Wave Twisters

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Wave Twisters
DVD Cover
Directed by Eric Henry & Syd Garon
Produced by Yogafrog
Written by Doug Cunningham
Syd Garon
Eric Henry
DJ Q-Bert (story)
Music by DJ Q-Bert
Edited by Rodney Ascher
Kim Bica
Syd Garon
Eric Henry
Carol Lynn Weaver
Distributed by Thud Rumble
Release date(s) 2001
Running time 46 min.
Language English

Wave Twisters (2001) is a completely animated film, also known as the first turntablism-based musical. It is based on DJ Q-Bert's album of the same name.

A crew of heroes is determined to save the lost arts of Hip Hop. Break Dancing, Graffiti, MCing, and DJing from total extinction. The lost arts are being oppressed throughout inner-space by lord Ook and his evil minions the Chinheads. The dental commander Dr. Julio Azul DDS, assumed to be secretary Honey Drips, Dental Hygienist/Robot Rubbish, and Grandpa have a series of adventures, synch'd to the music. Armed with the ancient relic known as the Wave Twister (a small turntable/wristwatch, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat the enemies), they travel to the far ends of inner-space for a final confrontation with the sinister army of oppressors. The film ends with the team teaching the liberated the lost fundamentals of hip hop.

The film is entirely scripted to match the DJ Q-Bert recording. As such, it can seem a little disjointed at times. It was produced digitally using Adobe After Effects and a relatively small team of animators. Buckethead makes a short appearance in the film as well, near the beginning.

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