This is a video of animated Transformers doing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance. Before you dismiss it entirely, let me admit that it’s one of the most obviously internet-y internet things the internet has ever created, and we’re all tired of dancing Transformers and “Thriller,” especially. However, I wouldn’t be showing it to you if there wasn’t at least something a little special about it — or several somethings:
? It’s actually animated pretty well ? There is inexplicably a Christmas tree in the Autobot HQ, which makes me laugh and laugh ? The Decepticon seekers show up as ghosts ? Shockwave’s cameo at the end ? And, most importantly, I need to know if you also felt incredibly angry that somehow Rodimus was the lead dancer and not Optimus. Is it just me? I don’t eve care about Transformers that much. Am I ill? Is something wrong with me? Thanks to MechaMonkey for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.