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

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