Zero Punctuation: the rip-offs!

Anyone with a passing interest in the videogame internets will have caught the very mighty Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's weekly video reviews. If not, check 'em out, very funny, very cool, yes we wish he worked for GamesRadar… Anyhow, unless you spend all your free time poking around in the neatherbelly of YouTube, you may not have seen the bastard offspring of Yahtzee's crude animation style and nimble-mouthed swear-mongering.

Put simply, loads of people have ripped him off. They've stolen the visual style. They've attempted the breakneck-babble. They've shoehorned a rather sweet jewel of originality into a number of videos that'll leave you either red-faced with fury or red faced with embarrassment. Either way you lose…

Oh yeah, just so you know, we've left the worst till last.

The populist film one
Ratatouille by Apunctual

We'll kick off with a deconstruction of the appeal, or otherwise of Disney's Ratatouille. All the Yahtzee signatures are faithfully ruined, including the speedy chatter, the images + words = a point and the 'humorous' credits gag. Although his effort to go crude on the animation have arguably been rather too successful. You rarely see illustrations this poor outside an Etch a Sketch in an amputee ward.

The slightly more highbrow film one
The Great Debaters Review by chaplain118

This guy applied the Yahtzee style to the recent Denzel yawn-fest The Great Debaters. Intro music: check. Little figures with hats on: check. Overuse and unamusing of the word 'shitty': oh dear.

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  • RandomRaptor - August 26, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    What about The Ranting Monkey!!! He's actually funny!!
  • bastionbooger - March 27, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    how in the world can you do this entire article and not include the most famous and bestest one, WhistleBlowerZero's Zero Originality. i really thought this was the basis for writing this. they even got pulled from youtube cause Yahtzee's nazi handlers thought it infringed on copyrights (that site, can't remeber it's name, is so useless, w/o Yahtzee they've got nothing. nothing!) it's quite long, but it's worth a watch.
  • dannymc18 - March 27, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    ..and that The Escapist have already taken one of the others down. Wonder how long until the rest follow?
  • dannymc18 - March 27, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    Love the fact that whoever made the last one has taken it down already.
  • matt588 - March 27, 2010 6:06 p.m.

    after the long clips from page 3 and the lack of clips from page 4 I would have thought you would reward us with the genuine article, and I also have no idea what half of these clips are talking about.