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''Kick Me'' is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

It's about a pair of drawn-on-film red legs and his misadventures with a giant baseball, a giant spider and the film itself.

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''Kick Me'' is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film (eight minutes) by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

It's about a pair of drawn-on-film red legs and his misadventures with a giant baseball, a giant spider and the film itself.
itself. As the film itself states in the opening frames, all of the animation was done by scratching directly onto film stock, as opposed to photographing cels.



* AnimateInanimateObject: At first the legs have to dodge a baseball that seems like just a simple baseball. Then the baseball starts to grow in size and actively chases the legs around. After a scene where the baseball chases the legs underwater, the baseball emerges and shakes itself like a wet dog.



* OldTimeyCinemaCountdown: Used for a gag in which the legs stumble into a reel of film leader, and are knocked around by the sweeping hand of the clock counting down.

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* OldTimeyCinemaCountdown: Used for a gag in which the legs stumble into a reel of film leader, and are knocked around by the sweeping hand of the clock counting down.down.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Filled with standard public domain snippets like the William Tell Overture and "Stars and Stripes Forever".


* MeltingFilmEffect: The film melts just as the spider is about to get the legs, allowing the legs to escape. Then, as the legs start to dance happily, the film melts a second time.

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* MeltingFilmEffect: The film melts just as the spider is about to get the legs, allowing the legs to escape. Then, as the legs start to dance happily, the film melts a second time.time.
* OldTimeyCinemaCountdown: Used for a gag in which the legs stumble into a reel of film leader, and are knocked around by the sweeping hand of the clock counting down.

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* CameraScrew: In a gag that was probably stolen from the iconic cartoon "WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck", at one point the film frame gets stuck halfway in the picture, with the "bottom" on the top. This results in the pair of legs leaping up at the top and reappearing in the bottom of the frame.


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* LimitedAnimation: It was scratched directly onto film, after all. The very simple, abstract animation shows a pair of legs, which are themselves nothing more than two lines, having a series of adventures in a landscape that is also abstract line drawings.

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* LineBoil: A lot of this, starting with the opening titles, since as the film itself states it was scratched directly on film.


* MeltingFilmEffect: The film melts just as the spider is about to get the legs, allowing the legs to escape.

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* MeltingFilmEffect: The film melts just as the spider is about to get the legs, allowing the legs to escape. Then, as the legs start to dance happily, the film melts a second time.

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* FuzzballSpider: The spider that attacks the main character is a one-eyed ball with eight small legs. In fact, it doesn't walk, it just bounces like a basketball.


''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

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''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' ''Kick Me'' is an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).


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''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' is an AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

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''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' is an AcademyAward-nominated UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated 1975 animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).


* ExcusePlot: A pair of legs kicking stuff and so on.

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* ExcusePlot: A pair of legs kicking stuff and so on.on.
* GiantSpider: The legs are chased by a large spider [[{{Cyclops}} with one eye]].
* MeltingFilmEffect: The film melts just as the spider is about to get the legs, allowing the legs to escape.


* DerangedAnimation: Think of it as Creator/NormanMclaren's ode to LooneyTunes.

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* DerangedAnimation: Think of it as Creator/NormanMclaren's ode to LooneyTunes.WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes.


''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' is an AcademyAward-nominated animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

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''WesternAnimation/KickMe'' is an AcademyAward-nominated animated short film by SFX artist Robert Swarthe (Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture).

It's about a pair of drawn-on-film red legs and his misadventures with a giant baseball, a giant spider and the film itself.

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* DerangedAnimation: Think of it as Creator/NormanMclaren's ode to LooneyTunes.
* ExcusePlot: A pair of legs kicking stuff and so on.

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