Best Of YouTube: Animators – Egoraptor

So this is going to be incredibly hard for me to write because my brain is thinking about everything at once. Today is hopefully the day we find out whether we got the house or not. So by the end of the day I’m going to be one of 3 things; really happy, really depressed, or really anxious if they decide to leave the decision for tomorrow or the next day.

I woke up at 6 it’s now only 7.10, lets see if I can crap on enough for a few hours.

So, second thing in a sub category whooo! I’m going to just keep posting in order unless anyone wants to suggest a category they’d like to see more of or whatever. Because if you don’t suggest something I’m going to be o to the c to the d about it, and it’ll just go in this loop forever (or until I run out of you tubers which I don’t think will happen for a while).

Egoraptor

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This is Arin Hansen aka Egoraptor. This guy has been brought up briefly in at least 3 of my posts. This man is a genius. He was one of the first animators on Newgrounds, and he was the first to start a lets play channel that followed a completely different formula to every other lets play channels called The Game Grumps. What makes The Game Grumps different from any other lets play channel was the fact that comedy and entertainment were the priorities of the show, not the game. The fact that they use no face cam at all, so you can only hear their voices makes it funnier, and less pompous considering every other lets player has a face cam in the corner of the screen somewhere so the audience can see the facial reactions when they do something in the game they’re playing. The Game Grumps is basically a podcast with a video game playing as your visuals. Arin and Danny are comedians, Danny is a muscian from a band called Ninja Sex Party, he’s turning 39, he can’t play video games for shit, it’s fun to watch him try though. Game Grumps isn’t really about playing video games, it’s about comedy and having a laugh with your mates, the whole original reason of what video games were meant to be about.

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(Hey I’m grump. I’m not so grump. Aaaand we’re the Game Grumps.)

But the thing is, Arin is good at video games too, most of the time better then some of the bigger lets players such as Markiplier and Jackscepticeye who follow the one man cam layout and still can’t concentrate enough to be really good at the games anyway. Arin was a good enough gamer to make it into the Nintendo Championship finals (yes, being good at video games is officially a sport now), he didn’t come first but he made final 10 cut, in the world, that’s fucking impressive. I’ve seen single lets players struggle to keep up with being comical and funny whilst still being good at the game they’re playing. I’m sure they’re great at those games usually, but it’s incredibly hard to have to think about things to say and be funny whilst concentrating on just not dying in the game. Arin has the ability to let the jokes and banter flow naturally with Danny (who just sits there and talks but will sometimes play a video game, which he’s usually pretty shit at) whilst being able to play some of the toughest games out on console at the moment, like Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

Arin is also a professional voice over actor, even making an appearance (as a robot) in the very last episode of season 2 of Rick & Morty. He understands he’s not really a muscian but clearly wants to do music. He has also performed Game Grumps with Danny as a live performance, as well as starring in 2 reality tv series with one being a dancing competition show. He’s made appearances (and sung/rapped) in a few channels videos such as Ninja Sex Party (obviously) and NateWantsToBattle. Considering his love of music and friendship with Danny it wasn’t a huge surprise when they started a band together called Star Bomb, which are all original Nintendo themed songs with animations from everywhere.

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(This is on the set of a Ninja Sex Party song. The other guy is Barry who hosts a section on the Game Grumps channel called Steam Train, he was also the editor for Game Grumps and got promoted to one of the main managers of the Game Grumps company.)

I think Arin Hansen made the Internet a slightly better place to be fair. If you ask any animator on YouTube who Egoraptor is, they’ll tell you he’s the top guy. He started a series called Game Grumps animated, where he cut and pasted sound clips of him and Danny talking on an episode, and then created a cartoon around the speech and encouraging others to do the same and to send it to him so he can promote them on Game Grumps. In doing this it opened up new ideas for animators, especially for the people who only knew how to draw and wouldn’t have the first clue about script or character vocalisation. Now everyone does this style of taking sound bites from lets players and turning them into full animations that always had different stories to them. People started to animate other lets players too like Pewdiepie, Markiplier, Jack etc and now it’s a new thing. But it was Arin Hansen who thought of that idea, and still continues to encourage and promote smaller animators.

These guys are famous. Not Pewdiepie level but different level. In the past week they have guest celebrities on their show such as Rob Schneider, Steve-o from Jackass, an importantish character from Game of Thrones and the lead singer of a band is never heard of that makes crappy emo music. But that was in the space of a week, celebrities think these guys are the best. They get referenced and quoted all the time by bigger celebrities, especially Jackscepticeye which is funny considering he has like 5 million more subscribers. They have big you tubers wearing their merchandise all the time. They are never preachy, they never get into the drama, it’s safe to assume that you’ll always get your 3 15 minute episodes a day of the series of whatever video games they’re playing at the time.

