The scariest puppets on the Internet are crowdfunding a return to YouTube

Prepare to be terrified all over again.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Published Jun 18, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 2:56 am CDT

The prize for most disturbing Kickstarter video surely goes to Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

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British filmmakers Becky and Joe racked up over 20 million YouTube views with their first two Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared videos, which show a group of Sesame Street-style muppet characters learning about time and creativity. It sounds like pretty typical children’s TV fare, until you actually watch them and discover that Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is a surreal hellscape that no child should ever be allowed to watch.

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Now, Becky & Joe have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund four new episodes for YouTube audiences, using a video that shows their muppet characters tied up in a basement and forced to read a ransom note. 

The series started life as a weird art project by a pair of indie filmmakers, but thanks to its viral success, it’s attracted a worldwide audience of people who draw fanart and dress up as the characters.

Along with being a pretty snarky satire of Kickstarter media projects (“Pay up or you’ll never see your faves again!”), the ransom video has evidently been successful. With one day to go, Becky & Joe have gone past their goal of $163,000, although unfortunately this cannot cushion the filmmaker from the risks and challenges listed on their Kickstarter page: “failure,” “death” and “nothingness.”

Photo via Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared/Kickstarter

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*First Published: Jun 18, 2014, 9:57 am CDT