The Nukie Series

The Nukie Series

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Toronto Animator Jonathan Amitay has pioneered stop-motion animation using sand and chains. This newly released compilation of four short films was inspired by ads for the nuclear industry in the 1980s and, more recently, escalating rhetoric among religious fundamentalists and extreme political regimes.

Entertaining and extreme, like the medium of television on which Nukie loves to appear, the films provide a springboard for discussions on the issues of nuclear technology on which Nukie loves to appear, the films provide a springboard for discussions on the issues of nuclear technology, world peace and media literacy.

Nukie's Lullaby  3.5 min • 1985
Imagine⎯a nuclear bomb called Nukie appears on your TV screen and gives a speech to your children. Nukie is such a nice guy; the problem is he keeps putting his foot in his mouth. Completed when the "Star Wars" plan was announced, Nukie's message becomes a well-timed reminder of the threat to our existence, both present and future, that the nuclear arms race holds over all of us on this globe. The film utilizes a unique animation technique involving coloured sand.

Nukie's Sermon from the Bottle  7 min 1988
One of the most worrisome aspects of the nuclear issue is the volatile situation in the Middle East, which could spark a confrontation between the superpowers. Out of several Middle East doomsday scenarios, Amitay has chosen one that involves the belief of many Christian and Jewish fundamentalists that Armageddon is inevitable. Moreover, it will happen when the Jewish temple is rebuilt on the ruins of the Dome of the Rock, one of Islam's most holy sights. Although the film mocks these beliefs, it is a dire warning of the unthinkable scenario alluded to in the film.

Nukie Takes a Valium  4 min 1990
This latest animation in the Nukie series finds our favourite talking atomic bomb once again seeking to convince the TV public that they need him to further their consumerist dreams. This time he takes on the role of a beautiful woman to demonstrate the glamour of destruction. This film neatly cuts through both the nuclear and advertising industries.

Nukie goes bonkers  5 min 2009
Recent events in world conflicts inspired the resurfacing of "Nukie", a fictional character created by animator Jonathan Amitay in 1985. Nukie is a nuclear bomb, patiently waiting to be used⎯a character who interrupts television broadcasts to promote his use. As threats fly between different religious fundamentalists, he sees a bright future for himself until⎯oops⎯he realizes that the end of the world could mean the end of television, too!

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