So why just put Egoraptor when I’ve mainly just talked about Game Grumps? Because even though it’s funny people have a hard time looking past the fact that they’re playing a video game. I understand but it also pisses me off that people always crap on it. These guys make a living off playing video games, that’s pretty fucking genius in my eyes.

I’m going to put 3 examples, but I’m also throwing Starbomb in there as one of the examples because it’s still so small that it doesn’t even have its own channel yet.

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This is a stupid, little sketch that originally came from Newgrounds back when Arin was a lot younger and primarily working on animations (this was pre Game Grumps). This pretty well shows off what silliness Arin is in a nutshell, it’s also cool to see a young OneyNg make an appearance: The Best of YouTube: Animators – Oneyng

Luigi’s Ballad -Starbomb

(For the record I’m doing this on an iPhone which is like trying to write a blog on a satanic device that purely wants to make me suffer. So don’t even ask me why some paragraphs are in quotation form, I didn’t want it to be like that but I’m not prepared to lose the whole post over it.) So I told you I’d post a Starbomb song. I picked this one as everyone knows who Mario and Luigi are, even if you aren’t from my generation, if not where have you been? Luigi has always taken second place to Mario as Mario is the star of all the game titles and Luigi is just his brother. And if you are a Nintendo fan who likes to theorise games, you came to the same conclusion that Mario is a horrible person who purely does things for his own gain and not because of any sense of moral duty. Whereas in Luigi’s Mansion, the aim of the game is to catch ghosts and save Mario. Luigi goes through so much to save Mario, having to fight spooky ghosts with a vacuum cleaner and nothing more, then when you do save Mario you don’t even get a thank you from him. Poor Luigi.

Pokeawesome – Just Another Battle

There’s no way I could leave this post without putting up my favourite animated series by Egoraptor. As the name suggests it’s about Pokemon, but more based on the kids tv series and not the game itself. I think it’s cute and funny and I wish he still had time to continue it.

The Best of YouTube: Animators – Oneyng

When I was going through misters subscribed channels (because we use his account as he has been sifting through garbage videos since the start of YouTube) I realised that our taste in viewing is pretty broad with many different types of themes. So I realised I had to sub-categorise this series, because, well, it’s the perfect excuse to start ordering this series like an online filing cabinet. Mmmmm sub-categories with posts all organised into sections, gives me about as much contentment as seeing all the M&Ms/Skittles separated and put into their appropriate colour groups. Bliss, bliss and heaven.

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The reason I picked an animator to start this series off is because it is the most underrated, underpaid, under-acknowledged category of things people do on youtube. The youtube animator today is like the equivalent of the starving artist 50 years ago, talented but barely recognised in it. But unlike how it was for artists 50 years ago, you have a lot higher a percentage of getting your work out there and appreciated because of the internet and sites like YouTube and Etsy. And this is why you can’t hate on hipsters, because they like all their retro and niche hand-made stuff, it’s now super easy to make your art appeal to people, and the more original and abstract it is then all the better. Because it’s not easy doing what animators do, so the first animator I thought I’d write about was this guy:

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This is Chris O’neill aka Oneyng. He’s probably one of the more popular YouTube animators with over 1 million subscribers (trust me, that’s a huge number considering most famous animators still only sit on 500 thousand or less). The reason for his popularity is due to a few reasons.

  1. He was doing animations on Newgrounds and was popular on it back in the early 2000s before YouTube even existed. Which is why there are a few animators on YouTube with a fuck tonne of subs, because their fans followed them from the very start.
  2. He’s good friends with people who are considered YouTube celebrities. Egoraptor (Arin Hansen) from his channel Egoraptor, or what he’s best known for doing which is Game Grumps, an incredibly popular lets play channel, was making videos and animations with Oney since Newgrounds. Even though Game Grumps has only got about 3 million subs compared to the whopping 47 million of Pewdiepie or even the 12 million that Markiplier has, it is still one of the most well known and respected lets play channels on YouTube, with people like Jackscepticeye, Markipiler and even pewds making shout outs and referencing them. Egoraptor is not only an animator but also a comedian, a proffessional voice actor and musician.
  3. He was lucky enough to have one of his videos go viral, and when that happens then you’re good to go with your career on YouTube.
  4. He’s a good fucking artist, and regardless of contacts and the rest of it, it still doesn’t cheapen the fact that he’s a talented artist who deserves the subs and views.

