Kanye West and Spike Jonze's weird, potentially NSFW short film: 'We Were Once a Fairytale' hits the Web

If you thought We Were Once a Fairytale, the Spike Jonze-directed short film starring Kanye West, sounded strange based on early reports this summer, wait until you actually see this thing. The 11-minute piece has hit the Web (h/t), and those first viewers weren’t exaggerating. A wasted-seeming Kanye wanders through a club, acting a pompous fool and generally embarassing himself before passing out — only to vomit pink flower petals and (spoiler alert!) confront a creepy/cute demon creature that is living inside his abdomen when he awakes.

Yeah, like I said, pretty weird. Also possibly NSFW depending on how your workplace feels about sex-and-violence-drenched dream sequences. Is We Were Once a Fairytale any good, though? I’m not quite sure. I do know that I couldn’t look away. Disoriented by his own fame, lashing out drunkenly at an incomprehensible world — if this is what a night out is like for Kanye, I feel bad for the guy. Certainly his experiences after this film was completed make for a provocative context. Or maybe I’m reading too much into this, and We Were Once a Fairytale is just a movie.

What do you say? How does this short film compare to Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are? (I actually think the two works have quite a bit in common.) Watch We Were Once a Fairytale after the jump and weigh in.

UPDATE: Whoops — We Were Once a Fairytale has been removed from the site where it was streaming. For now, you can watch a partial version missing the first two minutes on YouTube; Pitchfork has a link to the full clip.

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  • Emily

    They screened this film at the MoMA yesterday as part of their Spike Jonze retrospective. Although I felt it dragged in parts, the audience was generally entertained. Gasps were followed by laughter during the rose petal scene. I thought Kanye did a great job, but was he even acting? The things he was saying in the beginning are things I think even a sober Kanye would say.

  • DT

    It was a very interesting concept and visually cool: Kanye going all Tracey Morgan at a club and then exorcising his demon and commanding it to kill himself. Good work by Spike Jonze. Is this Kanye’s way of telling everyone that he’s expunging his personal demons and straightening up? We’ll see.

  • Matt
  • Yolanda H

    I loved the film. True, I am a die hard Kanye fan, and whatever the man does -(aside from his VMA outburst) I absolutely love. There were a few disturbing parts- (demon in the stomach anyone?) Aside from that, great short piece.

  • Steve

    Kanye likes fish sticks. He likes to put them in his mouth. Kanye loves fish sticks.

  • stan

    Kanye likes fish sticks. He likes to put them in his mouth.

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