Don't Hug Me I'm Scared [Analysis] What is the meaning?
Welcome to my analysis of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared! The video and images on this page are owned by their respective creators and not me. I'm merely a happy viewer searching for some deeper meaning.
If you haven't seen Don't Hug Me I'm Scared please help yourself to the video below. It's a pretty catchy tune!
If you have seen this video and already have some theories or insights not covered in my analysis you'd like to pass along, please let me know in the comment section!
What was that?
To be honest it took me a few viewings before I started to form some solid ideas about this video but with all the little clues and the trippy ending it's hard not to look for what the creators are trying to say. Of course that means that anything I say here is really only my opinion on what the video says. Or rather, what I absorbed from it. Everyone is going to have their own take on this.
That being said I'm sure there's plenty of places online that have already gone pretty deep into what their insights are. For the most part I've steered clear of anyone's in-depth explanation except for one person on YouTube. His username is Vinny and you can see his video here. He has a lot of good opinions on the video and he goes along the same lines that I think about Don't Hug Me I'm Scared.
Vinny and I share the theory that this is a metaphor for the type of programming we allow our children to watch. I'm not sure I'd go as far to say that the media or the elite are taking a special interest in what your children watch (though I do believe that to some extent) but I am saying that someone is. People out there right now are deciding what they want your kids to see and learn. Do you know what standards they have? What are their priorities on what to teach your kids? Who is making sure that what they put on their programs is actually educational? They claim that they are teaching kids how to be more creative but is that what they're actually doing? I believe this video is meant to make us ask these questions.
With all that off my chest and out of the way, lets take a closer look at the video.
The Little Things
Within the first ten seconds of the video you realize that this isn't an average kids short. You see a newspaper on the table called The Right Wing that says 'STOCKS FLYING HIGH'. There's also some silly symbols on it representing what I can only assume is the nonsense math we use to show how "great" our economy is doing. Is this really what belongs in a kids show? Probably not. And I have to admit I don't remember any right wing/left wing debate in Sesame Street but perhaps the creators of the video are trying to be more subtle. Is there much political influence on what our kids watch?
An interesting theory that was brought up by Vinny is how the characters aren't doing anything before the notepad awakens. As if they're waiting for the next thing that happens in the show. Then when the notepad pops up and starts his jingle things start happening. I'm not sure how much meaning that really has on the overall video but it really does seem that way. Almost like the notepad (which in my opinion represents whoever controls the shows content) is the director of their life and the way it acts throughout backs that up.
Shortly into the video the notepad asks them to look at the clouds. The main characters are very disinterested until the notepad holds up what looks like a seer stone to his eye and asks them to take another look. Just the tone of his voice alone when he says this is devious. Afterwards they start seeing things in the clouds and chanting all together as if brainwashed. Not only do they see things and seem to enjoy themselves but they all do it together and in unison. Again, I may be reading into this too deep but in my mind, after I've seen this so many times, I don't think you can go too deep. The involvement of the seer stone is confusing but the focus on the eye is not. In the sequel Don't Hug Me I'm Scared Part II: TIME there's a lot of focus on eyes but I'll get to that in my next analysis.
Green is not a creative color?
The craziest thing about the whole video is that at no point does the notepad teach them to do anything creative. Not one thing. In fact, the only creative thing done in the entire video was a painting of a clown that the notepad destroys because that was a little too creative for him.
"Look at the clouds!"
"Imagine this orange with a face!"
"Write your favorite color with sticks!"
These are the things the notepad says is creative. It's as if the notepad's goal is to stop them from even attempting creativity. Even when he's explaining how to get a creative idea he simply says "I just try to think creatively" as if that's a real explanation.
Another example of the notepad's control is it's declaration that green is not a creative color. Why? Was there a reason at all? In Vinny's explanation of the sequel to this video he points out that in the diagram of the brain they use the green part is the temporal lobe (the part used for thinking). Of course the notepad doesn't want you using that part! I'm not sure if that's really the idea behind saying green isn't a creative color but it makes more sense then anything I can come up with.
What does the end of the video mean?
So I didn't warn you about the ending of the video and I am sorry if any of you are squeamish or found it in bad taste. I feel like the video is best seen without any prior knowledge for the full effect to be felt. If you didn't feel a little weird at the end of the video then you didn't do it right! Or you're without emotions.
What I believe the creators of this video are trying to show with this shocking ending is the end result of having children raised on such ridiculous "entertainment".
At first, the world trips into a 3D mode and spins all around showing the false reality of the puppets home and the behind the scenes where the eyeballs creating the content are directing. This is a reminder that everything there is being made by Hollywood. It's been controlled and watched under the eyeballs supervision and is the way it is for a reason. The eyeballs are their own special subject to cover. Again, more in my analysis of Part II.
When reality clicks back into normal there are a few differences in the puppets. The yellow one is much larger and has a ridiculous grin and duck-in-a-suit also gets bigger and more person-like.
The three puppets then proceed to "get creative" which has a lot of hard to look at images. I feel like you can't try to absorb some sort of specific meaning out of the ending. To me the tone of darkness and violence is the meaning. Whatever they're trying to say the scenes they put on the end have a lot to do with it.
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is definitely a strange little film but it did start some people along thought-provoking paths. There is so much in this video and I want more people to see it. The irony of making something so creative to show how television is destroying creativity isn't lost on me either.
No matter what you thought of the video or my analysis I hope you gained some sort of insight into how much went into making this video and if not then at least you got a trippy YouTube video to send to your friends. I know I didn't get to everything (like June 19, the focus on eyeballs, etc.) but if you think I've missed something important or would like to add your point of view feel free to fill up the comment section below!