Friday, June 14, 2013

Dumb Ways to Die

Dumb Ways to Die is a web film made as part of a public service campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne (where I live), Australia, to promote railway safety. The song went viral back in November 2012, but in case you haven't seen it, I wanted to share it here.



I can't resist the creepy-cute factor and the catchy song is completely stuck in my head.

36 comments:

  1. That's cute..and a little morbid. Perfect!

    Don't know if you've ever seen the tv show 1,000 Ways to Die but it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the post title.

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    1. Hi Dex,

      Haha. I know, I'm kind of addicted to it at the moment!

      I didn't know about the '1000 Ways to Die' show, but I just read up about it on Wikipedia. I'll definitely check it out now!

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    1. Hi Annie,

      There's a "Dumb Ways to Die" game app now too! My son was downloading that the second he found out about it. :D

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  3. That is actually cute, and I think it would be quite a hit with children. Hopefully they won't try those things at home!! ;-)

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    1. Hi Lucretia,

      Yes, I think kids would love the grossness, so it's actually a brilliant idea for getting the message across that doing dumb things will have consequences. Interestingly, the Russian government has banned this song, suggesting that it would incite suicide. Who knew that dying in a dumb way was so beguiling?! ;)

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    2. Hmmph, maybe in Russia it WOULD be... ;-)

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    3. Haha. Yes, it makes you wonder, doesn't it?! ;)

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  4. My Piano Man just told me, "Only my love finds decapitation and constant arterial bleeding funny."

    I said, "Not really, the author of Little Gothic Horrors finds them hilarious, too!"

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    1. Hahaha. Absolutely, Magaly! We're kindred spirits!

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  5. I laughed so hard when I first saw this, and I still do.
    Still, I wouldn't put it past some people to actually try some of these.

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    1. Haha. I'm sure you're right, Laury! There's never a shortage of people willing to do dumb things in this world! ;)

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  6. That is catchy, morbid, but strangely catchy.

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    1. Hi Sophie,

      Yes, macabre accidental deaths have never been quite so upbeat and cheery! ;)

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  7. OMG that's so cute! And that song is totally stuck in my head too now :)

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    1. My husband, son and I have been wandering around the house singing this song for the last 24 hours, Ms Misantropia! We're beyond help! ;)

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  8. I've got to admit, it is kind of cute and catchy.

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    1. It's impossible to resist, Nightwind! Mwah ha ha! ;)

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  9. This was stuck in my head back in November...and now it is again! (Hiya, I'm here via Mina Lobo's blog.)

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Yeah, once this little song takes hold... ;)

      Thanks for dropping by! Lovely to meet you!

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  10. ROTFL, adorbz! And a little disturbing! But mostly adorbz! :-D
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Ah, adorable and disturbing... such a perfect combo, Mina Lobo! ;D

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  11. OMG, that's so cute! I'll have to remember the one about not dressing up as a moose during hunting season. LOL

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    1. Hi Insomniac's Attic,

      Yes, the golden rule of living in the woods is: "Don't dress up like a moose during hunting season!" Haha. There's a pertinent cautionary tale for almost everyone in that song. ;)

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  12. I love the combo of creepy and cute, lol.

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    1. Me too, Julie! It's amazing what you can get away with if you can just make it cute. ;)

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  13. I rarely watch vids (they suck too much of my download allowance) but after you introduced it I couldn't help but be curious. Holy crap! The gov't put that on TV and let kids see it? Yes, I love the song, the animation, and everything, but I'm weird like that... Still I think it would be very disturbing for children. :O

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    1. Don't worry, Lexa, this PSA was never shown on TV. :) As far as I know, it's strictly a web film. It has just won a bunch of major awards at Cannes and apparently it has proved to be a remarkably effective safety campaign.

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  14. This is probably the funniest and most entertaining safety ad I've ever seen. The video is wonderfully amusing and the song is just cute. Well done, Metro Trains! :-)

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    1. Hi Maynard,

      It's nice to have a little homegrown gem like this to be proud of. Apparently, it has won 28 awards at Cannes! :)

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  15. Haha that's awesome. I love the morbid sense of humor yet it's still strangely adorable.

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    1. Hi Doug,

      Yes, I love it! They got the creepy-cute balance just right. :)

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  16. The song and video are so cute XD I do think that that's a smart way to get people to pay attention to it though :3

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    1. Hi Bazinga,

      I agree, a really original, fun way to get people to pay attention to a serious issue! :)

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  17. This wee movie is really cute, a lot of people in Brazil talked about it.

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    1. Hi Morrigan,

      It's amazing how popular this little Aussie film/song has become internationally. I must admit, I'm feeling a certain amount of national pride over 'Dumb Ways to Die'! :D

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