The Beastie Boys Get Stupid, Get Animated


Before they became socially conscious, multi-instrumental hip-hop icons, the Fight For Your Right To Party-era Beastie Boys were about as cartoonish as a band gets. Which is why this awesome animation of the our Fall/Winter 2004 cover-models, describing a near-arrest in the mid 80’s, is so satisfying.

The cartoon, by animator Patrick Smith, is part of the PBS digital series Blank on Blank, which takes conversations with people of note, and sets them to animation. The original audio is taken from a cassette recording (‘member those?) of a Washington D.C. news radio interview. Suffice it to say, the next time anyone asks why Public Television matters, it’s safe to say “animated interviews with the Beastie Boys” is the correct answer.


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