Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Pinky Show Animated Political Project

Illegal Immigration is one of the most divisive issues in America today. Pinky asks Bunny for his take on what’s really going on. Added bonus: Daisy tells us how to solve the whole problem in 5 minutes.

The Pinky Show is the animated political project of two creators from California who, for the purposes of this article, asked to be referred to by their animated character names: Pinky and Bunny. It is an online endeavor that offers up documentary cartoons on a host of political issues.
The Pinky Show is the original super lo-tech hand drawn educational TV show. We focus on information & ideas that have been misrepresented, suppressed, ignored, or otherwise excluded from mainstream discussion. Pinky presents and analyzes the material in an informal, easy to understand way, with helpful illustrations.

The show is narrated by Pinky kitty journalist, and the style is simple, compelling and interminably cute. The analysis is astute and rendered in a way suitable for young and old alike. For anyone interested in education, it is a veritable feast of audiovisual materials aimed at challenging many of the one-sided dominant social and political myths and ideologies circulating in North American public culture.

A quick glance through their archive gives a sense of the political territory this creative group has staked out for itself: Hawaii’s illegal appropriation by the United States; the dangers to imagination and intelligence posed by public education; the role of world’s fairs in the colonization of the global south; the American occupation of Iraq; a kitty treatise on class, power and agency; creepy children’s toys; GMO’s; new forms of apartheid; illegal immigration.


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