“Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared” Interpretation
Only a week or two ago, I spent the night with my dearest friend Maddie. As she purtied (yes, it’s a word in the south) herself up for our morning outing, her sister Lizzie and I retired to the couch with the iPad. Lizzie giggled to herself as she opened YouTube and searched for a specific video to show me.
This giggle was haunting and as Maddie came down the stairs to see what we were up to, Lizzie began to laugh. Maddie’s eyes widened as she realized what was happening. Completely oblivious to the occurring sister moment, I watched the video.
WARNING: I cannot warn you of anything. It would completely ruin the video. But be cautious. Tighten your muscles, hold onto the chair, hold your breath. You know, the usual intense stuff.
After watching it, I could only think one thing.
“Very random. Very pointless. But catchy…’green is not a creative color’.”
Actually, the first thing I thought was,
As meaningless as this video seemed, I knew the content had some deep meaning. A simple Google search directed me to a few websites, Yahoo! answers and forums touching on this subject. It seems as if I was not the only curious one. I agreed with some perspectives shared while others I completely disagreed with. (The sources are listed at the bottom of this post.)
It turns out, this video is not pointless at all. I admire the filmmakers and their efforts to make the message known to their viewers. This video’s story is a metaphor for how modern day cartoons and shows are conditioning children to have a specific perspective on things. To think, to view things a certain way. It seems as modern day media is teaching kids to be creative when they are instead teaching them to be puppets.
Here are a few observations in order of occurrence.
>> The notebook puppet tells the others to look outside at the sky and think “creatively”. At first, they could not see anything. That is, until the notebook puts a monocle over her own eye. All of a sudden, the other puppets are able to see what she wanted them to see through her own perspective.
>> As the other puppets are beginning to understand how to be “creative”, one of the puppets decides to create a nice, original painting. Of a clown, to be specific. But the notebook puppet disapproved and obliterated it by having black ink smear on it.
>> My favorite line in the song occurs at this scene, actually. The notebook puppet tells them to spell out “creative colors” with sticks and leaves. She presents to them a wheel of colors. Green was not present on the board and when one of the puppets desired to spell out that color she immediately told him, “No, green is NOT a creative color.”
>> Then the story twists and the facade disappears. The viewer’s perspective is turned, revealing a hollywood movie set containing the kitchen and the puppets. Indicating all of this is manufacture by hollywood, by modern day media.
>> Soon, the puppets are gruesomely playing with organs, rolling them in glitter and eating them in cakes. Displaying the message that children’s creativity are being “gobbled up” by media. It is a sad, ironic message. It seems as if they are encouraging children to be “creative” so the vibe of the songs and atmosphere are quite cheery.
Yet, the creators of this video are trying to share the hidden intentions. Which is why the innocence melts away and in the end, puppets are consuming organs by the second as violins squeal and the sky darkens. This is the nature of children’s media; the dark beneath the light. Manipulative.
Here are the usernames of some users I drew my opinion from. I would link to them, but there is as much inappropriate content on the sites as legitimate opinions.
@bohemiannik on Tumblr
@Sheamus and @Hooloovoo on AskScooby.com
Jeffrey Almonte on YouTube