Ben&Julia’s Bizarre Music Video Featuring Animated Hand Devouring Bellies Will Baffle And Amuse You


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Ben&Julia - Music Video

Dear readers: prepare yourselves for a journey into a bizarre, colorful world of hand-devouring stomachs and dancing, cookie-headed girls. Ben&Julia (Benoit Creac’h and Julia Gaudard) — a French-Swiss creative team known for their humorously surreal and eccentric art and films — have recently shared “Cookie Jar,” a strange (and highly entertaining) music video with Traffic Signs and Jake the Rapper. The video features Jake dancing with a hungry, animated stomach, enticing us to put our hands in the “cookie jar”. Behind him, leotard-clad cookie girls groove along while waving their severed arms, mixing together cartoon imagery with a playful flavor of morbidity. According to Ben&Julia, the storyline for this video is as follows:

“‘Cookie Jar’” tells the story of the Cookie Girls ‘Shannon’ and her sister ‘Krystal’ and their attraction for Jake The Rapper’s little friend: ‘Young Belly’. While the two are fascinated by this little fella, they fall into the trap and put their hands in the Cookie Jar.”

Ben&Julia’s works are often built around metaphors and morals that — despite their fun and absurd presentation — are rooted in good-intentioned and real-world wisdom. One such cautionary message that can be gleaned from “Cookie Jar” is in regards to curiosity, that insatiable drive to learn and try new things: “Curiosity can be a sign of intelligence,” write Ben&Julia. “[But] you might lose a hand or two.”

“Cookie Jar” is their 7th music video, following in the footsteps of Nena’s new single “Lieder von Früher” as well as “Pancakes and Syrup,” which was created for Nickelodeon’s “Yo Gabba Gabba” (featuring Biz Markie). Ben&Julia’s visual art likewise depicts their affinity for colorful, fun, and somewhat mad scenarios and characters; check out their large-scale installation project titled “Kaluk, the Five-Eared Dog,” currently being shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey, Mexico. Visit their website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and keep up-to-date with these delightfully odd and innovative storytellers.Ben&Julia - Music Video Ben&Julia - Music Video

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Credits:
Directors: Ben&Julia / benandjulia.com
Artists: Steve Bug / Traffic Signs & Jake The Rapper
Label: Poker Flat recordings
Produced and designed by Ben&Julia Studio
Dancer: Diana Palm
3D Belly Animation & Rig : Niels Jansson
Stylism: Larissa Bechtold
Nail Artist: Effy Nails / Fingerbang Berlin
Make up artist: Jana Kalgajeva / Fingerbang Berlin
Gaffer: Brian Apteiker
Assistant AD: Jonathan Beutel, Laure Gaillard & Leonardo Gonzales
Design / Post production: Ben&Julia Studio

 

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