In the age of reality TV and online voyeurism, how can viewers get excited about traditional visual animated graphics? The answer is coming out of old fashioned secret candid audio recordings that are being placed against animated visuals. “Candid Camera” is actually well liked of TV audiences; today with a basic home audio-recorder anyone can catch nearly anything and have it uploaded to be within video production company minutes. Some creative people are taking these surreptitious elements and fusing it with their illustrations, and ending up with animated graphics that are largely funny and voyeuristic.
While some of these animated graphics travel the world in film fairs, 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 wave of popularity. This video features a stylized zombie-like man with abstract reactions set to the real audio that the animator captured on the subway. We listen as the Toronto subway car rustles past stations, all the while a severely intoxicated rapper belts out crude lyrics. The passengers’ reactions are captured in the 3 minute animation, as we travel in the point of view of the animator’s world meets reality.
Another, and even more hilarious, example of secret-audio video animated graphics is one called “The Wily Sofa”. This series of 5 episodes follows everything of a man and his roommates, and several friends as they host outrageous and inebriated talks over a few months. The catch? The roommates and friends have no idea 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 outrageous ideas, accompanied by cute illustrations and ideas by the animator. The identities of all the characters are masked, as almost all credited in the titles with pseudonyms. One of these in particular that will guarantee a good giggle 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.