Hunter S. Thompson Mocks the Living in a New Short Animation

in Animation, Literature | January 14th, 2013

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is back from the grave to mock the living in a Gonzo animation by Piotr Kabat. The inspiration here is one of Thompson’s oft-repeated quotes:

THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

Kabat channels the spirit of the original with an impressionistic two-minute run from the Golden Gate Park down to Santa Cruz, no helmet required. Whether or not this sounds cool to you is likely to hinge on experience. Perhaps you went to high school with someone who didn’t live to celebrate the wind-burned eyeball sensation of pushing it to 100…

The Edge more than delivers as a surf-rock-and-testosterone-fueled lit romp, but still, it might’ve been interesting had Kabat pushed into uncharted territory. Perhaps have Thompson lose control of his bike around the 80 mark, skidding hideously on his bald head for however many feet it’d take to turn the greyscale red, and roll credits on that.

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Ayun Halliday saw Hunter S. Thompson ranting like a werewolf loony on a private university stage. Follow her @AyunHalliday



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  1. Shelley says . . .
    January 14, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Driving too fast kills innocent people.

  2. Brandt Hardin says . . .
    January 14, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Thompson has influenced the past few generations with his invention of Gonzo Journalism. The Good Doctor broke the mold on writing and changed the world and the voice of counter-culture. His work and antics will live on to influence even more generations to come. I paid tribute to Hunter S Thompson and his work with my portrait and article on my artist’s blog at

  3. bix says . . .
    January 15, 2013 / 5:53 am


  4. alissa clough says . . .
    January 16, 2013 / 7:36 am

    Oh, “Cafe Racer”. One of my favorite pieces by him. You must ride with immaculate sanity, to be able to ride with such crazy abandon.

    Knew some cafe junkies once. Don’t know what happened to them.

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