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March 10, 2011 7:19 AM   Subscribe

An animated Gareth Bale destroys Inter Milan.

Animator Richard Swarbrick draws young Welsh footballer Gareth Bale's hat trick for Tottenham Hotspur at the San Siro and his man of the match performance in the return leg against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League last fall.

(via the always excellent and previously discussed Run of Play.)
posted by dyobmit (24 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow - that's stunning.
posted by DanCall at 7:29 AM on March 10, 2011


That was absolutely incredible.

Oh, and C'MON YOU SPURS!
posted by kuanes at 7:29 AM on March 10, 2011


Bale, you beauty. COYS!
posted by proj at 7:34 AM on March 10, 2011


I loved that. I think of Tottenham as my second team, the team that actually achieves things. Watching their games, including the one yesterday, has been some of the most exciting soccer I've ever seen.
posted by josher71 at 7:39 AM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Incredible!
posted by fire&wings at 7:44 AM on March 10, 2011


Awesome animation.

It being Bale, I kept waiting for animated explosions up and down his back.

Hope they do a Suarez one from the ManU game this weekend.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:47 AM on March 10, 2011


Loved "This frame by Isobel" at 31s :)
posted by pharm at 7:52 AM on March 10, 2011


Also, while I suspect you'd have to pry Bale from our Spurs manager's cold, dead hands, we still have about 10 top flight teams available in the Metafilter Premier league.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:04 AM on March 10, 2011


An animated Gareth Bale destroys Inter Milan.

All except for the part where Inter Milan won anyway...

The only match I ever went to in England was at the Spurs' stadium, and I really enjoyed it. I have a soft spot for the Spurs though I don't follow any professional sports.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:04 AM on March 10, 2011


Deathalicious: It was a two-legged fixture, and Spurs won on aggregate. Also, it's "Spurs" and not "The Spurs."
posted by proj at 8:10 AM on March 10, 2011


Except, of course, when singing "When the Spurs Come Marching In."
posted by proj at 8:12 AM on March 10, 2011


Deathalicious, it's true they lost the first leg, but I think the thing that's great about the performance is he stretched it out over both legs, almost single-handedly ensuring that Spurs would go through to the last 16.

I considered the phrasing, "An animated Gareth Bale destroys Maicon," but that felt mean spirited.

And I'll be honest: I watched Maicon lope up and down the touch line in Durban against Portugal this summer and the angle of the seats I had behind the goal had the effect of making him look like a deadly shark constantly running directly at me. I still get a little nervous about it, and I don't see any sense in doing anything that would make the guy angry.
posted by dyobmit at 8:22 AM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was beautiful. I do have an argument with it being called "animation", and I know this is an unpopular thing to say, but the animation already occurred in the original video that was traced / painted over (rotoscoped). Animation is bringing life to something. This mainly made something look very pretty and painterly that was already fully brought to life in being filmed. Where the paintstrokes get a little abstract is nice, and almost contributes additional suggestions of movement, but it feels mostly like a function of saving time for all those crazy frames that one has to go over. If anything, in terms of pure movement, a fair amount of animation was lost in the process. However let me reiterate: Beautiful! /animation pedant, always elbowing in where not wanted
posted by gorgor_balabala at 8:43 AM on March 10, 2011


Not to get all pedantic about things, but the games against Inter Milan were in the Champions League group stage, and were not in any way 'two-legged'. There are 4 teams in each group, each team plays the others twice, once at home and once away. 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.

Tottenham did indeed lose at the San Siro, being 4-0 down, until Bale produced his excellent display, scoring a hat-trick and leaving the game at a more respectable 4-3. In the return game, where Inter came to White Hart Lane, Tottenham made short work of the Italians, winning 3-1, with Bale having a hand in all three of Tottenham's goals.
posted by metaxa at 8:47 AM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's not animation, they ain't legs, and I'm an Arsenal supporter. Just to be clear.
posted by dyobmit at 8:53 AM on March 10, 2011


Lovely video. The FPP would have benefited from further links, say to the real footage for example, and some more information for less savvy folks (mostly now added above by commenters).

Now the pedantry. The two Serie A teams that play in the Italian city of Milan (Milano) are called Internazionale and Milano. You can shorten the former club's name to Inter but never Inter Milan. Most British football fans also wrongly use AC Milan to distinguish Milano from Inter to compound the error! After all, you'd never say Tottenham London, or Everton Liverpool.
/pedantry
posted by magpie68 at 9:59 AM on March 10, 2011


Yeah, I've always heard it as AC Milan and Inter Milan. Interesting to know.
posted by josher71 at 10:31 AM on March 10, 2011


I wish Real Gareth Bale had given me more than just a single point in the UEFA Champions League fantasy game yesterday.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:49 AM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Not a spurs fan, but that was phenomenal (both the original performance and the animation).
posted by modernnomad at 10:56 AM on March 10, 2011


Sorry magpie68, but you're wrong about AC Milan. The club was founded by two English businessmen, Herbert Kilbin and Alfred Edwards, so uses the Anglicised version of the city name. The club's full name is Associazione Calcio Milan, and you can see it referred to as simply "Milan" all over it's official website.
posted by afx237vi at 11:01 AM on March 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yeah, it's Milan. Was Milan thrust from Milan etc.

Bale will be one of ours next summer, I can't wait. (Maybe give Giggs a run-out too, for OTS).
posted by tigrefacile at 11:37 AM on March 10, 2011


Sorry magpie68, but you're wrong about AC Milan. The club was founded by two English businessmen, Herbert Kilbin and Alfred Edwards, so uses the Anglicised version of the city name. The club's full name is Associazione Calcio Milan, and you can see it referred to as simply "Milan" all over it's official website.
posted by afx237vi at 11:01 AM on March 10 [-] [!]


Additionally, the preferred pronunciation is the Anglicized Mee-lan.
posted by proj at 1:34 PM on March 10, 2011


Bale will be one of ours next summer, I can't wait. (Maybe give Giggs a run-out too, for OTS).

Not a snowball's chance in hell, tigrefacile ;)
posted by metaxa at 4:25 PM on March 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ok on Meelan. I was right about Inter though.
posted by magpie68 at 2:45 PM on March 12, 2011


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