Excellent: “Zombie in a Penguin Suit”

posted at 9:31 pm on October 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate. HuffPo says this is the closest we’ll get to a Wes Anderson zombie film, but that’s not true. It’s tragic and comic but not twee. In reality, it’s the closest we’ll get to a Chaplin zombie film. There’s more heart and genuine pathos in six minutes here than there’s been in hours upon hours of the zombified “All My Children” that you and I know as “The Walking Dead,” so if you don’t mind a little gore (or a lot), give it a chance. It’s different.

Is this the next big thing in zombie movies, incidentally? Sympathy for flesh-eaters? Maybe it’s a metaphor for media coverage of OWS.

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Huh.

Fallon on October 27, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Strange and beautiful, much like Halloween itself

thebrokenrattle on October 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Masterpiece

mythicknight on October 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Next Democrat Party Ad: Zombie Tea Party. But with no sympathy. No pathos, either.

SlaveDog on October 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Masterpiece

mythicknight on October 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

It’s a master piece of something, all right.

John the Libertarian on October 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

zombified “All My Children”

Completely agree.

SlaveDog on October 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

That was…long.

Ronnie on October 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Little 7% was just asking if I was going to dress up for Halloween…

… Thanks Allah!

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 9:50 PM

OK, I get the “us vs them” contrast, but , still, ummmmmm–no.

Thatisallgoodnight.

predator on October 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Looks like there won’t be many comments on this thread.

Okay, then.

Zombie Palin!

SlaveDog on October 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Seven minutes I cannot get back….but, at least I know what I want to come back as after I die.

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Excellent: “Zombie in a Penguin Suit”

Hmm… thought this was gonna be about Chaz getting the boot from DWTS.

Oh well…

The Ugly American on October 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Really worthwhile, a marvelous little film. And no, I tend to doubt it was a political parable of any sort. I’m not sure, but I think the filmmakers are talking about the sheer awkwardness of death. Dying in a penguin suit is no different from having a heart attack on the toilet, I suppose. Being born is an awkward, bloody, painful affair. No matter how much we try to dignify it, death is no different. It is no respecter of persons.

Or maybe the movie’s just about a zombie in a penguin suit. Sometimes a train going through a tunnel is just a train going through a tunnel.

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Man, you guys are a tough crowd.

Allahpundit on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Excellent: “Zombie in a Penguin Suit”
Hmm… thought this was gonna be about Chaz getting the boot from DWTS.

Oh well…

The Ugly American on October 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Yeah, they should have made the zombie look like THAT. It would have been super duper scary!

HornetSting on October 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

You have redeemed the post!

Allahpundit on October 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

At least if you watched it…

… you know the answer to:

“What’s Black and White and Red All Over?”

/

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Allahpundit on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Daughter said, “As far as low budget zombie films, that’s one of the better ones I’ve seen.” So, there you go…

I’m gonna stick with, “Huh.”

Fallon on October 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Well, it was different… I’ll give it that.

Yakko77 on October 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Man, you guys are a tough crowd.

Allahpundit on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Maybe you should share whatever you’re smoking with me so I can get it, cause I don’t. Or maybe I’m just old.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

It is a metaphor for the Duck of Deaths demise (without the hand raping).

BL@KBIRD on October 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Masterpiece

mythicknight on October 27, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Yep.

JellyToast on October 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM
You have redeemed the post!

Suck up. Your last name Carney, by any chance?
Ever work for Time?

predator on October 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Sometimes a train going through a tunnel is just a train going through a tunnel.

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Unless it’s Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Zombies rule girls drool

blatantblue on October 27, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Now this is a masterpiece.

John the Libertarian on October 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM

I want to believe he made it to the ocean…

… I really want to believe!

/

(uh-oh… did I just spoil the film for those that didn’t watch it?)

Seven Percent Solution on October 27, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Sometimes a train going through a tunnel is just a train going through a tunnel.

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Unless it’s Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Actually, I think the first use of that “symbolism” was in “The Thin Man” in 1932.

SagebrushPuppet on October 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

I like odd little films like this one.

If it had been an hour long, that would have been a bit much.

SagebrushPuppet on October 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM

I like zombie movies but that was a little too esoteric for me. Good production qualities, but its hard to sympathize with a corpse, even one in a penguin suit.

sharrukin on October 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Actually, I think the first use of that “symbolism” was in “The Thin Man” in 1932.

SagebrushPuppet on October 27, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Maybe, but William Powell was no Cary Grant.

They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Husband didn’t last more than a minute. Guess he was hoping for Mila Jovavich.

ace tomato on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

That reminds me – isn’t it about time for Left for Dead 3?

Dead Hand Control on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I look at art as ambigious stimuli, much like a Rorschach Test. It has no meaning until you apply meaning. I still haven’t found any meaning to apply, but I did send the link to 2 young ladies who are into everything Zombie. Maybe they will define it for me.

