For over a year now, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Dave Green and actor Joe Cobden have been posting increasingly elaborate 12-second video reviews to Yelp. Along with some friends, they have made 41 videos about L.A. restaurants, often using special effects, stunts, and stop-motion, that recall the golden age of Vine.
This series, called “Tooth Pix,” started as a very clever use of Yelp’s mostly-ignored “video review” tool, but now the videos are breaking past Yelp’s 12-second barrier. You can see all the full versions on the toothpix Instagram. Here are our favourites.
Toothpix parodies French New Wave (and accidentally re-creates Master of None):
An edit of Pacino and De Niro in Heat:
A cross-town baby caper:
A cutesy cooking how-to:
A Western about tiny restaurants where you have to hover like vultures for an open table:
Aaand a french fry man making love to a burger (NSFW):
In an interview with L.A. Weekly, Green described the team’s process:
We shoot about five or six of them in a day. Most of them are made either for free or with props and gear we have laying around. Some are totally improvised, and some are really planned out. We just keep trying stuff until one of us bursts out laughing.
TOOTH PIX [Instagram]