I’m changing the title of the feature because I wanted to showcase things other than just something that’s a music video. Trust me: I’m an AMV junkie, but some of the best mash-ups I’ve seen aren’t exclusive to scoring animation clips to music.
This video, “Shockwave’s Lament,” is almost a year old, but it cracks me up every time I watch it. It was created by Dr. Smoov. He famously created the equally humorous “The Rude Awakening of Optimus Prime,” the one where Optimus is a complete jack-hole to all the Season 3 Autobots. He also has created several other entries, his latest being the Soundwave-centric AMV called “Decepticons Superior.”
However, I think that “Shockwave’s Lament” may be his best work. It’s probably the most accessible video for non-fans; previous knowledge of Transformers history isn’t necessary. All you need to know is that Shockwave can’t shoot with sh*t. Dr. Smoov does a great job with all the voices (and does a spot on imitation of Frank Welker’s Starscream voice); it’s so well done that they may as well be the original voices of the cartoon characters. Oh, and there’s a cameo appearance by the Female Autobots, a bonus.
The hell of it all is that I watched a few old Transformers episodes with Shockwave, that lovable faceless wonder, and he does strikes me as really being this pathetic. Anyway, enjoy!
NOTE: The video clip contains quite a lot of profanity, but nothing you wouldn’t see in a PG-13 movie.