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What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?

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Otto: Whoa! A talking dog! What were you guys smokin' when you came up with that?
David X. Cohen: We were eating rotisserie chicken.

Any work whose creation seems to have involved large amounts of hallucinogens, cocaine, crack, or any other illicit substance that makes people think really weird ideas are also really good ones. The plot hinges on bizarre transformations, freakish-looking creatures, and nonsensical actions that only seem to make sense in realms of logic far removed from your own. That it was the product of a drugged mind looks like a foregone conclusion.

And then you find out that it most certainly wasn't.

The creator claims that they weren't taking drugs — or at least weren't taking them then — or the creator just doesn't seem like a person who would take drugs of any sort.

A sad implication of this mindset is the misconception that truly creative works demand the use of mind-altering drugs — which, if you are a creator who wasn't taking drugs but gets this accusation leveled at your work, can be something highly insulting (as it diminishes a creator's own creativity and inventiveness). And in real life, meaningfully composing any work of art (or doing anything more complex than opening a door, for that matter) is borderline impossible when tripping on hallucinogens like DMT or mescaline. Most admitted users of psychedelics tend to do their work between trips, not during (whether or not said work is inspired by the trips).note  Stuff like cocaine doesn't, in normal doses, actually make you hallucinate or think trippy things, though it does make doing more cocaine sound like a fantastic idea, and heroic single doses or a long history of heavy cocaine use has been documented to cause psychotic breaks of one kind or another.


Creators with Bipolar Disorder are prone to this, as manic phases create symptoms that are similar to drug intoxication. As mania can loosely be considered the real-life equivalent of The Madness Place, it's unsurprising that quite a number of magna opera are created under such circumstances, but a manic phase can just as easily be the source of a 500-page Author Tract on Word Salad Philosophy that has even the author baffled when they stabilize.

Commonly uttered in response to a Widget Series, Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, a particularly egregious Makes Just as Much Sense in Context moment, or Dada Ad. Compare with Mind Screw (which refers to works that are densely symbolic and/or surreal) and of course This Is Your Premise on Drugs. And enjoy this Onion AV Club inventory of notably trippy children's shows.



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  • There was one joke where one of the people working on the talking dog Above the Influence commercial was completely stoned when he came up with the premise.
  • The "Adventureland" ad for Friskies cat food makes one wonder how much cat-nip is in there...
    • It features dancing turkeys, and fish-fin sailboats, to name a few things.
    • The ads have attracted a fandom made up of (possibly) cat lovers, furries, and stoners, who have been known to comment on YouTube calling the series of ads "trips through Psychedelic Kitty Land". In other words, aw!
  • The 2000's ads for Bob's Discount Furniture in New England sometimes featured things like talking claymation furniture, Bob Kaufman (the chain's founder and mascot) multiplying to sit on each cushion on a couch, and old west scenes. Also the actual store tends to have some pretty strange things in it.
  • Little Baby's Ice Cream, a commercial featuring a person made from ice cream (the producers of that ad actually used marshmellow fluff) eating themself, while a voiceover is talking about their glistening skin.
  • They've also directed two commercials for Saints Row: The Third. They involve a self-proclaimed creator of Saint's Row turning into a parrot, surreal one-liners and a man rejecting a wedding invitation because he'll always be busy playing the game.
  • Sprint's "Meet the Frobinsons." The patriarch of the family is a talking hamster and the youngest daughter is constantly surrounded by animated bluebirds and only speaks French.
  • Quiznos. Enjoy! Dancing chicken breasts, with eyes and top hats...
  • These railway crossing safety ads from Latvia, which feature several bizarre events such as a couple people riding a handcar while singing Latvian folk songs (?) and a train coming off the rails and chasing rowdy kids into their home.
  • This is an ad for a blackcurrant drink. We knew it had extra vitamin C, but this makes it look like there might be other additives. In fact, it makes K-Fee's rather infamous ads look normal.
  • This Peugeot ad. We're not sure if men who are lifted out of their apartments by giant cartoon octopi are exactly the biggest target group...
  • The Puppymonkeybaby Mountain Dew ad generally gets one of three reactions: "WTF?!", "I want some of whatever the people who made this were on," or all of the above.
  • The late 90's "Popsicle Zone" ads. With things like licking popsicles causing crazy things to happen and nearly all the ads ending with a talking dog making some sort of snarky comment makes you wonder what the Unilever ad execs were smoking when they came up with them.
  • Travel Oregon's Only Slightly Exaggerated and Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated, which feature, among other happenings, two kids riding a giant bunny through a multicoloured field full of normal-sized bunnies. Though there is some speculation that the ads are a reference to recreational marijuana being legal in the state.
  • Goiânia, Brazil hosts a shoe store called Star's Chic - and its ads are pretty bizarre. One wonders if some Mexican cartels found their way into Brazil and the makers of these ads bought some of the contraband and then smoked it all up before the production of them. And we're not sure if horrifying CGI tribesmen, cockroaches, dinosaurs, Woody Woodpecker, and kids form a big target group.
  • Some 1980's Kuwaiti commercials are pretty bizarre - this ad for Americana Crossiants with a jingle set to "Jingle Bells" of all things, this ad for Kitco snacks, this ad for the restaurant chain Chicken Tikka, this ad for Lulu dish liquid, this ad for the Al-Nakheel restaurant, this ad for Alwazah Tea (and its sequel), and this ad for Dalal cooking oil all certainly count.
  • Most Bangladesh commercials fill the quota if you're not a Bangla speaker: in asecending order of WTF - Citycell (a man is caught up in a rush for cell phone sales), Goalini condensed milk (a family having dinner made of condensed milk winds up in a Bollywood-esque musical number), and Marshall Chips (a cartoon brings a robot man to life via the power of potato chips).
  • DirecTV's short-lived "Hannah Davis and Her Horse" ad campaign. You'd think the ad execs were all on drugs when they came up with them. It's about a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue model riding a talking horse, and the only connections to DirecTV is them talking about it. What Were They Selling Again? came in full effect and the ads soon vanished from the airwaves.
  • The infamous 1980s UK ad for Kia-Ora juice. A racist caricature is chased after for his Kia-Ora by scat-singing crows, one of whom takes the sun out of the sky and uses it as a basketball.
  • Orangina, an orange soft drink brand, had a 2008 advertisement that revolved around anthropromophic animals in swim suits spraying the drink onto each others' breasts, gyrating around stripper poles, and riding giant bottles of soda until the caps blow off. And that was the part that was deemed acceptable for television- it had already had 45 seconds worth of content that was even more sexually provocative removed. The full (NSFW) ad looks more like furry porn.

