803. This Land – Gregg Spiridellis, Evan Spiridellis

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SUMMARY: George W. Bush and John Kerry sing a partisan rendition of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’.

WHY IT’S HERE: By 2004, internet animation was becoming very popular and brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis finally achieved a dream they had held for several years when their wonderful satire ‘This Land’ went ballistic. Made in response to the 2004 presidential election, ‘This Land’ depicts candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry singing a version of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’ in which they take turns in slandering the other as a right wing nut job and a wishy-washy liberal. Unlike much internet satire of the time, ‘This Land’ doesn’t take one particular side but emerges as a humorous jab at the political system in general, mocking both candidates without disappearing into a damaging cynicism or one-sided attack. Bright, colourful and cheery even as it highlights the depths to which political debate has plummeted, ‘This Land’ bounced from inbox to inbox and was featured on many prominent TV shows with the creators eventually appearing as guests on Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’. Looking back on ‘This Land’, it now seems like a delightful glimpse of early 21st century politics and shares a similar charm with Jimmy Picker’s shorts ‘Jimmy the C’ and ‘Sundae in New York’, in which political figures of the age were gently parodied through music.

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