Flash Animated Philosophy From South Park Creators

Trey Parker, one of the creators of South Park, was raised in Colorado, where his father attempted to teach him Buddhism. Now, years later, Parker and his animation pal Matt Stone have brought to life the teachings of Alan Watts, the comparative religion expert and philosopher. Under the FurryCarlos Productions banner, the two tapped South Park animators Chris Brion and Todd Benson to keyframe three of Watts’ recordings, which can be viewed below.

Life and Music

Prickles and Goo

Appling

I believe two more Watts recordings were animated by this team, but there are no credits – Madness and I.

66 Comments

  1. sean james mckenzie July 23, 2007

    These are fucking brilliant!

  2. kongobot July 23, 2007

    I’m with Sean: these animations are brilliant. As a teenager I read The Way of Zen by Alan Watts. Never heard the man speak. Had no idea he had such a great sense of humor – the book I read was rather dry.

  3. Gene Fowler July 24, 2007

    HA!

    Funny and insightful. They’re nutty. I love this guy’s voice too.

  4. Bentos July 24, 2007

    Woah, English mysticism, get in! And he looks the part on his Wikipedia page too.

    Kind of reminds me of Jake Thackray, though for no other reason than he also had a great voice and a wonderful turn of phrase.

  5. Anonymous July 24, 2007

    PRICKLES not pickles

    piece out

  6. Anonymous July 26, 2007

    “Life and Music” is the best. I bet he author hangs out with Doglas Adam (Hitch Hikers guide to the Galxy). :)

  7. Anonymous July 27, 2007

    Superb.

    There’s an Alan Watts podcast you can subscribe to, and I highly recommend it: http://www.alanwattspodcast.com/

  8. these be cool

  9. Soulkeeper July 27, 2007

    I agree, Life and Music is the best one. It made me angry because of all the time that I’ve wasted chasing illusory goals set up for me by a blind education system.

  10. Arthur July 27, 2007

    Matt & Trey Rock, and also Zen !

  11. I love it!

    Definitely going to look up more of this fellow.

    PS- Soulkeeper, you missed the point.

  12. Stephen July 29, 2007

    Where can we find more of these?

  13. Anonymous July 29, 2007

    Ever hear of Roy Masters and the Foundation of Human understanding??? http://www.fhu.com
    Same or similar schtick.
    voxcox@msn.com

  14. Anonymous July 30, 2007

    Brilliant

  15. Dominov July 30, 2007

    The rocks that come alive are discworld trolls.

  16. Anonymous July 31, 2007

    I love these. I really enjoy how he cracks up as he laughs at the concept of a big crash of a chorus.

    The best Watts book I’ve read is Tao: The Watercourse Way, where his sense of humour and wonder really shine through in the writing. Apparently he found real joy at the end of his life.

  17. Anonymous July 31, 2007

    nothing special,,

  18. Anonymous August 5, 2007

    aw, way to kill it.

    I think these’re pretty awesome. You can find the rest of them at http://www.freshminds.com/animation/alan_watts_theater.html

    I like the last one on the page called “I” a lot too, it’s pretty funny. SOME of these animations don’t add a lot to the audio, but you’ve gotta respect them for doing something so cool and different.

  19. Anonymous August 5, 2007

    url got cut off:

    http://www.freshminds.com/animation/
    alan_watts_theater.html

  20. Perhaps we’re all starting to ‘get it!’…(there is hope)
    An exciting time to be living on this planet.

  21. Anonymous August 15, 2007

    really makes you stop and think.

  22. Dan Sage August 15, 2007

    I really learned a lot from these. They’re funny and entertaining, but what leaves you with a good feeling after all of it is that they’re true.

  23. Anonymous August 27, 2007

    you can listen to Alan’s podcasts from his website

    alanwatts.com

  24. Anonymous September 6, 2007

    Thanks for reminding me of the brilliance of Alan Watts’ recordings…It’s been a long time since WFMU played them at drive time.

    Remember, the only way to do a sink full of dishes is one dish at a time….