  • Zdzislaw Beksinski's eerie, surrealist paintings are based on his dreams (or more likely nightmares from living in Poland during WW2).
  • Salvador Dalí, despite what one might think from his paintings (especially "The Persistence of Memory"), made a point of not using psychoactives of any sort.
    • He simply stayed up until he started hallucinating from sleep deprivation, then painted what he saw. The only exception were the times when he went to sleep very late after eating Camembert cheese, which has a slight hallucinogenic effect.
    • The other story was that in the evening Dalí would sit in his favourite chair holding a set of keys over a dinner plate. As he started to drop into sleep, his grip on his keys would loosen and the resulting clatter would wake him up, leaving early dream images (which can be very weird) in his mind.
    • "I don't do drugs. I am drugs."

    Animation from Eastern Europe 
  • Latvian Media gifts us Fantadroms, a show about a yellow shape-shifting cat robot named Indrikis. He flies through the universe mediating various arguments between people. The show has no dialog and the main way to communicate is through grunts, groans and laughter. There's also a Love Triangle between him, a flying purple cat octopus and a rat. It seems we aren't the only ones who think this, because it was supposed to be released in the United States but the company rejected it because it was to bizarre.

    Fan Works 
  • Subverted with this My Little Pony fanfic. The author and his friends were "high on painkillers" when he wrote it.
  • Anything pony-related by Dan Kraus or Capnpea, though Kraus has admitted to getting very very drunk before doing most of his pictures.
  • In an in-universe example, in Equestria: A History Revealed, though many of the Lemony Narrator-author's theories seem to be so farfetched that drugs must have been a factor, other than the few chapters where she does get drunk, her conclusions are usually the product of her own crazed, conspiracy addled mind.
  • Child of the Storm has moments of this, with the author having admitted to writing parts of it in the early hours of the morning while high on caffeine. One notable incident has Doctor Strange reassemble a dismembered Loki by using his head as part of a ritual that also involves Mad-Eye Moody's wooden leg. It (somehow) Makes Sense In Context.
  • The Infinite Loops:
    • In-Universe, subverted in the loop that Anakin, as Darth Vader, held a 'The View' esque talk show. It's stated it was caused by his coolant being spiked with something, while the Emperor was experimenting with 'dark mushrooms'.
    • Out of universe it's hard to say if there are any loops written on drugs. But considering a few of the comments by various authors in the forums, it would seem a few were written on at least a lack of sleep.
  • Code MENT and None Piece, both made by PurpleEyesWTF. These two Abridgements are so insane that it's less a question of if drugs were involved and more a question of how many and which ones.
  • Badumsquish, an often NSFW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan artist, makes so much weird stuff that his followers tend to react with shock and horror when he does something normal. He claims he never touches drugs and that his ideas come from a combination of having suffered brain damage from working around hazardous materials and from working a very boring job that lets his mind wander. Cuddlhu,note  one of his most memorable creations, was based on a dream he had while suffering a nearly fatal fever.
  • The author of Sonic X: Dark Chaos recently revealed his problems with alcohol abuse and the influence it had on his work - and the fact that it is (partially) responsible for his frequent Schedule Slip.
  • With Pearl and Ruby Glowing was in fact made on antidepressants and trauma, which covers the premise at least. Several chapters, including one entire story collection, run on Unconventional Formatting and Mind Screw narration.
  • A Clash of NEETs was, according to Word of God, devised while on a painkiller high. Considering that it involves sending the main characters of KonoSuba into the gritty world of A Song of Ice and Fire, it actually makes sense.
  • MF 217 has a tendency to make some of his more weirder designs of his by virtue of drawing them while in the middle of a mental breakdown episode that occurs on a regular basis enough for him to serve as a means to explain why some of his designs incorporate very unusual elements to them. His fan-made Digimon Doedicurumon is strange enough as an Ultimate Level to serve as a transition between Ankylomon and Plesiomon, meaning Armadillomon as the Rookie has it going from mammalian, to reptile, back to mammalian, and then back to reptilian again. The weirdest bit, however, is the fact Doedicurumon's "eyes" shown in the image are actually headlights of what are actually its nostrils, as the real eyes are located, closed, pointed directly upwards from within Doedicurumon's transparent skull, which is a blatant reference to an obscure deep sea fish known as a Barreleye Fish. While MF217 doesn't know if he actually has Bipolar Disorder, he does experience a lot of anxiety attacks which put him into a stage of manic depression at their worst moments.

