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The Resemblance!

Some people come by a pop culture costume honestly. Redditor MissAshley214 posted a photo of her husband’s grandmother, who doesn’t need a lot of special effects to portray the cartoon character Maxine. Link

The Bug Circus Generator

(YouTube link) This ad shows how efficient Snapdragon processors are by inferring that they can be powered by insects. And if you care about cruelty to bugs, you should know that the actual circus acts are special effects, a well-done combination of CGI and image collage. Which is less expensive than actually procuring bugs this big! [...]

Jim Henson’s More Surreal Side

Jim Henson wasn’t all puppets and special effects, sometimes his mind wandered into strange places, and this clip from the TV special The Cube illustrates that his genius knew no bounds. This surreal show aired 2 episodes on NBC during their Experimental Night Of Television in 1969.

The Ray Harryhausen Creature List

(YouTube link) Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen created cinema monsters and other creatures for decades. In this video, you’ll find every one of them, presented in chronological order. See a list of them at the associated website. Link -via Boing Boing

George Takei Should Be Spiderman!

(YouTube link) George Takei will turn 74 years old in a couple of weeks. However, that doesn’t matter when you have the magic of special effects! And adequate medical insurance, of course…. This video is labeled “episode one, ” so we can assume this campaign will continue with further videos. -via The Daily What

Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911

(YouTube link) YouTube combines vintage footage, special effects, and modern memes to salute the viral videos of 100 years ago with this top 5 countdown. Somehow this video has 7,200 likes and a few hundred dislike, but only 489 views -but it’s their website, so I guess they can do that. The YouTube page has links [...]

Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest

This picture and others from the same sequence are everywhere on the internet today, but rarely is there any source or context attached. These are stills from the movie Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest. (YouTube link) Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest {wiki} is a 1908 film by D.W.Griffith. It featured cutting-edge special effects that were frightening [...]

Shadow Sword Fight

(YouTube link) In this Japanese theater production, a sword fight breaks out between our hero, portrayed by Taichi Saotome {wiki}, and the shadows that lurk around us. Creativity, special effects, and precision choreography come together to make something special. -via The Daily What

Little Big Planet IRL

(Video Link) David Hall and Shaggy Shanahan recreated a level from the PS3 game Little Big Planet. It’s made in one, long continuous shot with manual special effects. via Geekologie | Previously: Big Little Big Planet

People Are Awesome

(YouTube link) This music video for the song “Mecha Love” by Hadouken is a compilation of people doing awesome things. A very few are from viral advertising and use special effects, but the vast majority of these clips are just people doing what they do, awesomely. -via Laughing Squid