GIMMIE GIMMIE OCTOPUS

gimmieoct.jpgASIFA-San Francisco president Karl Cohen sent me this link (also featured on BoingBoing the other day) to what may be the strangest children’s TV series ever made. It’s not animated, but it’s from Japan with people in costumes – the tender story of an Octopus and a Peanut – only like Pufnstuf made by a drug-crazed Ed Wood. Says Karl:

It is a low budget Teletubby type show with attitude. I have only looked at one episode, Baby Octopus (took 2 or 3 minutes to download) and wait till you see what happens to the baby! I find it hard to believe this isn’t created by a radical subversive underground theater group. I have no idea what the point of it is or why it was made, but I suspect kids somewhere in this world are entertained by it. Or was it created by inmates of a mental institution?

The original show, “KURE KURE TAKORA” made its debut in October 1973. The central character covets everything by saying “KURE! (I want it)” all the time. Each episode runs 3 minutes.