    Films — Animation 
  • Fantasia. Cossack-dancing flowers? Water-carrying brooms? Volcanoes spewing pink gases? Ballerina hippos?! A black demon atop a mountain?!? Art Babbitt — an animator who was responsible for dancing mushrooms of all things — stated the only drugs he took were "Ex-Lax and Feenamint", two laxative drugs.
  • In Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, the visuals used during most of the songs tend to be bizarre and surreal. For example, an origami bird literally picking up a train and taking it up into the sky, both of which are then swallowed by the moon.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas. The film begins going inside a tree. The opening music number alone shows off some freaky looking characters. Including a clown who can tear his own face off and vanish in a puff of smoke.
  • Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure particularly the scenes with The Greedy a sentient blob of taffy who constantly shape shifts, eats himself, and conjures up various desserts, and the scenes of the appropriately named Looney Land and its inhabitants.
  • Shark Tale and its premise is this. The main character's face even looks like it's a variation of Pac-Man on crack.
  • Shinbone Alley is the story of a poet reincarnated as a cockroach who falls in love with an alley cat who's the reincarnation of Cleopatra. It was based on some famously trippy writing so this is hardly a surprise.
  • Son of the White Horse. Its main claim to fame? A psychedelic trip that gives Yellow Submarine a run for its money. Characters, backgrounds and incorporeal motifs shift into each other, motion and shape-shifting are integrated into character designs, colors fluctuate, ancient myths, gods and heroes meld with 20th century modernity, and the environments are made of giant female bodyparts. But to its creators, the film was an earnest, no-nonsense, artistic, symbolism-filled undertaking that was so tough to make, it brought animators to tears. Besides, they had no time to use drugs, the crew had to take up extra jobs to buy animation equipment their budget couldn't afford.
  • Strange Frame: Love and Sax, taking place in a distant future where almost everyone has undergone some degree of genetic or cybernetic enhancement, looks like the mother of all drug trips. It even features a sequence in which main characters Parker and Naia get increasingly high on a succession of Fantastic Drugs. That said, there's no evidence that any of the animators were high when they made it.
  • The Thief and the Cobbler. The movie's Recobbled Cut is both trippy as hell and awesome. This isn't even talking about the chase scene, the only part of the movie anybody remembers at all. (Don't worry, none of it is disturbing like The Wall or anything, it just makes you question the creator's sanity. It's made by the same person who made the Raggedy Ann movie and the Chuck Jones A Christmas Carol, so you get the basic idea of how weird it is.)
  • We Are the Strange: A doll boy who lives alone in a forest wants to go get ice cream, but he sees no point unless he has someone to enjoy it with. He befriends a girl who just broke up with an abusive boyfriend and the two of them set off for the ice cream parlor... which happens to be in a spooky town haunted by monsters... and then the doll-boy dances with Mega Man and Pac-Man... and then he plays WarioWare while inside a Humongous Mecha...
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, a film about dinosaurs coming back to life and fighting against an evil scientist who wants to make every animal "feral", looks as if it had been written and produced on several drug trips.
  • Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. The last big battle scene involves mutant and demon Nazis fighting war-hardened Elves and Fairies set on a crazy rotoscoped background, and all the while set to jazz rock.
  • Yellow Submarine:
    • Particularly the Sea of Time/Monsters/Holes/Phrenology/Holes sequences. In the behind-the-scenes portions of the DVD, it's revealed that while the animators never did drugs, they would often return to work a little drunk after having a few too many pints during their lunch break.
    • In his book Up Periscope Yellow, Al Brodax, the man behind the production, who wrote or co-wrote most of the non-musical sequences, swears the only time he ever had drugs was in a meeting with John Lennon after he'd finished the script.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • "Nice fellow, somewhat too fond of strange mushrooms, though".
    • And in The Salvation War, Archangel Michael complains about how difficult it is to carry out the predictions of a guy he once tested a mushroom/cocaine mix upon.
    • There is some speculation that the Book of Revelation, as well as a few other passages involving visions, were written under the influence of hallucinogens. Some people do object to this characterization of Revelation:
      • Several have pointed out that Revelation makes perfect sense viewed through the lens of the time it was written. Political commentary written in symbolically apocalyptic form was popular in the late 1st and early 2nd centuries, and contemporary scholarship tends to regard it as an allegory for the reign of Nero.
      • Also worth mentioning is the attempts to interrelate Revelation with other bits and pieces of Biblical prophecy, and in particular the Old Testament Book of Daniel. Many Christians, particularly Protestants, see Revelation as being a sort of key that unlocks the mysteries of the rest of Biblical prophecy. This business only really began in the 19th century (although Christians have been finding interesting patterns and suchlike more or less since the canon of the Christian Bible was defined), and eventually led to things like Left Behind, so...use your judgement. (No pun intended).
    • The Book of Ezekiel is pretty trippy.
    • Christ myth theory proponent John Allegro claims the entire New Testament - and indeed the entire early Christian church - made up this "Jesus" guy while Paul (who was tripping balls himself) was feeding them lots and lots of wicked shrooms. He actually lost his job after he published the book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. In fairness to Allegro, however, it should be noted he is to date the only Christ myth theory proponent to present a compelling reason why Paul, Peter or anyone else would make up some other guy who was supposed to be the Messiah, rather than just claiming to be the Messiah themselves.
    • The Gnostic Gospel of Peter. Jesus emerges from the grave being carried by two angelic beings whose heads reached to heaven, and they are followed by a walking, talking cross.
  • Norse Mythology has moments. A notable example is the tale of the death of Baldur. While enjoying the Asgardian pastime of throwing any object at his body and watching them bounce off of him harmlessly, Baldur gets killed from a spear thrown by a blind guy named Höðr, who received it from Loki. The spear is made out of mistletoe, which is fatal to Baldur because mistletoe was apparently too young to swear an oath to not be able to kill Baldur. Everyone is upset that their favorite god is dead, so Odin knocks up a giantess named Rindr and they have a son named Vali who grows up in a day and exists for the sole purpose of killing Höðr dead, then promptly does so. Afterwards, they give Baldur a Viking Funeral with all his possessions (including his still living horse) and to lighten the mood, Thor kicks a random passerby dwarf (who was given a name for no clear reason; Litr) into the fire. There are a few different versions with a few minor changes (like that Loki guided the spear) but the majority of it remains the same. Hard to tell if it was mead-induced or if it was just bad storytelling. The story of the birth of Sleipnir (Odin's eight-legged horse) is also a bit odd, in very short Loki, God of Tricksters (and a guy) was kind of bored, so he turned into a mare and had sex with the famous stallion Svaðilfari. Loki, now pregnant, stayed in that form until he (she?) eventually birthed Sleipnir.
  • Descriptions of the Bardo in The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    New Media 

