Saturday, 14 January 2012

Rabbits


Rabbits is a sitcom made in 2002 by David Lynch. For those who are wondering what sitcom is please see the quote below taken from Wikipedia.
A situation comedy, often shortened to sitcom, is a genre of comedy that features characters sharing the same common environment, such as a home or workplace, accompanied with jokes as part of the dialogue. Such programs originated in radio, but today, sitcoms are found almost exclusively on television as one of its dominant narrative forms, and art forms.

I am not going to interpret the story for you, but just trying to beat around the bushes of this sitcom for a while, because, it was an experience worth talking about. Rabbits plays an important part in Lynch’s movie Inland Empire. I first watched bits and pieces from this sitcom in Inland Empire and it was intriguing to watch humanoid rabbits wearing suits of men and women sitting in a saturnine room and uttering incoherent pieces of dialogue every now and then. I felt inside that this is what optimum creativity has to be and yet could not come up with any reason for that.

Rabbits is a nightmare like Eraserhead and Inland Empire which has no distinct plot. It’s disturbing and soaks a lot of psychic energy of yours. Some interpreters say that it’s a satire on sitcoms and others say it’s tragedy of a family and some others say that it’s a modern day presentation of Noah’s ark and apocalypse.

There are incoherent and puzzling pieces of sentences uttered by each one of three characters in this sitcom. It does not look like comedy but an audience who is consistently witnessing this play laughs every time someone enters the room and at times laughs for some inexplicable reasons. This is suggested to be mocking of audience which laughs on meaningless sitcoms by some interpreters. We witness not only these three rabbits but also an audience which is not visible. There appears a demonic figure from time to time in the room with sharp teeth and weird face. In the soliloquies done by all three rabbits, they refer to a dog and sharp teeth and blood. The male rabbit goes frequently in and out of the room, whereas the female rabbit goes frequently inside what seems to be a kitchen and brings candles just before demonic figure is about to appear. The child rabbit is sitting on the sofa in the room.

 Rabbits is emotionally loaded, meaningless and haunting sitcom. It’s worth being watched.