From the puppet strings in *NSync's "Bye Bye Bye" to the Backstreet Boys' synchronous pelvic thrusts, a boy band wasn't a boy band without killer choreography. But in their upcoming 3-D documentary, "This Is Us," One Direction are cutting the strings off that tradition and letting loose.
The fivesome just released a brand new clip for the film, which finally hits theaters August 30, just five days after they make an appearance at the 2013 Video Music Awards, where they are up for the coveted Moonman for Best Song of the Summer for "Best Song Ever."
The guys recently told MTV News the Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary will show "a bit more" about them, and the new sneak peek proves that. It takes fans inside a day of 1D rehearsals -- and not a gram of blood, sweat or tears is shed.
In fact, the guys don't seem to be getting much of anything done. Harry -- shirtless, of course -- gallops around aimlessly in a beanie, Liam teaches his bandmates the art of the Dinosaur dance move -- not to be confused with the more feminine Chicken -- and Niall keeps doing some sort of weird thing with his arm.
In essence, it's 1D being 1D. And it's met by both frustration and amusement from their choreographer. "They hate dancing with a passion," he said. "It really takes it to a whole sort of different level."
But "different," according to Louis, is exactly what they strive for.
"Right from the start, we were always very vocal we couldn't do the boy-band stereotypes -- choreographed dance routines and everything's the same," said Louis, who admitted he was "never really a fan of boy bands before One Direction."
And according to recently engaged Zayn Malik, there's a distinct difference between 1D and the typical boy band: "When people say you're in a boy band, I'm like, 'Yeah, I am, but I'm in a cool boy band.' "
Do you agree? Then cast your vote to give 1D the Song of the Summer at Sunday night's VMAs, airing live from the Barclays Center at 9 p.m. ET/PT.