  • Time Fantasy is Pinball's poster child for this trope, with an anthropomorphic snail-like creature meditating contemplatively among a field of mushrooms in a surreal rainbow-colored landscape.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WrestleMania 34, which saw The New Day walking down to the ring with midgets dressed up as pancakes, The Undertaker squashing John Cena in three minutes, and Braun Strowman winning the RAW Tag Team Championship with the ten year old son of referee John Cone, Nicholas. Combined with three serious and genuinely shocking swerves (the end of Asuka's undefeated streak, Shinsuke Nakamura's Face–Heel Turn after losing to AJ Styles, and Roman Reigns losing his title match against Brock Lesnar), this WrestleMania is easily the top contender for the weirdest one of all time.
  • WWE put on an even weirder event later that year in Saudi Arabia, called Crown Jewel. While Crown Jewel wasn't nearly as long as WrestleMania, it did, however, have two shocking twists that arguably exceeded anything that happened at WrestleMania that year.
    • Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the vacated Universal Championshipnote  saw Assistant General Manager Baron Corbin braining Strowman with the title before the match started. Lesnar and Strowman then proceeded to rehash the title match Lesnar had at WrestleMania earlier that year, including Strowman eating no less than four F-5s and losing.
    • The WWE World Cup to determine the Best in the World, where RAW and SmackDown each submitted four participants, with each side's entrants competing with each other and the winners facing each other in the finals. This in itself was controversial, as all the participants were Americannote , and none of them were one of the two world champions. The tournament ended with possibly the least expected match for the finals: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler. That's where the insanity begins — before the match could even begin, Miz attacked Ziggler, trying to get an advantage, and got kayfabe injured as a result. Rather than forfeit the tournament on SmackDown's behalf, commissioner Shane McMahon elected to replace Miz...with himself. Thus, to the complete confusion of everyone watching, Shane proceeded to defeat a disbelieving and unprepared Ziggler and win a tournament he hadn't even been a part of. Making him, canonically, the best wrestler in the world. It was at this point people were beginning to wonder if the company had rehired Russo.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Nanalan' fits quite well. It's about a pre-school child named Mona visiting her nan and having fun in either her house or her garden. Sounds simple and harmless enough, but since Mona is too young to properly speak and the episodes were originally only 3-4 minutes long, some very obscure scenes came out. The most famous scenes are probably the very weird "Peepo" moment about naming vegetables or the almost sexually obscene "Lollipop" episode.

