Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 35771
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2022/01/21 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2005/1/18 [Reference/History/WW2/Japan, Politics/Foreign/Asia/Japan] UID:35771 Activity:moderate
1/18    I want to see this: (Wierd Japanese Kiddie show)
        \_ Are there non-weird Japanese kiddie shows?
           \_ I'd actually be interested in Japanese TV in general
              to assist in learning the language. Does anyone know
              of regular Japanese language shows you can get in the US
              through cable or satellite? -bz
              \_ channel 26 ktsf(?) on the public airwaves has dramas
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Imagine a childrens television program that advocates violence, theft, ru deness, gluttony and miscreant behavior. Then imagine this level of anti -social behavior practiced by a giant red octopus and a giant pear. This , in the proverbial nutshell, is the extraordinary world of "Gimme Gimme Octopus," a live-action Japanese kiddie show from the late 1960s, which is making its US DVD debut. Yes, the bizarre costumes and brightly colored sets may recall the psychedelic nature of "The Banana Splits" or "HR Pufnstuf," but "Gimme Gimme Octopus" is so far-out that it makes those classic shows seem as staid and stodgy as "W all Street Week." "Gimme Gimme Octopus" seems to have been created and p roduced during an endless acid trip, with bizarre genetically spliced cr eatures running about a fauvist cardboard world in a constant state of a nger and fury. It is impossible to imagine how any self-respecting (let alone law-abiding) parent would allow their kids to watch this stuff, an d it is equally impossible to think of any kid (or kid-inside-an-adult-b ody) who wont roll in joy at this. "Gimme Gimme Octopus" consists of short films no more than five minutes e ach. But there is more audacious, subversive and surreal humor and style in these five minutes shorts than in the entire combined canons of Quen tin Tarantino and David Lynch. The stars of each film are Gimme Gimme Oc topus, a bright red and wide-eyed being who lives in a treehouse, and hi s pear pal Chombo, who is literally a giant pear with arms, legs and a f ace. This duo has a knack for stirring up trouble and inflicting chaos o n everyone who comes in their way. Gimme Gimme and Chombo have a particular dislike for a trio of cucumber m onsters who carry around picnic baskets full of food. In one episode, Gi mme Gimme disguises himself as a fellow monster and steals their picnic baskets. The monsters track him down while he is midway through consumin g their food and force the octopus to regurgitate what hes already swall owed! In another episode, Gimme Gimme sends Chombo out to greet the monsters an d then to bang them on the head and steal their baskets. A large green d ragon, working as a police officer, is sent out by his police chief supe rior (a giant badger smoking a cigar) to stop this crime wave. The drago n catches up to Chombo, but both realize they share common ground: they hate their respective bosses. So the pear and the dragon grab clubs and share in banging out their respective revenge: first by clobbering the b adger at the police station, and then by visiting Gimme Gimme at his res idence and clubbing him wildly on his large red head. In another episode, the cucumber monsters are digging for buried treasure. Gimme Gimme and Chom bo decide to claim jump the monsters, so they rush in to the excavation site, pick up rocks, and start throwing them at the monsters heads. When the monsters drop their shovels, the bad-boy duo grab the tools and use them to crown the monsters. Watching "Gimme Gimme Octopus" is both shocking and hilarious. Situations arise which could never possibly get into an American kiddie show. At o ne point, Gimme Gimme and Chombo steal headstones from a cemetery. When the badger-police chief tries to stop them, he gets a club on his head a nd then has a tombstone placed over his unconscious body. When the cucum ber monsters are knocked out by a falling tree, Gimme Gimme and Chombo g ive them a headstone topped with a large cross, and then the nasty team cross themselves in a mock-ceremony for the should-be dead. If this isnt bad enough, then how about Gimme Gimme as an eye-patch weari ng dictator who whips and crucifies those who challenge his reign? A fir ing squad execution is averted at the last minute by a pink walrus dinos aur (the only female character in the films), who begs Gimme Gimme to ma rry her and spare the life of his prisoners. But during the wedding cere mony, the walrus dinosaur pulls out a club and bangs Gimme Gimme on his head. This leads to a free-for-all when every character begins to pummel Gimme Gimme and Chombo. Or even better: imagine all of the male characters (the octopus, pear, ba dger, dinosaur, a giant grey triangular thing that sprays water from its head, and the three cucumber monsters) engaged in a massive fistfight o ver who gets to wear a blue hula dress. Watching episode after episode of "Gimme Gimme Octopus" can give one the impression that these films cannot get crazier, and yet each one brings in a new level of insanity and nihilism. Characters shoot arrows into th eir own heads, drink and spit up alcohol, smoke cigars, pull guns and kn ives on each other, begin fights without provocation, wind up with broke n limbs wrapped in plaster casts, and still have time to think up new wa ys to annoy those around them. Each "Gimme Gimme Octopus" episode is mat ched with an equally bizarre music track, which alternates between smoot h cocktail jazz and a militaristic grunt-chant that suggests the cast is preparing to invade Manchuria. It would be too easy to heap on the adjectives and superlatives here, but perhaps the best advice is the briefest: you must see "Gimme Gimme Octo pus" for yourself, because you cannot possible believe anything so weird was ever put on film. Ive watched this five times and I still cannot be lieve what I was watching.