Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 TIME [Analysis] What is the meaning?
Another disturbing look into how our society teaches us to fit in. If Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - Creativity haunted your dreams you'll be happy to hear part 2 - TIME will definitely replace your current nightmares with a whole new reason to pee yourself at night.
The Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series is created by Becky and Joe over at the YouTube channel ThisIsItCollective. The first one definitely earned it's way onto the internet meme world with it's catchy tune, hilarious characters and quotes and, overall, it's shock value that leaves you with a terrible unsettling feeling at the very end.
If that doesn't sell you on how great their series is then the sequel, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 - TIME, will definitely make you a follower. Check out the original video below.
Interesting video... But what does it mean!?
A fairly unexpected ending right? Well the creators, Becky and Joe, have put a lot of time and thought into these videos and not without reason! As entertaining (and damn catchy) as these videos are there is definitely a deeper meaning.
I've already hit on most of the deeper message (at least in my opinion) in my analysis of the first video Here. For those of you who refuse to read my first analysis, I'll try to sum it up as cleanly as possible.
In this case I feel like the biggest clue to what they're trying to say is that the main characters and the world itself is mocked up to look like a typical kids TV show. While the endings aren't exactly PG rated, the rest of the videos are taken straight out of your normal Sesame Street type program; a bunch of puppet creatures are taught about some topic through the means of song.
All of that in mind, I've come to the conclusion that their videos are poking at the current way our "educational programming" is presented and created. The big idea being that there is a lot more focus on "programming" rather than "education". The first video focused on the idea of teaching our kids how to be creative while this second video displays how the creators feel about the way these kid's shows teach about time. And they feel pretty strongly it seems.
"Look at the time!"
The obvious first topic is the one Tony the Ticking Clock is there to talk about. Time! I feel like Tony does a good job of introducing the topic specifically when he says it's tool we put on the wall or wear. He then explains that the past is far behind us and the future doesn't exist. This all seems innocent and simple enough.
Then comes a few zig-zaggy turns.
After one of the puppets asks "what is the time?" Tony replies "It's quarter to 9, time to have a bath" and all of them are now in a bathtub. He scrubs them down taking no consideration to the fact that they're already clean. The first few views of the video I didn't put too much thought into the scene but after a while I've come to the idea that Tony is already conditioning them to do as time dictates. To obey time. If it's time for a bath, you take a bath, clean or not.
Afterwards he explains that time is a ruler to measure the day (what does the syringe mean?!) and confuses the younger puppet with his nonsense about time going round and round like a merry go round. All this means to me is that Tony is trying to make the subject so complicated you wont question it.
At this point in the video the characters go with Tony (against their wishes) through time learning how time affects different things. It's also the first scene where you get a sense of the dark meaning behind the video. The first being a ripe apple that over time becomes nasty, followed by shriveled evil looking tree and then a close up after the younger puppet says he's friends with his dad. Sinister music and a reddish tint go over the video. The creators have shown the dad a few times and I get the feeling that they feel like parents are misrepresented in children shows. Maybe Becky and Joe feel like shows try to make parents out to be bad creating a rift between the two.
Next Tony goes about explaining that time flies fast when you're having fun but stops the bird puppet from having such fun stating "There's a time a place" for things like that. He vilifies the idea of having fun if it's not time for that. Another queue that Tony wants time to control what we do not us.
Now the video goes into exploring the idea of things changing over time and how the old goes into a mystery and new technology comes. The young puppet then says "Look an old man died!" and Tony immediately distracts them with "But look a computer!" He doesn't want them to think about death. It isn't the last time he derails a valid topic they bring up either. What I take from this is that children's shows deliberately avoid the topic of death. Whether it's because there's a devious motive or they fear how the parents will react they just don't go into it.
After their travels through time Tony and company are back in their living room and the puppets begin to discuss some pretty deep questions about time. In fact, the most important and deep thinking questions in my opinion. But as soon as the reality of time comes into question Tony's alarm goes off halting the discussion reminding them, and all of us, that whether time is real or not our every action is governed by the tic toc of the clock.
Then the ending of the video commences where Tony has had enough of their silly discussions and time begins to speed up. Ultimately leading to their falling apart and death. But didn't Tony not want to talk about death earlier? It seems like he didn't want the puppets to think about death until it was too late.
