I’ve been a YouTuber since late 2007, even creating a channel during that time to follow and comment on the work of others. I’ve also used my channel to upload at least one of my own works from my college days. Over the years, I’ve subscribed and unsubscribed to various Let’s Players, vloggers, commentators, Abridgers and many other types of channels. My current list is a meager 60+ subscriptions long, but I’d like to take the time to look at a few of the especially creative channels on it in no particular order.
Now, I’m fully aware that there are many creative outlets on YouTube, so keep in mind that these won’t be for everyone. These are just a few cool channels I’ve discovered within the last couple years.
Bat in the Sun Productions
This production team pits comic book/video game/movie heroes and villains against each other. For example, Darth Vader vs. Gandalf the Grey, Wolverine vs. the Predator, and even Lara Croft vs. Nathan Drake. A one-on-one battle set-up isn’t anything new, but what sets these guys apart is a mix of awesome productions values, attention to detail and audience participation. Viewers are encouraged to vote on their favorite before the battle’s created, and the highest vote determines the eventual winner. Sure, it’s basically a popularity contest, but they have at least once depicted both sides as the victor in a close call. If you’re at all interested in seeing nerdy figures duking it out, check out this channel. I’ve linked one of my favorites below.
This is another well-produced series of videos, although the channel is still relatively new and as such doesn’t have a huge library. The basic premise is that these guys take nostalgic sources such as Calvin and Hobbes, Pokemon, and even some newer ones and turn them into gritty, dramatic, realistic movie trailers. While the production values aren’t quite as good as Bat in the Sun’s, they are still strong in their own right and they have a strong understanding of what they’re parodying. Many of the trailers even feel like they could be made into plausible films and really capture that epic movie trailer vibe. If you have an interest in trailers or are yearning for some nostalgia, give these guys a watch. Below is one of my favorite trailers of theirs.
Doctor Puppet/The Timey Wimey Puppet Show
I’m putting these two together as they share both the same ideas and use of Doctor Who. However, despite both using puppets, they go about them in different ways. Doctor Puppet uses claymation, much like Tim Burton, to create an original story about the 11th Doctor trying to save his past selves from the Master. It’s done up like a silent film in that none of the characters talk, but it features music and sound effects to enhance the puppets facial expressions. The only voice work is the occasional drop-in by a narrator. It’s a really cute, clever little series that I’d highly recommend to any Doctor Who fan. You should definitely start from its humble beginnings.
The Timey Wimey Puppet Show on the other hand DOES have voice work, but that’s because it’s done like a Punch and Judy puppet show from the UK. The puppets have some exaggerated features and are traditional hand puppets. In it, the 11th Doctor and the 1st Doctor coexist with each other and constantly are at odds. The 11th is always happy and excitable while the 1st is grumpy and often confused by things. They play off each other wonderfully and the inclusion of cameos from Daleks, Strax and even the 10th Doctor make for some great comedy bits. If you’re looking for a lighthearted Doctor Who show, I’d recommend this and also suggest watching it from the beginning as well.
So, there are a few of my favorite creative channels on YouTube. If you have other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll gladly give any of these guys more exposure and I hope you’ll take interest in them.