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ERIC HENRY – Pirates & Emperors


‘Cause there are pirates and emperors,
but they’re really the same thing
when they go and try to reach the same ends
by using the same means…


“While critics decry the United States’ current brand of military and economic imperialism as dangerously unprecedented, great powers have been throwing their weight around like schoolyard bullies since St. Augustine’s time. This playful but pointed cartoon shows that while Uncle Sam has been an especially bad apple of late, he’s following a pattern of bad behavior which goes back decades.”

Pirates & Emperors (or, Size does Matters) has been written and directed by Eric Henry, who also wrote, with Jim Coursey, the song, performed by Amy X Neuburg. The visual style spoofs the Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational films, while the content is inspired by the writings of Noam Chomsky.

Eric Henry is one half of the directing duo Sid & Eric who brought us Spokes on the Wheel of Torment.

“Sebbene la critica denigri l’attuale trend imperialista militare ed economico degli Stati Uniti come pericolosamente privo di precedenti, grandi poteri si sono scavezzati come bulli di quartiere fin dai tempi di Sant’Agostino. Questo giocoso ma acuto cartone mostra che, anche se Zio Sam è stato una mela marcia, ultimamente, sta in effetti seguendo un percorso che affonda nella notte dei tempi.”

Pirates & Emperors (or, Size does Matters) è stato scritto e diretto da Eric Henry, che ha anche composto, con Jim Coursey, la canzone, interpretata da Amy X Neuburg. Lo stile visivo si rifà alla serie di film educativi Schoolhouse Rock!, mentre i contenuti si ispirano alle opere di Noam Chomsky.

Eric Henry is one half of the directing duo Sid & Eric who brought us Spokes on the Wheel of Torment.

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