Hi there, I just stumbled across your site the other day and I’m loving it! I’ve got a Name That Trauma that I’ve been wondering about for the past 30 years. Wow, typing that just made me even more aware of my own mortality. But that’s another trauma.
The one in question was a series of animated shorts that came on PBS sometime in the mid-to-late ‘70s. I must have been about 5 and my sister and I were at my aunt and uncle’s house and were left with our cousins in a spare bedroom to watch “cartoons”. Well, the first one starts off nice and pleasant as a man goes frolicking around in a field catching butterflies in a net for his collection back home. He pins them into his little display box and they look very pretty, besides, bugs don’t have feeling, right? Right?
Cut to his next collection session and out of nowhere, a huge, school bus sized butterfly swoops down and snatches him up by the scruff of his neck. As he struggles, the giant, animated Monarch flings him onto a thorn of an incredibly large flower impaling him! As he slides down further onto the huge thorn, we are panned back to see all the other unfortunate human specimens in the butterfly’s collection.
There was another one with a guy cutting off the top of his own head and putting his brain in the refrigerator or something, but it was the butterfly one that really got me. Hopefully you can help me figure out just what the hell these demented shorts were!
Thanks and keep up the disturbing work,
UPDATE: NAME THAT TRAUMA SOLVED! It appears to be a short from the International Festival of Animation.