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Using a unique format of episodes and advertisements:

GUNKWORLD is a short film about a horror cult cartoon series on TV where the main characters: Gunkman, Sallysweets and Roboji, are cute monster schoolchildren who terrorize human characters. Outside of the TV show, GUNKWORLD begins to advertise its brand through commercials and merchandise, which quickly gains popularity at an unholy rate. The entire planet eventually becomes crazed, all their thoughts replaced with messages from GUNKWORLD.
At this point, Gunkman finally reveals that he had been sentient all along and hates being watched, and that this was all part of his plan to kill everyone in the world, so no one can watch him anymore. His plan ultimately succeeds, but his celebration is cut short when it is learned that we, as viewers, are still watching him.

GUNKWORLD playfully presents ideas of the subconscious and control. It discusses the wonderful but invasive nature of merchandise based marketing, all through the act of ‘watching’. It paints a vibrant yet ugly picture of needless ‘over-consumption’ and loss of control, before finally pulling back, placing remote control in the hands of the audience, with the choice to turn it all off… or so it seems...

  • Mark Chee
  • Johan Jesmee
    Assistant Director
  • Johan Jesmee
  • Liu Yan Xin
    Assistant Producer
  • Mark Chee
  • Johan Jesmee
  • Johan Jesmee
  • Johan Jesmee
  • Liu Yan Xin
  • Mark Chee
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Satire, Horror
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Japanese
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Director Biography - Mark Chee

GUNKWORLD openly challenges traditional ideas of 'good animation' in college graduating animated film projects. It explores the potential of crudeness and ambiguity through attractive 'cutesy-horror-cult-focused' designs and limited animation while weaving in an underlying narrative that raises questions about the very formats it plays with (episodes and advertisements).

GUNKWORLD intentionally overloads the viewer with loud, colourful and compressed visuals, audio, stories and designs to play with ideas of hypnotic subconscious consumption. It concentrates on the elements of play & excitement above narrative clarity.

GUNKWORLD is also a love letter to Japanese toys and media as seen from the eyes of a child growing up in Singapore in the 90s.

- Mark ‘GUNKMAN’ Chee

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