Just released on DVD through Microcinema’s Blackchair DVD Distribution label is Chris Cunningham’s “Rubber Johnny.”
RUBBER JOHNNY – the long-awaited release from award winning director Chris Cunningham – chronicles a 16-year-old, inbred mutant’s solitary existence, locked in a pitch-black basement by his ashamed parents. They are TV addict rednecks who occasionally feed Johnny and yell at him for making noise. Johnny’s only company in the basement is his little dog. His dog’s I.Q. far outstrips Johnny’s, who is a completely insane, bi-polar imbecile.
The first of many projects with Warp Films, Rubber Johnny is an abstract short featuring music by legendary electronic composer, Aphex Twin. Shot entirely on DV in infrared, this lo-fi live action animation is unbeatable on a techinical level. The packaging presents Cunningham’s first published sketchbook of original drawings and photographic artwork which promises that the DVD will be a highly desirable collectable for hardcore Warp fans and art aficinados.
Cunningham is best known for his music promos for Madonna, Bjork and Aphex Twin. Collaborating with Aphex Twin has proved to be a successful partnership. Banned by MTV, Windowlicker (Aphex Twin) won him numerous awards, and Come to Daddy (Aphex Twin) recently made the top 100 ‘Scariest TV Moments of all Time’ on Channel 4 in the UK. His Director’s Series DVD has sold fervently, proving Cunningham has transcended the boundaries of the average music promo director.