• Tue, Sep 18 2012

These Moving Neon Movie Posters Are Awesome

moving neon movie posters Ghostbusters Mr Whaite

I haven’t watched Ghostbusters in over ten years, but this animation makes me grin and remember my favorite parts of that beloved film. It’s one of several ingenious works by “2D animator, illustrator, and neon obsessive” Mr Whaite, who has a whole Tumblr dedicated to recreating classic movies as neon displays. What I love is how he pulls out specific details, like the proton streams above or the glass of water from Jurassic Park, tapping into our childhood memories of these movies and the visuals that have stuck with us through the decades.

Of course, there are Redditors dumping on this party by pointing out that these more resemble .gifs than real-life neon designs, that Mr Whaite should’ve put more detail into his animations to make them more accurate. But does it really matter? They look fantastic. It was really difficult to not just copy over the entire list, but here were my favorites.

An excellent detail in this Psycho poster is how the Bates Motel sign switches to “No Vacancy” when the knife comes down. Took me several times to notice that!

moving neon movie posters Psycho Mr Whaite

For something lighter, note his all-blue Star Wars poster and great rendering of the famous Princess Leia hologram:

moving neon movie posters Star Wars Mr Whaite

moving neon movie posters The Dark Knight Mr Whaite

The Dark Knight scared you a little, didn’t it?

moving neon movie posters Back to the Future Mr Whaite

And this Back to the Future one is just so cool!

I also like how he experiments with different styles of neon signs themselves, like this one from Inception that brings to mind the tired marquee on a theater or hotel. (Which, interestingly enough, matches the movie’s settings.)

moving neon movie posters Inception Mr Whaite

Photos: Mr Whaite

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  • Kelly

    Do you guys find the majority of your stuff on Reddit? Because that site is mentioned daily on your blog, and a lot of the stuff I see on the front page of Reddit usually makes it way onto Crushable.

    • Jenni

      We search the darkest corners of the Internet to find stuff to tell you guys. And one of those corners is Reddit.

    • Kelly

      That’s actually very correct.. Reddit sure has its own dark corners. I would die for that job: searching Reddit all day to find awesome stuff to share with readers. “Hey Kelly, stop slacking off on Reddit and get to work!” “THIS IS WORK!”

    • Jenni

      It’s not worth dying for…but it is fun to have a job where terms like NSFW don’t apply.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041690054 Natalie Zutter

      It’s really awesome to get to the part of the day where I say, “OK guys, I’m opening up Reddit–there’s got to be some stories here!” Of course, out of the stuff I find there, only like 20% I can actually put on Crushable–not because of NSFW, but because we have to make sure our audience can follow along.

      Also, if you want to waste hours of your life, go to r/askreddit, it’s one of my favorite subreddits.

    • Kelly

      I’m a frequent contributor to that sub! Along with /r/askwomen, /r/okcupid, /r/dating, and /r/relationships. I see a pattern here…

      I get the 20% thing… a lot of Reddit consists of material only other Redditors would actually understand or find amusing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041690054 Natalie Zutter

      I’ve been lurking for over a year–I need to buckle down and just create an account already.

    • Kelly

      Do it! Then you can earn useless, wonderful, ego-boosting Karma points.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041690054 Natalie Zutter

      There was a great Inception-y moment where I found a post on r/himym about a Neil Patrick Harris lookalike, wrote about it while linking back to the Reddit post… then Redditors put up a new r/himym post about how we’d written about this guy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1041690054 Natalie Zutter

      ALL THE PAGEVIEWS