    Stand-Up Comedy 

  • Comedian Bill Bailey is eager to point out (in response to TV show pitches along the lines of "It's X, but on acid!") that watching someone on acid is boring.
  • George Carlin zig-zagged this, saying he wrote his routines while sober but punched them up while high.
  • David Cross has noted that he's offended when people ask him how high he was when he wrote a piece of comedy. He insists that all his comedy comes from hard work, not drugs. Mind you, he doesn't deny using drugs; he simply doesn't depend on drugs for his comedy.
  • Jeff Dunham's act features fantastical puppets like Peanut and Jose Jalapeno on a Stick. Peanut once accuses Jeff of being on drugs and Jeff repeatedly denies it. Peanut then suggests he was created on drugs to counter.
    Peanut: "If that's true, how did you come up with meeeeeeee?!"
    • In "Controlled Chaos", Peanut suggests that Jeff came up with José Jalapeno (On A Steek!) while drunk off his ass. Jeff denies it, but says that that's how he came up with Peanut.
  • As Eddie Izzard once said, "People think I'm on drugs, but I'm not, really. Just a little coffee... put me on drugs it has the opposite effect! I start going: 'Oh! Pensions! Very sensible. And car insurance, yes...'"
  • Andy Kaufman is another example of a 1970s performer whose work, from Foreign Man, to bringing a sleeping bag out on stage and taking a nap, to reading from The Great Gatsby, to his various worked shoots, to his posthumously published writings, would suggest he was on something illicit when he conceived them. But since childhood he had been prone to eccentric behavior (he conceived routines such as "Mighty Mouse" then), and his drinking and drug use as a teen hardly figured into his artistic equation. As an adult he was a near-health nut who practiced Transcendental Meditation.

  • Elisabeth is always a weird show (it's about The Grim Reaper falling in love with the Empress of Austria and stalking her all her life, so weirdness is inevitable) but the Thun production even more so. The show's given a Setting Update without changing the references to history and Death becomes the leader of a biker gang. Unsurprisingly most of the musical's fans prefer to pretend this production doesn't exist.
  • Mozart!, made by the same people as Elisabeth, takes Anachronism Stew to bizarre extremes. By far the strangest part is the Webers driving an RV onstage. In a show set in eighteenth-century Austria.
  • Cirque du Soleil shows. Mystère acknowledges this with a gag in which the principal clown mocks an encounter with the Firebird by miming a puff off of a marijuana cigarette.
  • Starlight Express, a musical about anthro trains racing around and singing about modernization of railways, attracts three main demographics: children, lovers of Camp, and stoners.

  • LEGO's first attempts at constructible action figures, Slizer and RoboRiders were admittedly fueled by the kind of abstract imagination-booms you'd expect to see drug users produce, the latter especially: giant robotic motorbikes with goofy faces wielding weapons, whose riders are the front wheels , which the bikes can launch like missiles to combat an evil virus. In fact, the theme became a failure because the designers' went so overboard with their ideas, not realizing that kids liked Slizer due to the story and characters, not for the trippy concept alone. Interestingly, the origin of LEGO's first big action-figure hit, BIONICLE, can be traced back to medication — co-creator Christian Faber was taking his medicines to combat a small brain tumor, when he came up with the idea of nano-sized warriors drifting in the ocean in medicine capsules, arriving at the head of a giant robot who's lying sick in the water.
  • Poopsie: A concept of another colorful, cutesy Blind Bag Collectables toyline for little girls, but with technicolor fantastic Talking Poo and a common mytho of Unicorns pooping rainbows resembles a hallucinogen trip. Many people were grossed out by such an idea.

