20 May, L A.S. (2015)
My thoughts on Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 2- TIME
In my previous post, I talked about the series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, and its first video, addressing the topic of creativity. In this post, I’m going to discuss the sequel, which deals with the topic of time. Spoilers follow, so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the video yet. (And I highly recommend you watch it!)
Right off the bat, you can see higher production quality with this one. The attention to detail is still there from the first video, and its dialed up even higher in this one: the sets, costumes, puppets, and music are all almost frightfully detailed, elaborate, and perfected to near Sesame Street levels!
I think that “Time” has a much more poignant message than “Creativity.” The disturbing ending, with everyone rapidly aging and then rotting, and the clock’s final line that “eventually everyone runs out of time!” sends a strong signal of “Quit wasting time dicking around on the computer and television! Use your time wisely, do something!” I think this message is pretty clear in the contrast with the three friends’ initial insistence on wanting to watch TV, and the clock wanting to take them on a journey, and then the final result of their time running out.
One of my favorite moments is the part with all the fish everywhere, it just makes me chuckle every time I see it. Also when the clock flips out because people questioned what time actually is.
That part specifically (the clock getting mad and making everyone’s ears bleed for questioning him) leads me to be sympathetic to someone else’s potential interpretation of the video, that it’s about how weird and abstract of a concept time really is, and how most people don’t stop to question what it actually is and how it works. Maybe the “remember you will die, so make the most of your time” and “WTF is time anyway?” interpretations aren’t mutually exclusive either.
Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be talking about the third video, “Love.”
Thanks for reading,