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Rubber Johnny (2005)

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An experimental music video about a wheelchair-bound boy and morphs and moves to an Aphex Twin song. The experience gets weirder when he takes cocaine and everything gets out of control.

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The title character is a boy whose bizarre skills frighten his caregivers. Due to his ability to contort his body into unnatural positions, he is kept locked in the family basement. With nothing more than a vivid imagination and a pitiful pet dog, he attempts to keep himself entertained. Written by Perry Seibert

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Linsey Dawn McKenzie was supposed to be the female Rubber Johnny in a deleted scene, which featured both Rubber Johnnies playing outside really fast at night. A photo of her can be found in the booklet that accompanies the DVD. See more »

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Afx237 v7
Written, Arranged, and Performed by Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Warp Records Limited (Europe) and Sire/WEA Records (non-Europe)
© 2001 Warp Records Limited
© 2001 Sire Records Group Inc. for the US and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Europe
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Wonderfully bizarre.
12 August 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This short feature was made by creature special effects artist Chris Cunningham as a personal project. Cunningham had previously worked with Aphex Twin and so they contributed to this project - resulting in a mix between narrative and music video, similar to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The video begins with a close-up night-vision shot of an alien creature named Rubber Johnny. A doctor seems to be talking to him

  • asking what's wrong, if he wants his mother, etc. Rubber Johnny seems


incapable of speaking like a human and can only emit high-pitch frequency noises.

The next scene shows Johnny in a wheelchair, his enormous head leaning backwards. His small pet dog watches as Johnny suddenly comes to live in an array of dazzling special effects shots and "dances" (to some extent) to Aphex Twin.

The music is interrupted twice by Johnny's father opening the door into the basement and muttering unintelligible curses at him.

My first thought after this was over: What a bizarre feature! It actually might disturb some people - it's kind of unsettling and uncomfortable to watch. Also, as Johnny dances he occasionally flies full-speed into see-through glass, leaving remnants of his distorted face on the objects.

Cunningham is quite an original guy - I don't know if it was the drugs doing all the talking or he's simply that far out, but I've never seen anything like this before.

By the way, for those interested, it is freely available to view on YouTube.com, and is also available for purchase on DVD through Cunningham's official website.


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