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Cartoon Friday: Tim Minchin’s Storm


It’s Cartoon Friday, again!

Tim Minchin at a piano, in concert

Tim Minchin unloads on a deserving hippie in Storm.

Oh boy, do I empathize with Tim Minchin in this short film. Truth is, I’m in many ways a hippie too — in the way I dress, my vices, my politics, the friends I keep. “Get a shower,” they yell at me at protests (just like they yell at everyone else).

Other hippies, Burners, occupiers, super-lefty progressive activist anarchist rebels of all stripes. I love them, but spending time with them often means biting my tongue. Most of the weird beliefs I encounter are relatively harmless, and I tend to let others be unless they ask me directly what I think. When beliefs are less harmless, I’ll speak up too — I once had the honor of blocking a proposal at an Occupy Houston general assembly, even though I was just visiting. Someone proposed diverting actual money to building a perpetual motion machine to power the encampment (he’d built a working prototype on his kitchen table, he assured us). Everyone else was too polite, or my likely, just slower than me, in telling him how full of it he was.

I try to be a better party guest than Minchin is to Storm and his friends in Tim Minchin’s Storm, but I’d still invite him to my parties. Because I love the guy and if he offended people it’d at least be hilarious.

We’ve linked to him before many times on Firedoglake (such as here), but here’s a short bio:

Tim Minchin is an award-winning Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. His current songs span various musical styles and topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), logical fallacies(ism) and his amour de fromage et de boobs(ism). He is the composer and lyricist for the West End and Broadway Musical Matilda, provided narration for Shaun Tan’s Oscar-winning animation The Lost Thing, and completed an arena tour culminating in dates at the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Albert Hall with the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra (now available on DVD and Bluray with added Storm!). He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Despite being a casual fan of Minchin, I hadn’t heard of Storm till a friend of a friend linked it on Facebook while we were discussing Sapphire Waves, a ridiculous web app which purports to program health and healing into a glass of water or baby formula if you leave it near the monitor while a timer counts down. Since a lot of us laughing our asses off at the credulity of humanity were just as much damn dirty hippies as I am, maybe there’s hope for us yet.

A little more on the film:

In the confines of a London dinner party, comedian Tim Minchin argues with a hippy named Storm. While Storm herself may not be converted, audiences from London to LA have been won over by Tim’s wordplay and the timely message of the film in a society where science and reason are portrayed as the enemy of belief.

Written and performed by Tim Minchin @timminchin. Directed by DC Turner @dcturner. Produced by Tracy King @tkingdoll.

Seen any good cartoons lately? What are you watching these days?

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and