April 18, 2006

New Film Genre

I have discovered a new cinematic genre: Scary/Creepy Person in Large Rabbit Suit Cinema.

It includes Sexy Beast, Donnie Darko, The Flaming Lips' videos for "Do You Realize" on the Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots DVD, and this.

(via Armsmasher.)

Posted by Matt Weiner at April 18, 2006 06:26 PM

Of course we have Harvey to thank for starting this genre - the original creepy giant bunny. As you see it Matt, does this mark the beginning of the genre you talk about or does the facts that (1) the bunny is actually real on Harvey, and (2) the bunny isn't supposed to be creepy (though I think it is) count against the inclusion of this classic.

Posted by: Jonah at April 18, 2006 07:26 PM

I say not, because as I remember we never see a man in a giant rabbit suit. Realness of the bunny does not disqualify it; I think the bunnies in the last two things I mentioned are real, or real in the fiction. Harvey must be a serious influence, though.

Also, of course (this bunny is bigger if my metric conversions are correct but its publicists have not mastered the crucial "person in shot holding bunny up to camera" pose).

Posted by: Matt Weiner at April 18, 2006 09:19 PM

Also relevant in this regard: Bad Easter Bunny. And, on The Daily Show last night, there was a clip of the Easter Bunny griping about Laura Bush in a vaguley menacing way.

Posted by: The Modesto Kid at April 19, 2006 07:41 AM

Loved "The Easter Bunny Hates You" video. I looked at the "Pastover" clips, thinking there might be a Passover version (but what would it be? a giant hostile matzoball? Monty Python already did the blancmanges). It was outtakes. Some of them deleted so as to get a PG rating, obviously. Not strictly relevant, as it's an actual regular-size rabbit, but Beatrix Potter herself published "The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit."

Posted by: Matt's mom at April 19, 2006 11:43 AM

If we were to allow regular-sized rabbits, Monty Python and the Holy Grail would count. But we shouldn't! Scary Regular-Sized Rabbit Cinema is a different genre.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at April 19, 2006 01:49 PM

Curse of the Were-Rabbit?

General Woundwort?

Posted by: Richard Mason at April 19, 2006 04:58 PM

There's nothing that we can't faceó
Except for bunnies.

(Whoa, Giles-swoon. Better now.)

Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate at April 19, 2006 06:48 PM