Creator / Neil Cicierega

Neil Cicierega (pronounced, roughly, si-ser-EE-ga; born 1986) has described himself at varying times and degrees of seriousity as a comedian, actor, filmmaker, musician, and animator, while The Other Wiki labels him an "Internet artist". It is probably safe to say that his creative output is quite diverse and spans across more than a few mediums.

He is probably best known for being the creator of Potter Puppet Pals and the Animutation genre of Flash videos. He is also the one-man (with other members joining in live performances) band Lemon Demon. He also makes the occasional episode of New Kids On The Rock, an Affectionate Parody of early 90s Kid Coms. In 2014, he gained some media buzz for two albums of mashups entitled Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence, comprised of many disoriented and epic mashups of popular songs, mostly "All Star" by Smash Mouth. A third album, entitled Mouth Moods, came out in 2017.

His website can be found here. He also has a YouTube channel here, where he posts assorted comedy videos and Lemon Demon/Potter Puppet Pals-related material.

Neil Cicierega provides examples of:

  • Arc Words: The word "Mouth" comes up a lot in Neil's mashup albums, both in the album titles and the titles of songs mashing All Star with something else.
  • Book Ends: Mouth Silence begins and ends with a Semi-Charmed Life mashup.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In Bustin:
    Ray Parker Jr.: Freaky ghost baby! / Freaky ghost man! / Freaky man baby!
  • Brick Joke: Track 6 on Mouth Sounds, "Full Mouth", is a mashup between All Star and the Full House theme. Once you think it's over, the next track "Alanis" starts up with the vocals from Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know"...only for the Full House music to kick back in. THEN, once you've completely finished with that album and are 45 minutes into Mouth Silence, "Wndrwll" starts out as a chopped up remix of Oasis' "Wonderwall", and then 2 minutes into it, when you least expect it, the Full House music comes back one more time.
    • On the album Mouth Moods, Neil uses a short sample of the song "One Week" in the opening song, "The Starting Line". Later in the album, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Smooth Criminal" on the track, "Smooth". Then, for the sole purpose of tormenting the listener, Neil pairs "One Week" with "Stand By Me" on the very next track.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: "Haircut"
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: Several of his remixes edit the vocal tracks enough to wildly change the subject of the song. He turns the Ghostbusters theme into a celebration of "bustin'" on a "freaky ghost bed"; turns "The Eye of the Tiger" into a song about a literal tiger; edits both "Men in Black" and "Wild Wild West" to give Will Smith a weird obsession with bees; and twists "Fly Away" until Lenny Kravitz transforms into a dragonfly and has sex with a candy bar.
  • Darker and Edgier: Bleed with Me Harry
  • Distinct Triple Album: Mouth Silence, Mouth Sounds and Mouth Moods.
  • Easter Egg: Mouth Silence is full of carefully hidden "All-Star" references, including an album cover, backwards messages, and even some text in ID3 tags. Really though, the whole Mouth trilogy has an encyclopedia full of its own lore and inside jokes.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Everything from the Races of Star Trek.
  • Leitmotif: "All-Star", "Smooth", the Full House theme, "One Week" this point, almost no song is sacred from being used in a lot of his mashups.
  • Limited Animation: The first three minutes of BRODYQUEST, before Adrien Brody becomes a rock star and then becomes the universe (possibly).
  • Limited Lyrics Song: Sometimes to the point of Overly Long Gag levels. "Don't need no credit card to ride this train..."
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Embraced to absurd degrees in his mashup songs, either with silly sounding instrumentals with serious lyrics ("Mullet with Butterfly Wings", "Rollercloser", "Crocodile Chop", "Floor Corn", and "The End"), or serious sounding instrumentals with silly lyrics ("Love Psych", "Like Tears in Chocolate Rain", "T.I.M.E.").
  • Mind Screw: Goes without saying.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Used strongly on the album cover of Mouth Moods.
  • Precision F-Strike: Done a lot lately. See "Knock Knock Knock", "Computer Fighters", "It's the World Wide Web". Inverted with "Rollercloser" from Mouth Silence, where the F Strikes from the chorus of "Closer" are replaced with funk vocals.