Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dr. Mr. Horse, Hospital Heart Throb

I found a bunch of old model sheets from Stimpy's Pregnant. I thought about spinning
off Dr. Mr. Horse in his own soap opera series.
...supported by his faithful love interest, Nurse Sheep who worships the stable he trods in. Tears and laughs abound.

Girls would eat this shit up, I tell ya.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Birthday Card For Jesus

The Fire of Christ burst into Keegan McFly's breast last night and impelled him to create this glorious message of peace to share with cartoonists and lesser folk everywhere.

Merry Christmas!

(thanks to Keegan, Christ, Zeus, Zoroaster, Jehova, Buddha, Clampett, Allah and the rest of the pantheon of immortals)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Popeye Reasons To Be Animated

Obviously, Popeye cartoons use many ingredients to make them so special. Throbbing is one of them.
Personality is another, but those are secondary qualities of cartoons. Well, actually maybe throbbing is pretty important since it is hard to imagine live action being able to throb to the beat.
But the one creative quality that is unique to animated cartoons is demonstrated artfully in this here clip.


There are 2 types of impossible gags here.

1) Visual Metaphor - the hand with the vice grip. It's a good gag, and appropriate to the character and story, but kind of obvious since it is half literary.

2) The Eye gag - this one is more creative because it just comes out of nowhere. When I show the clip at festivals, the hand gag gets smiles, but the eye gag gets huge laughs. it's less expected.

I wonder if this is one of Dave Fleischer's gags. I talked to Shamus Culhane and Myron Waldman and they both sort of complained about how Dave would come around and make them add gags that were really out there. Good for Dave, I say!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Oswald Impossible Crap

Here's Oswald and his gang doing stuff that works only in cartoons.

Here's another common ingredient from all early cartoons, not necessarily essential though:
From a Lantz cartoon called "Carnival Capers" I think. Around 1932?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Ingredient That Made Me Want To Be an Animator

The essential ingredient of cartoon animation is not on this list.

I had a great clip reel that Kedz made for me but I no longer can post clips on my blog for some mysterious reason. It used to be easy, but Internet Jesus has changed everything without telling me so the same steps I used to use no longer satisfy Him.

You'll have to use your imagination and pretend all these pictures are moving.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Toby and Skip by Harmke

Toby & Skip: Smells like trouble from Harmke Pasterkamp on Vimeo.

Here's my pal Harmke's cartoon she made in cute school. She did it all in ToonBoom Animate (which works the same way as Harmony, only is a lot cheaper)

and you can find some of her PRODUCTION ART here:Linkand of course there has to be


Harmke has also done excellent inking for me.

We would work together more if only Toon Boom would make their damn animation software compatible with itself!
Here's the Amsterdam cartoon unit: Mitch, Harmke and David. They gave me the tour and we ate minced meat together.