MK12 is an artist collective based in Kansas City, Missouri. Inspired by old reels of animated snacks--the kind once played during the intermission at movie theaters and drive-ins--they've created a four-minute short, which they premiered at the FITC Design and Technology event in Toronto earlier this year. Follow the Sun is a strange delight, starting out in a familiar way with those happy snacks, buddying around with their big eyes and grins, then turning heavy, trippy and downright dark.
In MK12's own words, Follow the Sun is "an homage and/or affront to a great American tradition: the Intermission Reel," that "poorly-spliced, underexposed & overplayed" thing. Indeed, even I saw versions of these in the 1980s, at outdated drive-ins in Nairobi (and on tapes from the video library, since the tapes were often pirated, recorded with hand-held video cameras at the movie theater). Here's one of those old clips, whose song you probably know one way or another:
It's not exactly clear to me why the whole thing is so creepy, but it is, as Homer Simpson illustrates here:
MK12 recreates the design and feel of the intermission reel, but their animation and sound editing is quite sophisticated. "Over the course of the production, MK12 became experts in stop-frame potato chip animation, cherry cordial incineration, slow-motion sno-cone bloodbaths and gumdrop manslaughter." This makes it almost more fun to watch the making of (with illustrations by TJ Fuller and other goodies):