Nathan Barnatt

Twitter led me to this video by Nathan Barnatt. He falls down funny.

Barnatt has quite a few videos on youtube. I applaud him for how hard he works. This next one is also funny. He attends an open audition for dancers. The only reason they don’t throw him out is he actually has some skills. This is how I would be at an audition.

Joe Frisco – Vaudeville dancer

This dancer smokes, literally.

I can’t imagine we’ll ever see cigarettes in American animated films again, but they are great props. Cruella DeVille wouldn’t have been the same without her quellazaire.

The body out of control

I really like this video. It was created by the Swedish firm Traktor. It’s slapstick, while being really cool.

Obviously it’s been done with simple wire removal. But the effect is wild. There is a certain fascination with uncontrolled motion. It’s not unlike some moments in Ratatouille when Remy is manipulating Linquini. Even something as small as an eye twitch can add a little effect to a reaction shot. (personally, I think eye twitches have become overused.)

Being “spastic” has always had a certain use in comedy. Jerry Lewis did it. And then there is this great moment from Seinfeld.

If you can think of any other examples of characters, live or animated, who have body control problems, I’d love to hear them. Please put them in the comments.


From the youtube description: Nat Jackley, Dan Young and Norman Evans fooling about in Mancunian Films’ Demobbed (1944) in which Jackley, Evans and Young fresh out of the Army get jobs in a firm, an occupation that leads them to solve a crime and stage a concert party.

Some really funny dancing.

Variety Radio – Spencer Norwich

Spencer Norwich is the young man dancing to cartoony sound effects.  He saw my post and sent me a link to a better quality video.  

Spencer is interested in possibly getting into motion capture.  This is exactly the kind of person who should doing mocap.

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