In 2008, Morgan Taylor received the Grand Prize in the Children's Music category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the Gustafer Yellowgold tune "Mint Green Bee".
If you take a peek at the back of the DVD case for Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock you’ll find all kinds of praise from sources such as The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly and Variety. The most endearing from the New York Times in which they describe it as “Dr. Seuss meets Yellow Submarine.” Before we get ahead of ourselves that’s going to be a sort of.
Gustafer Yellowgold’s world is bright and bizarre but the animation is minimalist such as you’d see in a Scholastic’s type short. Character drawings are imaginative and the concept story here, which let’s face it this is simply an extended music video for a concept album, think The Who’s Tommy, is not fleshed out enough to be a coherent film if that’s what your looking for. For what it is kids will be in awe of its strangeness, adults captured by its imaginativeness, and both entertained by the music that acts as the narrative to the story. Think in the style of Elliott Smith or Cat Stevens with the vocal hooks of Rivers Cuomo or The Beatles. Musically its extremely impressive but I could give or take the animation.
Bonus features include a CD companion which features all of the songs from the DVD. Proof or Foof: Does Gustafer Yellowgold Exist? This bonus is a largely hilarious one starring Professor Orel Harkness (as watched by Gustafer Yellowgold) who debunks theories on weather or not Gustafer Yellowgold exists, some evidence found pertaining to Gustafer Yellowgold, as well as answers to his Bag O’ Letters in reply to some of his viewers. For me it was reminiscent of something you’d have seen in Weird Al Yankovic’s UHF film. A must see bonus feature. The other two bonus features on the disc include Gustafer Guitar Lessons in which character creator and singer/songwriter Morgan Taylor shows you how to play some of the songs off of the CD/DVD and How To Draw Gustafer, also with Morgan Taylor. Of the two my favorite had to have been the drawing section in which the instruction is far easier to follow and pretty educational if you want to know how to draw Taylor’s Solarian creation. Well worth checking out for the music alone but as always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.