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September 2, 2011 11:19 AM   Subscribe

Going to the store. [Vimeo]
posted by ardgedee (72 comments total) 70 users marked this as a favorite

 
That was weird. And sort of horrifying.
posted by torisaur at 11:25 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Last Tuesday, there was an earthquake, so I gave a friend a ride home, and came back with a mannequin to use on a human-powered parade float.

Man, that was a weird Tuesday.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:25 AM on September 2, 2011


what the fuck did I just watch
posted by pts at 11:26 AM on September 2, 2011 [13 favorites]


what i don't even
posted by cortex at 11:28 AM on September 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


YES YES YES

DO IT TO ME, MAN WHO WALKS

CROSS MY PATH
posted by Greg Nog at 11:29 AM on September 2, 2011 [6 favorites]


o_0
posted by LN at 11:30 AM on September 2, 2011


I read a couple comments before I actually decided to click the link. When the walker appeared, I snorted green tea out my nose. Now, my wife's going to laugh at me again because I can't ever wear a white shirt without getting something on it.

Thanks, ardgedee. Thanks a lot.
posted by Mooski at 11:33 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


The epic adventures of QWOP man!
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:35 AM on September 2, 2011 [22 favorites]


That was terrifying.
posted by mothershock at 11:36 AM on September 2, 2011


AWww they cut the stair-humping short!
posted by Theta States at 11:38 AM on September 2, 2011


This caused an instant, uncontrollable rictus smile frown to lock up my entire face.
posted by The Whelk at 11:41 AM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Why the fuck is that so funny?
posted by Pecinpah at 11:41 AM on September 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Guys, somewhere this is scatting someone's very special itch.
posted by The Whelk at 11:45 AM on September 2, 2011


I know this is going to give me nightmares, but right now I am in goddamn stitches.
posted by uncleozzy at 11:46 AM on September 2, 2011


This is exactly what I look for in a link to inflict on my facebook friends. Thank you.
posted by cmoj at 11:46 AM on September 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


Guys, somewhere this is scatting someone's very special itch.

I feel like you said slightly more than you meant to say there.
posted by cortex at 11:51 AM on September 2, 2011 [39 favorites]


Guys, somewhere this is scatting someone's very special itch.

Freudian slip?
posted by martin10bones at 11:52 AM on September 2, 2011


Try not to walk while typing, The Whelk.
posted by ardgedee at 11:52 AM on September 2, 2011


what
posted by xbonesgt at 11:52 AM on September 2, 2011


Like a Garry's Mod video set in a real-life environment. Creeptacular.
posted by pyrex at 11:54 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have no idea how these people got their monarch butterflies in viral videos, or why.
posted by odinsdream at 11:55 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


What store, exactly? Dude walks right past a bikini shop at 0:13...which would be better than nothing. But I guess if you gotta end up somewhere naked, then a parking garage ain't bad...
posted by obscurator at 11:57 AM on September 2, 2011


shoobiedeeboobop shoowowscoobydoobie
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:57 AM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Made for Everything on Channel101, which has sadly just recently been cancelled after 19 episodes (that makes 95 short films!). Posted by yours truly previously.
posted by idiopath at 12:01 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I really hope the IT department at work can't see what I just saw. Because they will have questions for me that I can't answer.
posted by grapesaresour at 12:05 PM on September 2, 2011 [10 favorites]


buh?
posted by Jofus at 12:14 PM on September 2, 2011


That is just not right.
posted by leapfrog at 12:25 PM on September 2, 2011


This disturbs me. Good for you.
posted by troublewithwolves at 12:26 PM on September 2, 2011


Wasn't there another post recently that feature a number of identical naked CGI men dancing, and then also one where a naked CGI man was sort of a motorcycle?
posted by anazgnos at 12:38 PM on September 2, 2011


I can't see one of those ghastly "air dancer" things that they use to advertise car dealerships without imagining the sound it would make if it were actually a living thing. That sound is a high-pitched, screamy "WHOOOOOOOOOOP WHOOPWHOOPWHOOPWHOOPWHOOP!!! WHOOOOOOOOOOP WHOOPWHOOPWHOOPWHOOPWHOOP!!!" and it is as loud as an air raid siren.

This video had the same effect on me. I will hate you and those responsible for making it forever.
posted by wreckingball at 12:41 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I really hope the IT department at work can't see what I just saw. Because they will have questions for me that I can't answer.

Now look Ms. grapesaresour, I know we've talked to you before about watching epileptic golem porn on company time. If this continues we'll have no choice but to write you up.
posted by Babblesort at 12:42 PM on September 2, 2011 [16 favorites]


I drive drove by that laundromat all the time.
posted by Room 641-A at 12:44 PM on September 2, 2011


I'm really impressed by how natural the lighting on the guy looks; for the first couple shots I assumed it was a real man and they were doing some sort of stop-motion trickery to make him dance like that.

