Safe-Sex Campaign Stars Pair of Frustrated Musical Testicles

Rusty and Vern's Blue Balls Blues

Here's an unconventional approach to promoting safe sex. Instead of warning viewers about pregnancy or STDs, this campaign focuses on a different affliction personified by two testicles named Rusty and Vern, who've got the blues real bad—the Blue Balls Blues—and want to tell you all about it through song.

The website explains:

"Rusty and Vern are a pair of balls on a mission. A mission to save mankind from big, bulging problems. Hailed as the rallying cry for any testicle that's ever suffered from man's eternal struggle to remember condoms, their debut single has critics buzzing, ladies applauding, and guys singing a different tune. So watch the video, enjoy the melody, but do mind their message. This is no labor of love for ol' Rusty and Vern. This, like so many blues greats before them, is the only way they could find release."

The work is from the creative team of John Lightstone, Antonio Marcato, Jon Barco and Brittany Weltner, with help from T2 Studios and Big Foote Music & Sound. You can even download the MP3 (“Sounds like how getting kicked in the nuts feels"). Posters and full credits after the jump.

Creative Team
Writer: John Lightstone
Art Directors: Antonio Marcato, Jon Barco
Junior Art Director: Brittany Weltner

Music: Big Foote Music & Sound
Executive Producer: Paul Seymour
Arrangers: Chris Jordão, Sherman Foote
Sound Design: Chris Jordão, Sherman Foote
Writers: Chris Jordão, Sherman Foote, John Lightstone
Singer: John Margolis
Harmonica: Mark Grandfield
Guitar: Chris Jordão

Production: T2 Studios
Creative Director: Travis Schlitter
Puppet Construction: Jeremy Casper
Director of Photography: Andy Romero
Puppeteers: Brandon Duncan, Adam Buritsch, Jon Barco, Antonio Marcato, Jeremy Casper
Motion Design: Brandon Duncan, Adam Buritsch, Sean McKeon
Animation: Brandon Duncan, Adam Buritsch, Sean McKeon, Joseph Sullivan
Illustration: Brandon Duncan, Adam Buritsch
Editors: Nick Stout, Jon Bazata
3-D Modeling: Sean McKeon, Joseph Sullivan
3-D Tracking: Sean McKeon
Smoke Artist: Nick Balda
Executive Producers: Teri Rogers, Ethan Downing
Assistant Producer: Reid Bangert
Production Assistant: Steven Bartkoski
Grip: Matt Blume
Online Presence: Benjamin Vanasse