Ever since the giant squid’s star-turn in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, cephalopods have shown promise in the world of film. Though sharks may get the glory (and the title roles), their tentacled nemeses stole a scene in Oldboy and were conspicuous by their absence in Watchmen. Now they’re stealing more than scenes: watch as one clever octopus makes off with an entire video camera in this recent underwater video. In a second video, the featured octopus isn’t as lucky when it tries to steal a wrench. And if real-life cephalopods aren’t your thing, check out the robotic squid in the short film The Anachronism over at Bioephemera
To elaborate on the bit about Oldboy: In addition to having one of the cooler fight scenes of all time, the movie has one of the cooler live-octopus-eating scenes of all time (though I imagine this is a slightly smaller field). The following is a behind-the-scenes look at star Choi Min Sik psyching himself up for some extremely fresh sushi (obviously, not for the squeamish):
Here are some less nausea-inducing videos:
- Friday Film: Victorian children + amateur zoology + giant robot squid
Bioephemera, April 23, 2010
- Octopus just wants to be on youtube!
Pharyngula, April 16, 2010
- Crime does not pay
Pharyngula, April 17, 2010
PZ also recently posted a video of a sea lion attacking an octopus, and there’s this classic: an octopus using a coconut shell as a mobile home/suit of armor:
Any other cinematic cephalopods I’m missing? Post them in the comments.