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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Easter Bunny Hates You: Easter Begins -- The Prequel!

It seems like only yesterday — but it was nearly two years ago — that I wrote an article about a newfangled, one-year-old invention called "Youtube." In my second graph, I confessed:

"Lately, I've been compulsively clicking my mouse to rerun The Easter Bunny Hates You, which, as far as I'm concerned, is 112 seconds of bliss. The short film's plot solely consists of a guy in a white bunny suit chasing down people and whaling on them with violent creativity, like forcing cellophane Easter basket grass into one victim's mouth. For a one-joke clip, its camp action-movie vocabulary is pitch perfect. I can't get enough."

In the spirit of the holiday, here it is:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/OyDHyyB3TRs" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

But that's not all, though.

Shortly after the story appeared on-line — it may have been that very day — I received a polite "thank you" email from the filmmaker, Neil Punsalan, who said, among other pleasantries:

"I very much appreciate your words. How much? So much so, that I emailed my mother the article. My mom likes it when I succeed. Not so much when I fail. And frankly, after she saw the video, she couldn't tell which it was."

When I decided to post "The Easter Bunny Hates You" today, I looked up Neil Punsalan to see what's going on with him. Turns out that in 2007 he co-founded a broadband entertainment production company called Black20, which produces on-line comedy shows and viral videos. Including a prequel (!) to "The Easter Bunny Hates You" called "Easter Begins." I had no idea.

The ironic thing, though, is that "Easter Begins" does not appear to be on Youtube. And in fact, the picture quality of the original clip is a lot better on Black20's site. Maybe Youtube isn't what it used to be.

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