365 Days of Horror, Day 15: Unedited Footage of a Bear (short) (2014)


unedited footage of a bear

That’s a pretty bear.

This short is fucked up.

I don’t want to spoil it but…this isn’t really unedited footage of a bear. In fact, it’s pretty heavily edited. And its YouTube ad fooled me. Twice.

  1. Click ‘Skip Ad’
  2. Be taken to a landing page for an antidepressant drug called Claridryl
  3. Click on the house in the background
  4. Click nine more times
  5. Click through the various rooms in the house
  6. Right-click anywhere
  7. Click ‘View Page Source’
  8. o__O

Then go back and watch the video, and its happy footage of a single, beautiful bear, none of which is disturbing or confusing. It’s Adult Swim, the network that brought us such whimsical series like Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty. Also the happy lilting music is happy, because it’s footage of a bear, because bears are warm and cuddly and fuzzy and don’t have a gun, or starkly terrifyingly-composed shots that tell a cautionary tale or are the epitome of modern social commentary or of losing one’s mind under the very influence that claims to help them, because bears.