Get Your Animated Series On
August 16, 2008 6:06 PM   Subscribe

David Rees clip-art masterpiece Get Your War On has been featured here before, but now you can enjoy it without reading. So far: posted by Who_Am_I (43 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I also made a Yahoo! Pipes RSS feed, cause there doesn't seem to be one on the site. Let me know if it doesn't work right. Enjoy!
posted by Who_Am_I at 6:08 PM on August 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

Yeah I was actually thinking of linking to this but I couldn't find a way to link to just an index of GYWO videos. Thanks for the pipes feed.
posted by delmoi at 6:13 PM on August 16, 2008

Does Rees have anything to do with this? I can't tell from the GYWO site (which hasn't been updated for a while) or his blog.
posted by yhbc at 6:19 PM on August 16, 2008

What; taking out all the humor and imagination to use in some other strip he'll be working on in the future?
posted by yhbc at 6:51 PM on August 16, 2008

Someone just made a million dollars
posted by skwt at 6:51 PM on August 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

I like it way better not animated. The animation defeats the whole goodness of the strip, which is these whip-smart, raucously funny lines coming out of unchanging, clip-art faces.
posted by ottereroticist at 7:36 PM on August 16, 2008

masterpiece? whip smart funny?

am i the only person who thinks his strips are RIGHT IN LINE with everything else in Rolling Stone magazine?
posted by tremspeed at 8:05 PM on August 16, 2008

Is this going to be like the Boondocks animated show, where the choice of voice actors is going to, like, simultaneously baffle and appall me?
posted by box at 8:15 PM on August 16, 2008

I'm kinda done with GYWO and aren't too excited by the animated version. Except the animation itself, which is freakin beautiful. I love how the white guy keeps reaching for the wall and leaning against it.
posted by Nelson at 8:17 PM on August 16, 2008

I think the animation kinda sucks. I mean, first of all it's clearly cell shaded (or possibly rotoscoped off CG), which isn't a bad thing but in this case it looks kinda weird. It's so 'flow' the way the shape of the hair and facial features change so fluidly.

And I suppose it wouldn't be bad in another context, but it takes away from the idea that these are like these clipart characters.
posted by delmoi at 8:24 PM on August 16, 2008

Oh, it was a masterpiece. However, when people started to say "Hey, let's do it live!" and "Wow, it's great as static characters! Now let's animate it!" that it pretty much lost all integrity (and humor), which is what made me wonder whether the original creator had anything to do with this at all.
posted by yhbc at 8:27 PM on August 16, 2008

i dunno. isn't every GYWO strip something like:

Guy On Phone, Sitting At Desk: Gee, isn't it great how the Bush Administration did this/passed that/vetoed this/violated that?

Guy On Phone, Standing: I know! I love it when they cancel funding for this / bomb that / unconstitutionally this / warrantless that!

Guy On Phone, Sitting At Desk: Jack Off! Bomb A House! Fucking! Ass! Shit! My kids will be paying for that for mother fucking decades, yo!

Enough already. Not creative, really obvious, unfunny. Assumes the reader knows nothing about politics and has needs sarcasm illustrated repeatedly.
posted by tremspeed at 8:51 PM on August 16, 2008 [1 favorite]

I liked it better than I thought I would.

The fact that no one else here liked it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.
posted by fungible at 8:53 PM on August 16, 2008

Hey, let's do it live!
posted by homunculus at 9:08 PM on August 16, 2008

I burnt out on GYWO a few years ago (or maybe the creator burnt out on it), but I found these surprisingly enjoyable. Maybe it was the voice actors sounding way less bitter than the voice I've grown to read the comics in.
posted by Benjy at 9:10 PM on August 16, 2008

The Race card one was fucking amazing I can completely picture my self as accounts reciveable in the middle of that conversation thinking "Fuck me". I didn't like the comic these are fucking awesome.
posted by Rubbstone at 9:22 PM on August 16, 2008

I know MetaFilter's usually dying to declare how boring, unfunny, or substandard something is, but is it just me, or is everyone on a particularly snarky tear these past few days?
posted by secret about box at 9:34 PM on August 16, 2008 [7 favorites]

I only watched the race card one. Boring, unfunny, substandard.
posted by longsleeves at 9:41 PM on August 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

Only watched the first; Animation was about 80% to awesome.

Length is about 50% too long, ie. the punch is diluted, resulting in weak sauce to some extent.

