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Rubber Johnny (2005)

An experimental music video about a wheelchair-bound boy who morphs and moves to an Aphex Twin song. The experience gets weirder when he takes cocaine and everything gets out of control.

Director:

Chris Cunningham

Writer:

Aphex Twin (as Richard D. James)
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Elvis Elvis ... Dog
Percy Rutterford Percy Rutterford ... Johnny's Father (voice)
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Storyline

The title character is a boy whose bizarre skills frighten his caregivers. Due to his ability to contort his body into unnatural positions, he is kept locked in the family basement. With nothing more than a vivid imagination and a pitiful pet dog, he attempts to keep himself entertained. Written by Perry Seibert

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Резиновый Джонни See more »

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Warp Films, RSA Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Linsey Dawn McKenzie was supposed to be the female Rubber Johnny in a deleted scene, which featured both Rubber Johnnies playing outside really fast at night. A photo of her can be found in the booklet that accompanies the DVD. See more »

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Referenced in Fufay: A Tragic Story (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Afx237 v7
Written, Arranged, and Performed by Aphex Twin
Courtesy of Warp Records Limited (Europe) and Sire/WEA Records (non-Europe)
© 2001 Warp Records Limited
© 2001 Sire Records Group Inc. for the US and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Europe
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what a mind....
24 August 2005 | by thefuzmixmanSee all my reviews

I love music and visual synchronization. Some may compare this to cheesy Hollywood movie horror films, but also keep in mind that not every person finds the "shock" video/audio effect cheesy. I love it.

Rubber Johnny is not an amazing piece, but certainly accomplishes it's goal of being a very elaborate 6 minute blitz of style. One almost grows a fear of Johnny in the beginning. Not only is he extremely grotesque, but his vocalizations almost sound inhuman. With his enormous bulbous head leaning over the back of his wheelchair and his insanely disturbing babble fits, Johnny makes a hell of an impression right off the bat. Once the actual music portion of the video begins, the score intertwines with johnny's sick mind and together they mutate into one of the most fast-paced music/video progressions i've ever seen, and quite frankly, it initial impact is hard. Still, the distortion effect wears off eventually and you begin to wonder what else Cunningham will throw at you. About 10 seconds before the end of the video you are hit with some deranged visuals of Johnny, and i think those last seconds redeem the short to be worthy of what it is.


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