Friday Night Videos: Animated

a-ha: Take On Me (1985)

The video has held up surprisingly well over twenty years, despite the female lead’s tragically 1980s hair. It’s a mix of rotoscope and live animation that has lived longer in cultural memory than the movie it’s in part aping, Altered States. Family Guy has even replicated the video’s look, though given how fast they chew through random references, it’s no surprise that they’d eventually have to borrow from the Norwegians.

Gorillaz: 19-2000 (2001)

I really like the animation on the early Gorillaz videos. And I must confess that I never get tired of “objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear” riffs. Except when Meatloaf does it. Brr.