An Animated “Speedrun” Through Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 gonzo jour­nal­ism clas­sic, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, has been called “the best chron­i­cle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rol­lick­ing good times ever com­mit­ted to the print­ed page.” And indeed the book starts rol­lick­ing from the get-go. The open­ing lines read:

We were some­where around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remem­ber say­ing some­thing like “I feel a bit light­head­ed; maybe you should dri­ve.…” And sud­den­ly there was a ter­ri­ble roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swoop­ing and screech­ing and div­ing around the car, which was going about a hun­dred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was scream­ing “Holy Jesus! What are these god­damn ani­mals?

In 1998, Ter­ry Gilliam had no prob­lem adapt­ing Fear and Loathing into a trip­py, big screen film star­ring John­ny Depp, Beni­cio Del Toro and Tobey Maguire. And now, 15 years lat­er, 1A4STUDIO gives us this — a 60-sec­ond, ani­mat­ed “speedrun” through the entire nar­ra­tive of Thomp­son’s adven­ture. For me, a high­light comes at the 20 sec­ond mark when the famous White Rab­bit bath­tub scene goes down. But, of course, don’t blink, or you’ll tru­ly miss it.

via Devour

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Hunter S. Thomp­son Inter­views Kei­th Richards, and Very Lit­tle Makes Sense

Hunter S. Thomp­son Calls Tech Sup­port, Unleash­es a Tirade Full of Fear and Loathing (NSFW)

John­ny Depp Reads Let­ters from Hunter S. Thomp­son (NSFW)

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