    Web Animation 
  • Almost all animators who use the Source-manipulation program Garry's Mod to make videos, most notably RubberFruit, Minifett, STBlackST, Eltorro64Rus and so on. Some of their stuff makes you feel like you are on some form of stimulant.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the surreal genius of Cyriak... Naturally, he's received questions of this nature, though according to him, the strongest thing he takes is just tea, as he doesn't want to threaten his already-tenuous grip on sanity.
  • Ratboy Genius — surreal setting, surreal characters, inexplicable dialogue, and a general Random Events Plot. In particular, one commenter suggested that Green Monster is always blazed out of his mind, and the creator said "Maybe he is."
  • Anything by seinfeldspitstain features stiff 3D models, loud echoing text-to-speech voices, and surreal and mildly disturbing imagery, but most notorious of all is Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour. It was apparently inspired by a dream the animator had, however others will think he makes his videos after snorting a lot of cocaine off a Jimmy Neutron plush toy.
  • Almost everything made by andywilson92, especially the advertisements for Bari Buti, featuring horrifying CGI models and bad animation.
  • The Zig-Zag song from the educational website Starfall feels like it was made on an acid trip, despite being meant for kids. The one-legged zigzag people are pretty weird and creepy-looking, there's an unnatural-looking environment around them, with its giant sun that looks like the planet this is taking place on is getting too close, twisted architecture, a lavender sky, and some weird cactus-like plants, along with a humanoid-faced cat and some chickens dancing the can-can. Not to mention the music sounds sad, angry, and insanely happy all at once. The fact they decided to use this as the final video in their alphabet series is rather surprising, and you better hope your kids will be able to sleep after watching something as terrifying as this.

  • Given the frequent appearance of of "blue mushrooms" in College Roomies from Hell!!!, and the overall surreal nature of the series, it is hard not to think that Maritza Campos has some experience with 'shrooms herself, but at the same time, the artwork and storytelling seem too tight to have been produced while tripping.
  • Kukuburi, with the World in the Sky full of Technicolor Wildlife, a sentient pink flying seahorse, a sentient Living Mood Ring snail, an assortment of other inhuman sentients, which includes a chameleon as The Mentor, and a villain who is (or at least looks like) a snazzily dressed, hammy skeleton in Sinister Shades, and underworld filled with creepy monsters and all kinds of colourful, cartoonysurrealism.
  • Homestuck:
    • It’s a strange case; on one hand it's significantly more "out there" than Problem Sleuth in terms of how far beyond the impossible it goes, but on the other hand it's much less so in terms of having consistent internal logic and very clear plot progression, Timey-Wimey Ball aside (no offence meant to PS). All that logic goes out the window, however, when Jane engages Trickster Mode.
    • Then there's Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff, which even inquires as to just how high you even have to be just to do something like that (the line even originated as a riposte to someone inquiring if SBAHJ had been made on drugs). Much as you'd expect, it employs quite a lot of jokes about stoners (SUDDENLY WEED DREAMS).
    • Hussie weighs in on this question in general:
      "It's hard to underscore enough how ridiculous I and most creators I've talked to find this notion that being high is the wellspring from which all bizarre, absurd, or otherwise creative material must necessarily come from. For the most part, there's a very significant difference between quality work and pot-addled horseshit.
      "It's not that I think all drugs are JUST SO TERRIBLE on principle. But including them as a staple to the creative process is usually a serious detriment to the work in my view.
      "But in looking at your question again, maybe you didn't hold this view anyway. Nonetheless, it's a topic that rears its head now and then."

