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On some street in Mars, a red cartoon monkey almost flies off but his parents drag him back to the ground. Then the child starts to quote Hamlet.
“Are you sure this is our child?” The father asks.
“Well he’s definitely my child, ”replies the mother. It’s supposed to be the punchline of a joke, but not many people laugh.
This is one of the many scenes from The red monkey family-a series of cartoons that invoice itself as “the world’s first animated comedy series powered by top-notch NFTs.” This is one of the ongoing simultaneous attempts to create extended universes based on NFTs, who are now looking for any sort of purpose in the real world. I’ll save you eight minutes and confirm your prejudices up front. It sucks. The animation is bad, the writing terrible and the voice awful. But all that doesn’t matter. The red monkey family It doesn’t just exist for entertainment, it also exists to market itself as an investment vehicle.
First, it is not strictly true that The red monkey Family is the world’s first NFT comic book. This dubious honor belongs to the supporters of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Stoners cats. The two Stoners cats and The red monkey family exist to market financial products to the crypto-rich. Stoners cats sold NFTs that allowed token holders to watch its episodes and sold out in 35 minutes, making around $ 8.3 million at the time.
The red monkey familyIt’s on YouTube where anyone can watch them, but each episode comes with a sale of 333 NFT. The appeal of token ownership lies mainly in the potential for future earnings: the show’s website promises that a quarter of all streaming revenue (from YouTube or, rather optimistically, Netflix or Amazon Prime) will go towards purchasing “Premier NFT” and distributing fractional ownership to token holders who can then be sold, among other benefits. The NFT episodes themselves appear to have a secondary market as well, with the owners of the first NFT episode on OpenSea list their tokens for questionable sums to half a million dollars.
But the biggest difference between Stoners cats and The red monkey family is their lists. Stoners cats has Hollywood talents like Jane Fonda, Chris Rock and a number of professional voice actors including Seth MacFarlane. The red monkey family has rapper 2 Chainz as an executive producer for whatever reason and a bunch of crypto brothers. The results are incredibly bizarre.
The setup is simple and the episode luckily lasts eight minutes. “It is 9:30 pm The earth is dying. But all is not lost! Four bored monkeys. A dog. A lazy lion with a stethoscope. A mission to Mars, ”the show’s description reads. There’s no plot to speak of, just a series of events featuring various NFT lions and monkeys. The camera pans over footage which I’m sure will mean something to someone in a Discord somewhere, but will only confuse the general public.
In the opening scene, NFT Chucky (BAYC # 6614) steals a golden USB drive from a secure location. Then the titles play. Next, Chucky talks to his wife, the algorithm-generated Winky (BAYC # 6408).
“Do you know what this is?” said Winky. “This little piece of gold is actually a device containing the most valuable NFT ever made. I read in Vogue. “
“NF what? Chucky asks.
“Toucan not fuckable?” “
“All you need to know is that he’s actually worth more than the whole city of Paris.”
“Including the awful trick?”
“Yes, including the Eiffel Tower.”
This continues like this for another three minutes. The monkeys reunite their families and flee Earth for Mars in Musk-1. They take their doctor Lazy Lion who eats people and for some reason speaks with a strong African accent. The monkeys arrive on Mars and other apes observe them, wondering why they are on Mars. Oh, and vaudeville stars who have become silent movie icons Laurel and Hardy are the bad guys for some reason.
That is just about everything. It sounds like crap, the “jokes” (if you can call them that) land with a thud and everything looks designed to show as much NFT JPEG as possible. Its closest artistic relative is the glut of South Park cartoon style rappers featured as vanity projects in the early 2000s or Animations of new fields made by 8th grade students.
But again, the cartoon is incidental. This project is all about selling and hitting more NFTs.
“We didn’t just want to own NFT BAYCs and watch them rise in value,” The red monkey family writer Chris Goward Recount The Bored Ape Gazette — a blog about NFTs from the Bored Ape Yacht Club. “After some research, we found that there was a huge gap in the market. NFT projects, on the whole, lacked innovation and real utility. The projects were siled and no one had an incentive to shoot. tangible benefits of intellectual property and commercial rights. We also noted that there were limited opportunities for return on investment beyond reselling, staking, getting free tokens / drops. is why we decided to do something that had never been done before. Something that would bring the entire NFT community together and create endless opportunities for holders. “
Now it’s comedy.