A Psychedelic 1970s-Style Anti-Drug Film Targets... Catnip

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

"Is it a source for harm­less kicks, or a poten­tially crip­pling addic­tion? Is it a tool to expand one’s con­scious­ness, or a down­ward spi­ral­ing path that can even­tu­ally lead to insanity?" Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? asks the tough questions. The video is a perfect parody of an older generation classroom PSAs, complete with dry narration, trippy visual effects, and user testimonials. Jason Willis, the filmmaker behind the oddball project, says, "it's a pre­pos­ter­ous idea that I almost regret having!" Seven minutes long, the film is epic by the Internet's standards for cat videos but highly entertaining and worth a look. 

If you're unfamiliar with this style of educational filmmaking, don't miss this baffling, yet hilarious, 1968 gem hosted by Sonny Bono, courtesy of the Internet Archive:

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