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Watch: David Lynch’s Complete Animated Series ‘Dumbland’

Watch: David Lynch's Complete Animated Series 'Dumbland'

Ah, David Lynch, the highest of high-brows, the maker of swooning, subtle, surrealist masterpieces rich in cinematic lore and strange sexual undertones. And also of crudely animated shorts full of fart jokes, profuse swearing, obscene non-sequiturs and bestiality gags. Huh?

No, really, this is a thing, and you can watch it all below. Back in 2002, post-“Mulholland Drive” and arguably at the height of his fame, Lynch chose to savor the moment by drawing and releasing online a short series called “Dumbland,” in which a crude, slobbish, Homer Simpson-like figure roundly abuses the sketchy (in both senses) world around him. The eight episodes together amount to half an hour or so of ultra-crude humor and ultra-simple animation. If this doesn’t really seem very Lynchian, well, no, it isn’t really. It has sloppily drawn hyper-violence, vague nastiness and incredibly low production values, the last of which is something particularly alien to Lynch. It certainly doesn’t stand up to his greatest piece of serial drama, “Twin Peaks,” though you could probably argue it’s relative merits against failed TV bits like “On The Air” (watch here) and “Hotel Room” (watch here).

On the other hand (cue mind-bending, Lynchian twist), “Dumbland” was a consummately Lynchian thing to do, in that it’s batshit crazy. So, if you feel like a cheap laugh, or if you’re a true completist, check it out. But not at work. We’re not kidding about the swearing. [via Open Culture]

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