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Video: The Happy Hollows – Death to Vivek Kemp

The Happy Hollows have released this hand-drawn and animated video for their single “Death to Vivek Kemp.” It is an upbeat and catchy tune, and the simple and bright colors of the water-color palate imposed on top of the animated video accentuate the pop melodies of the song well. Its definitely worth taking a moment to enjoy the video. The track is a tune off of their debut Spells which was released in January. After watching the video, be sure to download the MP3 for the album opener “Faces.” Update: Animators and others in the know, may be interested in joining the discussion below as to whether the video is rotoscoped or stop-motion or something else.

MP3: The Happy Hollows – Faces

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • i like it, but this is a technique called rotoscoping. you're confusing it with something along the lines of robot chicken

  • You are right. It was billed to me as "stop motion animation" by the folks sent it to me, but that just didn't seem right even when I was posting it.

  • It is not rotoscoped. Each frame was drawn by hand. Over 2,500 sheets of paper were used.

  • Thanks for clarifying Anonymous #2. In other words, as I understand it, this is neither rotoscoped nor stop motion – but something "else." But since it sounds like it was created by tracing the original scenes – and then animated in the fashion of a flip book – it is some combination of stop motion and early pre-computer rotoscoping. Does that sounds about right?

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