It can be argued that the video of the cop lip-synching Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off” never gets old. Yes, we stand by that. But if you need an excuse to listen to the hit song just one more time (as if) this may be the last version of Swifty’s anthem you will ever need to see.
According to the description of the video, titled “Redrawing Taylor Swift – Shake It Off Rotoscoped,” 49 animation students at the University of Newcastle (in Australia) “were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off and together they produced 2767 frames of lovingly hand-drawn rotoscoped footage.”
If you don’t know what rotoscoping is (admittedly, we didn’t either; we had to look it up), it’s where an artist traces over live-action footage. So the movements and shapes you see are indeed from Tay-Tay’s video; the students simply added their own special twist and interpretation to it.
Some kept Swifty in leggy Swifty form while others transformed her, the other dancers and scenery into, frankly, whatever their amazingly imaginative minds envisioned. Then they brought it all to life. It’s pretty damn awesome. But be warned: while this might be the best video you see all day (you’re welcome), we’re apologizing in advance for getting the song stuck in your head for the 278th time.