Isaac Baranoff is a Underground Cartoonist
, composer, comedian and filmmaker and the founder of Horndog Studios
(originally Mystic Studios Productions), a company located in Florida. He writes Progressive Rock
music, usually under the name "Funny Aminals", although he has recently started using his own name.
Born in New York, Baranoff is of Russian, Irish, Scottish, Black African, Spanish and Native American origin, and his work often focuses on topics such as racism, individualism, and advocates the use and legalization of marijuana. Outside of his comics and film/video work, his art has promoted rap artists.
Baranoff's first prose novel, Someone's Gonna Die
, is a Hardboiled Detective
book about an African American female private detective named Hot Chocolate. It features Baranoff's usual combination of sex, violence and marijuana use.
His music is roughly comparable to the works of Frank Zappa
and Captain Beefheart
. Baranoff describes his music as a fusion of chamber music, Jazz
, and rock.
Website can be found here
- Life's an Obscure Hobo Bumming a Ride on the Omnibus of Art (as "Funny Aminals") LP (July 2, 2013; deleted/out of print)
- Vengeance Is Mine! (as "Funny Aminals") LP (August 18, 2013, released for free here)
- Hell Is For Politicians (as "Funny Aminals") EP (September 18, 2013, released for free here)
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari alternate score (October 25, 2013, released for free here
- Nosferatu alternate score (October 29, 2013, released for free here)
- The Night That No One Came Home (as "Funny Aminals") EP (January 2, 2014, released for free here)
- Behind The Green Door LP (April 19, 2014, released for free here)
Tropes exhibited by Isaac and/or his works include:
- Genre Roulette: "Fear" is a avant-garde piece with a bunch of sound effects, and "Stampeding Cattle Through The Vatican" is basically distorted guitar feedback.
- Sampling: Funny Aminals' free releases contain a bunch of these: Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Hot Summer In The City, Adventures of Ford Fairlane
- Shout-Out: The song and album titles are mostly Shout Outs. In addition to the Grandma's Boy reference above and the name of the band (see below), other Shout Outs include:
- A Bucket of Blood is where the Obscure Hobo album title comes from.
- Blue Velvet resulted in the song title "Here's To Your Fuck, Frank"
- "Stampeding Cattle Through The Vatican" is a quote from Blazing Saddles
- "The Van Was Last Seen Headed To Your Momma's Bedroom" is a line from a Up In Smoke deleted scene.
- On Vengeance, the song title "Blow Me Where The Pampers Is" is from PCU, and the album title, Vengeance Is Mine!, is the title of a Mike Hammer book.
- The album title Hell Is For Politicians is a parody of the Pat Benatar song "Hell Is For Children".
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The "Funny Aminals" band name. Is actually the title of a comic book anthology which featured works by Robert Crumb, Terry Zwigoff, and the first appearance of Art Spiegelman's Maus.