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August 25, 2016 3:31 PM   Subscribe

Because sometimes, when the stresses and hardships of earthly existence threaten to overwhelm, you just really need to see two Pokemon dancing to Orinoco Flow.
posted by garius (39 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
 
It works. The Smashmouth version is better.

In fact, the Smashmouth/Tori Amos mashup that has been making the rounds may work exceedingly well.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 3:51 PM on August 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


They're such good dancers! They must have worked really hard. I'm proud of them.
posted by ariadne's threadspinner at 4:07 PM on August 25, 2016 [24 favorites]


It's a well known fact that Orinoco Flow makes everything better.
posted by Kattullus at 4:09 PM on August 25, 2016 [10 favorites]


Ashley Feinberg has a good roundup of these videos: These Pokémon Dance Better Than A Lot Of People Fuck
posted by rorgy at 4:25 PM on August 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


Also, on an Enya–related note: her (pretty fantastic) album Dark Sky Island, out earlier this year, taught me what dark sky preserves were, in time for me and my roommate to rent a car, trek out to the darkest part of southern New Jersey, and watch the Pleiades from a field so dark, it wasn't until the moon set past two in the morning for us to truly see the sky as it could be seen there.

It was beyond stunning. The sky looked the way it does in astrological photographs: (what I assume was) the arm of the Milky Way was so dense with stars that it glowed blue in the sky. (At the very least, something was lighting a streak of the sky blue.)

And you could see shooting stars several times a minute. Some so brightly that, if you were looking right as they shot by, you got sunspots—er... shooting starspots—for five minutes after.

It was an unforgettable experience and it's made me want to trek out to dark sky preserves as frequently as I possibly can. It felt genuinely sacred, in every sense of the word.

Sort of like Enya music! So thank you, Enya!
posted by rorgy at 4:29 PM on August 25, 2016 [18 favorites]


Now I want to see it with a Mr. Mime.
posted by drezdn at 4:31 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


> It was an unforgettable experience and it's made me want to trek out to dark sky preserves as frequently as I possibly can. It felt genuinely sacred, in every sense of the word.

Something like that appearing above you every night, how could our ancestors not develop religions?

On dancing dragons I've got nothing. But that Tori mashup is doing my head in. Jessica, I hate you.
posted by Leon at 4:40 PM on August 25, 2016 [3 favorites]


We all know that the best Pokemon to Music happened... oh dear shit I'm old.. 16 years ago.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:43 PM on August 25, 2016 [6 favorites]


That is simply delghtfu.
posted by Faintdreams at 5:29 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Words cannot express how much I love this.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:29 PM on August 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


I feel kinda bad for Dragonite getting his crotch burned by Charizard's tail.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:47 PM on August 25, 2016 [4 favorites]


Overall, your Pokemon is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon.
posted by oulipian at 6:56 PM on August 25, 2016 [7 favorites]


That honestly made my day.
posted by leesh at 7:04 PM on August 25, 2016




I believe I have mentioned this on the site before but I lost my virginity to the album (Watermark) that Orinoco Flow is on. Referring to Enya as Inme will never not be funny to me.

A+ on the dancing pokecreatures - made me laugh my ass off.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 7:16 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Also, on an Enya–related note: her (pretty fantastic) album Dark Sky Island, out earlier this year, taught me what dark sky preserves were

(quickly searches list of dark sky preserves in the U.S.)

