Posted by: viewfromacouch | July 10, 2010

Werner Herzog ruins your childhood.

This seems like a timely follow-up to my Toy Story 3 review. Having just written an entry about looking back on childhood as I enter “adult” life (it was about that, wasn’t it? Maybe?), I stumbled upon a series of hilarious YouTube videos. Director Werner Herzog, he of such films as Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, or more recently, Grizzly Man and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, reads from famous children’s books, inspiring all sorts of warm memories, only to shatter them with the bleak reality of adulthood.

NOTE: I am well aware this is not the real Werner Herzog. But it could be. He’s a pretty funny dude himself.

“Is zat a scroll, or merely a rolled-up towel? After trying zo hard to find ze scroll, are ve sure ve can handle ze real answer?”

“In short order, a monkey has bested seven adult men. Zis should give you a dim view of human potential.”

There’s a couple others, but I never read Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel as a kid. And I’m not a girl so I was obviously never one for Madeline either. But if you were, check ’em out! Even if you weren’t, they’re still kinda funny in a bleak and depressing kinda way.


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