To date, I’ve never really thought much about Ryu from Street Fighter. But now there is a video in which he sings: “Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang”, permanently burned into my psyche.
People on Twitter use an app called Wombo to lip-sync videos of their favorite characters, and the results are cursed. The software, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play, uses AI to convert still images into animated lip-syncing. Wombos official website There are only photos of real people transforming into living lip-syncing, but it wasn’t long before people online had other plans. Now Twitter is flooded with videos of fictional characters tackling viral hits like Doja Cat’s “Boss Bitch”, Gunthers “Ding Dong Song
The app is remarkably easy to use. Just take a selfie – or select a direct picture of a character from these videos – and upload it to the app. After that, all you have to do is select a song and the app will spit out a fully animated version of the subject of the image synced to the song of your choice.
You can tell that these videos were not animated by game developers. The video is usually pretty pixelated, but they look great when I’m short on work. Characters roll their heads and raise their eyebrows more dramatically than I could ever imagine.
The software works with a wide variety of character images, although it looks better with more 3D images. (I’ve tried some 2D anime characters and the videos didn’t look nearly as good on the ones with 3D video game characters.) This video of Evelynn from the League of Legends K-pop group K / DA embedded above looks almost like it could be an official video of their Doja Cat singing “Boss Bitch”.
See how Ryu sings the classic children’s hit: “Witch doctorAnd move his head around like it doesn’t have one of the beefiest necks in the world.
The videos work best when the selected photo is looking straight into the camera, as in this picture from Mr. House Fallout: New Vegas. He may be an impersonal antagonist of the game, but he absolutely pegs this performance of “Numa Numa”.
Dragon Age fans would love these videos of Dorian Pavu singing “Ding Dong Song” and Sola’s “Numa Numa” singing. Dorian’s mustache really sells this achievement for me.
If you want to try making silly karaoke videos with your favorite characters, this is it Wombo App is available now.