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“The Thing” gets a claymation remake with a cast of penguins (and seals and polar bears)

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Animator Lee Hardcastle has made a name for himself creating brilliant claymation-style short films that don’t shy away from over-the-top violence and cult-classic source material, and his latest project is a real gem.

Hardcastle, who previously created a series of 60-second clay remakes of classic films like “The Evil Dead” and “The Exorcist,” recently turned his attention attention to John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film “The Thing.” However, instead of simply creating a minute-long, condensed version of the classic film, he decided to exchange the human cast for penguins, seals, and other arctic creatures — blending “The Thing” with the style of British animated children’s show “Pingu.”

The final product of his efforts not only clocks in at over two minutes of stop-motion, clay-fueled brilliance, but it’s just as surreal as the description makes it seem.

Hardcastle has also posted a making-of video that shows how he created the clay remake of “The Thing,” and it offers a nice look at the level of detail he puts into the projects. Let’s just say that it’s a little more involved than anything you ever did with Play-Doh.

If you’re not familiar with Hardcastle’s work but you like what you’ve seen thus far, make sure to check out more of his films — especially his original short “Chainsaw Maid” and its sequel, “Chainsaw Maid 2.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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