  25. SUSAN BURG September 6, 2007

    yes, these are super!!! I agree with you!! The journey is what counts and not the destination!

    Susan in italy

  26. these are great. thanks for putting them up!

    my favorite alan watts book is The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are.

  27. lilbuddah33k December 14, 2007

    fhu.com….foundation of human understanding..this reminded me a lot of Roy Master’s teachings. He is a brilliant man.

  28. charbo187 January 6, 2008

    these are fantastic!

  29. Anonymous January 8, 2008

    i thought it kinda sucked. animations were pretty good though

  30. - I\’m not exactly sure what this has to do with Disney dvd and video (that\’s what I was searching on MSN when I saw a link here), but I\’m glad I got a chance to read your blog. Thanks!!

  31. hello my friends from across the seas and around the world all i have to say is wow alan watts is the shisnit. Well if your into flash animation checkout offthewall-productions.com

  32. Check out the Pacifica Radio (KPFK in LA)archives at:

    http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/search/search.php?PHPSESSID=76ecdeacd7a0a9247c40ce660e0b6a74&QI0=Alan+Watts&QI2=

    For a huge collecion of Alan Watts talks. He’s a great Buddhist “splainer” and a South Park creations are perfect vehicles for slaining Watts’ take on Buddhism.

  33. American Dad and Family Guy – Comic-Con Report

  34. Keep up the good work; never stop exploring the never ending realms of possibilities of or meager human existence.

  35. These are great.
    I’ve seen the first one on a blog some time ago but I didn’t know there were more .
    Thanks for posting them.

  36. Lee in Vegas November 4, 2008

    These are fabulous. Do more of them, package them for children! They would be wonderful learning tools for early education.

  37. Mike Logghe December 12, 2008

    Had the blessed privilege of taking silly cybin with Watts in ’69 after he gave a talk at Northwestern. Silly was definitely the operative word as somewhere during the journey someone started making sounds which evolved from loud thunder through all kinds of creature sounds until we started talking at which point we seemed to collectively realize we had just gone through evolution from the big bang to modern talky man. Thought of Watts then as a man of pure delight with the world. He was one of the few writers available in the early ’60′s to read about spirituality. Definitely one of the better and clearer people then writing. Saw him again a couple of years later in Berkeley at a Bly-Snyder poetry reading. This animation is a wonderful way to help explicate his ideas. Beautiful.

  38. Alan Watts – Flash animations Great flash animations with voice overs taken from Alan Watts’ famous lecture series.

  39. thanks good flash animations with voice overs

  40. good job really

  41. thanks good flash animations with voice overs tskler sana saol bana

  42. hello my friends from across the seas and around the world all i have to say is wow alan watts is the shisnit.

  43. Had the blessed privilege of taking silly cybin with Watts in ‘69 after he gave a talk at Northwestern. Silly was definitely the operative word as somewhere during the journey someone started making sounds which evolved from loud thunder through all kinds of creature sounds until we started talking at which point we seemed to collectively realize we had just gone through evolution from the big bang to modern talky man. Thought of Watts then as a man of pure delight with the world. He was one of the few writers available in the early ’60’s to read about spirituality. Definitely one of the better and clearer people then writing. Saw him again a couple of years later in Berkeley at a Bly-Snyder poetry reading. This animation is a wonderful way to help explicate his ideas. Beautiful.

  44. These are fabulous. Do more of them, package them for children! They would be wonderful learning tools for early education.

  45. I really learned a lot from these. They’re funny and entertaining, but what leaves you with a good feeling after all of it is that they’re true.

  46. Alan Watts – Flash animations Great flash animations with voice overs taken from Alan Watts’ famous lecture series.

  47. These are fabulous. Do more of them, package them for children! They would be wonderful learning tools for early education.

  48. Alan Watts – Flash animations Great flash animations with voice overs taken from Alan Watts’ famous lecture series.

  49. Thought of Watts then as a man of pure delight with the world. He was one of the few writers available in the early ’60’s to read about spirituality. Definitely one of the better and clearer people then writing.

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