Wednesday, April 16, 2008

But how do we educate farmers about nuclear attack?

Well, we use marionettes, of course. Nothing speaks to the sensibilities of the rural farmer quite like a string puppet.

A special thanks to for continuing to preserve and make available ephemeral films like this one and so many others.


kelvinkao said...

Oh wow. A few thoughts:

1) When there's a nuclear attack, the cow is really the least of your concern. Then again, that's just me. Farmers might beg to differ.

2) When there's a fallout situation, quickly get into the basement... visual: marionette clumsily and slowly trying to walk down stairs... priceless.

Mary Robinette Kowal said...

Wow. Where did you find this?

chet said...

hello kelvinkao:
Priceless, indeed! So many of the ephemeral films produced over the years are just chock full of unintended comedy gold. I've added a link to in the post for anyone who hasn't already discovered these gems.

hi mary:
This film is part of the collection at There are a number of films and commercials mixed into the Prelinger and AV Geeks collection that also feature puppets. Many of them, like this one, are quite enjoyable to watch---for all the wrong reasons.

The UnMighty said...

I think this video has given us a good look at what humans will look like, and what life will be like in a post-apocalyptic world.