Certain days life feels meaningless. The stagnation is as solid as a slab of concrete. That is how it feels for hip-hopper Robin. His animated existence originates in his everyday gloominess. Robin is continually searching for new impulses to keep his inactivity at bay. And soon the most bizarre ideas ensue. Especially when the hot-tempered Benjamin accompanies him. One day they decide to scare the neighbours by simulating a fire. Robin and Benjamin cover the walls with soot and buy a smoke machine. They finally set fire to the apartment. ''God, it's so fuckin' realistic'', Robin observes as the flames lick the walls. In another episode Robin and Benjamin are offered a bottle of smuggled liquor with suspicious contents from a Pole. But Benjamin is irritated by the scandalous price and angrily turns the offer down. Robin overlooks this and buys a bottle. After a few mouthfuls Robin discovers that his chair has come to life. The chair demands its share of the spirits and together they arrange a party which lasts all night long. Robin and his perpetually capped head have their roots in both MTV and Swedish children's programmes. When MTV introduced original animation in the mid 80s, the way was open for a whole series of imitators. The Robin phenomenon is a combination of classic Swedish animated TV series like Kalles Klätterträd and KarlBertil Jonssons Julafton, and the MTV series Beavis & Bullhead. Robin and Benjamin are more inventive than their American colleagues. Such as when they go off into the countryside to tip a cow over. In the taxi on the way home, Robin thinks that life is better than ever. This observation says a lot about Robin's message. When social commitment is as becoming as a Palestinian shawl and unemployment lays a whole generation to waste, it is important to make your own existence bearable. Any means are allowed. Robin does not give any rules of conduct as did his predecessor Lennart in Stina Dabrovski's TV-show. Magnus Carlsson presents his social criticism with measured and surrealistic humour. Robin is not only being shown in Sweden but also in USA, France, Germany and Spain. In 17 episodes we present the foreign language versions. The characters still talk their incomprehensible language accompanied by bass and drums. The only difference is that the Swedish narrator has been replaced. The American voice is somewhat more highly-strung but still keeps a slightly vacant intonation. On the eve of its international launch, Robin appears as a serious rival to Beavis & Butthead. LK

Magnus Carlsson
50 min
Dave Avellon (speaker)
Peter Gustavsson
Magnus Carlsson
Magnus Carlsson
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