There's a hole in my bucket!
March 21, 2011 11:34 PM   Subscribe

What video clips feature someone futilely filling a leaking container (or a similar futile task)?

I am looking for a video clip I can access on the internet for an illustration.

I am looking for a clip of someone ignorantly filling a leaking container. The elements I hope to show up in the video are that the person or people filling the container are expending lots of energy/work/time to fill the container. Maybe an assembly line style passing along of the bucket, or someone running frantically.

They should not realize that all this work is a waste because whatever they are filling the container with is leaking as they add more. But it is ok, maybe even good if they eventually notice the leak.

It could be sand, water, anything in any kind of container. Even some animal storing up food while another animal eating it as quickly as it is being gathered...


It could be a cartoon, the three stoges, a movie, whatever you can think of. I feel like I have seen plenty of clips with this sort of idea, but can't think of any to look up and my google-fu is failing. So I turn to you wonderful people for help.

The more clips the better, any you can think of with this kind of theme.

Thanks so much friends!
posted by chocolatemilkshakes to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
 
My unconscious suggests this My Little Pony clip from 1986.
posted by amethysts at 11:45 PM on March 21, 2011


Lucy and Ethel trying frantically to keep up with the chocolate assembly line.
posted by amyms at 11:51 PM on March 21, 2011


Ralph Wiggum finds Easter Egg
posted by mhum at 11:53 PM on March 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Thanks guys, these are all sweet. The my little pony one is almost exactly what I was seeing in my head when I asked this. Does anyone have any more, I need quite a few more, and you'd have a chance to be featured in a presentation of mine!
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 5:51 AM on March 22, 2011


"Quite correct!" he shrieked triumphantly. "I am the Terrible Trivium, demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wasted effort, and monster of habit."

9:30 -- 11:40, from the animated adaptation of Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth."
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:18 AM on March 22, 2011


Still image of Milo, Tock and The Humbug at work on their trivial tasks, from "The Phantom Tollbooth."
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:18 AM on March 22, 2011


Ulysses 31 - episode 5. A then modern take on the legend of Sisyphus.

He meets Sisyphus who has to fill up a seemingly bottomless pit with metal balls (?). Turns out they are recycled at the bottom and he has to push them all the way back again the next day never to complete his task.
posted by mukade at 9:29 AM on March 22, 2011


This comes to mind.
posted by jade east at 10:17 AM on March 22, 2011


another one, featuring the marx brothers. Skip ahead to 8:41.
posted by amethysts at 12:52 AM on March 25, 2011


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