Oct 102012

Unbridled Creativity Runs Rampant

Kids have the weirdest imaginations. Actually, kids are just weird, in all kinds of amazing and unexpected ways, but now I am edging into Bill Cosby territory. He can explain it better than I.

But back to the imaginations. Kids have an understanding of how the world works, it is perfectly clear to them, but also completely, delightfully wrong. The fantastic is real; monsters, beautiful princesses, aliens, all of it. Real. Colors are bright, people and actions are sharply definable as good or evil, and every long distance is a “million miles”.

Imagine if you were able to collect stories from children and then ask real directors to bring those stories to life!

And that is the premise of Written By A Kid, the best web series to feature the worst opening jingle ever.

It’s part of the Geek and Sundry collection of web series, the same channel that also hosts The Guild and Tabletop. This awesome channel has already been sucking down many of my disposable hours. Many. But Written By A Kid tops them all.

None of the episodes are very long, you can watch all ten in a single sitting. In fact you probably won’t be able to help yourself, once you see one you just keep clicking until they are all watched. Some of them feature faces you will recognize but most do not. They don’t look expensive, they look like web series.

But oh, the stories.

Something about working on a child’s story is freeing to these directors; they are absolved of constraints and able to do anything they want as long as it doesn’t cost too much. Nothing has to make sense, continuity is optional, exposition unnecessary; and yet it all hangs together, bound by the limits of a child’s imagination.

The results are both entertaining and memorable.

It’s hard to pick favorites, just like my children I love them all. But if you only have time for two, watch the height-challenged action heroes in episode one, “Scary Smash“, and the nihilist sci-fi redemption story of episode nine “Robots Attacking The City“.

No wait, then you miss the ambiguous love story of “Sorta Friends“, or the racially-charged undertones of “Ginger Potato” or the female empowerment of “Rainbow Town” or …

Well …

You get the point. It’s good and I love it. Go there and you will love it too.

🙂 😀 🙂

What do you think?

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