Check out this video for “Get By” by UK-based Delta Heavy. For reasons unclear, it features 80s toys and games being chopped up and put through a meat grinder. The stop-motion animated short was directed by Ian Robertson, with illustrations by Annie Ward and visual effects by Matt Cameron. I do think it’s a peculiar combination of aesthetics.
- If you like nostalgic toys and games, you might not fancy seeing them destroyed.
- If you enjoy destruction, you’ll probably feel mixed about “90s dance vibes and fresh dub steps”.
- And if you want to take some good drugs and go dancing, it’s probably a bummer to see someone decapitating a couple of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Despite all that, I’ve got to give Delta Heavy and their crew big props for the effort it takes to do stop-motion animation. It’s no easy feat! Per their production notes:
- 11,008 photographs were taken for the film.
- 3,184 photographs made the final cut.
- 80 Rubik’s Cubes were hired for the shoot.
- 10 hours to animate 18 frames of the Rubik’s Cube equaliser.
- 148 Subbuteo men hired for the shoot.
- 99 Red Balloons by Nena is the vinyl record in the opening sequence.
- 7 Hungry Hippos were harmed during the making of the film.
- 160 pick-up sticks are equalised.
- 1 John Hunt Little Champion Pie Machine was used as the record press.
- 4 hours to shoot the hungry hippos being minced.
- 12 photographs per second appear in the film.
- 6 hours to plan and shoot the camera dolly in on the minced Subbuteo.
- 32 days were spent animating.
Delta Heavy’s new album, Down The Rabbit Hole, which includes the track “Get Heavy,” will be released worldwide on May 28th, 2012. Check out the video.