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Jul 12, 2005 | 8:09 PM EDT
  • Daily 3rd Place July 13, 2005

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This is my music video for They Might Be Giants' "Skullivan".

Now, I realize that most of the people watching this are probably not quite the TMBG fan that I am. So please, if you can't apreciate the song, simply think of it as a vehicle for the animation and rate my movie accordingly.

If you have trouble viewing the movie for any reason, please email me and I will do what I can.




Rated 5 / 5 stars

Saw this idk how many years ago. Loved it. Completely forgot about it and this song even though this was one of the first things to get me into TMBG (my favorite band) and now just saw you're more recent video for the first time and recognized you characters and remembered this video but forgot about the song. Re-watch video. Mind blown. Past = present? paradox. Cannot comprehend.

Anyway love this video, always have.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's Fancytastic

I followed the song here and I have to say the animation fits brilliantly!


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Abso-Fricken-Lutely Gorgeous.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

All I Can Say: Nice

Yeah that just about sums it up for me


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I always thought of him as a werewolf.

I really loved your drawing style, and your synching-up with the song was wonderful. However, I would like to criticize your interpretation for a moment. The song "Skullivan" is meant to inspire mystery and perhaps a very low grade of fear in the beginning, but then we see that this Skullivan is no more harmful than the Queen of England - he offers tea to his guests, and shows them quality cinema. However, your video seems to suggest that he's a more malevolent creature, as the video store is on fire moments after he's left.

Wonderful nonetheless. Great job.

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Cronny responds:

Thanks, man! I could talk interpretation all day. I like your theory that the beginning is supposed to be tentatively scary. I hadn't really considered that. The opening of the song always struck me as kind of surreal and suave. But maybe that's the same thing... My feeling is that the song gets stranger as it goes on rather than starting strange and becoming normal. The idea that this Skullivan, who is clearly a deranged character, is doing decidedly mundane things is what's most disturbing to me. He's screaming and howling almost unintelligibly, but it's about Tootsie and the video store (which is actually on fire when he gets there, if you'll notice).

But there's no right answer. There really is no explanation for this song, which fit nicely with my habit of leaving things up for interpretation. I think the oddness of this song, which was in large part the genesis of these two characters, had a lot to do with forming their impregnable personalities. Ah.. but uh.. you didn't ask about that... I tend to talk too much.