The Swedish Chef has always been one of my favourite Muppet characters, and so when MBS (@mbransons) posted Animated GIF Assignment 856: Muppet GIFs, I was quick to start with The Chef.

This source video is posted on YouTube by MuppetsStudio. In it, the Chef seems to be making both popcorn shrimp (?), and regular popcorn, all to the tune of that pre-MOOC Disco 1972 song Popcorn by Hot Butter.

My copy of MPEG StreamClip wouldn’t download the video (it might be an issue with Mountain Lion and AppleMPEG2Codec.component, although it seems to be present in the Library/Quicktime/ directory), and neither would my free copy of the Fastest Free YouTube Downloader. Nuts. However, a quick search of the web produced MacX YouTube Downloader, and that did the trick just fine.

Choosing which segment of the clip to animate was difficult. There were two or three points where I thought I might be able to get a good, close-to-seamless loop, but in the end, I opted for a number of different selections. You might want to tell me which one works best for you.

The first GIF: Drumming on the Counter

Drumming on the Counter, interval of 0.1 sec per frame

Drumming on the Counter, interval of 0.1 sec per frame

The second GIF: The Big Dance

The Chef's BIG Dance (1.8 MB)

The Chef’s BIG Dance (1.8 MB)

The third GIF: Fingers Up

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Swedish Chef Fingers Up dance segment

The fourth GIF: Fingers Up Shortened

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Swedish Chef, Fingers Up dance segment (short)

Maybe these are too close to video captures and too far from the cinematic / moving still style, but I think they capture the spirit and energy of the Swedish Chef.  I tweaked the timing of the last two GIFs — they were going really fast, so I set the interval to 0.1 seconds per frame, and they view better now in Safari.

From where I am sitting right now, however, I can see the Chef sharpening up his knife for Cårven Der Pümpkîn. Perhaps I’ll post another one of these shortly.

Bork, bork, bork.