"Don't Hug me I'm Scared" is the first episode of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series. In it, the puppets learn about creativity. It was published on July 29, 2011.
Red Guy, Yellow Guy, and Duck are sitting at a table, doing nothing until Sketchbook flips open and asks them what their favorite idea is, Red Guy and Yellow Guy are surprised to see the Sketchbook flip open. The Sketchbook says that its favorite idea is being creative, and Yellow Guy asks how it gets that idea. The Sketchbook says it tries to think creatively, and then asks what the puppets see when they look at an orange. Duck, uninterested, tells Sketchbook that it's just a boring old orange. Sketchbook disagrees with what Duck said; it instead sees the orange with a happy face walking about. Duck doesn't understand this. Sketchbook tells him that he isn't thinking creatively. The Sketchbook exposes its hair to the puppets, saying it uses it to express itself.
Red Guy isn't interested, causing the sketchbook to repeat what it said. The sketchbook questions if they are excited by staring at the clouds in the sky. They reply with a simple "No." Sketchbook convinces them to take another look, and when they do, they see that the clouds resemble certain objects as they change shape. Sketchbook claims that it thinks that they are getting the hang of it. Yellow Guy paints a picture of a clown, which gets ruined by the Sketchbook, who pours oil onto it. The puppets, as instructed by Sketchbook, arrange leaves and sticks into their favorite colors (blue, red, and green.) Yellow Guy's favorite color, green, is dissed by the sketchbook, saying that it's "not a creative color."
Sketchbook tells them to listen to their heart, the rain, and the voices in their brain. The puppets start to become creative, and Yellow Guy and Duck start to grow up. Red Guy covers a heart in glitter and Yellow Guy begins to dance. It starts to rain outside. Red Guy and Duck begin to dance along with Yellow Guy, but in reality, the puppets are seen going insane as the Sketchbook watches. Duck cuts a slice of cake, which has a pig's heart inside it. The puppets hug each other and Duck creates a word with letters, which turns out to be "death." An organ then slides inside a mouse hole. Yellow Guy is seen shaking uncontrollably again, and Duck holds a slice of the heart cake and then finishes his creation. In reality, Duck is shocked and Yellow Guy is confused about what happened when they got creative. Sketchbook, who is also shocked, tells them to agree to never be creative again and flips closed.
In the credits, oil oozes out of the mouse hole.
DON'T HUG ME I'M SCARED
[Various objects are shown; an international letter, a newspaper, a hat, a jar,
and a few other things. The calendar says it's the 19th of June. Written on a
post-it note is the phrase "get creative".]
[The scene cuts to the three characters; Red Guy; Yellow Guy; and Duck Guy.
They are all sitting at a kitchen table, looking bored. Suddenly a sketchbook
flips open and begins to sing. The others look at its in surprise.]
What's your favorite idea?
Mine is being creative! [with a lightbulb above itself]
How do you get that idea?
I just try to think creatively! [the individual syllables appear on-screen]
Now when you look at this orange [pointing to an orange with a pencil]
Tell me please, what do you see?
It's just a boring old orange!
Maybe to you, but not to me!
I see a silly face! [an animated orange with a silly face appears]
Walking along and smiling at me! [the orange grows legs and walks]
I don't see what you mean!
'Cause you're not thinking
creatively! [the word appears in whole on-screen]
So take a look at my hair! [lifting up a page and showing some hair]
Cool! [the word appears on-screen]
I use my hair to express myself!
That sounds really boring.
I use my hair to express myself!
Now, when you stare at the clouds in the sky, don't you find it exciting?
[pointing outside a window at some clouds]
No. [word appears on-screen]
Come on, take another look! [takes out a magnifying glass and holds it up to its eye]
[While the next part is sung, the clouds morph into the various shapes.]
YELLOW GUY AND DUCK:
I can see a hat!
I can see a cat!
I can see a man with a baseball bat!
I can see a dog!
I can see a frog!
I can see a ladder leaning on a log!
I think you're getting the hang of it now!
Using your minds to have a good time! [pointing at a picture of a brain with the word "time" written underneath, the letter "i" having been replaced with a clock]
I might paint a picture of a clown! [with a clown painting]
Whoa there, friend, you might need to slow down!
[Suddenly the clown painting is covered up by falling oil.]
Here's another good tip—
YELLOW GUY AND DUCK:
Of how to be a creative whizkid!
Go and collect some leaves and sticks [reveals leaves and sticks under a page]
And arrange them into your favorite color! [points to a color wheel, green noticeably absent]
[The main characters then arrange the leaves and sticks into the words of their favorite colors.]
Green is not a creative color. [holds a big cross in front of the word green]
There's one more thing that you need to know
Before you let your creativity flow
Listen to your heart! [reveals a drawn human heart under a page]
Listen to the rain! [reveals rain under a page]
Listen to the voices in your brain! [points to a picture of the brain]
Come on guys, let's get creative!
[The last two words are on a fridge written in magnetic letters, but they turn into a 3D model and fly out at the screen.]
[The next few scenes are composed of the characters doing various "creative"
things, such as Yellow Guy making a model out of sticks and googly eyes; Red Guy
spreading glitter everywhere; and Duck placing the letter D down. The
camera then goes back to the shot of the three main characters at the beginning
of the episode, but it also turns into a 3D model and spins around. We can see
the film crew behind all of this. As we return to the original angle, Yellow Guy
and Duck have grown larger, and the 3D model turns back into real life.
The creative scenes suddenly become very dark. Red Guy has a heart that he
spreads glitter on; Yellow Guy covers his model in random objects; the three
start dancing maniacally while the words "get creative" are hung up like
balloons; the clear sky turns to a thunderstorm in an instant; Duck takes
a piece of cake where the inside is made of blood and organs; it turns out that
Duck was writing "DEATH"; some flesh disappears into a mousehole; Yellow Guy
shakes uncontrollably; and skulls appear around the word "DEATH" before Duck
pushes the potatoes that made them away.]
[Suddenly everything goes back to normal, however, all the characters are
horrified about what just took place.]
Now let's all agree
To never be creative again. [Sketchbook closes]
[As the credits roll, oil oozes out of the mouse hole seen previously.]
- The date on the calendar that appears in the video is June 19th, even though the video was uploaded on July 29th.
- The creators used strings for most of Sketchbook's movement.
- When the puppets transformed, it was revealed that Duck had short legs.
- The song in this video "The Creativity Song" can be purchased on iTunes.
- After Sketchbook destroys Yellow Guy's painting, a finger of someone controlling Sketchbook's movements can be seen on the bottom left of the scene.
As of October 2016, this episode has been seen by 40.8 million viewers via YouTube since its release in July 2011, making it the highest rated in the series. It also has 429,000 likes against only 26,000 dislikes.