The nonprofit group No Ford Nation wants someone—anyone—elected as the new mayor of Toronto. Their only requirement? That hizzoner's name doesn't start with "R" and end in "ob Ford."
And as if the Canadian politician's saga wasn't comedic enough, Rob Ford is now the star of No Ford Nation's animated Web video series, which attempts to dash any of the man's future political aspirations.
The Toronto Mayor Show is a three-part video campaign reminding Toronto voters of all Ford's past sins. And the goal, according to No Ford Nation founder Christina Robins, is to "shock" Toronto voters into informing themselves about the upcoming election's other candidates.
The group created the cartoons using actual soundbites from Ford's press conferences and public appearances to voice over original animations. "The best way to shock them was to use the mayor's own words," said Robins.
Robins wanted to make him "into a Homer Simpson character to highlight how ridiculous it is that he's running for reelection."
And thus The Toronto Mayor Show was born.
The first episode, titled "Crack," is an audio composite from two of Ford's press conferences: First, his denial of drug use, followed by his hesitant admission a few months later that "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."
It makes for comedic gold:
The Toronto Mayor Show - Crack
And for the second episode, "Enough to Eat," you might want to put some headphones in—we hear a few of Ford's choice NSFW words to reporters.
The Toronto Mayor Show - Enough to Eat
But the group's animated genius culminates in its third episode, "Night Out," starring a Rastafarian, auto-tuned caricature of the Toronto politician whose voice was taken from a January 20th recording.
The Toronto Mayor Show - Night Out (1)
No Ford Nation began its campaign with signs in Toronto, to widespread Internet acclaim: "When I urinate in public, I never get caught on camera," reads one memorable slogan. "He promises to just smoke pot as mayor. Not crack," reads another.
The popularity of their campaign materials spurred the anti-Ford group to move fast into Web video territory. But if you're looking for more, you might be out of luck: The group has no current plans to continue the series.
While there are no guarantees of another cartoon, Robins held out some hope: "If he says something outrageous before the election, maybe we'll produce another episode."