“Take On Me” was directed by Steve Barron, who took on A-ha‘s music video project soon after filming “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits. One of my favorite music videos, “Take On Me” was innovative for it’s time due to its use of rotoscoping, or using the combination of pencil-sketch animation and live action whereby real footage is traced over. “Take On Me” wasn’t just groundbreaking in its style, but it also had a cool little artistic storyline. A girl sitting in the café reading a comic book literally get’s dragged into a dangerous motorcycle race and becomes part of the story. A cute little side note – the girl was actually lead singer Morten Harket‘s girlfriend at the time.
Enjoy the ride: