The Real History of Monsters

Mar 26, 2021
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When you think of monsters, the first word that probably pops into mind is "scary." But what if there's way more history and nuance to our favorite cast of weirdo creatures? And what if we can best understand the complexity of monsters through examining your favorite monster-hunting video game? We'll explain in this Wisecrack Edition on the Philosophy of Monsters (ft. Monster Hunter Rise).

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00:00 - Intro
00:49 - Monsters as Science
05:01 - Monsters as Gifts
08:52 - Monsters as Cultural Anxiety
Written by Amanda Scherker
Hosted by Michael Burns
Directed by Michael Luxemburg
Motion Graphics by Riley A
Original Illustrations by J.R. Fleming
Editing and Additional Animation by Andrew Nishimura
Video Title Card by Amanda Murphy
Produced by Evan Yee
Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound
#monsterhunterrise #capcom #wisecrack

© 2021 Wisecrack / Omnia Media, Inc

  • What's your favorite monster of all time?

    WisecrackWisecrack21 day ago
    • Capitalism

      MirumExMachinaMirumExMachina2 days ago
    • I really don't like it when advertisement is integrated seamlessly in a philosophy video. It makes your content seem much less valuable than it is. Just my two cents. Thanks for the video anyhow.

      copy pastecopy paste6 days ago
    • Lagiacrus

      Daniel BeltránDaniel Beltrán8 days ago
    • @Platypus I concur.

      Dragon On CokeDragon On Coke9 days ago
    • Im a monster I love them all...from all over the world. But my heart belongs to Gojira....ever since I was four. Don't get me wrong.....Dracula and the Mummy were there too.....but Godzilla was my Superman. Monsters and Kung Fu helped me get through a rocky childhood....and they also gave me great memories. Great video

      Fletch KeilmanFletch Keilman10 days ago
  • Oui, c'est bon !

    D OD O12 hours ago
  • Manbearpig...

    Nerd StarkNerd Stark17 hours ago
  • Yeah, I know you guys need to make money, but this commercial may steer me clear of your next few vids.

    Michael HenshawMichael Henshaw18 hours ago
  • I tried to watch this, but there was just a 13 minute long ad, and the video never loaded. anyone else have the same problem?

    theheebs100theheebs10020 hours ago
  • The weight of this video is lost to the sponsorship, having an ad in the video is one thing but this is just too much to find enjoyable

    Alex HiscockAlex HiscockDay ago
  • This video is like a pistachio, do I want to work through the annoying tough and fibrous inedible shell advert to get to the very small (but tasty) flesh? Probably not no

    MirumExMachinaMirumExMachina2 days ago
  • I just wanted to learn about monsters. But instead I got an ad for a lame game that noboby would play in three years.

    Dave TevesDave Teves5 days ago
  • Hey.... I pay USworlds premium to get rid of ads not watch them! Far too many Monster Hunter promos!!!! I jest... ...I miss Jared... ...I love Wisecrack!

    Listiano CroweListiano Crowe5 days ago
  • hmmm...i nvr new that. but WTF america?! take over a country after a war, make them do something that would break laws in our country about freedom of speech. but understandable i nvr new since i had an american education and they paint themselfs as liberating heros in all our books. it was mind blowing to go to another country and do some small amount of schooling while there. u learn real quick a ton of stuff about america they dont teach us here.

    Eric HagenEric Hagen6 days ago
  • wow this video had it all, great job mike! yer starting to grow on me.

    Eric HagenEric Hagen6 days ago
  • For a channel that criticizes capitalism as often as Wisecrack does, you managed to disguise what is essentially a commercial for a video game as a deep dive into the history of monsters. Congratulations, you capitalists! Hope Capcom paid you well.

    Ken GillespieKen Gillespie6 days ago
  • ads are getting smarter.

    XanderDDSXanderDDS7 days ago
  • I wish all sponsored videos were as entertaining as this one

    KuronaKurona7 days ago
  • 11:20 Frankenstein endures because he is in the public domain and almost all good monsters don't.

    黑龍 - Hắc Long黑龍 - Hắc Long8 days ago
  • Is it just me or has wisecracks become just really boring?

    ShinkajoShinkajo8 days ago
  • you don't reheat a taco, that is just the rantings of a mad man

    gnargnarheadgnargnarhead8 days ago
  • Nice 13 minute add

    Jacob OswaldJacob Oswald9 days ago
  • Giving this my first ever thumbs down for a wisecrack video for the ad integration. Sorry guys, this is not the way.

