For film and television, space is far from the final frontier. Still, there’s room for flipping tropes on their head. Case in point: the music video for “Ooo” by Brooklyn’s punctuationally-nomenclated dance-punkers !!! (“Chk Chk Chk”), an intergalactic adventure straight out of an '80s prime time television warp drive.
Directed by Too Many Cooks' surrealist wunderkind Casper Kelly, the video follows a part-jackass-part-hero space captain through his nebular journeys. Kelly explains to The Creators Project via email that the song's funky discotheque bumping and vocoded swoons translated into "a feeling of longing, and some instrumental elements that evoked science fiction."
The sci-fi kitsch is strong with this one, as the romantic, inter-humanoid-species womanizer finds himself constantly caught in the act by his companion’s partner, as well as blitzkrieging with other cel-shaded space ships, all in the pursuit of his one true love. Kelly’s familiar vintage aesthetic colors the pervasive slapstick humor, as do the screwball monster hands.
"I was influenced by the Star Wars Cantina Bar and that Kirk/green woman romance in the original Star Trek," Kelly continues. "Star Trek is a sleek world and slightly stiff, while Star Wars is grittier—it was fun to try to collide that a bit.”
Watch "Ooo" below: