Feb 26 2011 10:55am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Sledgehammer” and “Istanbul, Not Constantinople”

Sledgehammer: The music video for a Peter Gabriel song, the animation by the Brothers Quay and Aardman Animation blew people’s minds back in the eighties and it is still considered to be one of the best music videos ever made. (3:03 minutes)

Istanbul (not Constantinople): They Might Be Giants are known for their upbeat and unusual songs. This one is a lesson in both geography and history. (3:45 minutes)


Istanbul (not Constantinople)


For more animation, visit our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

1. MurphysLawyer
The screen capture for "Istanbul, not Constantinople" on the main page is from the Tiny Toon Adventures video. Just saying.
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2. aedifica
Thanks for the videos! I enjoyed those.

I had to look up the lyrics to "Sledgehammer" to find out if he was really singing what I thought at the end: "Won't you chauffeur me, and I will chauffeur you". But no, apparently it's "Won't you show for me, and I will show for you." I'm not sure that makes as much sense as my version, though. :-)

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