Two Plush Two Productions

a kate west recommendation

We're still in a recession, still at war, still escaping tsunamis and still enduring reality t.v. And yet we can take a small breather from all of that to watch Two Plush Two Productions videos featuring stuffed animals enacting short stories to cool music. In fact, we should. It's light, it's fun and it's cute. And it makes you smile. And like the work of the late Jim Henson (Muppets), none of it is ever mean-spirited. Good for the whole family.

Bunnies, cats, bears, monkeys and even unicorns bust some moves on camera, in emotional farewells to friends, cuddling with loved ones and even some getting in some holiday decorating. Manipulated by human arms (the "puppeteers"), the animals show remarkable feeling and convey perfectly soulful vignettes. From classic tales like "The Tortoise and the Hare" to simulated musical videos, the cast members demonstrate delightfully furry versatility.

What's really remarkable is that something so simple can be so enthralling. Didn't we all do this as kids - make our stuffed animals perform for a captive audience (usually our parents)? The cleverness isn't at all self-deprecating or mocking as in so much of comedy today. It's sincere. And just ... happy. And what's wrong with that? We all need more playtime, especially the older we get.

Oh and they count The Presidents of the United States of America among their fans (click here). So bring along your inner child and please spread the joy (see below).

Kirsten Egan
Susie Danzig
Nick Olson
Caela Fujii
Nathan Diehl
Bill Olson
Jake Horstmann
Paul Wu
Jonathan Bender
Alicia Dattner


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