February 15, 2007

Parody AMVs

So, you're watching an AMV, and you think to yourself "hey, you could do this EXACT SAME VIDEO, using (insert different anime here)." Well, most times, you'd be wrong.

But not with these vids.

The first set of AMVs is Nightmare by Mousepotato. Using "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums" by A Perfect Circle and Neon Genesis Evangelion, this is a tightly edited, dramatic, almost scary video. Highly rated in my book, it's an excellent AMV.

And because the video takes itself SO seriously (to it's benefit), it's a PERFECT target for parody. That's where Floyd's Nightmare comes in. Using the same song, and the original AMV as a framework, Parodic Productions remakes the viddy using... Azumanga Daioh? And it's ALMOST as technically perfect as the original. Want some examples of how it works? Here's some screencaps: the ones on the left are from Nightmare, on the right is Floyd's Nightmare.
...if you can read this, you're probably looking for something funny.  Sorry, got nothing.

Download 'em both, and prepare to giggle like a schoolgirl.

The other pair I've come across have a similar idea behind them. The original of the two is Mitternacht by Pwolf. Using scenes from three of the best known vampire animes out there (Hellsing, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Vampire Hunter D), and music by E Nomine, this is a neatly done action AMV. And who doesn't like vampires, huh? It's also another AMV that takes itself VERY seriously... and it shows; it won more than a few AMV contests at cons.

Now there comes Mitternacho by FallChild42. It's an attempt to do a shot-by-shot remake of the original using... um... Chobits, Cromartie High School, and (oh look!) Azumanga Daioh. Please note: NONE of these shows have vampires in them. That DOES add a certain level of difficulty to the proceedings, doesn't it?

And while it doesn't entirely succeed in the shot-for-shot thing, it DOES come pretty darn close. And more than a couple of times, it made me laugh out loud. A word of warning, though: to play it, you need a pretty hefty rig, as the file has TWO video streams, the 'vanilla' AMV, and the AMV with the original Mitternacht viddy playing in the corner, so you can compare the two. Neat trick! And a pretty neat vid.

Now, there are others out there, of course. AMV HELL 3: The Motion Picture had a fantastic (but short) clip called Ophoria parodying the legendary Euphoria.
Euphoria left, Ophoria right.  Still got nothing funny to say.
It's a shame it isn't a full vid. Oh, and that too, uses Azumanga Daioh.

I'm noticing a theme here...

Anyway, download 'em, and laugh.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 01:55 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 I actually enjoyed "Floyd's Nightmare" a lot more than the original. That's the hallmark of a good parody (see also Weird Al Yankovic).

My favorite parody AMVs are those which attempt to recreate the OP animation of one series with footage from another, very different series. Eva Bebop (Eva characters with Cowboy Bebop motif) was the first one of these that I saw, but I've also seen the Haruhi OP done with characters from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Wish there were more out there...

Posted by: Andrew F. at February 15, 2007 03:03 PM (tIvVo)

2 I didn't think of Eva Bebop as a parody viddy, odd as that may seem. I think it's great, one of the best "trailers" that's out there, but not so much a parody as a tribute.

But that's just me. Of course, one could say that a good parody IS a tribute in it's own way.

Now my brain hurts.

Posted by: Wonderduck at February 15, 2007 03:34 PM (YadGF)

3 Heh....very good vids, in particular, the first two were quite creepy...In entirely different ways.

regards parodies, allow me to apologize in advance for this....


Posted by: brickmuppet at February 16, 2007 04:15 PM (V5zw/)

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