The process of rotoscoping was invented almost 100 years ago by the talented American animator Max Fleischer. The process is a simple one, in which animators draw over footage to provide a realistic sense of motion. If this sounds like a primitive version of mocap, you’re right. Rewind to 2013, with Adobe now showing off the rotoscoping capabilities of After Effects, past, present and future. Now all we need is someone who can dance as well as Cab Calloway, as shown in the last two videos, in which he served as a model for these 1930’s-era Fleischer cartoons. Frankly, I’m not optimistic. I’ve included two clips showing the Fleischer rotoscoping of Calloway at work. Sublime.

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