- yes, the title is a not so subtle reference to infamous (though actually pretty dang hilarious) youtube poop classic 'The King Has A New Computer'. (the description ['i can't wait to get it back!'] is also a bit of a nod to it, with link's original dialogue being 'i can't wait to use it!') of course, this was all decided on impulse while uploading the video, as i actually had no idea what to name it up until then. thank goodness that crisis was swiftly averted!!
- this probably only took like 2 weeks of ACTUAL editing to make. as with basically every other ytp i do nowadays, i started it ages ago, got to about two minutes in, and stopped before having to do the really animation-intensive part because i was a wimp - only to finally pick it back up months later, and finish the rest of the video in like a few days. a similar situation to when i claimed my collab with savi took eight months to make, while in terms of days i actually spent working on it, it only added up to like three or four weeks, all being pretty much just on either ends of the 'production timeline'.
- speaking of the animation-intensive part, that actually only took like two days to get everything done! granted, i was working basically around-the-clock on it, which i never do usually (because i have, uhm, other things to do??). it was a lot of fun! with how little motivation i get to animate things nowadays, it had been like MONTHS since i last did even a super basic pose-to-pose animation. so taking on this task, seeing it through, and having it actually turn out good was a massive boost of confidence! not only to finish the rest of the YTP in quick succession, but also to take up animating again.
- the scene where william walks forward was an extra fun thing to do, mainly because i had never ever done a perspective shot in my life, so i had to spend more time getting all the key frames PERFECT. this required a lot of guesswork and basically 0 anatomy knowledge because who has time for that? i like how it turned out though.
- but let us not get ahead of ourselves here! making the first two minutes of this video was a lovely break away from just spending ages doing precision editing and masking at a really slow pace. while i spent eight grueling months with Squidwarp Completes the Ritual, only painting in minute detail, i forgot how liberating it feels to be able to paint with massive brush strokes instead. (pretentious analogies aside.) while my perfectionist tendencies can probably never go away entirely, i tried to focus not only on careful visual gags but also on just incredibly stupid bursts of noise and repetition, inspired by masters of the craft such as Nineroe - not just spending my time editing waiting for the video to be done in order to be happy, but finding ways to enjoy the pure act of editing itself. aosth is a wonderful cartoon for this - there's no shortage of opportunities to exploit off-model frames, or just to isolate shots you think are really funny out of context. not to sound too much like i'm partaking in a séance here or anything, but i felt working in this style really brought me closer to my ancestors in youtube poop - people who really gave no fucks and whose work benefitted all the more for it. it's an approach that i feel has been mostly shunned in this modern climate of youtube where everybody wants to be professional and impressive (myself included) - so i think looking back to that mentality is a very important thing. wow that was a long paragraph!
- if i can accomplish one thing in the world of YTP with this vid, it's to make more people use YRFZ as a source. these guys are incredible. if you like mike & brett and have used their vids before, you will find just as many things to love in YRFZ. their vids are more geniously sloppy, off-the-wall, and hilariously crude than almost anything else out there. expect me to keep using their vids in every YTP i make until other people also do so
- the chiptune song in the video robotnik makes was actually made by me. it was a shitty song demo i made months before, that i never got more than 40 seconds into. i ought to release it somewhere though! the shitty jpeg 'mobius' background was traced by me in photoshop in like 5 minutes. (actually come to think of it the entire video was made by me! robotnik should at least have given credit, god damn.)
- the background of the barn interior was just found by searching 'barn interior' into google images. i think it's actually like an inn made out of a barn? i don't know. it was a panoramic image, which was sweet because i could get a lot of mileage out of it, for different angles and everything.
- i wanted to continue the 'real life' side of this video a bit more, with robotnik planning revenge on william and wrestling control of the laptop back through some convoluted scheme (or just failing lol). but i was a bit impatient to get the video out already ("it's been months!" -me) so i just ended it when i felt i had run out of ideas, which turned out to be a really dumb place to end the video - but which i think is still funny in and of itself though! i like to think of it as robotnik getting his comeuppance by being trapped forever in that never-ending scene by william aka me.
- i'd like to use the self-insert idea in future videos though, even as just a cameo. i probably already have too many dumb running gags in my videos already, but i love running gags - they help create this kind of connected universe between all my videos. plus more original animation would be nice
- wait shit i just realised i didn't put the 'bad taste' guy in this video at all! oh no! well i guess i put him in an alt account video i made like a week prior, so maybe that balances it out. gotta put TWO in the next YTP though