Ninja of Die Antwoord talks CHAPPiE: The Boing Boing interview

Die Antwoord's Ninja sat down with us for a Boing Boing TV interview about the making of the robot drama CHAPPiE, directed by fellow South African Neill Blomkamp. Yo-Landi Visser co-stars in the film along with Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and Dev Patel.

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In our conversation, Ninja speaks about how he and Yo-Landi ended up working on the $50 million artificial intelligence action flick, and the long road from Johannesburg to Transvaal artificial intelligence armaggedon. He describes working with the District 9 auteur as a dream come true.

The film is a bizarre mix of raw internet weirdness and super-high-value CGI explodey slickness. Hans Zimmer score. With Die Antwoord tracks, and Ninja annd ¥o-Landi basically playing themselves. It's wonderfully insane.

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And about CHAPPiE, from the film's website:

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there's one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

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CHAPPiE is released in theaters nationwide today.

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  1. So far it appears the critics aren't too favorable, but the average audience likes it quite a bit more on rotten tomatoes.

    As of 03-06-2015 Fri:

    I think we'll go see it and make up our own minds. I've seen plenty of good flicks where the critics don't like it and I love it. For example.

  2. xeni says:

    In case it's not obvious, I had already seen the film before this interview—and I fuckin loved it.

  3. So if some variation on the word "fuck" makes up 1/3 of your vocabulary, you are certifiably hip, right?

    Ninja tries way too hard to be street-worthy; he's going to wind up a pretty sad old man if he lives long enough.

    Die Antwoord should be banned to a desert island along with the Kardashian clan, Kanye, and that Minaj creature. Being famous for being famous is not quite the same as being known for artistry and talent. Anybody can put on a freak show and titilate a crowd of wannabe hipsters. Ninja is no Bob Dylan, John Lennon, or Gil Scott Heron. Yolandi is no Joni Mitchell, Bjork, or Kate Bush. Die Antwoord is a mediocre assemblage of people trying to use shock value as a substitute for talent. No different from Kim other than the intended audience.

  4. Just saw it myself - as in "my ears are still cold after walking home". I liked it. Kind of weird. Sporadically brutal, but didn't wallow.in it. Real computer people must have had a hand in the computery parts (watch the filenames). Chappie himself was neat and suitably cute/charming/relateable. Die Antwoord as gangsters was ... quite a thing.

    In the end? It's a "kid grows up, is fooled into crime as a young teen, has a disillusioned late teen phase, grows up a bit in the end" coming of age story with really odd trappings.

  5. Is there any particular reason you keep pointing out her gender in your caricature and otherwise?

    Small, insignificant media outlets don't get interviews with big stars like this

    You probably just made Ninja's day with that comment. smile

    That's totally obvious, even though there is a MEDIA PROMOTIONAL history between them. They know for a fact they will get a good, uncritical story about the band out of her, giving them a veneer of 'indie' cool, and she was probably one of the first media outlets the PR company contacted to help promote the film. I doubt they hang out much in person outside the media world.

    Why are you so worked up over Xeni interviewing someone she's known well before he was a "big star"?

    Are the "ethics" of this journalism somehow bothering your sensibilities?

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