Creator: Slamacow Creations
is a YouTube
channel run by Steven Davis
, who is well-known for his Minecraft
animations. Citing fellow animator and YouTuber Captain Sparklez
as inspiration, his work is done with Minecraft
models imported to and animated/rendered in 3D Studio Max.
Most of Slamacow's videos primarily feature a cast comprised of few of Minecraft
's mobs, and are usually humorous in tone; recurring characters include Bart the Enderman (known as Bartenderman in earlier videos), a bowtie-wearing Enderman who runs the local monster drinking joint, Dave the Zombie, a white-shirted zombie who gets up to wacky hijinks, and later on, the Minecraft
avatar of Slamacow himself.
"Cube World" and "From the Ground Up" are similar, self-contained pieces with a loosely connected canon and depart from Slamacow's usual fare by being serious, moody and emotional. Both feature original, Minecraft
-inspired music written and sung by Laura Shigihara (known for composing the soundtrack to Plants vs. Zombies
and the song "Everything's Allright" from To the Moon
). "Cube World" tells the story of Steve? and his sole companion, a pet pig, defending against monster hordes under the control of their arch-nemesis Herobrine
. "From The Ground Up" features an elderly husband and wife (incidentally, Steve?'s parents). The old woman has unsettling dreams of impending disaster and begins to fortify their home while her husband chastises her for what he thinks are irrational fears... until he wakes up one evening to see a rift in the world with monsters pouring out of it. He rushes home to his wife where together they must make their last stand, as the monsters batter their castle and an Ender Dragon loops overhead...
- Mob Saloon (Originally uploaded on September 22, 2011)
- A Normal Night In Minecraft (Originally uploaded September 30, 2011)
- Experiencing Skyblock (October 21, 2011) (A trailer for the popular Minecraft challenge map)
- Endertainment (November 6, 2011)
- Mob Dance Party (November 18, 2011)
- Waiting (November 26, 2011)
- Moonlight (December 15, 2011)
- Billiards with Dave (December 19, 2011)
- Ender Claus (December 24, 2011)
- Minecraft Leaking into the Real World (January 1, 2012)
- A Normal Morning in Minecraft (January 22, 2012)
- Dave's March (February 1, 2012)
- Solitude Endertainment (Endertainment 2) (February 25, 2012)
- Wallet (March 3, 2012)
- Creeper Anger Issues (March 24, 2012)
- Cube Land with Laura Shigihara (Music Video) (April 15, 2012)
- The Hungry Cow (April 28, 2012)
- Office Shenanigans (May 13, 2012)
- Earthbending in Minecraft (June 3, 2012)
- Emerald Trading (June 29, 2012)
- Mission Control (July 24, 2012)
- I Love My Minecraft World (Music Video) (August 29, 2012)
- Tough Luck (September 17, 2012)
- Dancing Dave (September 28, 2012)
- Pig Racing (October 21, 2012)
- From the Ground Up with Laura Shigihara (Music Video) (November 25, 2012)
- A Slamacow Christmas (December 18, 2012)
- Mining Zombies (January 6, 2013)
- Battle of the Bids (January 26, 2013)
- Silly Endertainment (Endertainment 3) (March 3, 2013)
- Wither Skeleton Encounter (April 2, 2013)
- Advanced Enchanting 101 (May 5, 2013)
- Creeper Encounter (June 10, 2013)
- Hay's for Horses (August 6, 2013)
- The Game of SPLEEF (December 6, 2013)
- Witch Encounter (March 15, 2014)
- Spider Encounter (June 22, 2014)
- Where the Forest Ends (September 19, 2014)
- Stick by Me (November 27, 2014)note
Assisted in animating
Slamacow Creations' videos provide examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: I Love My Minecraft World is one of Louis Armstrong's classic "What a Wonderful World".
- Anachronic Order: While the videos are usually independent of each other, some details carry over between videos, Dave gets his GameBrick in Office Shenanigans, which he was shown playing in Creeper Anger Issues, which came out two months prior.
- Art Evolution: Slamacow's animations have gotten smoother and his characters' models became more complex overtime, most noticeably around the eyes.
- Big Damn Heroes: The pig in Cube Land, and the husband in From the Ground Up.
- Bittersweet Ending: From the Ground Up, the husband and wife die but they create a new world whether or not they have the memories of the old world is never explained however.
- Briefcase Full of Emeralds: In Emerald Trading, in a noir-style weapons deal.
- Butt Monkey Author Avatar: Slamacow's character.
- Ceiling Banger: While no ceilings are actually banged, the Mob's Dance Party is so loud that Steve?'s house is shaking and he can't get to sleep, Despite several meters of stone between the party and his house.
- Continuity Nod: In Waiting, a zombie and an Enderman are waiting for a respawned PC to come back for his items. After about 30 seconds, the text says "We'll give him 3 more minutes." In Minecraft, dropped items disappear after a few minutes have passed.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: The wife player in From the Ground Up
- In "Billiards with Dave", we see one cobblestone block on the wall, right where Steve? mine through in "Mob Saloon".
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Dave appears in the background Cube Land music video sitting in a chair playing his GameBrick.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Bart, Dave and Slamacow weren't originally the main characters - the shorts originally focused on a few one-shot characters without cameos from the members of the trio. Eventually, it started to focus on Bart. Then Dave joined him. They stayed a duo for a while before Slamacow was eventually introduced, but he only joined Bart and Dave a few shorts later.
- Easter Egg: From the Ground Up has a more lighthearted annotated link to the Ender Dragon and Dave dancing hidden in it's Oh, Crap moment. Also doubles as Mood Whiplash.
- Handshake Substitute: Dave and Bart fist bump at the end of Creeper Anger Issues.
- The Hero Dies: The husband and wife die at the end of From the Ground Up due to it being a hardcore play through.
- Mickey Mousing: Bart is prone to this, particularly in Endertainment and its first sequel.
- Noir Episode: Emerald Trading has the feel of a mafia weapons deal, including jazz soundtrack and both parties wearing suits.
- Oh, Crap: When Herobrine shows up in Cube Land, and when the Ender Dragon shows up in From the Ground Up.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted for laughs in Silly Endertainment. A guard walks by what seems to be poorly disguised Bart and davee (they were holding up blocks to their face)... until the guard walks away. The "disguised Bart and Dave" were then revealed to be dummies as the real Bart and Dave came out of their real hiding place offscreen. This is essentially a Chekhov's Gag as the duo eventually used the same tactic to escape from the guards that came to stop them in their tracks.
- Pokémon Speak: None of the non-villager mob characters speak, but can emote using their respective sound effects.
- Royalty-Free Soundtrack: Many videos use Kevin MacLeod's music. He's been using them less recently.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: In Spider Encounter, complete with cameos of the Trope Namer's characters as Minecraft characters.
- Shout-Out: In A Normal Night In Minecraft, when Steve? opens the fridge, A certain spy's head can be seen.
- The Voiceless: None of the main characters have voices.