Hiné Mizushima’s video for Lake Monsters is an animated delight stuffed with imaginary sea creatures.
Do you know the Loch Ness monster? OK, how about King Snail, or Octopus Maximus? These are just two of the fantastic beasts featured in a charmingly funny and totally hand-embroidered music video from They Might Be Giants, the masterminds behind classic earworm themes for Malcolm in the Middle and The Big Bang Theory.
The animated video for their single Lake Monsters is a field spotter’s guide to underwater sea creatures as imagined by Vancouver-based artist Hiné Mizushima, who stitched everything you see in the video and GIFs below using a traditional embroidery method originating from the north of Japan.
Each quirky monster comes with a droll guide to its size and powers – we particularly like the caption that reads ‘Breathes fire (even under water)’ – and the timing of the stop-motion video is nicely paced so you don’t miss the equally droll political subtext of the song’s lyrics.