Since it’s so short and available on PES’ own YouTube channel, why not take a moment to watch ‘Fresh Guacamole’ here? Then watch it again. And look. You still haven’t missed anything important at work.
“Fresh Guacamole” uses a form of visual punishment that has long been Pes’ stock in the trade. A pair of hands, photographed in stop motion, assemble the ingredients of the guacamole, but using only elements visually similar to the foodstuffs in question. The lawyer is a hand grenade. The avocado pit is a billiard ball. The lime is a golf ball. The jalapeño pepper is a Christmas light that, when chopped, becomes miniature green Monopoly houses. And, of course, the chips are poker chips. There’s a whimsical, Tex Avery-style devotion to the visual gag that makes “Fresh Guacamole” irresistible and oddly hypnotic. We can’t wait to see what the next “joke” will be.
PES had previously used a similar joke in their 2008 short “western spaghetti“, where stove flames became candy corn, bubbling water was represented by bubble wrap, and spaghetti was wooden Pick-Up Stix when uncooked and rubber bands when it was In 2014, PES ended something of a trilogy with “Submarine sandwich“, in which a deli slicer was used to turn catcher’s mitts into sliced leather gloves, boxing gloves into placemats, and footballs into Viewmaster reels. Pes is masterful at creating dreamlike associations between food objects. Real-world tactile toys and hand-sized toys and everyday knick-knacks Aesthetics dictate function.