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Green Porno

Photo Courtesy of SundanceChannel.com

Photo Courtesy of SundanceChannel.com

I just started watching Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno series on the Sundance Channel with my mom last night. Never vulgar, always adorable and incredibly informative – this is a brief series that you don’t want to miss.

If you haven’t heard of it, Green Porno is a collection of approximately 2-minute-long films in which actress Isabella Rossellini describes different species’ mating habits using clever costumes and props.

Season one started last year, in which Rossellini showed us how insects and other creepy crawlies like bees, spiders, house flys and the praying mantis reproduce.

Green Porno’s second season recently came out, and focuses on sea creatures – featuring whales, barnacles, starfish and more.

It’s an innovative idea, really, because many people never think about how these creatures are able to make more of themselves. When was the last time you wondered about how a limpet reproduced?

The costumes, sets and props are wonderful. Very creative with a child-like and homemade feeling (a dissolving barnacle becomes sperm using balloons with streamers tied to them). Rossellini herself is what truly makes the short films stand out – she fully commits to being the horny male bee or the dominant female angler fish, providing appropriate enthusiasm and sound effects along the way.

Something else to chuckle at – the credits for each film are longer than the films themselves!

The whole series can be be viewed online at SundanceChannel.com. I believe there are more films to come for the second season, as I’ve seen lobsters and squid in previews for the series, but their videos aren’t available online yet.

So do yourself a favor and anytime you have two minutes with nothing else to do (but be careful, that two minutes can turn into 20 easily – they’re very addicting!), check out an episode of Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno – and learn something!

 

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