Konichiwa, my fellow inklings! I know that what I’m about to talk about isn’t necessarily a full-length feature film, but I feel like it does embody a lot of characteristics of what I would consider to be “cinematic”. It has an enthralling narrative, well-developed characters, it’s aesthetically pleasing, and it leaves me with some food for thought. For those that are unfamiliar with the online content creator, Filthy Frank, he’s a prominent and divisive figure on YouTube. Frank has gained immense notoriety and a large following through making videos that are mainly considered morally repugnant and unabashedly offensive within the public sphere and domain. Some notable examples include eating hair cake, making culinary cuisine out of dead rats, and bathing in a tub filled with Top Ramen. In his own words, this is how Francis of the Filth describes his overall morals and themes that are permeating within the inner machinations of his mind in the About page of the channel he runs:
“Filthy Frank is the embodiment of everything a person should not be. He is anti-PC, anti-social, and anti-couth. He behaves and reacts excessively to everything expressly to highlight the ridiculousness of racism, misogyny, legalism, injustice, ignorance and other social blights. He also sets an example to show how easy it is in the social media for any zany material to gain traction/followings by simply sharing unsavory opinions and joking about topics many find offensive.There is no denying that the show is terribly offensive, but this terrible offensiveness is a deliberate and unapologetic parody of the whole social media machine and a reflection of the human microcosm that that social media is. OR MAYBE IM JUST F*CKING RETARDED.”
With this little tidbit in mind, I think what’s important to take away from this description is that Filthy Frank is just a metaphorical character and not someone that you should ever try to emulate or take inspiration from in real life scenarios. Doing so would probably lead to a constant state of fear and misery. While his videos are mostly zany and absolutely vulgar in tone, I think they are also educational in a sense because it brings to light how much of a decrepit cesspool the internet can unfortunately be at times. We should always strive to be constantly thinking deeply about what we are seeing rather than just simply taking things at face value. Anyways, forgive me for rambling incessantly. I’ll now segue into my thoughts regarding the short-film, Filthy Frank vs Chin Chin.
The narrative that unfolds in this video is quite complex and a bit of a challenge to articulate clearly. What happened is that a couple of videos ago, the real Filthy Frank was captured by the Dark Lord, Chin Chin, after he fails to give him a sufficient amount of “sacrifices”. In a fit of rage, Chin Chin then transports him into an alternate dimension where he’s been trapped in for a couple of years. Upon realizing that Filthy Frank has been secretly replaced by a fake doppelganger, who wears sunglasses and an aviator cap, Pink Guy and his fellow companions embark on a perilous journey to rescue Filthy Frank from his current state of captivity, and to finally take down the ruthless Chin Chin.
For quite a long time, I’ve always thought that the Filthy Frank videos were just a random compilation of grotesque and provocative content haphazardly strewn together. They usually gave me the impression that little to no thought were put into them (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). But after reading lots of fanfiction on 4chan, and numerous theories regarding this channel’s character dynamics and convoluted plotlines on Reddit, I’ve come to the realization that The Filthy Frank Show is a lot more nuanced than I originally thought. It was fascinating watching this video since it explores the rich lore and themes of Frank’s channel in a more open manner, rather than just vaguely hinting at it like he did in the past. Overall, I totally recommend watching this since this feature has a humorously compelling story, and it allegorically explores the dark side of the internet through countercultural behavior.
Thanks for stopping by! If their are any bizarre and eccentric movies or videos you guys want me to cover in the future, feel free to hit me with some suggestions in the comments. Have a great day, squid kids. Stay fresh!