Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Animated GIF - An Appreciation

You know what artform doesn't get any respect? The animated GIF. Because I'm tired, somewhat sickly and lazy, I'm just posting some GIFs I've scrounged up over at ONTD. I know that makes me a total lazybones but have you tried uploading to PhotoBucket on a sluggish computer during dire economic times? The guilt that goes into procrastinating my ongoing job search is eating away at my soul.

Let's look at some GIFs, shall we?

Here's a cheerful little GIF. Ah-hee!

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I am "smiling with my eyes," like Tyra.

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Arnold, dealing with California's multi-billion dollar deficit.


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Bunk and Kima, working Homicide in Baltimore, could care less.

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Let's lighten up with a little GIF dancin'! You can never have enough Paul Rudd dance GIFs in your possession. Call it Paul Rudd GIF hoarding syndrome.

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Kathy Griffin is all, "Hey wait a minute! Don't forget me! I've got my own dancin' GIF style too, you know!" Kathy, I respect your life of comedy and your GIF dancin'.

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Is this the ultimate GIF to date? If you've found anything better, let me know.

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I don't know who created any of these (except if it's Tyra Banks, it most likely came from Rich at FourFour--the expert on all things Tyra). That's the beauty of the form. It's an anonymous, cheap, pop-culture thrill within a tiny animated format. To GIF-makers everywhere--thank you for filling a void we didn't know existed.

2 comments:

Megan said...

HAHAHAHA I think we watch the same tv shows. Have you finished the Wire? I didn't know I had a family member with a blog - very nice! It looks fun, I should make one.
-your cousin Megan

Lisa Mc said...

I'm about to start watching Season 5 of "The Wire." Season 4 was an emotional devastator for me. I'm wary but I forge on, due to its unprecedented excellence. I'll be even more devastated when I reach the end.

You SHOULD start a blog. It's easy! It's fun! It gets your inner voice to come outside a little bit. I heartily endorse this plan.