Overall the idea of how these programs teach our youth about time seems to be pretty controlling. My views on society are pretty extreme (or pessimistic) to many people but if there's one thing our society does it's promote the way things are and boost up those who help keep the status quo. I believe an underlying theme found here backs that up. All people born into this world simply inherit what the previous generations have left to us. People lived, added to the model of society, passed on a few ideas to their children and died. And this has been going on for thousands of years leading to the current state of the world. Which is pretty ridiculous. Nobody in all that time sat down and said "Where is all of this going? Is there an end goal here?" and so the momentum of society just kept going.
Bringing this all back to the video I believe the limited teachings of time is to keep people from questioning what must be done. We must get a job, we must get married, we must have children and most of all, we must make sure our children do the same. It all seems like a way to keep people pushing this crazy momentum we've inherited into the future no matter what that future is.
The Eyes Are Always Watching
Now here is a theme that has persisted through both videos and I'll be excited to see if Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3 keeps the pattern going. The eyes! At the trippy ending of the first video about creativity the world breaks down and reveals to you the behind the scenes of the show. What is happening behind the curtains (so to speak) is the ones crafting the kids show are nothing but eyeballs so the many appearances of eyes in this video is no coincidence. I've even been drawn to the idea of Paigenote using a seer stone in the first video as a reference to this, as only once she places it over her eye the puppets begin to see as she wants them to see.
Finding a theme with this was just built into the way I think so I'm not sure if this is accurate but I do believe this is a reference to the idea of a Big Brother looking over us and controlling how we think. I'm not referring to the TV show Big Brother by the way. This is the Big Brother from George Orwell's 1984. It seems to match up nicely in my mind as the eyeballs are crafting the original episode about creativity and are again shown in part 2 as part of the simulation computer they're all hooked up to.
Although I wouldn't mind hearing some other opinions! My mind always looks for these type of connections so I understand my view may be slightly bias.
This is a tough one. There aren't very many clues to this other than the date and the content of the videos themselves. The only real theory I have comes from typing the date into Wikipedia and searching year by year to try to find something that corresponded. The only event that seems to be related at all is the establishment of the FCC on June 19th 1934, or in other words, The Communications Act of 1934. The organization created are the people who dictate what is okay to watch on TV.
Now, because there's no other date that seems related, I'd have to say this is what the creators wanted us to look at. Should some government agency make the rules about what is okay to watch? I, for one, am against it. Then again, I don't trust the government so you'll have to make your own opinion on that.
To be completely open I don't believe anyone should control TV. The creators of those shows are making art and it's just as much art as any painting ever created. Yes some shows fall short of being called artistic but what right does an agency have to tell them what's okay to put in their art?
The Little Things...
Like all great art these videos have hidden little things for our entertainment and perhaps to provoke a bit of thought. The above has the father puppet surfing a "Looksite". Seems like an obvious display of the misuses of technology. He also has a primitive helmet similar to the ones the puppets are hooked up to when they're "in the future!"
Then there's the fish everywhere. There's fish everywhere! I mean, it's only one part and it could just be filler for the song but with all the work Becky and Joe put into these videos I can't help but feel I'm missing something. I mean, there's fish everywhere!
I already mentioned that Paigenote makes an appearance in a picture above but something else came through from the previous video as well. The great clown painting that Paigenote destroyed in the first video can be seen in the very beginning. Although it can't be seen in the living room in the intro shot...
What is the Meaning?
The video should already invoke some sort of reaction from you so everyone has their own meaning to apply. So everything here is simply my opinion. I'm not trying to speak for the creators at all.
I believe the video is trying to make us aware of the consequences of letting our children be raised on this form of "entertainment". The end of the video zooms out from the terrible aging scene to show that what we saw is actually the show they were waiting to watch. Not only that, but if you compare the picture above (the very end of the video) to the first picture (at the top of this page) there are a few differences. For one the picture of them together in the top left has changed to the picture of the future; Nothing. What they are telling us is that these are the puppets in the future and it has become what their shows have guided them to become; Nothing.
Another difference is found the floor next to the TV set. The eyeball (yes another eyeball) that popped out of the bird puppet while he was aging can be seen. This is saying that the show they watched when they were younger has changed them. They have carried this dark change into their future and it effects them today.
What do you think?
There's a lot of holes in my analysis! Many questions remain unanswered and even some of the topics or observations I've made are unanswered or incomplete. I'm not a professional when it comes to breaking down videos like this and I need help!
Let me know your take on the video in the comments below! I'd love to see what other people think about this video and I'm sure that what the creators wanted more than anything was a discussion about their video. Thanks for checking out my analysis of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared Part 2 - TIME and remember to check back when Don't Hug Me I'm Scared Part 3 comes out. It's sure to have a jingle just as catchy with some crazy twists.
And remember, green is not a creative color!