Well That Was Lovely: Ballet Meets Rotoscope Animation

January 11, 2018

This is a video of ballet dancer Masahiko Sato combined with some rotoscope animation based on her movement. Per tipster Quinn's professional opinion: "Totally rad." Just what is rotoscope animation? Let me Wikipedia that for you while I pile vegetable cream cheese on a toasted everything bagel:

Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service provides plumbing repair, sewer & drain services to residential and commercial customers. Roto-Rooter is a United States company founded in 1935 which originally specialized in clearing tree roots and other obstructions from sewer lines.

Haha, woops -- wrong Wikipedia page. It's hard to type with cream cheese fingers. Let me try that again:

Rotoscoping is an animation technique used by animators to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame, when realistic action is required. Originally, photographed live-action movie images were projected onto a glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is referred to as a rotoscope, developed by Polish-American animator Max Fleischer. Although this device was eventually replaced by computers, the process is still referred to as rotoscoping.

Did that help? Honestly, I think I'm more even more confused now. "What's new?" Thanks for asking -- well I woke up with a sore back and now the ball of my right foot hurts too. "That's not what I meant." I know what you meant, jerkbag.

Keep going for the video, which is almost half credits.

Thanks to Quinn, who can clearly recognize totally rad things.

  • Talon184

    I broke a hip once just watching the nutcracker...though that was a far preferable injury to what the title of the performance implied.

  • -=aa=-

    Video is 3:21, "dancer" appears at 0:20, starts moving at 0:30, fade out at 1:46 and credits roll at 1:56 for 1:16 of delight in a 3:23 video that's 2:07 of fade in/out and credits, or 0:51 '...more credits than film.'

  • Bling Nye

    Shitty copy/paste bot is shitty.

  • TheQiwiMan

    This makes watching ballet a lot less boring.

  • The_Wretched

    that's not cream cheese >.<

  • kodama

    The dancer is Kurimu Urabe. Masahiko Sato (Masahiko being a man's name) is the creator and creative director.

  • The_Wretched

    If her name were Karuma, you could take her for a drive.

  • Bling Nye

    Kinda disappointed they didn't do the fade out on the dancer to coincide with the unraveling of the stick figure in the gif. :/

  • Delightful, although, it did seem to be more credits than film.

  • Bling Nye

    Video is 3:21, "dancer" appears at 0:20, starts moving at 0:30, fade out at 1:46 and credits roll at 1:56 for 1:16 of delight in a 3:23 video that's 2:07 of fade in/out and credits, or 0:51 '...more credits than film.'

  • Meh

    But the real question is, could they have made this with a stick figure?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    OMG, GW!!! I was reading that first wiki quote and I was REALLY wondering why a plumbing company was making frame motion animation. XD

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