Pixels by Patrick Jean

Pixelated old-school video game icons take over New York (and the the world) in this new video for the French techno-pop band Naïve New Beaters. It was directed by Patrick Jean of Paris-based One More Production.

(Thanks, Tim Thomsen)


  • http://www.arielvillaverde.com Ariel

    It’s amazing how Music Video’s and certain commercials have WAAAAY more creative freedom than television series these days.

    Why do studios insist on the same styles over and over?(*what’s not broken, don’t fix it?) Well, we’re never going to evolve artisticly like that.

    Seriously, I’d love to see a show similar to this. Just FUN and crazy!

    Any collaborators?

  • Edwin Austin

    Nice, really liked the pixel effects; the music not so much.

  • Jay Sabicer

    Enjoyed the video, (the visuals, anyway), although I find it in questionable taste that New York, yet again, be subjected to having several of its buildings coming down. Next time, choose Chicago.

  • Ariel

    Whether you like “electro-pop” or not, you can’t deny that the video fits the music perfectly(*even the savy game-style-credits) And ultimately that’s what a music video is supposed to do.

    Well done 1MP.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com Emmett Goodman

    Really nice effects. Its so hard to be impressed by effects nowadays, but this video goes with a small group of those that impress. Very Nice.

  • tedzey

    OMG! I loved seeing the classic games like Galaga, Pac-man, and Donkey Kong! I thought it was so imaginative, especially with the tetris buildings!

  • RC

    Kind of reminds me of this music video…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmcPeuf5aXo

  • http://benjaminwigmore.blogspot.com/ Benjamin Wigmore

    I like the music and the video, specially the donkey kong bit!

  • http://www.taberanimation.com Taber Dunipace

    That was really cool! Loved how they slowly down-rezed the larger objects step by step. Nice song too.

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    This is how the world would be if Zemeckis had his way.

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    PEDANTRY TIME: an animation blog should’nt get ‘Pixilation’ and ‘Pixelation’ mixed up! :-S

  • Chris S

    I love this piece. High energy and short, how it should be. I kinda wish the camera followed the destructive path of DK’s barrell a little longer; a compliment to the entertainment value of the video concept and execution.

    Steve…wwwwwwhat?

  • http://deleted OtherDan

    pretty damn cool

  • Mark

    If you don’t like the music… this version much better.
    http://www.ilovegraphics.net/2010/04/new-york-destroyed-8-bit-style/

  • Peter F

    That short was nothing less than amazing. I know this is damning it with faint praise, but it’s a million times better than any previous attempt to adapt videogames to film.

  • Sherrie

    Really love the effect of the real world becoming pixelated. I espeically loved the tetris bit.

  • http://www.fpsmagazine.com Tamu

    I find Jay Saciber’s comments rather surprising. New York has been the location of choice for many films, television shows and books. Pre-2001, tons of disaster films, tongue-in-cheek or not, were also set in New York. In comics, fights mostly happen in New York if it isn’t in outer space! When the aliens invade, it’s almost always New York or LA, isn’t it? Why is it different now? It’s just supposed to stop?

    The buildings falling is a joke based on Tetris. That shot in the film does not seem to make nods to anything else (feel free to correct me) in the manner in which the shot is set up.

  • http://www.ladanstudio.com Ladan Khajehnassiri

    The idea of the world is one pixel, I love it.
    and Really love the effect of the real world becoming pixelated, Great.

  • Keith Paynter

    I wonder how many quarters this game uses…

  • Gobo

    Brilliantly done; the Tetris concept especially worked well. Pity the music doesn’t fit the tone of the video at all.

  • http://dontpokesmot.blogspot.com/ Annie-Mae

    Wasn’t this an episode of Furturama?

    It’s really cool, thanks for sharing.

  • http://spitandspite.com Abel Salazar

    Awesome! I’ve been listening to these guys for a bit, cheesy but fun. You should definitely check out their other videos, all really creative fun ideas

  • http://www.cementimental.com Tim Drage

    (and a pedantic commenter shouldn’t spell shouldn’t wrong -_-;)

  • http://saturn2169.blogspot.com Andrea

    Hey Jay Sabicer and Tamu,
    I don’t necessarily disagree with either of you, mostly cause I don’t care too much about which city is being destroyed in disaster flicks. However, I think that when it is another city besides NY or LA it makes the film more unique. For instance the short “Panic Attack” (http://www.cartoonbrew.com/cgi/panic-attack.html) was really cool, because the aliens attacked Montevideo. We got to see the alien invasion from a different perspective. If “Panic Attack” took place in NY, it would not have gotten the attention it did. It would be interesting to see Pixels set in some other city especially since this is a foreign film.

    P.S. I love the music in this video and the Tetris part made me lol.

  • NeoSlayer

    Does anyone know what the song is called? I think it fits quite well.

  • NeoSlayer

    Wow. Disregard my previous comment. I completely overlooked the video description…