And that’s it in a nutshell. Don’t be jealous or angry of other peoples successes, they usually worked hard to get where they were. There’s no such thing as good or bad when it comes to art, it’s all opinion. The difference between you not making it as an artist, but that popular guy making it big even though his art is just shitty stick figure drawings, is not because ‘people are stupid and like stupid things so I don’t stand a chance’. It’s because they fought through the rejection and just kept going, the reason why you might of failed but that talentless prick next to you is doing super well, is because that talentless prick is better at marketing himself then you are. And it may not make his art any less shitty, but you must admit, he’s still a lot smarter then you at getting people to like anything. Yes, this was a bit of a personal rant to myself about the guy who made those fucking annoying ‘My Stick Figure Family’ bullshit things and is happily sitting on his thrown of cash from making the whole world succumb to personalising their whole family with fuck damn, stupid, dumb stick figure people, while I’m sitting here spending hours perfecting a painting, putting all my effort and not only that, my heart and soul and not earning a damn fucking thing!  Fuck that guy! And please, for the love of fuck, if you agree with this rant about the stick figure families then don’t buy one of those stickers that are just stick figures saying fuck your stick figure family, because you’re still buying the same shitty stick figures and the money still goes to the same fucking guy!

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I won’t hate you if this is on your car though. Funny cat lady is funny.

But in no way can I even put animation into the same category, even when the animators characters are basically stick figures but with a bit more detail eg Cynanide & Happiness and Dick Figures, it still takes a lot more effort to draw the same character but posing in ever so slight angles, or big, to make it flow into a moving a character. That means drawing out the exact same scene but with tiny differences, like the angle of the characters hand, or their mouth movements. Then you also have to think about the background and setting, if it’s outside you still have to change up the scene and draw a whole bunch of trees in different angles, or the grass, the list of tiny details and shit you need to draw is pretty big. Most use computers nowadays to draw, but you still need to be good at drawing essentially to use those art and animation programs and also make it look like natural movement without being jumpy and cutting a lot.

There are a lot of unique animators on YouTube, there are also ones that are incredibly similar in style (mainly because most of the bigger animators on YouTube are all friends who tend to all do voice acting in the animations). Oneyng was one of the original Newgrounds animator, all those guys made the style that most animators would attempt to replicate for years after it. What made his style unique was the way he drew faces and facial expressions;

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These facial expressions, couples with the voice acting that went along with it, made Oneys animations incredibly unique and funny. He used his facial expressions that were constantly shifting, to get his humour.

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But the sillier you start making the animation style, the more stupid the content of the animation has to be. Which is is no way a bad thing, and completely works in this case.

Most don’t realise thing, but being super stupid in entertainment such as animation or film is an art form. Most don’t really appreciate stupid or potty humour once you go over the age of 30, which is sad, so you will never realise how amazing terribly stupid things can be. But only certain people can pull it off, stupid content from unfunny people is really, really awful, so if you can truly pull it off, kudo’s to you.

So I thought I’d put 3 examples of videos from the channel I am writing about. Luckily for you (but mainly me because I like how the post feels when I post videos), animations are usually shorter then most music videos so you won’t get as bored so quickly. Yay.

1. Dragonball P

This is a parody cartoon of the anime Dragonball Z. This animation series (there are 2 of these videos but I’ll only post the first one) is more of his older work before he had properly established his unique style which is blatantly clearer in the other 2 videos I’ll post. That doesn’t make this any less funny though, it feels very reminiscent of the humour of old Newgrounds.

2. Wingardium Leviosa

This is a parody animation of Harry Potter, with a particular parody of a certain scene in the first Harry Potter movie. I couldn’t not add this animation because this is the video went viral and that’s when everyone started realising who he was and started subscribing. In my opinion, this video is what really established his style and what he was going for, plus the voice acting and content is something that me and mister like to reference a lot between ourselves.

3. Leo and Satan – Sugar Trip

Around the same time as the Dragonball parody videos, Oney also had another series happening which i think had about 5 or 6 episodes. This is an original Oney idea and let’s just say that it is stupid but also ever so slightly offensive (but considering one of the main characters is Satan, there’s plenty enough warning of what type of content it could be. I picked this episode in particular, because it’s my favourite episode, and also because mister has a Leo and Satan tshirt.

Sugar fo yo pancakes.

So if you like what you saw (if you watched them) please remember to give them a sub or a like on YouTube, the more likes they get the more YouTube will show them off. So if you want your favourite youtuber to succeed, always remember to sub and like.

I ❤ art and creativity. Always support original creators and don’t view any of the original artists videos on any other channel except their own.