Welcome to Your Daily Nerd Thing. This week we will be looking at the viral video series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. Today we will look at the first two episodes and another each other weekday.
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is usually described as a horror series but it has spawned many different theories as to what the series is actually about. The series has three main characters referred to as Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck Guy. In each episode they encounter a different ‘teacher’ who gives them a ‘lesson’ on a new subject.
In episode one the teacher is a notepad giving them a lesson on being creative. It starts out innocuous enough but as the video goes on things start to take a turn. First Yellow Guy’s clown painting is covered in black goo. Things then resume as if nothing is wrong. But as they go into a montage of creative activities more disturbing imagery starts to creep in. We see one of them pouring glitter on an actual heart. The soundtrack becomes more random and distorted. They cut into a cake full of gore. The notepad ends the lesson by saying they should agree to never be creative again. Teaching creativity is fine in theory but without any kind of guiding principle it can go to some dark places.
In episode two the teacher is a clock who teaches the characters about time. It starts with the characters sitting around as usual, this time getting ready to watch a TV show. Right from the moment the clock shows up something is off. He is a bit more harsh and confrontational than the notepad was. In fact when they question the existence of time the clock begins making shrill noises that make their ears bleed. The lesson concludes with the clock seeming to punish them for questioning time by showing them its ultimate truth, that death claims everything in the end.
Episode two also marks the first appearance of Yellow Guy’s dad Roy. We’ll talk about him more later.