The Origin of A-Ha’s “Take on Me” Video


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In 1981 animator Mike Patterson made this remarkable short student film in which thousands of hand-drawn cells were combined to create a distinctive animation style. Warner Brothers records hooked up the Norwegian pop trio A-Ha with Patterson, and together they created one of the earliest and most influential gems of the music video form. If you’re not familiar with the video I’m talking about, don’t worry. It was a long, long time ago. John Nack has the short film and a link to a BBC article here.

  1. @Rico: The Sun Always Shines on TV and The Living Daylights would suggest they’re not quite one hit wonders, even though Take on Me is by far their most famous one.

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