The reaction to the video “Pingu’s THE THING” that I uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday 3rd Jan 2012 has been a landmark in my career. And it’s only been online for 4 days…
After 4 days I’ve been contacted by blogs, national news papers, a new wave of fans and the video has received half a million hits.
John Carpenter himself on twitter sent me a message saying he loved it. And the Production Manager of The Thing, Robert Brown, also left a comment of praise.
As well, staff of the Pingu claymation have been in contact and shared behind the scene pictures with me and answered some questions I had about their production.
But the one that broke me was this email I received from Jennifer in New York, posted here with her permission. I respect my audience and I understand the purpose of my videos but when you wake up to an email like this in your inbox – it makes you think.
Hi there. Thank you so much for you Pingu/The Thing video. “The Thing” is one of my 68-year-old dad’s favorite movies of all time. He is currently very ill with ALS disease, can no longer eat or speak, and uses an iPad to communicate with family and friends. Yesterday, I showed him your video on his iPad and he thought it was hilarious. He immediately showed it to my mom, and then made me send it to my uncle as well.
Today I was visiting him, and he said he had just had a dream that he was with a bunch of people and wanted to show them the video, so in the dream he had emailed me to send him the link (and then he woke up). Also today, his hospice nurse was hovering over him to listen to his heart and lungs with a stethoscope, and he just opened his iPad and started playing your video for her–she was astonished. He has a wicked sense of humor.
Anyway, you are very talented and your work is very appreciated! This video made my dad’s week! Thanks again!
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