    Aaron NemoytenAaron Nemoyten9 days ago
  • Finally not a political ad lol

    AlexAlex9 days ago
  • Dude, too much mixture of ads and facts. And also ads inbetween. dislike.

    keepkcoolkeepkcool9 days ago
  • I really enjoyed this video. One of the first times I voluntarily clicked on an ad

    UselessBC98UselessBC9810 days ago
  • Strange that they didn’t mention the sawkon monster

    M.I. LM.I. L10 days ago
  • Happy birthday baka 👹

    ᄡ10 days ago
  • I hate this new ad integration to make it more annoying to skip lol

    Proph AresProph Ares10 days ago
    • @ᄡ what

      Proph AresProph Ares9 days ago
    • Happy birthday baka 👹

      ᄡ10 days ago
  • Wisecrack, I get that you guys have to make a living but Jesus Christ! This was way too much. It's one thing to name drop your sponsor in the beginning or end of a video. Hell even if you had the advert in the middle of the video we could look past it but you wove the ad for the sponsor into the content itself. This is as shameless as Adam Sandler's hour and a half long Subway ad called Happy Gilmore. If your content was targeting a different demographic maybe you wouldn't getting called out for it in the comments. Yet, you decided to vomit your sponsor throughout a 13 min video to an audience who watch videos about philosophy for fun. This really wasn't a good move on your part. Please don't repeat this in the future or you’ll struggle to keep the subscribers that made this channel possible in the first place.

    james kentjames kent10 days ago
    • Happy birthday baka 👹

      ᄡ10 days ago
  • That thing about class representation really made me think of conspiracy theories who seem to blame the right party but then make a narrative around it totally divorced from reality.

    Mozes BedauxMozes Bedaux10 days ago
  • I was expecting a full deep-dive into this interesting topic. Instead, I got a giant ad for a video game with a few basic tidbit facts thrown in to technically make it qualify as a "philosophy video". Wisecrack has really gone downhill with how much it's sold out to sponsors. I miss the days of "Thug Notes".

    Alicia NybladeAlicia Nyblade11 days ago
    • Happy birthday baka 👹

      ᄡ10 days ago
  • Very long ad :(

    Jonno LloydJonno Lloyd11 days ago
  • Monster Hunter IS an awesome franchise, but...??? I hope Crapcom paid a lot for that ad disguised as content. Try harder.

    Chris In OregonChris In Oregon12 days ago
  • what an ad

    OGIOGI12 days ago
  • goddammit wisecrack that was too far. What a crappy video... Why did you promote that game so heavily?

    Mattz554Mattz55412 days ago
  • *Really* disliked how you handled the advertising in this. Was it an ad? Or a video? Because it felt like one really long ad. I would far rather you kept the ads and the content separate.

    Amber FoxAmber Fox13 days ago
  • Jesus how much did they pay you and why did I watch a nine minute monster hunter rise ad with four minutes if historical content?

    james dewitzjames dewitz14 days ago
  • I hoped on the bible you'd talk about Leviathan, and how the passage in Genesis played against the Canaanite creation myth. Plus Monster Theory and the monstrous body.

    Colin BennettColin Bennett15 days ago
  • So, yeah. I love this channel and I do love Monster Hunter in general (Preordered the last four games, no questions asked. I just enjoy hitting monsters with a big sword) but this is a thumbs down. How suble of you to explain game content and mechanics even if it doesn't make any sense. I know it's hard to survive because advertisement is the only reliable income you guys have and pumping out a lot of creative or deep content is impossible but this was just ... blunt advertisement. Let's not go there, okay? :(

    Nadine SchäkelNadine Schäkel15 days ago
  • Just do regular ads... shit

    Alex JamesAlex James15 days ago
  • yeah this is all kinds of fucked. aren't you guys thriving because of covid anyways???? pretty shitty

    Ryan HahnRyan Hahn15 days ago
  • Modern days be damned. Every family should have a black book.

    allen crownallen crown16 days ago
  • This nigga lame, i miss jsred

    Matheus de MouraMatheus de Moura16 days ago
  • The monster hunter stuff was a little too much guys. Normally I love your work but I had to bail early on this one

    Andrew TAndrew T16 days ago
  • O shit, Pliny the elder, where my Puppet history gang @?

    MontyMonty16 days ago
  • Oui c'est bon.

    ShawouinShawouin17 days ago
  • Reason why everyone should have a profitable investment.people need money

    Williams EricWilliams Eric17 days ago
    • Most people remain poor only because friends and relatives stopped and advised them against Investing and trading cryptocurrency while the wise ones kept Investing and growing higher financially

      Albert WilliamsonAlbert Williamson17 days ago
    • I don't know how Mrs Theresa Walton does it, all I know is that she knows the forex market like it's her own farm. Working with her has yield fruitful results, made $20,000 in a week with her trading strategies

      James MalverickJames Malverick17 days ago
    • Her success story is written everywhere.

      helen paul09helen paul0917 days ago
    • Expert Mrs Theresa has brought me out of wrenches of proverty and to a better living through trading options, I encourage newbies to trade with her.

