Tom Cruise’s wildest Mission: Impossible stunts get recreated in this truly excellent animation. Cruise has numerous iconic roles under his belt at this point, but his most enduring is perhaps that of Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Based on the 1960s television show, the film franchise began in 1996 and has so far spawned six movies. Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 are currently in production, with the films acting as a two-part story. This comes after 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout became the best received movie of the entire series, leading to even greater excitement for what’s to come.
As an agent with the Impossible Missions Force, Cruise’s Hunt often finds himself at the center of some very dicey situations (hence the name of the entire franchise). This means action star Cruise has often pulled off some pretty awe-inspiring stunts, such as the insane Burj Khalifa stunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. While filming Fallout, Cruise even broke his ankle while jumping between rooftops. Mission: Impossible’s legacy will undoubtedly be the many stunts Cruise performed, several of which have now received an epic animated tribute.
Stop-motion animator Lord Victor Haeglin constructed an incredible animated loop where Cruise cycles through some of his best Mission: Impossible stunts (and his infamous 2005 couch-jumping escapade). Whether he’s running atop a train or clinging to a plane, the animation just reminds viewers how many crazy action scenes Cruise has willingly put himself through. It’s hard to keep up, though Haeglin’s animation does a great job of summing it all up.
Fans have already gotten some glimpses of Cruise in action on the set of Mission: Impossible 7, which looks to be taking the franchise to even bigger heights. Cruise’s co-star Simon Pegg recently recalled how terrifying it can be watching Cruise tackle his Mission: Impossible stunts, and while it’s not the same as watching it play out in real time, audiences viewing at home and in theaters can probably echo the sentiment. For example, a Mission: Impossible 7 set video showed Cruise driving a motorcycle off a cliff. It’s hard not to react with breathless awe.
Whether the Mission: Impossible franchise will continue beyond its seventh and eighth installments remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: Cruise won’t be slowing down any time soon. Plot details for the next two films remain under wraps, though surely Hunt will be at the center of another difficult assignment. Luckily, he’ll be surrounded by several familiar faces, and even some new ones, like Hayley Atwell and Pom Klementieff. Hopefully, Cruise won’t suffer any injuries like the one he did while filming Fallout; at this point, he deserves some rest once this is all over.