Although it may sound way too cliche for someone to claim The Big Lebowski as their favorite film, it’s definitely still one of mine. I’ve been a Coen Bros fan since long before it’s release and I remember seeing it in a mostly empty theater when it first came out, but even though it took it’s time to catch on with the masses, once it did, the brilliance was undeniable. Its script has become highly regarded across the board, from the most socially inept film nerds to the douchiest jocks. Everybody loves it (my girlfriend’s getting there). And yet, it still hasn’t been ruined by it’s popularity. Sure, I’d never want to try and watch it with a bunch of drunk strangers misquoting over the whole thing ever again, but it’s held up incredibly over the last 16 years and that’s something that I expect it to continue doing.
Today a 3-and-a-half–minute animated video reenacting a condensed version of the classic Jeff Bridges vehicle has hit Youtube and it’s being presented with an 8-bit video game aesthetic. As the video description explains, for those who may not be as familiar with the term “8 Bit a.k.a. the third generation of gaming started in 1983 with the Japanese release of the Nintendo Family Computer and Sega.“
The youtube channel that posted/created the video is titled CineFix and its “about” section describes them as “the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers on YouTube. We are filmmakers, writers, directors, animators and our goal is to entertain, inform and inspire. We provide dynamic original programming, in-depth interviews with new and established filmmakers and actors, and unique rants, raves and reviews about the world of filmed entertainment.”
More than just a gimmick, this Lebowski 8-bit video is actually really well put together and impressive overall. It’s also not the first video of it’s kind to come from CineFix, it’s only the latest installment of their 8-bit Cinema series which, is presently 16 videos deep and further described as follows:
8-bit Cinema “gamifies” your favorite Hollywood Blockbusters into 80’s arcade and NES inspired action!
For those of you who are both really huge Lebowski fans and really into the 8-Bit aesthetic, we also highly recommend checking out the work of artist Jude Buffum. Check out Buffum‘s Lebowski-related work by clicking the images below and see a much larger selection of what Jude‘s capable of at http://www.judebuffum.com/