We all loved Where’s Wally, or Waldo if you’re from west of the big blue wet wobbly thing, and quite a few of us are reasonably interested in cars, too. Well, the kindly folk of Britains kind-of-innovative Channel 4 have, for quite a while now, been running a few ident clips between programmes which should be right up our street.
Right from the get-go I see a bit of hot Dodge Intrepid action; from the eyes of a man who has never seen one in this country that shape still doesn’t seem scrapyard-ready. A bit of squinting sees maybe an S10 Blazer on the right, with a ’90s Olds 98 in Geriatric Racing Beige proudly sitting atop the pile.
Let’s see what else there is as the clip continues.
The idea of the ident, as you’ll see, is for the Channel 4 logo to appear, as if by magic, from within the construct of the clip. In the second screenshot I can begin to see where the cgi-shortcuts have been taken; those soaring towers of tired traffic appears, to my eyes, to be made up of generic non-specific car-shapes, but then it might just be that my skills are too lacking to identify anything that small and blurry. Feel free to have a go.
By the third screenshot we have more clues that the cars in the foreground are the real ones. The pile on the left contains a B11 Nissan Sunny/Sentra, the other two look familiar but I daren’t go into more detail in case of wrongativity. I easily identified the late ’80s Town Car, though.
In the background are a couple of RV’s, a Class A of ’90s vintage, looking far too nice for junk so probably fake, as well as an inverted Class C, which is also probably make-believe.
When the fourth capture happens, the camera has moved to reveal that the B11 was sitting atop an MN12 Thunderbird, below which is possibly either a Taurus or a Mercedes 190, I can’t quite work that one out.
The first of many conversion vans hoves into view next, the first on a fork-lift and probably genuine if the front-end damage is anything to go by. There’s another Ford van on the right, haphazardly postured on a pile of something or other, with different window spacing to the first, so probably genuine, too.
I’m going to hand things over to the Hoonitariat now. Click the link below to view the clip ad nauseum until you’ve identified as many as you can. Prize? The respect and infinite admiration of your peers and loved ones.
After all that, the definition between what they have skilfully photo-composited and what has been completely computer generated his blurred still further in this other ident which may well see you saying “Gosh” even louder. It’s perhaps more of an AtomicToasters thing than a Hooniverse one, as you’ll see:
As soon as I clocked the rare as unicorn-poo C-133 Cargomaster and the B36s, I immediately knew we we were talking Davis Monthan and AMARC. Check out the exquisite simplicity of the “4” in the clip, and enjoy a bit of planespotting.
(Copyright is owned by Channel 4, but it’s been played so much by now it must be pretty well public domain stuff)