DAT60A3 on October 27, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Happy Feet 2: The Reckoning

March of the Penguins 2: March Deader

28 Days Later: Antarctica

Left Coast Right Mind on October 27, 2011 at 10:27 PM

An Elizabeth Warren spouting her mindless drivel cameo would have probably been too much to hope for I suppose.

But I think maybe the penguin is a symbol of all the higher ed students stuffed into the suit of conformity which doesn’t, ultimately, save them from the awful brain death that occurs when exposed to the zombies of the left and their horrible brain eating logic.

Lily on October 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Zombie as anthropomorphic.

Think of it like the wild animal release in Ohio. The distant reaction was to feel sympathy for the animals because they’re only going by instinct, something people have been conditioned to respond to since Bambi. People then project human emotions onto the animals such as fear and hunger.

So why doesn’t a zombie get the same consideration since they are working form that impulse, and are still technically human? Does it really take a Barney-like, kid-friendly costume, hiding the rotting exterior, to trigger pity?

budfox on October 27, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Maybe, but William Powell was no Cary Grant.

They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Knucklehead on October 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Very true … with the possible exception of me.

SagebrushPuppet on October 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Left for Dead 3?

Dead Hand Control on October 27, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Hope they get it right. The first one was better than the 2nd.

GoW3 rulez!

John the Libertarian on October 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Well, what can you say after a really cool piece of video art like that?

GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY . . . . . . PLEASANT DREAMS . . . . . . SLEEP TIGHT! . . . . . . DON’T LET THE BEDBUGS ZOMBIES BITE!

listens2glenn on October 27, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Good thing I just smoked a fat doobie or that video wouldn’t have made any sense at all.

iceman1960 on October 27, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Is this the next big thing in zombie movies, incidentally? Sympathy for flesh-eaters? Maybe it’s a metaphor for media coverage of OWS.
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Could be,

Petey says,”Its Time To Cool Off”!!

canopfor on October 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Swan Lake it aint!

OldEnglish on October 27, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Did anybody get that? Was there some kind of artsy message I’m missing?

keep the change on October 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Man, you guys are a tough crowd.

Allahpundit on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Best thing about it was the title. “Poignant, minimalist” — FEEELM critic artiste review

Seriously, gorgeous piece of music and thanks for linking, just for that. *buys song on Amazon*

inviolet on October 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM

keep the change on October 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Penguins are hard to kill?

OldEnglish on October 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM

What was the significance of the penguin suit? And what was the significance of the various scenes? Art is supposed to have a message. What was the message? Because if there was no message, and it was just a zombie in a penguin suit, then the terrorists have already won.

keep the change on October 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM

So this wasn’t the latest PETA campaign to save the penguins?

redridinghood on October 27, 2011 at 11:12 PM

I think Allah’s soft for silly-looking-on-the-surface meditations on death set to affecting music. Remember this oft-cited (and actually quite good) little gem?

Wouldn’t mind seeing this one when Obama loses next year.

inviolet on October 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM

That. Was. AWESOME!1!

Zombie Penguin ’12

Kensington on October 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Allah, I think you should mark this one for future disappointments, like the melting bunny.

Kensington on October 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Is this the next big thing in zombie movies, incidentally? Sympathy for flesh-eaters?

They thought about doing that with the alternate ending for I Am Legend but thought better of it. I think they realized that zombie as a lifestyle might backfire.

peacenprosperity on October 27, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Palate cleansed. Thanks!

Now, about those crucified zombies . . .

exdeadhead on October 27, 2011 at 11:48 PM

I don’t get it. At all.

Skidd on October 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Have to get to work on my next project, “Blogger in a Rino Suit”. Ha! Get it? I keed, I keed…

Nethicus on October 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Stupid.

Vigilante on October 28, 2011 at 1:22 AM

I’m sure that 99% of the people involved in making this 6 minutes of pretentious WTF crap are also zombies at an OWS sleepover.

Rod on October 28, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Tough crowd indeed. I liked it.

JimRich on October 28, 2011 at 3:09 AM

AP, I actually liked the Walking Dead until I read your post and then saw the season premiere. I guess I already knew how terrible it was from the CDC episode, but I thought hey, maybe CDC was a fluke, after all, it’s not cannon…

This short was the way zombie stuff SHOULD be, but isn’t. The filmmaker doesn’t go out of his way to make the penguin sympathetic, either. After all, he noms on flesh with the rest of the zombies every chance he gets, he just ends up being the lucky one that survives the longest. The final scene shows, by people’s reactions to him, that zombies are no longer a threat, especially not him. The air raid siren was pointless and out of place, though. If the point of the scene was to show that humanity had essentially survived and was starting to move on, there would be no need for the alarm, it controverts the overall purpose of the scene, which is to invoke some compassion for the zombie by showing him as being harmless, not regarded as a threat, and yet killed like a dog regardless.

kaltes on October 28, 2011 at 3:45 AM

oh yeah, the crucified zombies were pointless imagery, made no sense at all. why go through the effort of doing that? it was a bit ham fisted.

the comments are going to generally be against the film because hotair readers are not really into zombies. zombies are more a nerd and younger generation thing.

dont let them get you down, though, there are many of us who read this site purely because of your posts, including this one.

kaltes on October 28, 2011 at 3:48 AM

Art for art’s sake.

