Monday, 7 October 2013

Duck and Cover!- Idea 2

In the early fifties, Soviet Russia began to test nuclear weapons. In response, the US governments Civil Defence branch created awareness videos to try to prepare the American public for the event of a Nuclear bombing.
In the example below there is a harmless innocence due to the cartoon nature of 'Bert the Turtle'. And despite having live-action elements, describing what to do in the event, the actions taken are carried out unbelievably calmly and seem all but useless against a bomb blast! The terrifying fact was that America could quite literally have been levelled at any second by a nuclear attack and keeping morale up with a can-do attitude was necessary. However the whole thing has an element of sticking a plaster over a gaping wound.

Meg and I wondered if we could play on the ridiculous nature of some of these duck and cover techniques. Create perhaps a dark comedy. Or possibly use a little of the Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies style to lighten things to a Wile.E.Coyote and Roadrunner level. The cartoons were well and truly established by the fifties.

However, again, this idea lacks any real story and so the idea was also scrapped.

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