I'm a little annoyed that this is such a sticking point for so many people. As if one animation is all it takes for DOW3 to fail some imaginary purity test.
On the other hand, it does look a bit goofy. So what does the community think would fix this problem? Bare in mind, any new animation must maintain the mechanics. Gabe has to be on-screen and must take the same amount of time to complete the animation.