Taiwanese Animation Lampoons Supreme Court Decision

Taiwanese Animation Lampoons Supreme Court Decision

Supreme Court cases would be so much cooler if they were actually decided by lethal gunfights.

If you're not familiar with Taiwanese media group NextMedia Animations, it's best known for its bizarre and nonsensical CGI animations depicting the news of the day - for instance, last year's iPhone 4 antenna issues and the infamous FoxConn suicides.

NMA's video production team works scarily fast, as it's already released a video covering the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled that videogames had all the First Amendment protections granted to other forms of media.

It's silly and doesn't go too in-depth into the issue, but it's also rather amusing how it depicts the events leading up to the case, as well as Justice Anthony Scalia's majority decision.

I'm pretty sure that Scalia didn't actually present his decision by firing assault rifles into the air with children in front of a giant American flag, but it would have been kind of amazing if he had.

Still, it doesn't quite top the fire-breathing lesbians from the New York gay marriage animation. But then again, what does?

(Via Joystiq)

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well, that was... strange. That said, politics would be far more enjoyable to watch this way.

Oh lord, I love this company.

Their videos are always so strange, yet somehow accurate.

I support the decision made by these people...cause who DOESN'T WANT to give children firearms to fire off into the sky while holding free videogames!? (0:36 in the video)

John Funk:
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Oddly enough, the gay marriage one was pretty balanced (though ridiculous in its iconography). This one? Way off the mark. The picture being painted is that they want to impose violent entertainment on innocent children, when in reality they just want to leave it to the parents to decide, and not support ridiculous laws that will cost too much time and money in enforcement and argument.

I want a gun that shoots free speech.

That, and the associated fire-breathing lesbians, were absolutely amazing. Awesome. Thanks for finding that, Funk.

I saw 'fire-breathing lesbians' and knew this company was win.

*watches video*

...Yup. That's exactly what happened.

Actually, they also covered the Royal Wedding, I'm not sure if the Daily show asked them too, or they found the video, or if it is the same group though. I could only find the last part however.
edit: Nevermind, embedding apparently bad so...

It was because no "satirical" News or media was allowed footage of the event, but you had other "serious" news channels cracking drug jokes and everything.

God that New York/Lesbian video is sooooo great

Funnily enough, I've been watching these things for a good proportion of the day, brilliant stuff, if the news in the uk was like this, we might be a little less grumpy. I thoroughly reccomend ( but can't link to due to using an ipod) the Obama launches diary one. "Biden bit my finger". that is all.

Oh god that was too funny! I like the extra touch with the American flag drop down behind them.

Wow, could this become the official news station of the world now. You have to admire how topical they are I'm just amazed they are able to put together such a high quality animation in such a short time.

also related:

I love these videos! Taiwan should just take over all the worlds news networks.

Dastardly:

John Funk:
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Oddly enough, the gay marriage one was pretty balanced (though ridiculous in its iconography). This one? Way off the mark. The picture being painted is that they want to impose violent entertainment on innocent children, when in reality they just want to leave it to the parents to decide, and not support ridiculous laws that will cost too much time and money in enforcement and argument.

Uh, dude? It's satire; they aren't being serious.

Any, I laughed my ass off! I got into it last night with my uncle, who's literal opinion of the Supreme Court very closely matches that farcical laugh-fest(It's sad, I know); it's great to see not everyone thinks that way.

Meh, felt more like an "lol stupid american gun whores!" Video.

Elementlmage:
Uh, dude? It's satire; they aren't being serious.

Any, I laughed my ass off! I got into it last night with my uncle, who's literal opinion of the Supreme Court very closely matches that farcical laugh-fest(It's sad, I know); it's great to see not everyone thinks that way.

You think so? I was getting caricature more than satire. It lacks the context that would make for an effective satire.

what is this Taiwanese company high on and why are they not sharing?

Dastardly:

Elementlmage:
Uh, dude? It's satire; they aren't being serious.

Any, I laughed my ass off! I got into it last night with my uncle, who's literal opinion of the Supreme Court very closely matches that farcical laugh-fest(It's sad, I know); it's great to see not everyone thinks that way.

You think so? I was getting caricature more than satire. It lacks the context that would make for an effective satire.

Caricature and Satire are not mutually exclusive. Certainly we can agree that they are lampooning something, which would certainly fall into the realm of satire? Whether it is the Supreme Court verdict itself, or the reaction to the verdict makes no difference.

Elementlmage:
Caricature and Satire are not mutually exclusive. Certainly we can agree that they are lampooning something, which would certainly fall into the realm of satire? Whether it is the Supreme Court verdict itself, or the reaction to the verdict makes no difference.

Makes a pretty big difference. If they're making fun of side A, they're coming down in support of side B. If they're making fun of side B, they're pro-A.

By 'caricature,' the aim of their little video is to exaggerate the features of the verdict they feel are ridiculous--namely that the Supreme Court wants kids to play violent games.

If it were 'satire,' this caricature would clearly be more ironic. Irony requires establishing an expectation before thwarting it, which this video does not do. If they did, I could see how they are instead exaggerating the overreaction to the verdict. I'm just not seeing that communicated in any way.

In short, I think these folks believe the verdict is ridiculous. And the reasons they've given clearly aren't considering the whole situation.

Their videos are crude but very accurate.

Are these the same people who make the animations that Adult Swim sometimes show? I was strongly reminded of that.

Elementlmage:

Dastardly:

John Funk:
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Oddly enough, the gay marriage one was pretty balanced (though ridiculous in its iconography). This one? Way off the mark. The picture being painted is that they want to impose violent entertainment on innocent children, when in reality they just want to leave it to the parents to decide, and not support ridiculous laws that will cost too much time and money in enforcement and argument.

Uh, dude? It's satire; they aren't being serious.

Any, I laughed my ass off! I got into it last night with my uncle, who's literal opinion of the Supreme Court very closely matches that farcical laugh-fest(It's sad, I know); it's great to see not everyone thinks that way.

Somebody, somewhere will take it seriously. And then they will quote it when they talk about how the event changed us for better or worse. It's like a rule of life, man.

I'm getting a strong "Xavier: Renegade Angel" vibe from this satire.

[quote="John Funk" post="7.297239.11764430"NMA's video production team works scarily fast, as it's already released a video covering the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled that videogames had all the First Amendment protections granted to other forms of media.[/quote]It's not as hard to plan ahead when you can see one of two choices coming from an event. It wasn't like they had to attempt to put together 30,000 videos, or it was something that they had no clue was coming.

I like Taiwanese animation!

Video missing the point much? There's a slight difference between wanting someone to have something, and not constitutionally being able to to stop them having it...

I remember seeing their thing on the Royal wedding, and its hilariously insane.

Wow! The Taiwanese really seem to know how to run a better government than us. I say they no longer need our military to defend them from a Chinese reunification. When they become a real, adult country (read: doesn't need our military) then they can sit at the adult table. Until then, maybe the Free Chinese ought not bight the hand that keeps them free.

Wow! The Taiwanese really seem to know how to run a better government than us. I say they no longer need our military to defend them from a Chinese reunification. When they become a real, adult country (read: doesn't need our military) then they can sit at the adult table. Until then, maybe the Free Chinese ought not bight the hand that keeps them free.

 

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