The Ohio State marching band is really taking this whole make-shapes-on-the-field thing to the next level. College football marching bands rarely break into the top 2,000 things we should all care about, but the Ohio State marching band is something special. The feat they accomplish in the above video sounds boring: it’s a tribute to a bunch of different Hollywood movies. The first ten seconds confirms our collective expectation that this is going to be a boring marching band thing (they make the Superman logo—good for them), and for a moment maybe we start wondering if college football teams can come up with more interesting ways to entertain their fans during halftime.
And then the marching band forms a stick figure Superman (with cape), a building that’s falling over, and a phone booth for Superman to fly out of. And then the Superman made of one hundred people playing music flies up and fixes the building, which is also made of a hundred people playing music.
That’s the first third (you can safely skip from 3:00 to 4:00), and then we get three more movies. I won’t ruin everything, but I have to comment on how elegantly a marching band can display a T-Rex eating a human. Because the pixels making up the T-Rex are humans themselves, once the human playing the human is devoured, he or she simply becomes part of the T-Rex! Perhaps marching band animation will be considered as an alternative to CGI for the eventual Jurassic Park 4.