Scene from the video showing the girl 'rotoscoped' with the live action singer.
“Take Me On” is a music video by the Norwegian pop rock group A-ha which aired on MTV in 1985. I must admit that I like the
“bubble gum” rock sound but I was mostly struck by the animated sequences in the piece, the prime reason it is showing up within the pages of One Eff Geof's Odd Creations.
If you've never seen this award winning video, I have thoughtfully posted it here for your enjoyment. As you watch it, there are two animation / special effects styles that I'd like to discuss. One
type is known as rotoscoping which is a technique where a live action image is projected on a drawing surface, one frame at a time. As each frame is projected, the artist or animator over draws the projected image in as much detail as he or she is interested
in presenting. This could be just the actors themselves and/or the whole scene and any of the elements within it. In the case of this video, the black and white sequences are quite simple and generally only show the actors with very simple backgrounds. One
may recognize a detailed versions of this effect particularly in Ralph Bakshi's films “Wizards” (1977) and “The Lord Of The Rings” (1978) and even in a few sequences in Walt Disney's “Snow White” (1937). The technique was
invent by Max Fleischer in 1915 and first appeared in his “Out Of The Inkwell” animation series. I suggest that you Goggle the films I mention here to get a taste of what I'm talking about.