Dino64 on October 28, 2011 at 4:55 AM

Didn’t watch it. I’ll wait for the book….

Ace ODale on October 28, 2011 at 4:58 AM

Not bad- better than what’s on TV most nights at least.

Browncoatone on October 28, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Metaphor for the The Prodigal Son.

hawkdriver on October 28, 2011 at 6:04 AM

troyriser_gopftw on October 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I agree. And if I may add, I believe it’s common to draw parallels on various stories based upon your world view. Not a bad thing. It just might not be what the creator of a particular piece originally intended.

Nice score.

Perfect amount of dialogue.

looking4statesmen on October 28, 2011 at 6:52 AM

I ask these questions sincerely…

What is it that fascinates people so much about death and flesh?

Have those that like this sort of stuff ever read true stories about martyrdom?

Do Christians like this stuff?

Please don’t attack me, again, I ask sincerely!

withmanitisimpossible on October 28, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Reminds me of the crap I had to endure in liberal arts college.

BigAlSouth on October 28, 2011 at 7:43 AM

Frankly, it seriously troubles me that some people these days can’t seem to get enough out of watching some animated corpse ripping another person to pieces and then devouring the remains.

I am now finding the subject of zombies sick, repulsive, and rapidly approaching obscene.

This is one subject I honestly wish would go away.

pilamaye on October 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM

“Black Swan” meets the zombie genre. Artsy-fartsy zombie films are not better than “All My Children” zombie films.

csdeven on October 28, 2011 at 7:50 AM

You know Allahpundit, I can do without this sort of garbage. What, a slow news day, huh? DD

Darvin Dowdy on October 28, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Frankly, it seriously troubles me that some people these days can’t seem to get enough out of watching some animated corpse ripping another person to pieces and then devouring the remains.

pilamaye on October 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM

None of that was shown, it was implied and off camera.

rapidly approaching obscene.

This is one subject I honestly wish would go away.

Wow, so by calling it obscene, you mean it isn’t constitutionally protected speech? It clearly is, and you’re a nut. I’m glad we have the 1st Amendment to protect us from people like you.

I have to put up with seeing and hearing things I dislike every single day. That’s the price you pay to be free to watch and hear the things you DO like.

Besides, what kind of nut clicks a post about zombies and watches a zombie movie when they think zombies are “sick, repulsive, and rapidly approaching obscene”? No one forced you to look. This video was really tame.

kaltes on October 28, 2011 at 8:26 AM

I’m not going to pretend I understand any underlying esoteric message in this thing but I did like it. I felt a bit of sympathy for the ridiculous zombie.

RAB on October 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Zombies are gay and the entire premise of a shambling, unstoppable horde is beyond ridiculous. Don’t live in big cities that insist you have no right to defend yourself and you win. But I have a question that maybe a zombie lover can answer. Why do zombies never turn on each other? These are mindless killing machines whose most distinctive characteristic is a complete disregard for their own welfare. What makes other zombies taboo?

NotCoach on October 28, 2011 at 9:14 AM

That was deep – crucified Zombies.

Dr Evil on October 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Ah, the pretentious, left-wing vomitus of the RTVF major at a coastal university!

If you’d studied art like me rather than law in school, then you’d have zero-level fascination with this crap.

ScottMcC on October 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

There goes 7 minutes of my life.

Now for a real zombie in a clown suit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3yaZ-pjR2M

bbordwell on October 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

My Linux box just died.

unclesmrgol on October 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

My Linux box just died.

unclesmrgol on October 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Took me a minute.

hawkdriver on October 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Let me spell out the metaphors seen in order of appearance if none of you attended film school or know anything about the San Francisco-based author of the short story this video is based on:

-The military are faceless brutes that kill without remorse or thought
-Gun owners are all stupid, careless, and cowardly people
-Church-goers are an old, white, poison Kool-aid drinking cult
-Crucified zombies show the intolerace and cruelty of American Christians
-The suburban existence is sterile, xenophobic, and ultimately barbaric

Your first indication that this video is an atheist left-wing martyrdom fantasy was that it was lauded by AOLHUFFPO…

ScottMcC on October 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM