Childish Gambino’s This Is America Is Being Turned Into An Epic 1980s Computer Animation By A Superfan

The artist's transformation of the music video makes it look straight out of a retro video game.

You might think that you’re a dedicated Childish Gambino fan, but artist Wahyu Ichwandardi has really taken the cake.

The award-winning animator – also known as Pinot – is using 1980s computer animation software to recreate Gambino’s iconic, provocative and important ‘This is America’ music video, and it’s incredible.

He’s logging his process on Twitter and Instagram and the impressive project is getting a whole lot of love from fans online.

Ichwandardi started sharing pieces of his endeavour to capture the ‘This Is America’ choreography at the beginning of June, and it’s an arduous journey to follow.

Working on practically ancient Apple computers and using retro programs like MacPaint and MacroMind Video, he’s been painstakingly matching the animation pixel for pixel to bring each frame to life.

‘This is America’ is one of the most significant songs and music videos of 2018 and the thorough attention to recreating movements exactly is a testament to the minute detail of the music video’s creative vision.

The video and Donald Glover’s movements especially are embedded with pointed references to minstrelsy, Jim Crow, police violence and so much more to make a bold statement on the perception of black people in America.

With retro tools at hand, Ichwandardi’s personal ode to the Childish Gambino masterpiece is transporting the performance into what closely resembles a 1980s video game.

It’s not finished yet, but so far there’s 375 frames of a pixelated Childish Gambino dancing and it’s damn impressive.

Even the pixel-version of Donald Glover could get it.

Tickets To Childish Gambino’s Sydney Show Are Re-Selling For Illegally Hiked Prices Because Nothing Is Sacred To These People

How anyone could fathom giving up a Childish Gambino ticket for any price is beyond me.

For anyone who missed out on tickets to Childish Gambino’s immediate-sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House forecourt – worry not! Spineless scalpers are re-selling their tickets for hundreds and hundreds of dollars! So there’s that.

Tickets sold out within seconds of going on sale, and it only took a few more seconds before they started showing up on Ticketmaster’s own re-sale service – many for double the price.

Such a shame so many people snatched up tickets only to realise they couldn’t go a few seconds later!

Now there are tickets to Childish Gambino’s Sydney shows being sold across pretty much all the controversial third party re-sale websites, and the prices have gotten wildly out of hand.

Over at the infamous ticket marketplace, Viagogo, there are multiple listings for tickets to the Gambino show on Wednesday November 14, for up to $889.

$889??? For real???

Friendly reminder to everyone that Viagogo does not have the most trustworthy reputation.

ALSO a friendly reminder to everyone and especially these godless scalpers that NSW has new laws in place that dictate it’s illegal to resell tickets for more than 10% of the original price.

The new laws also require sellers to display the original ticket price on the listing. The clear violation of the legislation leaves individuals at risk of an $11,000 fine and the business could (and should) cop a $22,000 fine.

Criticism of the new laws claimed that they don’t go far enough to force re-sale companies to comply, so we’ll see if the NSW Government tackles this Gambino re-sale rip-off disaster.

In the meantime, we 100% recommend you DO NOT get scammed buy tickets for a crazy re-sell price, accept that you’re just not going to Childish Gambino in concert, and maybe watch some Atlanta instead to soothe your Donald Glover-woes.

Same same but different.

Atlanta Season Three Promises To Be More Female Focused Because Donald Glover's Genius Show Just Keeps Getting Better

Just when you thought you couldn't be more excited for the next season of Atlanta, this.

Atlanta is hands down one of the very best shows to have ever been on TV. I’m not just saying that because I passionately stan Donald Glover; one of the many reasons I passionately stan Donald Glover is because of Atlanta. 

And one of the best things a show can do is acknowledge its weaknesses and vow to do better, which is exactly what the team behind Atlanta are doing.

The show follows two cousins trying to make it in the Atlanta rap scene and it has been widely commended for its representation of the experience of being black in America, though the storylines have been heavily focused on male characters.

Donald Glover executive produces and stars in the show and his brother Stephen is a producer and head story editor.

“I think the city of Atlanta has a lot of stories from the woman’s perspective,” Stephen Glover, told The Hollywood Reporter at the show’s For Your Consideration event. “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.”

So far the most female-centric story that Atlanta has delivered was in the episode ‘Champagne Papi’, where Vanessa and her friends attended a party at Drake’s mansion.

Although, even within this episode the women were all split apart and their separate story lines featured each of them alongside male characters. So all in all there hasn’t been a whole lot of female interaction on screen.

Zazie Beetz, who plays the show’s only female lead Vanessa, discussed making the relatively female-dominated episode and her desire for more women on screen with her.

“It was so fun having this girl vibe,” she told The Hollywood Reporter on the black carpet. “There’s no lack of women on the set, but I think in terms of storytelling it is different just like bonding with a woman and playing with that energy in terms of Van’s character. So it is something I would like to continue exploring.”

So, if it wasn’t already obvious based on the huge leaps Donald Glover keeps making in his career, the next season of Atlanta is going to be epic.

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