The Singing Ringing Tree
The Singing Ringing Tree, made in an East German studio in 1957, has had a weird effect on my psyche for the rest of my life. I still feel it’s important all children have the crap scared out of them regularly in a surreal and incomprehensible way, and the East (PS er. more Eastern?) Europeans do it best. Also they had no silly moral qualms about stapling doves to a swing.
The Fast Show spoofed it (this might not mean much if you don’t remember the original, though the above clip will help). Go here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XqMF5ou7hE