While researching yesterday’s Divagation, which talks about the invented religion of Bokononism, I came across a video that tells the story of its founder, as described in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Cat’s Cradle. It didn’t fit in that particular post, but it’s too good to waste.
Cat’s Cradle: The Story of Bokonon is probably the worse video I’ve ever seen, so naff that it’s brilliant. Not Plan 9 from Outer Space bad – one of Ed Wood’s finest – but bad as in the intentionally crude animation techniques used in South Park.
Russell Milton’s video animates Barbie Ken and a collection of Lego figures/constructions, using photos as locations and a bathtub with a toy boat to represent the sea voyages. A brilliantly cheesy soundtrack completes the package. It’s pure Dada.
You don’t have to know anything about Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, or Bokononism to enjoy this video.
As a bonus, here’s Plan 9 from Outer Space in full.