So what happens when you take Looney Toons, A Soviet Dictatorship, Talented Puppetry and Artistry, today’s offensive humor and mix it in a blender? Transfatylvania Films is probably the closest answer I can think of. An insane collection of puppetry, animation and live action scenes, I’m rather surprised that they haven’t gotten more attention. They (I’m not sure if they are a group or all just one person) have a rather impressive resume of videos uploaded to youtube.
The general idea behind Transfatylvania Films is that it is a former Soviet Republic ruled by Premier Grunt Von Veizatun, a reptilian dictator in the Joseph Stalin mold. Something that adds to the humor is that no attempt is made to try and hide that most of the filming is done in a suburban house in the middle of god knows where. While there are plenty of breaking the 4th wall moments (especially in the live action skits) it’s the small moments that amuse me. Mostly when someone is walking around in the background oblivious that anyone is even filming.
While the live action Grunt videos are some of my favorites, due to the costume. I mean who doesn’t love a hammer and sickle which replaces the hammer with a forked sausage. For that matter the attention to detail to Grunts costume is another small joy. But it’s obvious that the person is also a rather good artist/animator, puppeteer and even a pretty decent music writer even if the songs are parodies.
I’ve been told I have an odd sense of humor, and that’s true. But I find most of these videos hilarious. At least the ones I’ve watched. With 200+ videos as of this post it’s probably a bit more of a mixed bag then I’m letting on. But beautiful Transfatylvania deserves at least 10-15 minutes of your time, I mean what else are you doing today?
Oh and most of their stuff tends to be NSFW, or they can surprise you and say something really offensive that you won’t notice right away. I don’t find it offensive because it’s a comedy people. But in case you do, or in case your at work, I probably wouldn’t watch any of these.