Saturday, January 27, 2007 Blacklisted!

Here is a great remix with the song "You Make me Crazy" and Têtes à Claques' famous one liners being used in everyday situations by millions daily. Enjoy!
No doubt their success with the animated characters is stricking. However, since last December, thousands of students and employees cannot reach the most visited Quebec French-speaking site. Tetesaclaques madness reaches not only kids but it made its way to Quebec and Ontario French School Boards and the Federal Government. They decided to block access to the site, judging that certain remarks conveyed stereotypes that goes against values and educational mission. The school boards' prohibition also applies to the YouTube site which publishes millions of videos each day.

In addition, the Federal Government decided that this censorship would apply to all their personnel. It prevents employees to surf on that site during working hours. It apparently slows down productivity and networks!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ever wonder how those videos are made?

From Wikipedia Encyclopia, Têtes à Claques is a humour website created on August 16, 2006. Over one million short videos are watched per day, making the website one of the most popular in Quebec, Canada. The creator, Michel Beaudet, has expressed surprise at the popularity of his site, and has said it has reached a size he would never have dreamed of.

The characters are all sculpted from modelling clay, and are fairly simplistic. Michel Beaudet creates the figures himself, and superimposes his own moving eyes and mouth on their faces using a computer. This gives them their characteristically ugly appearance. In addition, Beaudet has a box of fake, grotesque teeth, which he puts in while his face is being filmed. The phrase tête à claquer translates loosely as "a face so ugly, you want to slap it" (i.e. "a face for slapping"). The site has also become very popular in France, not only because of the intentional humour and wit, but also because of a stereotypical Quebec French pronunciation, which can differ greatly from pronunciations used in France.

Possible release of these funny videos in English! We are so anxious!