Accidentally Funny: Holiday in the Sun
Published Jun 16, 2009While nothing quite matches the short about the young woman who dropped acid and had a chat with a hotdog that screened in last year's Accidentally Funny program, there are some gems to behold here, some of which even attempted to be humorous in their time but are funny for entirely different reasons now.
Starting things out is a brief commercial for "Jet National," wherein folks demonstrate a peculiar enthusiasm for Miami and the excitement of air travel. One would assume this was made before Miami became the murder and cocaine capital of North America. Sticking with a black & white aesthetic, "Leader News, Volume 3, No. 2" advertises all things Ford, whether it's the hunting and killing of talking tortoises, playing golf on the roof of a car or watching cats fight with the label "Pussyweights" emblazoned throughout. How these things spell "Ford" is really up to the viewer, and likely some recreational drugs.
On the avant-garde front is Denys Arcand's artistic rendering of an Atlantic Park promotional video, wherein a young woman apathetically relaxes with beavers, discovers love through hitchhiking, gets married, has a kid and does performance art on the beach. It's fashionable, bizarre and uber-pretentious, providing an abundance of unintentional laughter.
The "Desperate Case" short is more perplexing than amusing, given how much time is spent elaborating on why one should not improperly pack their talking suitcase. But hey, there's a talking suitcase.
"The Devil's Toy" is probably only funny for those that like skateboarding, and the "Broken Dolls" short is inappropriately amusing for its treatment of racial diversity in the world of doll refurbishment.
Lastly, this collection includes "Will the Great Barrier Reef Cure Claude Clough?," which is essentially a '70s fantasy exploration film about depression and neuroses, wherein personal exploration is equated with deep-sea diving because of its inherent danger. It's funny because it's sexist and emotionally-stunted.