It’s Friday and to keep things simple I’m just going to say: Watch this.
I particularly like that the description of the video in various bootleg copies on YouTube says that it was shot on location in NYC. Yes, that was why the observation deck at the Empire State Building was closed for two days last month: Donkey Kong was shooting a scene up there.
The director, Patrick Jean, is associated with (though not on the website of), French production studio One More Production. Division, which has made videos for Beck, Grizzly Bear, Architecture in Helsinki and the inexplicably buzzy XX. Do check out the site if you’d like to see a hypnotic animation of a naked chick queefing diamonds. That oughta ride ya right into the weekend.
Update: Should have gone with my gut. Patrick Jean did not make the film for Division, One More staffers tell me, which explainshis conspicuous absence from the former’s site, as I’d originally noted. That said, the rest of the out-stricken text is still true, including most importantly the video featuring a jewel queef.
“8-Bit Trip” is leagues better than your average multimedia genuflection to 80s pop culture. Ignore the guy’s too-ironic-for-school ensemble in the first few seconds and enjoy one of history’s most impressive Lego feats (1,500 hours of work, according to the artists). If you like any or all of the following — Lego, stop animation, Nintendo, Atari, synth, awesome — and are not epileptic, you absolutely must check out this video homage to a bygone era by composer Daniel Larsson and animator Tomas Redigh, together Sweden’s Rymdreglage.
The ninjasKung Fu fighters freakin’ kill me. And the new perspective on Pac-Man? Enlightened, enlightening.
But my number one takeaway: I no longer want to donate my body to science. Please entomb me in a Manda-shaped Lego sarcophagus.