Give it a solid B for effort and execution.
posted by yort at 9:41 PM on August 16, 2008

Metafilter: Get Your Snark On
posted by Slothrup at 10:27 PM on August 16, 2008 [3 favorites]

If this isn't funny, what is? (NB: honest question)
posted by skwt at 10:29 PM on August 16, 2008

I liked it, I just thought the animation was... wrong.
posted by delmoi at 10:30 PM on August 16, 2008

To counterpoint longsleeves: Clever, funny, well animated. Now I've stated my opinion as fact, who's next?
posted by Popular Ethics at 10:42 PM on August 16, 2008

This sucks... I'm only seeing a bunch of "comments", RSS feeds, and links to videos. No actual videos.
posted by crapmatic at 10:53 PM on August 16, 2008

is it just me, or is everyone on a particularly snarky tear these past few days?

Wow, real "insightful" comment there. Your early comments were like classic Metafilter but you've clearly lost the magic. Honestly I've kind of been over your schtick for a while. I'm totally into yort now, that's some real Metafilter.
posted by nanojath at 11:46 PM on August 16, 2008 [2 favorites]

I've been a fan of GYWO since before the Rolling Stone days, and this is fantastic...

Seriously, though, Metafilter needs to lay off the Hater-Ade. At least until something truly deserving of a snark tornado, but until then give me a fucking break.
posted by schyler523 at 12:21 AM on August 17, 2008

Animation, shmanimation. This was one of the best plays I ever saw.
posted by sandking at 4:43 AM on August 17, 2008

Love it!
posted by Duug at 4:55 AM on August 17, 2008

am i the only person who thinks his strips are RIGHT IN LINE with everything else in Rolling Stone magazine?

Shrug. Haven't read Rolling Stone in 20-some years, but I surely loved reading GYWO on Rees' website when it was being posted regularly. Great stuff, long before RS offered him cash.
posted by aught at 5:06 AM on August 17, 2008

The animated dudes' faces look different than the clip-art dudes' faces.
posted by kirkaracha at 7:09 AM on August 17, 2008

Just wanted to post an appreciation for the best GYWO ever. Actually, the whole page of post-Katrina stuff is great.

Looking back at this I noticed the bleak, quick punch-in-the-gut humour is what makes GYWO work. Not clear that works in animated shorts.
posted by Nelson at 7:48 AM on August 17, 2008

Love the strip, have the book, check the video page once a day.
posted by monocultured at 10:04 AM on August 17, 2008

Their mouths looked weird, and I don't know that animation adds much. It may give the strips a wider audience though, which would rock. And the voice acting wasn't bad, but not always that clear.
posted by emjaybee at 11:31 AM on August 17, 2008

I found the animation distracting, to be honest.
The strip holds up fine on its own.

GYWO was a breath of fresh air post 9/11.
It seemed like everyone had a raging hard on to get even, and the sympathy we got from the rest of the planet was treated like a carte blanche to start the death cycle.
There wasn't a whole lot of questioning going on in the visual media, and this strip was a fantastically refreshing exception.
posted by Busithoth at 12:37 PM on August 17, 2008 [1 favorite]

"To all the real terrorists out there, I just wanna say, I'm sorry for getting all up in your list..."
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 12:43 PM on August 17, 2008

The voice acting takes it in a fun direction, but the animation totally weirds me out. I don't know about rotoscope or shotosmope but trying to figure out what the hell the line is by the jaw of AR's face.. maybe it's his jaw... and why it keeps moving so fluidly...

Oh yeah, and no lip syncing. So I get just randomly opening and closing shapes and I have to pretend they're talking..
posted by cavalier at 4:24 PM on August 17, 2008

posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 4:36 PM on August 17, 2008

I was underwhelmed by the GYWO vid but I decided to check out the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in a minute one that was suggested after I finished. Loved it, very well done. Check it out.
posted by marble at 7:45 PM on August 17, 2008 [2 favorites]

The pipes rss feed doesn't work with miro:(
posted by keepmathy at 8:27 PM on August 17, 2008

Hmm, the feed actually links to the page that each new video is on, not directly to the video itself (which I don't know how to do), so I don't think Miro is going to work in this case. If someone knows how to do it that would be nice, but judging from the response here I wouldn't hold my breath ;)
posted by Who_Am_I at 5:36 AM on August 18, 2008

i hope they start putting in jokes soon
and i like the comic
posted by es_de_bah at 3:36 PM on August 18, 2008

This transitioned to animation a hell of a lot better than the Dilbert comic did.
posted by davejay at 10:20 AM on August 19, 2008

That mumbled susurration at 0:13-0:14 of Promo, if it's intentional and not just static, is just the best voice acting I've ever heard.
posted by skwt at 9:52 PM on August 20, 2008

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