In the age of reality TV and online voyeurism, how can viewers get excited about traditional visual animation? The answer is taken from old fashioned secret genuine audio recordings that are being placed against computer animated looks. “Candid Camera” is definitely a popular of TV audiences; today using a basic home audio-recorder anyone can catch anything and have it published to hear within minutes. Some creative video production company individuals are taking these surreptitious elements and fusing it with their illustrations, and finding yourself with animation that are extremely funny and voyeuristic.

While some of these animation travel the world in film fests, most of them can also be seen right here on our very own Youtube. Take, for instance, the user “largoembargo” on Youtube: this user features a video called “Fireman (Drug-crazed Subway Rapper)” : a video which was recently featured on the Toronto Sun Online’s front page and earned it the first trend of popularity. This video features a stylized zombie-like man with summary reactions set to the real audio that the animator captured on the subway. We listen as the Toronto subway car rustles past areas, all the while a severely inebriated rapper belts out primitive lyrics. The passengers’ reactions are captured in the 3 minute animation, even as travel in the point of view of the animator’s world meets reality.

Another, and even more hilarious, example of secret-audio video animation is one called “The Wily Sofa”. This series of 5 assaults follows the actual of a man and his roommates, and several friends as they host outrageous and inebriated interactions over almost a year. The catch? The roommates and friends don’t know that they are being audiotaped. The animation is highly stylized, as a “studio audience” is displayed when laughter erupts. We, the viewers, aren’t sure who to root for as all the characters rib each other and discuss weird ideas, accompanied by cute illustrations and ideas by the animator. The identities of all the characters are masked, as just about all credited in the titles with pseudonyms. One of these in particular that will guarantee a good have a good laugh is episode 1, entitled “Flirting”. In this episode, one of them confronts the other about breaking in to his Facebook account and poking all of his friends.

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