For those of you that aren’t familiar with his work, SpeedoSausage (or ‘Speedo’ as he likes to be called) is a YouTube animator. He currently has over 150,000 subscribers and shocks and surprises his viewers on a regular basis with bizarre (but hilarious) videos.
His most viewed video to date is ‘PleaseDiePie’, a short animation that pokes fun at PewDiePie, which has over 1 million views. It drew some negative reactions from PewDiePie fans, but was generally well received as someone ‘sticking it to the man’.
SpeedoSausage took some time out to speak with Tube Chum about the controversial video, as well as his channel, his love of YouTube and how it all started.
How long have you been an active YouTuber?
I‘ve been using YouTube since about 2007. I’ve had several different accounts in the past that either got banned or I closed them because the content I put up was embarrassing! Well, even more embarrassing than the cartoons I have up now. I started the SpeedoSausage channel in March of last year and uploaded my first video a few days later.
Even back when I was making horrible content as a dumb 13 year old kid on other channels, it was a great feeling uploading a video and getting feedback on it, whether it was negative or positive. I just loved the idea of being able to interact with people who watched something you created like that, and it was around that time that I started discovering all these great animators like Egoraptor, Oney, GonzoSSM, etc.
How did you decide the name of your YouTube channel?
It was a spur of the moment thing.
I had the first video almost finished, so obviously I needed to make a new YouTube account, and – being that I was 16 at the time and my life revolved around toilet humor – ’twas inevitable that my username would have to be a really really stupid dick joke that I would regret like a day later.
It was originally going to be “SpeedoSnake” but that name was already taken at the time or something because I couldn’t choose it, so I went for the next phallic object beginning with an ‘S’ I could think of and thus, SpeedoSausage was born.
How long does it take to make each of your videos?
Generally it takes around a week to make a video, 2 weeks at the longest. I essentially give myself a deadline when making videos.
I’ll try to get at least 10 seconds done a day, so after about a week, that usually does the trick and I have a new video good to go! That is, if everything goes to plan – the animating software I use is known for being a little buggy, crashing, and corrupting files, so when that happens while you’re working hard on a video, it totally drops your motivation, and makes you want to give up on that video altogether.
How does it feel knowing that so many people watch your work?
It’s crazy because I can still remember when I reached 100 subscribers.
At the time, I thought nothing of it because all my heroes and other animators had like 500,000 subscribers and I felt like 100 was nothing compared to them. But then, the following day at school, we were having a class assembly, and there’s like 60 kids in total in my year, and I’m just looking around and I realize “Wow, 60 people is alot of people. I don’t know what the heck I’m whining about.”
PleaseDiePie has been your most viewed video and it got a negative reaction from some. Was there a serious point/message to the video?
There is a true point behind that video, but I think poor writing on my part (as well as basing the design of the character on PewDiePie, and having the title of the video be a play on his name) didn’t make it as clear.
The true targets of the video wasn’t exclusively PewDiePie, but rather people like Tobuscus, Smosh, iJustine, WhatTheBuck, etc, who started these pointless gaming channels to cash in on PewDiePie’s success because playing scary games and screaming was the cool new thing on YouTube.
Every single one of these gaming videos by all of these people is the same vapid and repetitive slew of over-acting and screaming. I felt the need to make PewDiePie the main target because he was the one that started all this – the Amnesia playthroughs, the Happy Wheels playthroughs, the facecam, the screaming, the over-acting, etc.
Have you got any advice for other YouTube animators?
Definately start out with Newgrounds.com. I don’t personally use it that much anymore, but I know if I didn’t make an account there, I wouldn’t know like any of the people I talk to today.
It’s a great place to build an audience and form a connection with a network of other talented animators, voice actors, musicians, artists, programmers, whatever. Trying to build an audience as an animator on YouTube alone is far from easy, but on Newgrounds, animation is pretty much all people want there.
Any projects lined up that you can tell us about?
I am currently working on a 5 episode mini-series for Machinima‘s HappyHour channel, likely to begin airing early next year.
That’s the top priority right now, and the focus has been so heavy on it that I haven’t had time to make a new video for my own channel, but I’m also writing a couple of skits for my channel at the moment too, so it’s all good.
Sub – TheSw1tcher. Probably an odd choice since its a gameplay channel but I just love their sense of humor and energy. It’s never not entertaining to listen to while animating or just watching for fun.
Watch – “Animated Memes Episode 1 Trolls Day Out” by EmroxTV. Glorious satire.
Block – SpeedoSausage.
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