Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is a British horror-comedy online series created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling 

The six episodes were released from July 29, 2011, through June 19, 2016, via the artists’ websites, YouTube, and Vimeo. Since the announcement, information regarding its release has been more opaque than the first six episodes.  

There is much to consider and much more to look forward to when the online series gets to TV, especially with its launch fast approaching and a crowd eager for more of puppet-based horror from Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling. 

The original odd horror short was made by THIS IS IT’s Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling and their pals on a shoestring budget and during their free time while attending Kingston University. 

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, an internet sensation, received numerous sponsorship offers; nevertheless, Sloan and Pelling declined them all in order to keep it fairly odd.  

However, British public service network Channel 4 made the decision to use the puppets on television after the original Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared shorts were finished. 

Each episode begins with anthropomorphic puppets similar to those seen in Sesame Street and other well-known children’s television shows, just like a traditional children’s series. 

By juxtaposing this kid-friendly, colourful world and its inhabitants with unsettling themes, the series parodies and satirises these TV shows.  

Each episode’s climax includes a surreal plot twist, as well as psychedelic content and imagery with graphic violence, dark humour, and existential and psychological horror. 

The topics of creativity, time, love, technology, diet, and dreams are all examined and discussed in the six episodes. 

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