Saturday, March 19, 2011

Artist Kazuhiko Hachiya explains the Fukushima Dai-ichi crisis to kids with "Nuclear Boy"

by Chris MaGee

Will this video elicit laughs in the future. Most probably. Will it get people laughing now. Mosy likely, but is that okay under the present circumstances. Probably not. Still this animated video that has been doing the rounds this week isn't for us grown ups. It's for kids, and Japanese kids specifically. Media artist Kazuhiko Hachiya made this animated short as a way to help young Japanese children understand exactly what is going on at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear. While it may seem wrong to chuckle at the comparison between uranium and poop and radioactive exhaust and farts you know that this will immediately stick in youngsters' heads. Watch the whole short below... and find yourself wish that the situation with the plant was as easily fixed as slapping a diaper on it.

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