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • Let's see. Channel Awesome has a nostalgic reviewer that led a takeover of a micronation in Nevada, a hobo reviewer who openly admits to being on drugs, one video game reviewer who lives in a space station with a clone army, another who's a clone of his dead Black Lantern true self, a comic book reviewer that has Sentai powers and a crazy butch lesbian tyrant god (it took her three weeks to come back from the dead the first time, but she's managed it more than once) with her own nation and an army of cloned minions whose cloning process requires fellatio and who dresses like a female Marilyn Manson, complete with face paint. The third and second to last two, plus one anime/cartoon reviewer, have evil doppelgangers, and the last one has a good one. Anyone who tunes into this site for the first time is going to guess the creators are on really heavy drugs or are a bunch of uber-dorks. It's the latter.
  • “THE FINAL GOOGLE FEUD” on DanAndPhilGAMES was filmed in the middle of the Interactive Introverts tour so Dan and Phil were likely exhausted, but they get especially loopy in the second half, causing people to wonder if they drank or took something with their pizza.
  • In-universe, the Hobo Bros theorize that Nintendo's employees are on weed when they make Super Mario Bros. games.
  • Honest Trailers has this to say about Super Mario Bros., first asking how much acid the filmmakers took to make an already weird game more surreal, and then concluding they had "all of it" once Goombas dancing are seen.
  • An educational short dubbed from Portuguese, entitled Island Of Flowers. It had such moments as an Overused Running Gag audio matched to visuals of the Holocaust, describing everything from the perspective of Humans Through Alien Eyes (including explaining what water is), having a shriek of pain when someone jabbed a model of a human brain, and so on. It was nine minutes of bipolarly nightmarish and hilarious non-sequiturs that vaguely segued into a message about garbage in the last minute or so. Watch it here. At one point it described a History test. The visual for a question about Genghis Khan was a picture of Mozart, and the visual for a question about Mesopotamia was a picture of California. This movie was shown as part of the curriculum for a college course on Human Ecology.
  • Kony 2012 — the news article here says that the director's family denied allegations of being on drugs or alcohol. Though, to be fair, he was seen running through the streets of San Diego in his underwear.
  • The crew behind LoadingReadyRun has often dealt with accusations of drugs being behind some of their videos, despite never having written on a script on anything more than alcohol (and rarely that, especially after the editing process). The crew finds people jumping to the conclusion of drugs over them just naturally being funny a tad annoying, especially after every week for 6 years.
  • The famous "Double Rainbow" meme by Yosemite Bear (real name Paul "Bear" Vasquez). Unlike many other examples on this page, however, it's not because the video is surreal or trippy. It's because a guy sees a double rainbow. Instead of simply looking at it, or maybe taking a picture of it, he shoots a shaky video of it and rants and raves about how amazing the phenomenon is, all the while crying and moaning orgasmically, and then he posts the video on the Internet.
  • Screen Rant Pitch Meetings: Regarding Super Mario Bros.:
    Producer: [about Daisy's father being fungus everywhere and wants to help but can't] And that's the only mushroom?
    Screenwriter: Well unless you wanna count the mushrooms I ate while coming up with this stuff.
    Producer: Oh! Did you... while you were writing... take some... magic mush-?
    Screenwriter: Oh, oh. No no no no no, they were just- they were just portobello mushrooms.
    Producer: Oh! Okay, okay, okay.
    Screenwriter: Yeah, yeah, no no no, you thought, you thought that I took- [...] No, no, I di- I didn't.
    Producer: [relieved] Okay. Okay, okay.
    Screenwriter: Yeah no, that would've completely messed with my acid trip.
    Producer: Oh, my god.
  • Star Drunk is a work really made on drugs. To be more accurate, it is a short movie (a Space Opera parody) which has been written by drunk people and then shot by drunk actors.
  • Despite some of their outright bizarre ideas, plus a habit for randomly bursting into song and screaming, Hat Films do not make their work on drugs. This has led to other members of the Yogscast questioning their actions at many points. They have made videos such as "Walrus Appeal" on caffeine while suffering from sleep deprivation, having said that, and are not above rare cases of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy.
  • The Ultimate Ed Chronicles in this in spades. Here's the premises of the first four films in the series alone to give an idea of how bizarre it is:
    • The Rise of Maleficent: That time Ed, Edd, Eddy, Sora, Donald, Goofy and NEST joined forces with the Autobots to take down Maleficent who has allied herself with the Decepticons because they want to conquer the Earth/make sure Aurora never wakes. Also phones, cars, guns, planes and credit cards exist in fairy tale land.
    • Legend of the Black Cauldron: Everyone reunites to stop the Horned King from raising an army of the dead....whose being aided by the Shredder and the Decepticons. The Expendables show up halfway through and are accompanied by the Ninja Turtles. Along the way they break the fourth wall to the point of annoyance and breakfast tacos from Taco Bell show up in a conversation. Also Prydain is simultaneously a desert but also a fantasy world and Jason Statham kills the Horned King by virtue of being awesome.
    • Penguins of Madagascar: The Autobots are shockingly absent in this one but don't worry, they're replaced by the North Wind who have apparently been led this whole time by John McClaine and the Terminator. Oh and did we mention they're trying to stop a talking octopus and a character from Phineas and Ferb whose somehow become the octopus' trainer? Also, the penguins and our heroes somehow know each other despite them not appearing together previously and everyone learns about the power of friendship.
    • Eds and the Iron Man: The Marvel version of Al-Qaeda and ISIS are being led by a talking dolphin on a scooter with a robotic eye voiced by the guy from Dr. Horrible so he can use Tony Stark's tech to build his "Chrome Claw" and help The Dude take his company. Also apparently the Iron Man suit is a TARDIS it would seem, givin how they can all hang onto it and fit inside it.
  • Not YouTube, YooouuuTuuube. Take any video from YouTube and chuck it here. For example: this + YooouuuTuuube = whooooaa.