      Ahmed YusufAhmed Yusuf17 days ago
    • I wonder if she uses magical powers during her trading sections.

      precious evanprecious evan17 days ago
  • What do I think? I think that Wisecrack should be ashamed of itself for producing this glorified COMMERCIAL for some dumb ass video game. THAT is what I think. And I have *made monsters* for a living since the 90s.

    Golgotha_Mythos69Golgotha_Mythos6917 days ago
  • I really enjoyed the theme of this video, but I agree with the others that the ad felt really overrepresented :( I understand paying the bills for sure, I just wish I could have have gotten more content about the topic. I felt like I was just watching a long ad and missed out on other interesting stuff that could have been talked about.

    Jessica Amelia CáceresJessica Amelia Cáceres17 days ago
  • Now this is such an interesting topic 🤔 DO MOREIKE DISSSS

    Greywolff JohnGreywolff John17 days ago
  • Take a shot everytime you hear, "Monster Hunter"

    anugrah aspanugrah asp17 days ago
  • The Dragon Emperor approoooooves, good wooork!

    Trimi_XDTrimi_XD17 days ago
  • This was a pretty scammy episode.

    Ryan MillerRyan Miller17 days ago
  • This is an ad

    Nej TackNej Tack17 days ago
  • Gargoyles

    Kenneth BanksKenneth Banks17 days ago
  • Oui C'est Bon Tabarnak

    Paul ZinayPaul Zinay18 days ago
  • wisecrack like to sneak that ad in there all slick like

    Jordan PerryJordan Perry18 days ago
  • Wheres jared for real tho

    JohnTheBaptist87JohnTheBaptist8718 days ago
  • "So, what do you guys think..." Wisecrack needs to get out of the advertising business and get back to engaging content.

    Travis HueyTravis Huey18 days ago
  • There's a really cool netflix documentary called myth and monsters. Top notch, 10/10 recommend

    Kemery AndersonKemery Anderson18 days ago
  • I think in Iceborne Nergigante server as more of a "balancing" force. When another elder dragon is causing a disturbance, Nergy boi shows up to...correct, said disturbance. Which I've always found it odd that the hunters considered Nergigante an enemy. He's literally doing what the Hunters are claiming to do; bring balance to nature. It's almost like the hunters are of the mind that, "Nothing can express stewardship over nature OTHER than us. Anything else that tries, must die because WE know better than it does."

    Daniel CampbellDaniel Campbell18 days ago
  • I think this would have worked better in hand with MHW / IB as a good deal of the monsters there were having effects on the landscape. This episode felt lacking of an idea to represent and a lacking tie in of Rise.

    Cole CullisonCole Cullison18 days ago
  • Is why early socialisation was fascinated by monsters ya understand what the natural world like in nature wants to kill you yeah That's why I always been faster by monsters

    Jason SantosJason Santos18 days ago
  • Great video. I understand you guys are trying to make a buck but inserting those plugs for that game is so tacky.

    Austin DebskiAustin Debski18 days ago
  • i really hate these jarring asides about the game. ads interwoven with the content without any clear delimiter. keep it up and i'll unsub.

    zsrzsr18 days ago
  • No hate, make your money son.

    Collin BlankCollin Blank18 days ago
  • Optimum Internet. Those people are MONSTERS. They increased my bill $20 and their service deteriorated

    Jake GoldbasJake Goldbas18 days ago
  • I feel like there wouldn’t be so many comments about ads if they had originally titled the video ‘The Philosophy of Monster Hunter: Rise’ or something.

    Bryce KrispyBryce Krispy18 days ago
  • Can you guys review the James Carse? He's behind the Simon Sinek and David Foster Wallace!!!! Really excited

    Jake GoldbasJake Goldbas18 days ago
  • Wow thanks but can we have more videos about monster hunter: rise

    raccoon.roostersraccoon.roosters18 days ago
  • What Kapo? Is that other name for Kappa?

    Dane PanizalesDane Panizales18 days ago
  • I usually really enjoy your videos, and I’m not averse to ads (we all need to make money) but to take such a fascinating topic and to compress it around a long ad? I’m disappointed

    Shachar PinskyShachar Pinsky18 days ago
  • If you guys don’t like the ads then pay the patreon so they don’t rely on them

    Pedro RomeroPedro Romero18 days ago
  • Why is it that when this channel discusses the ancient world, they mostly only talk about Europe?

    Quincy 619Quincy 61918 days ago
  • They just need another big thing, like tiger king, or OK boomer. I'd imagine It's hard to come with philosophical videos week by week.

    CharlesLeeRay 17CharlesLeeRay 1718 days ago
  • Sorry guys. But I just started bracing myself for the next segue back to Monster Hunter as I watched. And I like Monster Hunter and Wisecrack. Please don't choose this format again unless you go full in on the advertisement background (Monster Hunter lore) or keep it the ad to one part of the video instead.

