Reviews: Salad Fingers
Not a Bunch of Random Things
David Firth is my favorite deranged animator there is, and like any other guy out there, I got to know about his work through Salad Fingers. Since I grew watching deranged animations (Invader Zim, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy) his work was to me what an amusement park might be to any random kid. But the thing is: you gotta have a bit of patience with it. Salad Fingers is the best example of deranged animation there is. Thinking about it, you can't really decide what is it's genre, or what age classification you would give to it. To be fair, I believe it's a mix of surreal humor and just overall disturbing horror, the kind that gets under your skin and doesn't need to actually scare. It plays the same basic premise every episode, about this lonely character who creates friends and names things because of the destroyed world around him, being himself another affected creature of this world. It's a weird series, sometimes strikingly sad, sometimes just silly and funny, and others scary beyond measure. For some, it might be a pile of non-sensical bullshit, but the universe created around this main character, and the multiple theories written around it make of Salad Fingers more than just a few videos on the internet. The suddenly enhanced quality even made me feel proud of David's input to the series. I remember showing it to some friends. Some thought it was just unnerving bullshit, others laughed about the fact it's hypnotizing and disturbing, but admitting the animation is very well done technically speaking. On terms of deranged animations, based around horror, or what I call "ultra-horror", where very aspect, element and character in the story is a representation of horror, you can say that Salad fingers is a 11/10. Being a very studied horror fan, and having very few things about the genre to skip my knowledge, I can assure you I would choose Salad Fingers over any horror movie any time.
Not as 'horrifying' as it sounds./Or perhaps it is.
Alright, I actually was shown Salad-Fingers by a non-troper friend who thought it was hilarious. The first episode, I admit, I was amused and disturbed at the same time. However, I came to really enjoy it once I got past the slightly shocking animation and strange... habits... of Salad fingers. In fact the first episode is barely disturbing at all and just serves as an introduction to the title character Salad-Fingers. Nothing *that* creepy happens until about halfway through the second episode, and even that is only alluded to. I personally think the series is mostly interesting and sad/cute in slightly disturbing ways. With that in mind, the mood likes swinging from disturbingly-cute to slightly horrifying very fast. Although, if you want to get into the world of Salad-Fingers, I suggest doing it slowly and allowing yourself to get used to the (dark humor/accidental gore/uncanny valley animation/nonsensical things) very slowly. I DO NOT suggest Salad-Fingers to anyone who doesn't like very very dark humor. Anyone who is disturbed by corpses and blood also wants to STEER CLEAR of Salad Fingers. I saw most of the blood/gore bits as dark humor, that doesn't mean a person who isn't okay with gore will. Also, once you get past the first two episodes, Salad fingers goes into confusing situations and things I have had to re-watch several times to completely comprehend. As well as episode nine which I still (mostly) don't understand at all. Cheerful watching! ;D