Words by Jesse Serwer
As much as we love Clovis cartoons, there’s definitely room for more animated satire of dancehall culture. Illustrator Reinardo “Mental” Chung‘s “Dutty Bwoy” series follows the adventures of wannabe thugs “Strap Don,” “Wanga” and “G Swag” as they interact with Jamaican icons like Vybz Kartel and Usain Bolt. The genius of the thing is how Chung (whose previous work includes the animated short film Bad Influence) manipulates audio from the stars’ own records and interviews into the toons’ storylines. In the latest installment, the crew find themselves witness to the newly revived grandaddy of all dancehall clashes: Bounty vs. Beenie. The lifelong enemies square off with their fists this time; then D’Angel appears, gets dispatched, crying, and the fight turns into a round of Mortal Kombat. Ultimately, the two combatants abandon their duel and “connect” in a Digicel (“Duttycel”) ad. But wait a minute… watch below, and look out for part two.