    JoeJoe19 days ago
  • Huh, no mention of Sesame Street.

    N PN P19 days ago
  • This would have been a better video if they didn’t come back to sponsor so many times.

    Jose CastellanosJose Castellanos19 days ago
  • I love monsters, and I was really looking forward to a deeper dive on the topic. I understand completely the need for sponsors in order to make quality content. At times this felt like the reverse though: a long ad with philosophical content shoehorned in. I was fascinated to hear Adrienne Mayor's theory, however. Thank you for the citations. Maybe it's time for me to get off USworlds and pick up her book instead.

    Archivist82Archivist8219 days ago
  • Anymore shameless full length ad videos from wisecrack and you'll have yourself one less sub.

    SveneySveney19 days ago
  • Every part of this that isn’t an ad for a game that kinda looks good (I guess), is just history lessons: not philosophy. Y’know, the thing Wisecrack is supposed to be about. The video’s fine and all, whatever, but I really hope this doesn’t keep up.

    Logan ShillingtonLogan Shillington19 days ago
  • Big monster go burrrrr!

    Alexander ReeveAlexander Reeve19 days ago
  • I find your videos informative, but you're not funny Bring Jared baaaaack

    Peter DoddsPeter Dodds19 days ago
  • Wow... a 13 minutes ad. An entire video sold out. What a joke.

    Eu, CiênciaEu, Ciência19 days ago
  • It's like : now I know who I am. Thanks wisecrack

    Dr. JDr. J19 days ago
  • that's a bad ass sponsor! Glad they got something cooler than raid shadow legends

    HavikHavik19 days ago
  • I was expecting a video on how monsters have evolved from folk legends to the kind of horror monsters we see now in media. What we got was a loosely-plugged ad that was also sometimes a bestiary lesson.

    Eyeliner_EspressoEyeliner_Espresso19 days ago
  • I feel a very strong connection to Bazelgeuse that transcends it just being cool. It perfectly embodies how I feel inside all the time, which, if you think about it, is really sad. My love for Bazel runs deep and I stand in solidarity with it always.

    Purple Corn StudiosPurple Corn Studios19 days ago
  • I was wondering why this video got ratio'd and I guess it's because it feels too much like an add. Like, the info is nice but stoping to talk about the game, however related to the topic as it may be, feels like the whole video is about it, rather than just somewhat inspired by it. I don't mind it, but it doesn's look good for a channel like this one, which to me seems to care about the content rather than the clickbait and the sick merch salez

    SC LHSC LH19 days ago
  • I guess killing off all your good shows in favor of three hour long discussions on why freedom, i.e. ‘capitalism,’ is bad and slavery to Marxist ideals, i.e. poverty, is good hasn’t paid off very well. #MarxismIsMurder #MarxistsAreMonsters

    maplebob23maplebob2319 days ago
  • Capitalism sucks

    Nicholas FratNicholas Frat19 days ago
  • oo little bit of philosophy talk bundled up inside an ad :(

    Chetan PMChetan PM19 days ago
  • Marxists are monsters.

    maplebob23maplebob2319 days ago
  • World Hunter World is WAY better!

    Raijel JauzahRaijel Jauzah19 days ago
  • As soon as the sponsor came up more than once I was done with this video.

    MMOwlMMOwl19 days ago
  • just have a dedicated ad segment somewhere in the video instead of inserting game references into every other sentence, it completely killed the flow of the essay.

    BlankPursuitBlankPursuit19 days ago
  • So much interesting 😌

    Edoardo BedogniEdoardo Bedogni19 days ago
  • ...And also Indigenous Australians with their mythology and doxa which has existed for tens of thousands of years.

    Harry PHarry P19 days ago
  • Wow. The entire video was just an advertisement for capcom:) Didn't see that coming.

    AAA INDIEAAA INDIE19 days ago
  • Not a fan of this kind of product integration. I'm sure you had a lot to say in the subject, but your content got buried.

    John JamisonJohn Jamison19 days ago
  • What what the SCP stories say about our culture

    donnieh deadonnieh dea19 days ago
  • Medieval European theologians likened everything, not just monsters, to religious tropes. For example, more than one explained that roses looked the way they do to remind us of Christ: red petals for the blood He shed, thorns for the crown He wore, green to symbolize his rebirth, etc. Everything in this world was here to prepare us for the next one and therefore it was valuable to consider the religious symbolism or lessons in everything, in their way of thinking.

    KurtKurt19 days ago
  • Sponsored by a Japanese Video game 2 minutes in: So iN tHe WeStErN WoRlD

    Throttle KittyThrottle Kitty19 days ago