One of Elena's animations in Street Fighter 3 was traced all the way back to a David Lee Roth music video from the 80's

David was pretty crazy in the 80's huh

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 4, 2018 at 7:07 p.m. PDT

Most if not all characters and environments in video games are made based on some sort of analogue or influence from people and objects in the real world with techniques like 3D motion capture today or simply designing pixels to look like something already recognizable like E.T. on the Atari 2600.

It's not everyday you see animations in sprite based games taken from real life sources though unless they were created in house by developers, but today is one of those rare days.

An internet user going by the name deafidelity was watching the music video for David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo" from 1985 when he noticed that one of the dancers strikes a pose that more than just resembles one of Elena's victory poses from Street Fighter 3. They're almost identical.

Many are suggesting that this animation was created using a technique called rotoscoping in which something in motion can be traced over to be used in other places like recording real people dancing to be turned into animation — something Disney did for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Street Fighter series itself though is full of references to real life people or movies like Balrog's physical similarities to boxer Mike Tyson — never mind his name is M. Bison in Japan — and that Sagat was modeled after a real Muay Thai fighter of the same name.

You can check out the poses side by side in the animated clip below... just don't stare at Elena's head too much or you might notice not everything was actually animated in that sequence.


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Source: deafidelity, Kotaku
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