Sesame Street is a quintessential part to anyone’s childhood. It taught us our numbers, letters, geography, and morals. It also taught us the important of being creative. Thankfully, Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared was never a part of that show. The madness-inducing short, in the guise of a educational program, starts off fairly sweet with three puppets taking advice from a friendly notepad on how to be creative. But things turn ominous when the pad begins censoring the others’ artwork. Then there’s the psychotic breakdown where all the puppets use the skills they learned to create gory, horrifying imagery. When it comes to puppet role models, I’ll stick with Elmo and Big Bird, thanks.
Directed by: Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling
Set Designer: Andy Baker
Puppets and Props: Becky Sloan
Original song by: Joseph Pelling, Baker Terry, and Becky Sloan
Cinematography by: Hugo Donkin and Thomas Bolwell
Animation by: Andy Baker, Daniel Britt, Nicos Livesey, and Joseph Pelling