Paul Robertson (born 1979) is an Australian animator known for his complex pixelized, video game-inspired art style. He did indeed start as an artist and animator for several video game companies, while still making quite a few surreal animations and short films to be used as music videos or showed at animation festivals.
He became a well-known name among the gaming community after working as the art director for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, and then outside the community for providing the animations of two characters from Gravity Falls: Rumble McSkirmish and Giffany (notice a pattern here?). Since then, his unique style has been spotted in several places including the retro-flavored games by Tribute Games, the Couch Gag from the "My Fare Lady" episode of The Simpsons and several promos appearing on [adult swim].
Potential seizure warning: Shifting colourful lights are often present within his animated artwork.
Works by him with pages on TV Tropes:
Tropes found in his body of work:
- Alliance of Alternates: His "Jerryfest" has several alternate Jerry Smiths attending the titular event at a theme park.
- Animated Music Video: He made a few of these:
- "Do the Whirlwind" by Architecture In Helsinki.
- "White Flag" by Delta Heavy.
- Animesque: His works are influenced by anime aesthetic and tropes, the older ones even more so. Also, blatantly parodied with Gravity Falls' Giffany, who comes from a supposedly haunted Japanese Dating Sim.
- Anti-Climax: His animations have the tendency to either have a flashy finale or just end abruptly with no real resolution.
- Author Appeal: Puppies, kittens, curvy and bouncy girls, weird monsters and mutants, gorn, and psychedelic imagery.
- Bird People: "Bird Jerry" lays an egg at Jerryfest. Bird versions of Summer and Morty hatch out of it and Bird Jerry regurgitates food for them.
- Body Horror: His animation skills sometimes are used to portray some truly grotesque transformations.
- Chest Burster: His "Dogs" short parodies the Trope Namer with a dog bursting out of a guy's chest.
- Continuity Nod: Sometimes characters from earlier works re-appear years later in unrelated works. The most interesting example is probably the Violence Kings from Kings of Power who became bosses in Mercenary Kings.
- Cute Slime Mook: Dragon Quest style Slimes appear in his art occasionally.
- Deadly Game: "Slime and Girls Gameshow" has a woman cutting herself open with a dagger, spraying blood and intestines everywhere and one of the contestants has part of her head missing, exposing her brain.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006 is all in black & white.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: One of his very first short films, Hyper Parsnip Bitches (2001), is the only one to have the characters fully voiced. The mock-Japanese and mock-Scottish accents he gave them become grating fast, though, so he wisely decided to just let the images speak for themselves for all his subsequent works.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006. It's an animation made to look a side-scrolling beat-em-up where the players have to fight against a pirate baby, and it was made in 2006.
- Flying Car: The Jerries attend Jerryfest in flying versions of his Ford Squire Wagon.
- Gorn: Several of his animations feature characters getting splattered, sliced, beheaded, ripped apart and so on.
- The worst offender is probably the final part of Kings of Power, where the gorn even gets weaponized.
- Elvis & Dimmi depicts the massacre of an innocent goblin village by the hands of the titular elf and dwarf in "lovely" detail.
- Kaiju: The protagonist of Super Dino Boys is one of these.
- Lighter and Softer: The Magic Touch contains no objectionable elements and has a very relaxed, chill-out atmosphere.
- Mind Screw: It's hard to say what some of his animations mean, if anything. But they sure are incredibly cool.
- Nested Mouths: His "Cats" short had a Xenomorph with a cat coming out of its mouth instead of another mouth.
- Reference Overdosed: Almost all of his works are loaded with references and cameos by popular culture characters, especially from games, anime and cartoons.
- Role-Playing Game 'Verse: The setting of the Elvis & Dimmi animation.
- Serial Escalation: This Adult Swim promo, a Pokemon-esque battle between Rick and Morty involving two Mr. Meeseeks. It starts with punches and broken bottles, and then...
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: "Slime and Girls Gameshow" has a woman doing a huge spray of vomit with slimes in it.