Britney Spears’ “Break The Ice” & “Kill The Lights” Music Videos Are Even Weirder Than You Remember
When was the last time I watched the music videos for "Break the Ice" or "Kill the Lights"? It’s been a while. I know I shouldn’t have kept either video waiting. But I’m here now. *Cue "Break the Ice" synth.* In 2008, Britney Spears released the music video for “Break the Ice,” the third single off of 2007’s Blackout. At the time, the Robert Hales-directed anime was Spears's only animated video. A year later, that changed: In 2009, the fan fiction-inspired music video for "Kill the Lights" debuted. The vid for song number four off of Circus was made by Puny Entertainment, and it, like "Break the Ice" is entirely animated (though the animation styles are markedly different).
For years, fans have debated whether or not the two videos are supposed to be linked; In addition to the shared toon theme, both follow a black catsuit-clad heroine who resembles Spears. Is that heroine the same character? "Break the Ice" does end on a "To be continued" screen. Is "Kill the Lights" the continuation we were promised? "Break the Ice" is the sequel to "Toxic," but is "Kill the Lights" supposed to be the sequel to "Break the Ice"? Is there a trilogy thing going on here? Or is it all a coincidence?!?!?! *Takes one billion deep breaths.*
"Kill the Lights" might not officially be the follow-up to "Break the Ice," but it'll always be the follow-up to "Break the Ice" in my heart. It'll always be "Break the Lights, Kill the Ice" to me.
And on that note, here are 11 awesomely weird moments from the two videos that I totally forgot about/made me so happy I decided to revisit "Break the Ice" and "Kill the Lights" this afternoon:
Toon Britney Defies The Laws Of Physics
I bet Toon Brit really brings the house down when she jumps off the high dive at the community pool.
This Terrifying Monster In A Suit
Why's this businessman so mad? Did someone eat the ham and provolone sandwich he left in the break room fridge? Did his boss ask him to reformat the spreadsheets he spent hours putting together? Did he miss TGI Fridays happy hour? Did he lose his Men's Warehouse coupons?
This Slow-Mo High Kick
Toon Britney is not to be messed with.
Toon Britney Hangs Out In A Lair That Looks Like Big A's Lair
Looks like someone "never made a bad investment."
Toon Britney Goes All The Matrix On A Bullet
Neo? More like Bri-o.
Toon Britney Breaks The Fourth Wall
No one has ever cut their eyes with more force.
This Space Mobile's Windshield Is Made Of Laser Jell-O
My favorite Jell-O flavor!
These Light Monsters
If these faceless lightbulb creatures weren't so creepy, they'd be pretty cute.
Toon Britney's Sweet Hoverboard Skills
Toon Britney's Eye Makeup
Toon Britney crushes the eyeliner game.
Whatever The Heck Is Happening Here
I don't know what it is, BUT I LIKE IT.
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for! Without further ado, I present to you "Break the Lights, Kill the Ice":
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