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->''When're they gonna start moving? Ain't nothin' moving but their lips!''
-->--'''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Frozone]]''', the [[InCharacterCommentaries commentary]] of ''Mr. Incredible and Pals''

Synchro-Vox is an extreme form of "LimitedAnimation": A mostly obsolete technique in which footage of the actor's mouth is superimposed upon an otherwise non-moving image. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syncro-Vox the other Wiki]]. Can look pretty [[UncannyValley unnatural]]. A few lazier productions go one step further and also animate the eye movements this way.

Mentioned on the DeadUnicornTrope page because only a very small number of productions used it straight, after which everyone immediately realised it looked really, ''really'' fake and kind of creepy; anyone using it after the Sixties or so is probably going for comedic effect, MindScrew or both.

Just as primitive {{Rotoscoping}} has given way to MotionCapture, the great-great-grandson of this technique can be found in the advanced facial performance capture techniques used in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' and ''LANoire''.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Advertising}}]]
* Some {{Midas}} commercials have featured a golden hand with a face in the palm.
* A clip advertising both Series/SteveHarvey and Series/TheTonightShow featured [[Creator/JimmyFallon the]] [[Creator/SteveHarvey hosts']] faces with their mouths switched.

[[AC:{{Film}} - Animation]]
* "Mr. Incredible and Pals" short from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' DVD is a parody of ''ClutchCargo''.
* Briefly used in ''Re-Animated'', the MadeForTVMovie that led to ''OutOfJimmysHead''.

[[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]]
* Used in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' to mask the lips of the recent victims of Joker's toxin in order to "advertise" his BrandX. [[spoiler: Which, in turn, was the Joker toxin that he was going to release at the Bicentennial celebration of Gotham City's foundation.]]
* Briefly used in ''Film/ForbiddenZone'' during a musical number: It turns out this is because the first-time actor they hired to lip-sync was so nervous he froze up and just stood there, but the film itself has [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs such a strange visual style]] that the effect fits in perfectly.
** To this day, Danny Elfman plays the scene for new actors as a warning to learn their lines.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvIAyxpjEuc Timbuk3's]] video for "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" this is used.
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy's "Party All Night", created out of one of his comedy sketches with a chorus sung by Little Texas, has two instances of synchro-vox in its music video (directed by Music/WeirdAlYankovic).
* Parodied in Alan Jackson's video for "That'd Be Alright", where a crew trying to film a music video without Jackson himself tries doing this to a photo of him, and later tries digitally overlaying a different mouth over [[CallBack clips from previous Alan Jackson videos.]]
* Music/PepeDeluxe used this in their "Pussy Cat Rock" and "The Mischief of Cloud Six" videos. In the case of the former, the lips are superimposed over live-action footage of a robot cat doll.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} used it for the Russian-speaking portions of the video for [[http://youtu.be/VXa9tXcMhXQ The Robots]] from ''Music/TheManMachine''.

[[AC:Television - {{Live-Action TV}}]]
* Creator/ConanOBrien has used it quite a bit.
** Which is likewise spoofed during one segment of ''RobotChicken StarWars''.
* Used to simultaneously terrifying and heartrending effect in Abed's student film in ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* Rory Bremner used this with photographs of politicians he was imitating back in the late 1990s.
* The intro to the 1988-89 version of ''TheNewlywedGame'' used this on early 20th-century wedding photos, the lips moving in synch to "The Book of Love" by The Monotones.
* Used in an episode of GoodLuckCharlie when the family makes a short, comedic "interview" with the titular child - who can barely speak - using a deliberate English accent.
* The ''Thumbs!'' series of specials.
* The old Comedy Channel (predecessor to ComedyCentral) aired WesternAnimation/ClutchCargo as part of The Higgins Boys and Gruber show.[[note]]One of the first shows to air on The Comedy Channel.[[/note]] In a reference to the show itself, this technique was used to introduce the show as well as to lead back to the main Higgins Boys and Gruber show. Notably, it incorporated a frame from the show with someone acting as Clutch.[[note]]"This is Clutch Cargo signing off. Now back to the Higgins Boys and Gruber."[[/note]]
* Robot head 790 in Series/{{Lexx}} is a variation. The robot head's eyes and mouth are small TV screens that display a mouth played by a live actor; the eyes are fake, but are props with a camera pointed at them, not CGI. The effect was actually done live on the set; the TV screens on the prop are actual TV screens.
* In the Series/{{Goosebumps}} "Haunted Mask" episodes, whenever the plaster bust of Carly Beth's head appears to speak, live eyes and a mouth are superimposed onto the bust.

[[AC:Television - AnimatedShows]]
* A couple of TV series done in the late 1950s and early 1960s: ''ClutchCargo'' and ''Space Angel''.
* Used in the opening of [[SpongeBob SpongeBob SquarePants]] with "Painty the Pirate", who starts the theme song.
** Also used in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture", where Spongebob was discussing actors in the Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy movie.
* In the 1992 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers", [[spoiler:clone!]]Daffy has this for a brief moment.
* This technique has been used in ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', though unlike some of the other examples here "comedic" [[NightmareFuel isn't what they were going for]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Marge" Marge is declared insane. On the "Krusty the Clown Show" Krusty does Conan O'Brien's bit, asking an image of Marge who her favorite Native American warrior is. "Crazy Horse." Krusty realizes the bit is getting old and calls for the Mad Marge dancers[[note]]cf. the "Judge Ito dancers" on ''TheTonightShow'' during the OJ Simpson trial[[/note]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Seahorse Seashell Party" used this as part of Brian's [[MushroomSamba mushroom-induced hallucination]].
* One episode of ''TheGrimAdventuresofBillyAndMandy'' briefly used this on Mandy.
* On ''{{WesternAnimation/Clarence}}'', the principal of Clarence's school is depicted this way with only the lower half of his face visible.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* ''TheAnnoyingOrange'' uses a variation as it's the entire face that's superimposed over most of the main cast instead of just a mouth. It's also technically live action, with the characters mostly being household food and items, both with having faces on them.
* Uncle Crunch in {{Cinemassacre}}'s ''TheWizardOfOz [[FanSequel 3: Dorothy Goes To Hell]]''.
** WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd also used it for the possessed ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' cartridge.
* ''Têtes à claques'' (aka ''CLAC''), in a fashion almost identical to ''The Annoying Orange'', though it predates it.
* ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'': Used in the ''[[{{Literature/Twilight}} Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2]]'' episode to make fun of the ConspicuousCGI.
* ''WebVideo/CrashCourse'': John & Hank will occasionally superimpose their lips onto the mouths of famous scientists and historical figures.
* AutotuneTheNews uses this once for one of the member of TheView in an early episode.
* ''WebAnimation/BadDays'' portrays the title characters of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' with live-action human mouths.

[[AC:Other]]
* A series of educational VHS tapes called "Standard Deviants" use this in some of their animated clips.
* The Barbie Liberation Organization, an anonymous group of people who switched the voice boxes of {{Franchise/Barbie}} dolls and Franchise/GIJoe figures, used this in their VHS press release to have a Barbie doll explain the organization's mission of weakening the prevalence of gender stereotypes in children's media.

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