Music videos, animated or otherwise, are not a new concept but it is a refreshing site to see how this one came to be. Its not a song from a popular band, but the band is growing. It doesn’t have advertising, it didn’t air over an official TV or online channel nor does it even have many credits but the professional manner in which it is made it is astounding.
Ben Mangum has been making animations online for years with a meager following. Often his videos are comedy based, like a comment on a piece of media or a pun. He is obviously a dedicated fan that enjoys making animations, something that is required when doing something like this as a hobby. Going though his YouTube channel you can see his shift of interest going towards music based videos, yet they still keep the funny atmosphere he has had in previous videos, some even with direct references. It wasn’t until the video “The Turntable Turnabout” (Which you can see below) that his style that would eventually make “Ghost” came though.
The video is a romp through electronic music using Phoenix Wright characters, with some My Little Pony and Daft Punk thrown in as well. “The Turntable Turnabout” was eventually seen by the song’s band and that band, Mystery Skulls, liked the video so much Ben was commissioned to make a new, totally original video.
According to Ben, The “Ghost” video took longer than he wanted to make it, but the work paid off because within on week of it’s debut it had close to a million views. It is a perfect meld of many different fandoms that come together to make an original and extremely interesting story.Yes, a story! The music along with the animation actually tells a story without actually saying it outright.
But this video really shines when you look at the animation. It is amazingly professional despite having a crew of less than 10 work on it. From the color choices to the character designs, I cannot think of a better way for any of it to be done. The references to other media, such as scene motifs and animation style, are subtle enough that is make it seem like homage rather than stealing. This proves that this is a fan’s work, showing that they can extrapolate the media past what is at face value.
But dont take my word for it if you have not seen it already. The best way I can say anything about this video is to just watch it.
WARNING: The Song Below Contains 1 Use of Extreme Profanity at 1:54-1:55