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|“||It's out of my hands, I'm only a clock. But don't worry... I'm sure you'll be fine. But eventually, everyone runs out of time.||„|
|~ Tony the Talking Clock to the other puppets.|
Tony the Talking Clock is the main antagonist of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2: Time, the sequel to the first Don't Hug Me I'm Scared video. Throughout the video, he attempted to teach the other puppets the importance of time, and that they should try to devote themselves to following his schedule. However, much like the first video, things go horribly wrong.
The video begins with Red Guy, Duck Puppet and Yellow Puppet sitting down to watch their favorite television show. Red Guy notified the other two that they only had five minutes until their show came on, while Duck Puppet insisted that it wasn't enough time. Tony then comes to life to prove Duck Puppet's statement on the lack of time wrong. Tony then sings a song based on time, and takes them on a journey through time.
During the journey, he forces the other puppets to go into uncomfortable situations that they didn't want to do, such as taking a bath, even though they were still clean and not allowing them to do anything considered fun, such as building a tower of cards, or watching their program on television stating that there was a time and a place for that. He also strapped them and Yellow Guy's father to devices that forced them to listen to what he had to say. When the puppets started to ponder the true concept of time (Such as the idea of time as nothing but an illusion created by human perception), Tony immediately began to buzz very loudly which also caused Yellow Guy's ears to bleed.
He then noted how appearances tended to change when time accelerated. After he said this, the puppets and Red Guy began to age incredibly rapidly, to the point where they were rotting alive. When Yellow Guy begged for Tony to stop the nightmare, Tony said that he could not because it was out of his hands, but reassured them that they would probably be alright and that everyone's time would eventually be up.
He however seemed to not be real, as it is revealed that everything was just on the TV, which the puppets were watching. There is during this scene however, an eyeball on the floor, and the picture depicting the three friends changed to the picture of the future, possibly meaning that this scene is the future, compared to the beginning of the video.
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6
Tony's final appearance is in the sixth episode, albeit as a cameo. While the Red Guy was fumbling with the machine, the lamp morphs into the Clock. He attempts to sing the song from the second video, but the Yellow Guy chews him out for murdering him.
The most common interpretation of the video is that the Clock was trying to teach the audience that life was short, and that they should make the best of their limited time. Tony refuses to allow petty childish games, as he finds those to be a waste of time. However, much like with Sketchpad, is ultimately hypocritical and subversive: he initiates the song as means to have the other puppets not worry about time, but as the song goes on he begins to emphasize the importance of time as means to control them in progressively less subtle ways, culminating when Green Bird wonders if time is just an illusion, which prompts him to beep until their ears bleed and then horrifically using time to decay them and traumatize them into submission.
Thus, Tony the Clock may represent how the illusion of time enslaves humanity, a notion that evolved to bring order to the daily routine suddenly becoming oppressive and manipulative. In the first video, the Sketchbook believes that "green is not a creative colour". In this video two lines could possibly reference that:
*When they're taking a bath*
Duck: What do you mean, we're already clean
Tony: Scrub, scrub, scrub til' the water's BROWN.
This could possibly mean that Tony hates the colour green as well, because instead of finishing the line rhyming with the Duck's line "clean", he went out of the way of saying "green" by saying something that doesn't rhyme: brown.
- Tony is voiced by Baker Terry.
- His name was confirmed by Becky herself during an interview with Dazed.
- Tony, along with the Sketchbook, are arguably the most popular out of the cast of teachers. In addition, they are the most popular pairing (Padlock).