Moby’s Beautiful Stars   April 20th, 2010

Originally Written 04/04/08, Revised 04/19/10

Moby is an artist I need to check out more of. I’ve liked a lot of what I’ve heard of his music. It’s usually very catchy with some interesting themes. The guy has some great concepts for his music videos too

Beautiful is a wonderfully twisted skewering of the party crowd, done at a key party with a bunch of people in animal mascot suits. It’s like a furpile on the set of Boogie Nights. The poor rabbit guy in this reminds me of William H. Macey’s character in that film.

I remember the cries of “fursecution” when it came out, how everyone thought he was making fun of furries. In truth it looks pretty obvious that it doesn’t have anything to do with the fandom. Instead it’s using the suits to create a cartoonish scene and an interesting take on anthropomorphism.  I love how they used the costumes to good effect here, both playing on the lack of good facial expressions, and how bad most of the fursuits look.

Stars isn’t as interesting, but I dig the song, plus it gets random points for giving Ron Jeremy a cameo in it. It is a fun video for all of the other celebrity shots they get in there too, including the Toxic Avenger and other Troma characters. I do like the theme of an astronaut watching America and our fascination with celebrity in a detached manner.

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