He ain’t called “Weird Al” for no reason.
Made in the times before CGI, “Fat” required an extensive application of prosthetics, makeup, and a fat suit…which Weird Al showed a video of himself in today on Twitter.
Here's some archival BTS footage from the "Fat" music video shoot courtesy of Kevin Yagher. Be sure to watch till the end to see how they did special effects back in the ancient pre-CGI days! #tbt pic.twitter.com/x99E6R1dkh
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) December 13, 2018
Those eyebrows are intense, though.
But of course, we know what we dove into:
Some people were completely surprised that it was camera/stage magic:
I remember for the longest time I was under the assumption that you guys somehow used a look alike actor for the Fat Al, and used some sort of video editing for the "transformation".
The fact it's all practical is still rather hard to believe and super impressive.
— Za Wario (@Za_Wario) December 13, 2018
I thought you gained, then rapidly lost a lot of weight for that video.
— michael carvalho (@ndisgize) December 13, 2018
That was makeup and prosthetics?! I thought you went full method for your videos. Now imma find out you were never Amish…
— Dumb Ol’ Owl (@dpileggi42) December 13, 2018
I thought that was Paul Bearer at first… pic.twitter.com/zjvSQi9FnS
— SmilingAssassin27 (@RJCHVZ) December 13, 2018
“Fat” came out in 1988, so even 30 years later, people are learning new things about the piece.
For the longest time I thought the line "When I sit around the house, I really sit around the house" just meant you were fat and lazy and knew how to chill hard. Someone finally clued me in it meant that you literally enveloped the house when you sat down.
— Gabriel the Builder (@GabrielVeasey) December 13, 2018
Yes. He also had to reject a parody of “Black or White” called “Snack All Night” because he thought it would be inappropriate for a song with an important anti-racist message.
— Casey Burnett (@DelishHotShmoze) December 14, 2018
Just noticed you look like actor Andres Parra portraying Pablo Escobar pic.twitter.com/p3LCDbZ2wA
— Rafael Peña-Rios (@RaPe_Rios) December 13, 2018
There's an art to prosthetic make up that CG can't recreate. Kudos to the physical effects folks.
— Heather Duke (@Hred34) December 14, 2018
Al hasn’t been active much on the music scene, with his last album release being in 2014, but he just dropped a new song called the “Hamilton Polka,” a polka-style medley of a bunch of songs from the Broadway musical Hamilton.
You can’t deny he’s creative.
I love everything about the song & video, but the "Oh, lard!" in place of "Oh, Lord!" is just genius
— Aaron Cogan (@aaronsama1313) December 14, 2018
Just as cool to think that you can now jump backstage and rock this outfit in just a few minutes. #Incredible
— Michigan Balls&Brew (@Balls_and_Brew) December 14, 2018
That's so cool. I always wondered how that music video was done. Definitely a favorite of mine~
— Clumsydemonwithfire @ Crying over KH3 (@TheClumsyDemon) December 14, 2018
Wow I had no idea Kevin Yagher worked on that vid. He's one of my favorite sfx guys, you truly are one of the lucky ones
— Pathogen-Zero (@Pathogen0) December 14, 2018
And here we see the wild Weird Al inflating his throat as a territorial display…
— Ian and Tavish Stone (@tymime) December 14, 2018
This was so fun to see! Great to see behind the scenes with such a great video!
— Annie Salter (@AnnieSalter2) December 13, 2018
But those eyebrows really are gonna haunt our dreams.