Taiwanese animators mock Black Friday madness
Leave it to the speedy animators at Next Media Animation to satirize Black Friday, the very American shopping tradition viewed by serious consumers as a competitive sport.
Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the manic Christmas shopping season, has inspired shoppers to camp outside stores for days beforehand and led to fights and at least one death (in 2008, when impatient shoppers trampled a Wal-Mart worker in Valley Stream, N.Y.).
With so much drama to mine, it's no wonder that NMA saw fit to make this video. Some of the highlights include:
1. Two women beating each other senseless over a plush toy.
2. A television reporter breaking down the scuffle like a football play to analyze "the mood of the American consumer."
3. Two shoppers making war over a toy car -- one armed with a rocket launcher, the other with a gun
4. Asian manufacturers praying and burning incense to their overlords -- Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart ("the livelihoods of many Asians depend on whether Americans keep buying!")
-- Shan Li
Video: Black Friday. Credit: Next Animation Media via Youtube