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26 Critters Meet Darkly Funny Ends In This Alphabetical Edward Gorey Film

“Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities” is a kid-friendly but morbid look at the brutal consequences of Living While Non-Human.

26 Critters Meet Darkly Funny Ends In This Alphabetical Edward Gorey Film

WHAT: Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities, a dazzling short film about the many ways humans tend to dominate all they survey.

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WHO: A team of 44 students of New Zealand’s Media Design School.

WHY WE CARE: While the description may read like the kickoff to a new campaign for PETA, this video plays more like a cute cautionary tale for critters. Accidents, Blunders, and Calamities is a cinematic tribute to the abecedarian gallows humor of Edward Gorey, in which a father possum recites an alphabetical list of human-based animal deaths to his two possum kids. Some are quietly heartbreaking, but most of them are silly. “Edgar the earwig was echoed apart,” for instance, means that a gnarly insect is eviscerated by the bass pumping out of an enormous amplifier. It just might be the most playfully morbid video since Dumb Ways to Die.

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.

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