Published On: Fri, Apr 21st, 2017

This adorable Rube Goldberg machine tells the story of brotherly love

My colleagues at The Verge Dot Com have an obsessive interest in the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos and dongles. But if you ask me, I prefer my machines simple. And I prefer my stories told not with CGI, VR, and other acronyms, but with elaborate Rube Golderberg machines. I liked tech before it went electric. Naturally, I adore the tale of Biisuke.

The segment comes from Japanese children’s TV program Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagoras Switch). The charming tale follows Biita and Biigoro, two unlikely heroes who must help their brother Biisuke escape the trap of two giants. It’s a bit more abstract than that sounds. The brothers are toy balls, the prison is a massive Rube Goldberg machine, and the story is told mostly in song.


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