It’s cool that we’re getting a new Doom game and all this year, but you know what would make it better? Kitties. And clay. That would make for the best first-person game of all time, so far. But while the odds of such an interactive creation being fully designed and made playable are slim, a short film of this nature does exist, and it’s a bloody, clay-caked mess. In this case, that’s a compliment.
Animator Lee Hardcastle, whom you may know from the animated ABCs of Death segment “T is for Toilet,” works in a subgenre he calls “claysploitation,” which combines clay animation (you shouldn’t call it “Claymation,” because that word is trademarked) with brutal acts of violence and large splashes of fake blood. He has previously envisioned murdering the Minions of Despicable Me and Quentin Tarantino’s take on Ghostbusters. So if the idea of a cartoon cat getting attacked by demons on the moons of Mars freaks you out, well…let’s just say we warned you. Basically, it’s like Hardcastle’s entire oeuvre is designed to make my wife really upset.
In this video, viewed initially at CBR, the nameless “Doom Guy” is replaced by a feline fella in armor named Claycat. He faces many familiar challenges, though his use of hand-to-hand violence is often more creative than anything I remember. It probably goes without saying that this is a cinematically superior adaptation of Doom than the one that starred Karl Urban and The Rock. I mean, it has a cat, so obviously it wins.
Would you buy a full-on game like this for real? Is cat-on-demon violence acceptable? Aren’t cats possessed by demons half the time anyway (mine, at least)? Let your thoughts out of the bag and place them in comments below.
Image: Lee Hardcastle