Discovered by Scott Huffines during his Atomic Books tape-trading days, “No Strings Attached” was easily the strangest stop-motion animation clip we’d ever seen – or aired on Atomic TV (it was originally included as an extra on the “1997 East Coast Video Show” episode).
Watch “No Strings Attached.” (1978?)
“Good morning, Mrs. Lady. I’m selling Scout cookies – would you be interested in purchasing a box?”
OK, make that the strangest stop-motion short we’d ever seen until we saw “Le Toy Shop”!
Snaggletoothed blow-up love doll from “Le Toy Shop”
It’s obvious that whoever created “No Strings Attached” also was responsible the mind-blowing “Le Toy Shop,” because the two adult-themed animated shorts share some of the same sets and cast “members” (Rod “What the hey?” Toole; the sexy Barbie doll housewife and her G.I. Joe cuckold husband; the giant disembodied dollhead observers – an Indian head in “No Strings Attached” and a demon head in “Le Toy Shop” – who act as a sort of silent Greek chorus holding together the narrative arc).
Rod Toole reprises his “No Strings Attached” role
Demon Doll Head
Lt. Uhura and Capt. Kirk: Lust in Space
But what ups the ante in “Le Toy Shop” is the appearance of a new cast of anatomically augmented players, including a pair of horny Star Trek figures (Kirk finally consummates his Lt. Uhura fantasies!), a bareback rough-riding urban cowboy, and a very sleazy looking Sonny Bono doll. And that’s before we even get introduced to the “adult” dolls, which include those of the blow-up and vibrating variety, not to mention a phallic phalanx of marching dildo heads! (By the way, it’s easy to date this film’s time period going by the bargain basement prices advertised – a $3.98 dildo? That’s a steal!)
The Love Shack: Toys for all occasions!
Though neither film lists legitimate credits (instead heralding bogus cast members like “Ben Dover,” “Rod Toole” and “Ophelia Balls”), both are believed to be the work of auteur Chuck Vincent (aka Chuck Vincent Dingley), though one Internet site credits the films to a “Robert Patten.” This source says: “The guy who made this film, Robert Patten, was my roommate back in the late 70′ early ’80. He wrote, directed and animated. He shot in out apartment in Manhattan. I have not seen it in many years. He made another No Strings Attached. I believe in 1978 or there about.”
Continue reading “The Stop-Motion Genius of Chuck Vincent” at Tom Warner’s Accelerated Decrepitude.