  • Areas of mathematics such as statistics, since the hypothesis of many statistical distributions makes you wonder if statistics is math on drugs.
  • Cryptology - the study of how to write and solve codes. The field involves all fields of mathematics, and is very interdisciplinary. Where traditional maths are taught in a linear path of lessons that increase in difficulty, cryptology is like a professional contortionist that requires much much mental flexibility.
  • Almost everything on Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, particularly the infamous "cocktail tree". Unless you consider alcohol a drug, in which case? It's one helluva drug. Two words: Kwanzaa cake.
  • When asked if he had ever smoked marijuana, Tom Lehrer cheekily replied: "I have never done an illegal substance in my life... and I have never told a lie."
  • The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. Purportedly written by Paracelsus, supposedly an alchemical text by way of allegory, actually reading it without background makes you wonder what the writer was on.
  • Quantum mechanics.
    • This is a theory so unutterably strange that one of the creators of the theory, Niels Bohr, has been quoted saying that "those who are not shocked when they first come across quantum theory cannot possibly have understood it." And yet it is the best description of particle physics currently in existence. This is the same theory that says anything can spontaneously happen (albeit under extremely strict circumstances).
    • The true story of how Schrödinger (of Schrödinger's Cat fame) invented quantum physics: he stocked up a cabin in the mountains, which he stocked with enough supplies for several months. After three months of complete isolation, he returned to civilization with complete theories that worked perfectly. Nobody but Schrödinger knows what happened up there in the mountains, and nobody else ever will.
    • By extension, String Theory. One criticism of/joke about String Theory is that it really should be possible for the public to differentiate between science and the ramblings of crazy people on park benches.
  • Everything made by Rob Zombie makes you wonder how he ever came up with it under any kind of sobriety.
  • Tim Allen sold far more drugs than he ever took.
  • Ursula Vernon dodges questions about where she gets the ideas for her painting by saying she did a lot of drugs. (She did, but they didn't give her the ideas.)
  • Political cartoonist Joel Barbee made some pretty bizarre cartoons. Looking at them beforehand, you'd probably never guess them being drawn by an old conservative who wasn't on any known drugs.
  • this Classic from Cake Wrecks, or anything else done by Ms. Famulari?
  • The German comedian, actor, director, author, and musician Helge Schneider uses non-sequiturs, absurdistical actions and statements, weird behaviour and voices, exaggerations, purposefully bad playing, sheer stupidity and mundanity mixed with rather insightful contents. He stopped taking drugs as his career went upward.
  • As serious as the SAT is for many students, College Board's Test Day Simulation video is really bizarre. Apparently, pencils and snack foods are going to rain from the sky, you will take the test in a room made of cardstock, and old, vintage-looking cartoons will appear in the window.
  • What about dreams? They can get pretty funky from time to time. Quite a few entries on this page were inspired by- or were recreations of dreams the author had. Salvador Dalí also induced dream-like hallucinations on himself by going without sleep for extended periods of time, then painted the results.
  • Bosozoku, a kind of Japanese biker gang/street racing culture make illegal modifications to bikes and cars. In most street racing cultures, this means nitrous oxide, underglow and such. For the Bosozoku, they defy any explanation.

    And what they take up to eleven, the Dekotoru culture takes up to twelve: Japanese truckers whose vehicles look like the results of Optimus Prime having a drunken one-night-stand with a pachinko parlor.
  • There's the Okapi, once believed to be a myth, Celestial Eye goldfish, marbled polecat, the prehistoric Hallucigenia - the latter's name means "strange and dream-like", and the Pituriaspida - pituri is an Australian shamans' drug, and the guy who discovered them must have believed he was high.
  • The Wachowskis. The Matrix movies were enjoyably trippy. Then the siblings skipped on their meds and made a scary-ass version of Speed Racer.
  • Tour de France: So many successful riders have been exposed as using illegal performance-enhancing drugs that many people assume that any winning rider must be a doper.
  • This video, perhaps most notorious for appearing during a hacked My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic livestream. A brown CGI... thing walking down a street, while the world's most stereotypical rap song loops endlessly. What else could it have been on?
  • The Bootsy Collins cartoon
  • Some rather odd American laws seem like either they were made while the writer was drunk, or there's an interesting story behind them. Some are:
    In California, it is illegal to eat oranges in the bathtub.
    In Tennessee it is illegal to sleep on top of a fridge that's outside.
    In California, again, it's illegal for an unmanned vehicle to drive faster than 60mph.
    In Kentucky, it's illegal for dogs to molest cats.
    In Connecticut, it's illegal for bicyclists to go faster than 65mph.
    In Vermont, it's illegal to whistle while underwater.
    You may not cross Minnesota state lines with a duck on your head.
  • The original Nicktoons idents. You'd think the creative staff at Viacom were high as a kite when they came up with them.
  • This set of 1990's idents for the Prevue Channel. No one will ever know what drugs the people who made these were on.
  • Tim & Eric have responded to claims that their material was made as the result of them being on a crap load of drugs by saying that they were made on drugs, but either between trips or when they weren't working.
  • The logo for Wonk Inc. used on Adam DeVine's House Party. Starts with a photo of an outhouse with banjo music, then suddenly what appears to be Dr. Robotnik's demon brother pops up singing "Wonk wonk!". To most, it's an example of an unintentional jumpscare. To others, it makes them go "What."
  • This set of Channel Five idents. We're not sure if gigantic hands who enjoy using random objects as musical instruments are a big target demographic.
  • These trippy bumpers used by TVE, Spain's publicly-owned TV network, during The '80s. One has to wonder what drugs the people who made these were on.
  • This ident for YLE in Finland from 1992 to 2000. While nostalgic to those who grew up in Finland, it has also creeped out a few people due to the calm animation closely resembling an acid trip mixed with the dissonant spacy ambient music. One would think that the staff was on weed when they came up with this.


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How Dare I... -> Willow Farm

The previous acts of this Rock Opera were rather somber, cynical, or both. While this animatic plays with color contrasts and shifts throughout, this instance is the most notable: to mark the bizarre turn of events, the illustrations turn from black and white (which it had been for the past three segments) to bright color to mark the sudden whimsical, surreal atmosphere.

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