To play a movie in ascii art, you’ll need mplayer and a library called aalib. Mplayer (along with xine) is one of the more popular video player/engines for linux, and therefore should be available in the repository for your distribution. aalib is also commonly included in distribution repositories. If not you’ll have to compile it from source. To play a movie in ascii art, all you’ll need to do is run the following command in a terminal:
mplayer -vo aa movie.avi
To have it in color just use “caca” instead of “aa”.