Has 3D tech progressed to the point where naturalistic lighting like that isn't difficult anymore? Or did someone put a painstaking amount of effort into this, uh, whatever it was?
posted by ook at 12:50 PM on September 2, 2011


I think it's closer to the latter than the former; following the profile link shows that the guy who animated this was also the 3D animation lead for Tron: Legacy, and thus presumably knows what he's doing.
posted by heeeraldo at 12:57 PM on September 2, 2011


That was awesome in its unsettling hilarity. I feel weird. I feel alive. I feel like this should maybe have a NSFW tag, though I'm not really sure why. I know I wouldn't want my boss to walk in on me watching this, though I must forward it to several friends this very minute. Good & freaky, a delicious combo.
posted by but no cigar at 12:57 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, I'm really impressed by the naturalism too. I was trying to form an opinion whether this was really great CGI or really delightfully staged marionette work, but looking at dlew's CV tips the scales there a bit.

It's like a Tool video if Maynard had had a far happier childhood.
posted by cortex at 1:15 PM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


wreckingball, I think think the name you're looking for is wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man.
posted by Ducks or monkeys at 1:17 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Remember how toward the end of Forrest Gump he just starts running, and people start following him, and turning to him for inspiration? That's what this entity is to me.

Ungulate, Forrest, ungulate.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 1:18 PM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Air Dance, of course, was a novel by Ben Mears, who help kill many vampires in Maine back in the '70s. This was before zombies got so big.
posted by Ducks or monkeys at 1:18 PM on September 2, 2011


Yeah, I must be too much of a CGI wonk because all I noticed was the shadows and the shading.

Also I just lost 5 SAN.
posted by GuyZero at 1:23 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ungulate, Forrest, ungulate.
posted by MrMoonPie at 1:27 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I am disgusted and turned on by this video. Where can I complain and/or order one of those rubber men?
posted by 1000monkeys at 1:50 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I needed that to help me feel normal.
posted by tarantula at 1:54 PM on September 2, 2011


This reminded me so much of A Turn For The Worse that I was surprised to see it wasn't the same guy.
posted by Western Infidels at 2:31 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Dammit I KNEW I got that one wrong.

Oh well, that use of the word makes about as much sense as the video SO THERE
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 3:27 PM on September 2, 2011


As luck would have it, I watched Pin [spoilery description in link!] last night, so my immediate reaction was more "AAAAAAAGH!" than "WHA?"
posted by Elsa at 3:40 PM on September 2, 2011


I don't think it's a real person. I think there's some trickery involved.
posted by dobbs at 4:17 PM on September 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Well that was nothing close to what I was expecting!
posted by addelburgh at 6:09 PM on September 2, 2011


Was the sign at the end added in or was it the inspiration for the whole thing?
posted by DU at 6:17 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ungulate, Forrest, ungulate.

This is the best tarot hand you can be dealt, FWIW
posted by Greg Nog at 6:56 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


The uncanny valley is a strange land that knoweth not of pants.
posted by louche mustachio at 7:15 PM on September 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I want to see that guy do this dance.
posted by homunculus at 7:21 PM on September 2, 2011


The next flash mob needs to dance like this guy. This was fucking hilarious :D
posted by bayani at 7:54 PM on September 2, 2011


This is exactly what it will look like when the first adult human clone manages to get out of the lab.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:46 PM on September 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


Did no one else notice the ass on that fellow?
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:58 PM on September 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


That's irritainment!
posted by gallois at 11:27 PM on September 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm crying with laughter about this, and I don't understand why.
posted by idiomatika at 2:15 AM on September 3, 2011 [1 favorite]


No human being alive walks like that as a way of going to the store. This is beyond ridiculous.
posted by nervousfritz at 5:30 AM on September 3, 2011 [9 favorites]


Hate to always side with the cynics, but another vote for totally fake.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:39 AM on September 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


That was awesome! And that's my old neighborhood!
posted by pazazygeek at 6:32 AM on September 3, 2011


Welcome to Uncanny Valley Shopping Mall
posted by jiawen at 10:09 AM on September 3, 2011 [5 favorites]


MAKE IT STOP. PLEASE, MAKE IT STOP!
posted by deborah at 8:06 PM on September 3, 2011


another vote for totally fake

It wasn't even a real video!
posted by anazgnos at 10:59 PM on September 4, 2011


LOL

That was funny.
posted by raymorphic at 1:19 AM on September 5, 2011


Goodness.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:13 PM on September 19, 2011


This is my favorite link in weeks.
posted by free hugs at 9:03 PM on September 19, 2011


Great. Now I'll never be able to get that song out my head after I've spastically humped some stairs.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 8:02 PM on September 20, 2011


I have dreams like this.
posted by not_on_display at 4:18 PM on September 22, 2011


And now the reenactment.
posted by ardgedee at 4:29 PM on September 22, 2011 [6 favorites]


Sometimes YouTube's suggestions are rather odd.
posted by homunculus at 5:51 PM on September 22, 2011


DU: Was the sign at the end added in or was it the inspiration for the whole thing?

Any Mefite in Santa Monica care to go down the entrance at the back lot of 2901 Ocean Park Boulevard and see whether the sign is there?
posted by Anything at 2:02 PM on September 24, 2011


Isn't this whole thing based off some Poser-like application? I remember seeing some very random youtube videos years ago where the characters moved in this same way, and it was just the flaw/weakness in the animation/rendering program.
posted by Theta States at 7:04 AM on September 27, 2011


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