Goddammit. Southeast United States sucks!
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:25 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Oh, I want them to dance to Method of Modern Love. Or Modern Love, even. Modern Love would work. And if we're gonna do late 80s-early 90s mellow women pop singers, Been Around the World by Lisa Stansfield would be very good, too!
posted by droplet at 7:27 PM on August 25, 2016


Yeah, it's pretty good, but it's no Bowser Dances to Wuthering Heights.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:36 PM on August 25, 2016


Dats a nice poke
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:48 PM on August 25, 2016


It's been a rough day. I'd have never imagined that all it took to turn it around was a couple of dancing Pokemon.
posted by MrBadExample at 8:01 PM on August 25, 2016


Oh my god, it works with Alexander Hamilton. 1:25 is just enough to get through to the first couple "Alexander Hamiltons".
posted by maryr at 8:59 PM on August 25, 2016 [2 favorites]


It also somehow syncs up with Subdivisions by Rush; even during the points of the song that lurch into 7/8, to throw off anyone who dared to try to dance to it. Literally.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:17 PM on August 25, 2016


Maybe I just have a low threshold for amusement but I am literally crying laughing at the "Goodbye Horses" video in rorgy's link
posted by Merzbau at 9:25 PM on August 25, 2016


This is so adorable and I am especially delighted by the inclusion of so much secondary animation 'cause it really sells the gracefulness of the choreography. The dancing was probably mocapped, yeah?
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:56 PM on August 25, 2016


Oh my god they're doing the mashed potato dance

My nemesis

I will master you someday

But for now I will just be unbelievably disappointed in myself over the fact that a pair of dancing Pokemon have the right moves and I don't
posted by Hermione Granger at 10:59 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


Wait are they dancing at the same speed that the dancing Spider-Man gif dances

Because if so that would explain why you can put almost any song over the video and their moves will sync up nicely
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:00 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


It was an unforgettable experience and it's made me want to trek out to dark sky preserves as frequently as I possibly can. It felt genuinely sacred, in every sense of the word.

Dude, get yourself hence to Death Valley as soon as possible. No where before have i felt such an utter sense of holy nothingness before the universe as staring into the sky in the middle of a gods forsaken desert at night

I so want to go back once the child-of-the-city kid is old enough to appreciate it.
posted by jammer at 11:15 PM on August 25, 2016 [1 favorite]


(and i say that as a totally non spiritual person who grew up in bumfuck North Carolina and knows at least a little about dark skies)
posted by jammer at 11:22 PM on August 25, 2016


It looks like this was created using MMD, which I only know about due to this wonderful Metafilter thread. Essentially you start with a source video, capture the movements and then apply them!

The reddit thread above links to the choreography for these dancing pokemon.
posted by Stark at 12:59 AM on August 26, 2016 [4 favorites]


...I want to wear those outfits (without looking like an idiot, which of what would happen if I actually wrote those outfits).
posted by maryr at 6:11 AM on August 26, 2016


Came for the cartoon dances; stayed for the idea to find a Dark Sky Preserve in the US near me. Thanks Mefi!
posted by travertina at 7:10 AM on August 26, 2016 [2 favorites]


> ...I want to wear those outfits (without looking like an idiot, which of what would happen if I actually wore those outfits).

Yes but don't wear a namebadge and then nobody would know it was you inside. Problem solved!
posted by ardgedee at 7:10 AM on August 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Whoa, it works pretty well with Theme from A Summer Place too.
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:36 AM on August 26, 2016 [1 favorite]


Charizard makes the same face as that watermelon-earring otter! And looks like he is from West Side Story the whole time.
posted by Iteki at 8:57 AM on August 26, 2016


that little one is kind of sassy! i like it!
posted by misanthropicsarah at 11:58 AM on August 26, 2016


Whoa, it works pretty well with Theme from A Summer Place too.

Stardust by Henry Mancini is good too.
posted by maryr at 8:33 PM on August 26, 2016


From that same Reddit thread that stark find the choreography, here's the original "dragon dance" for that Japanese song. Both Pokemon are following the girl in the center based on their movements (yes, I watched both videos multiple times to catch this). This is also there longer version that has the whole routine. The related videos are also amazing.
posted by numaner at 10:18 PM on August 26, 2016


This is objectively the best one.
posted by numaner at 10:26 PM on August 26, 2016


....dammit
posted by thebrokedown at 11:26 PM on August 30, 2016 [1 favorite]


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