fiction-y storylines.

2. Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared needs no introduction; the web series has outgrown the animators’ circle and become a big deal in Internet culture. The first video came out in 2011, and it’s since gathered a comparatively hardcore fan base.