“Welcome to the Third World” by Webster Colcord

If Fritz the Cat had been done as an artsy independent animated film, it might look something like “Welcome to the Third World,” an offbeat video directed by Webster Colcord for The Dandy Warhols. It was produced through the now-defunct Orphanage. Artists who worked on the piece inlcude Jan Van Buyten and Eric Kilkenny, as well as a crew of students from DeAnza College and Ex’pression College of Digital Art.

(Thanks, Karl Cohen)


  • Aleksandar Vujovic

    that’s got some highlights. go ex’pression!

  • http://garrisonsjunk.blogspot.com Chris G

    Wait, huh? I thought Fritz the Cat WAS an artsy independent animated film.

  • amid

    Chris G.: Fritz was independent but the farthest thing from graphically experimental or “artsy.” It’s traditional cel with single-line cleanup against standard backgrounds. The graphic look of that film is rooted in the conventions of mainstream American animation. The content and tone of the film is what was groundbreaking.

  • http://kittyhasfleaz.blogspot.com/ Felicia Spano

    Fantastic!

  • Tom Pope

    Very cool.

  • Vaughan G

    The first rabbit you see at the bar is the white supremacist rabbit from Fritz the Cat, right?

  • http://garrisonsjunk.blogspot.com Chris G

    Hey, Amid,
    Yeah, Fritz has all that wonderful, traditional motion, but I’d still call the movie artsy. Like you say, the content and tone was groundbreaking, and I’d go ahead and call them artsy. Certainly the storytelling was weird. It’s a bunch of vignettes, really, like M*A*S*H (the movie) or Easy Rider or something. It’s just that you were talking about the look, and I was talking about the movie in general. Actually, I can’t decide if I think the storytelling is artsy or incompetent, because I don’t know how conscious Bakshi was of the disjointed, directionless feeling of the thing.

    But now that you say that, I feel like it was graphically experimental, too, in some ways. Putting in photos, and backgrounds based on photos – that was pretty kooky. And drawing crows with flat-black beaks, instead of traditional yellow beaks – I think that was wildly creative.

  • Ted

    Does this song sound like a close ‘tribute’ to the Stones “Miss You” or is it just a coincidence?

  • Dock Miles

    I think you’re gonna have some trouble with this discussion because it revolves around the definition of that very precise and scientific term, “artsy.”

    But objectively, this isn’t correct —

    “And drawing crows with flat-black beaks, instead of traditional yellow beaks – I think that was wildly creative.”

    – since Robert Crumb did it in the source material.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com Emmett Goodman

    Not a bad piece. I can see the connection between FRITZ THE CAT and this video. It’s got some nice drawings in it, but overall, it felt very incomplete. I don’t mean not being colored, I mean there were places where there was nothing happening, and those spaces seemed kind on unnecessary. Nice job on the main dog though.
    And I don’t think Fritz the Cat was meant to be arty. Either way, Crumb already hated it.

    I’m just pleased to see an animated piece done to the Dandy Warhols, one of my favorite bands.

  • http://garrisonsjunk.blogspot.com Chris G

    Dock –

    > that very precise and scientific term, “artsy.”

    Good point.

    > since Robert Crumb did it in the source material.

    ‘Zat right? I need to read that stuff.

  • http://eggheadcheesybird.co.uk Alex

    well…

    ..it’s made me a fan of The Dandy Warhols…

  • http://blog.ninapaley.com Nina Paley

    “This video has been removed by the user.”

    Sigh.

  • Jake

    All is not lost! They reposted the video a few days ago after making some edits to include more of the band:

    Enjoy!

    http://vimeo.com/5156707