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February 11, 2010 6:10 PM   Subscribe

A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything
posted by DU (38 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Incredible!
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 6:14 PM on February 11, 2010


Awesome.
posted by localhuman at 6:16 PM on February 11, 2010


Whoops: via the excellent
posted by DU at 6:17 PM on February 11, 2010


And all in the very corner of the page, too! I'm going to start dedicating the corners of every page of my meeting notebooks to animation.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:18 PM on February 11, 2010


The fact that he used those Team Fortress sounds is icing on a goddamn delicious cake.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 6:26 PM on February 11, 2010


Well that was fun. Does anyone else have problems getting YouTube to load HD videos at a decent rate? I have a 20Mbps connection, but I have to manually buffer HD YouTube videos. I imagine YouTube throttles things to avoid wasting bandwidth on people that don't watch the whole thing, but it seems to be too aggressive.
posted by jedicus at 6:27 PM on February 11, 2010


i'm posting a comment because you posted a post even though i have nothing to say
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:29 PM on February 11, 2010


So. Cool.
posted by The Whelk at 6:31 PM on February 11, 2010


It needed more cowbell.
posted by oddman at 6:42 PM on February 11, 2010


Critical Hit!
posted by Think_Long at 6:43 PM on February 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was flipping good.
posted by tellurian at 6:45 PM on February 11, 2010


Well done. I like.
posted by Cyrano at 6:47 PM on February 11, 2010


love it!
posted by tarantula at 7:29 PM on February 11, 2010


I guess women aren't part of pretty much everything.

(But props on the animation skills!)
posted by ocherdraco at 7:47 PM on February 11, 2010



Pretty ignorant here. Was all that drawn by hand like we used to make the flip-books as kids? If so, that must have taken quite a bit of time, huh?
posted by dealing away at 7:53 PM on February 11, 2010


More like a brief history of Western Europe and USA with the timeline stretched back...

But yeah, liberal guilt aside, that was well executed

CRITICAL HIT!
posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! at 7:59 PM on February 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


I really liked the mushroom explosion cloud...hehe

Great work!
posted by bjgeiger at 8:00 PM on February 11, 2010


jedicus: Try the new Video Speed Dashboard. Tells you what your download performance is like vis-a-vis network average or just your ISP.
posted by dhartung at 8:01 PM on February 11, 2010 [2 favorites]


More like a brief history of Western Europe and USA

I guess women aren't part of pretty much everything.


My first thought was "Where are the plants!? They were a huge part of the development of life on earth!" I've almost become jaded to the fact that most of everybody is sexist, eurocentric, etc. to the point where I expect it and forgive them for it.

But yeah. Traditional, hand-drawn animation, when done well [like this] is so amazing. It somehow feels more soulful than modern stuff.
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:07 PM on February 11, 2010


Not enough sex.
posted by Xezlec at 9:12 PM on February 11, 2010


History ain't done until love, sex and internet.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:13 PM on February 11, 2010


No bacon, no peanut butter. Graded I for Incomplete.
posted by Cranberry at 11:18 PM on February 11, 2010


Throw away your common sense and get an afro!: "More like a brief history of Western Europe and USA with the timeline stretched back. But yeah, liberal guilt aside, that was well executed.."

Seconded.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:25 PM on February 11, 2010


Excellent (apart from a heavy western male slant)!
posted by russmaxdesign at 11:27 PM on February 11, 2010


Excellent (apart from a heavy western male slant)!

Maybe he couldn't figure out a way to concisely animate the role of Chinese women during the Han dynasty.

Really, are we to expect more cultural-sensitivity-throughout-the-ages in the 3 minute cartoon art projects of our 17 year olds?
posted by l2p at 12:01 AM on February 12, 2010


Shit! Having read the youtube information, I now see this was made by a high school gamer kid. That dramatically increases the "wow" factor, and dramatically decreases the "irresponsible depiction of history" factor.

Hot damn.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:15 AM on February 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


Okay, I think I get it. Cells expand into more cells, then dinosaurs eat them, and then the dinosaurs get blown up. Here it gets a little tricky, but the dinosaurs that later get blown up transform into birds, which survive the big explosion that killed the dinosaurs. Clearly the dinosaurs transform into birds but also remain as dinosaurs, which consequently get killed by the explosion. Whatever, the point is dinosaurs got killed by the explosion and turned into birds. Point is, the birds stayed birds and are still around today, but the birds mean something else: apes. And the apes turn into humans and keep their ape form, so today we have apes and humans.

This much is clear. However, I am having problems with something: how did the matter that exploded in the bang at the beginning come into existence in the first place? In the video it just appears out of nowhere.
posted by stevenstevo at 1:14 AM on February 12, 2010


hIstory of d00dz with guns
posted by Meatbomb at 2:25 AM on February 12, 2010


This is excellent. If you liked that then you should check out this segment of Disney's Fantasia, and then this even better version from Allegro non Troppo.
posted by AndrewStephens at 2:37 AM on February 12, 2010


Man, even when I was his age (17? really?!) my notebook animations weren't any more sophisticated than stick-figures slam dunking their own heads.
posted by Silentgoldfish at 2:40 AM on February 12, 2010


That really reminded me of the video for Pearl Jam's "Do the Evolution" -- similar idea, but much more cynicism.
posted by epimorph at 3:14 AM on February 12, 2010


That was pretty awesome, although it looks like he has JC being born before the other JC is stabbed.
posted by condour75 at 7:21 AM on February 12, 2010


Woah, the USA space shuttle launches from the U.K.? Learn something new every day.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 7:56 AM on February 12, 2010


I am having problems with something: how did the matter that exploded in the bang at the beginning come into existence in the first place? In the video it just appears out of nowhere.

Simple: God made it.

And he just appeared out of nowhere.
posted by LordSludge at 8:44 AM on February 12, 2010 [1 favorite]


I hate talented, productive high-schoolers.
posted by everichon at 8:54 AM on February 12, 2010


I am having problems with something: how did the matter that exploded in the bang at the beginning come into existence in the first place? In the video it just appears out of nowhere.

Shh, don't confound the atheists.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:17 AM on February 12, 2010


The star in the East fell on the wise men??? And what was that ending about??? And nth where were the women . . . uh, aren't we all children of Eve, in Africa? BUT . . .

Fun piece.
posted by bearwife at 10:56 AM on February 12, 2010


and the tip of the foot/hat to Monty Python at the end? they got all the important stuff after all!
posted by Redhush at 3:45 PM on February 13, 2010


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