Moby's New Music Video Is a Sad Cartoon Nostalgia Bomb

Sardonic pop-culture mixologist Steve Cutts draws a picture of oppression, revelation, and revolution in his video for Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's "In This Cold Place."

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Jun 20 2017, 2:50pm

90s kids will never forget the TV characters Moby and Steve Cutts brutalize with the worst of capitalism in their new video for "In This Cold Place," off of Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's latest album, More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. The ruthlessly satirical video shows that Care Bears, Tom & Jerry, Transformers, Superman, Pinnochio, Super Mario, and the Masters of the Universe are all helpless against xenophobia, factory farms, poverty, war, consumerism, corruption, and war. An unnamed protagonist transforms from a chipper boy sitting wide-eyed in front of a TV screen to a weathered, aging man watching the world turn into a living hell around him.

Cutts is best-known for his short film, Man, which summarizes humankind's decimation of the planet in under four minutes, set to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. Creators premiered Moby and Cutts' first collaboration in October, the video for their apocalyptic lampoon of classic black-and-white cartoons, "Are You Lost in the World Like Me." While that film targeted social media and information technology, "In This Cold Place" zeroes in on the news cycle, politics, and consumerism. Check out the video below.

These Systems Are Failing is out now. Check out more of Steve Cutts' work on his website.

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