Best of BBtv - American Furry

Boing Boing tv is 6 months and almost 150 episodes old -- not unlike, say, a prolific baby. To celebrate, we're taking the week off and revisiting some of the "best of BBtv," as determined by you, our viewers. First up -- "American Furry: Life, Liberty, and the Fursuit of Happiness..."

Furries get no respect. Usually, when you hear about people who dress up like life-sized stuffed animals, it's in the context of an unfriendly internet joke, a sex gag on Entourage, or an insult that ends with "yiff in hell."

But Brooklyn-based filmmaker Marianne Shaneen has spent more than two years following these people around, capturing their lives in and out of their "fursonas." She's working on a documentary film called AMERICAN FURRY: Life, Liberty and the Fursuit of Happiness.

Today on Boing Boing tv, an exclusive peek at this feature in progress. Marianne provided us with access to some of her raw footage (she's accumulated 2+ years' worth!), and we selected clips, edited, added some audio, and produced the short glimpse you'll see here.

"I'm looking for an editor, a couple of animators, finishing funds, and a producer," says Shaneen -- so if you'd like to get involved, email her at

Special thanks to Susannah Breslin for first pointing us to this project. (Music by T.bias.)

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:
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8 Responses to Best of BBtv - American Furry

  1. Registrado says:

    In the spirit of being more open-minded and accepting, Furries can yiff in heck from now on.

    It’s a first step.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    What’s next, yiffing in darn?

    Or — big leap — yiffing in drat!

  3. Waelwulf says:

    Bt frrs dn’t dsrv ny rspct nd gvng thm cvrg lk ths nly ncrgs thr mntlly chllngd bhvr. Thy shld yff n Hll nd thy wll nc smn fnds wy t ngnr vrs t lmnt vry n f thm frm th fc f th rth.

    Ftshs r grt bt fw f thm r nt. Hr’s my lst f ftshs tht r ntlrbl, n rnkng rdr f brbrty nd mrl dstrctvnss:

    1. Pdphl
    2. Bstlty
    3. Ncrphl
    4. Cprlgn (ftsh fr fcs)
    5. rlgn (ftsh fr rn)
    6. Frrysm

  4. Waelwulf says:

    I might actually choose to switch urolagnia for furryism in that list.

  5. WeightedCompanionCube says:

    frist psot evar on BB, eh? the griefers pop right out of the woodwork.

  6. Anonymous says:

    everyone has their quirks and deviances. furry seems to me to be quite innocuous, if downright benign. who are we to say that they should be ridiculed or whatever? if it’s helping people find happiness and lead productive and happy lives, isn’t that a good thing?

  7. Anonymous says:

    encourages their mentally challenged behavior. They should yiff in Hell and they will once someone finds a way to engineer a virus to eliminate every one of them from the face of the earth.

    and you’re entitled to your opinion, certainly… but, if you’d go so far as to condone death on such a large scale, i have to ask…

    who is the mentally unbalanced one here?

  8. Redregon says:

    wow, do the griefers have nothing better to do with their time than take potshots at a fairly innocuous fandom?

    it may be a little on the freaky side, but if it helps someone find solace and friends, how is that a bad thing?

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