Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is back with a sixth episode of the ever-brilliant, Sesame-Street-on-acid YouTube show. Created by show London-based duo Becky & Joe, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a series of brilliantly funny but utterly creepy animation based around three characters: Duck Guy, Red Guy and Yellow Guy.
The first episode has been watched on YouTube over 33 million times - and this new episode has got over a million views since it went live yesterday evening.
In Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6, Yellow Guy is alone, missing his friends and trying to get some sleep. But his lamp has other ideas - and wants him to explore his dreams, with predictably silly/horrific results. Conversely, Red Guy wants to live his dream - and, well, you'll have to watch it above to see what happens.
There's all the things you'd expect from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - creepy character design, a mashup of animation styles from digital to puppets and catchy songs. Plus there's a few in-jokes for the hardcore fans (like the ones who still keep retweeting the photo I took of Becky & Joe's character at the V&A Museum of Childhood three months ago).
You can watch Don't Hug Me I'm Scared and its three sequels below.
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Using a mixture of animation techniques including puppetry, stop-motion and digital, for Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 Becky & Joe have brought the familiar characters back to life and introduced a new character called Tony The Talking Clock (above) for the disturbing sequel.
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This episode takes on love. It begins innocently enough – well as innocent as you can get with a picnic comprised of raw chicken, before going all unicorn and flowers – and finishing up with a horrible payoff. And like the prequels, it's all set to a catchy tune.
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From a simple board game, the films' three central characters are drawn into a the thrall of an increasingly bullying computer that draws them into a nightmarish online world – and then there's the inevitable horrible payoff.
This episode was funded by Kickstarter - where over £100,000 has been pledged for this and future episodes.
The duo have previously made music videos for Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and have also designed window displays for Selfridges.
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In Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5 the directing duo are taking on the food – with predictably nightmarish results.
Something's wrong and someone's missing – and then some rather overbearing food arrives to deliver healthy eating' advice'. Things go downhill from there. And like the prequels, it's all set to a catchy tune.