Friday, January 25, 2008
Meet The Gang!
So yeah, like we said earlier, we're working on a cartoon. It's called A LITTLE FAIRY TAIL and the pun-tastic nature of that title will become apparent in a moment.
Currently, it's in storyboard and layout, so there's not much to showcase yet, but we can introduce you to the characters and give some hints to the story as well.
I should first remind everyone that we are, literally, three people...
...two of whom are expecting, which means we'll be moving slowly. We don't have any funding ( although donations through Paypal are rewarded with an original drawing sent to your home ) and we all are working other jobs now. So it'll be a little while before we have anything to show you from the FAIRY TAIL short for a while. But, you'll literally get to see us make this thing step by step over the course of a year or two. Neat, huh?
We'll talk more about other Booo Tooons animations in later posts. There's "Highland Ave" and some other things, but again... later with that.
The first characters we encounter in 'A LITTLE FAIRY TAIL' are two robbers and a six year old insomniac.
Butch and Cassidy hijack a snowman and wait til dark one snowy winter's night to break into a house.
Their break-in is choreographed to Tchaikovski's 'Dance of The Sugarplum Fairy' ( mostly because it's royalty-free ), and the Christmas motif is complete when Bedhead, wide awake and suffering from that bitch A.D.D and too much Ridalyn, begins asking questions. They convince him they're elves surveying the area since it's a new neighborhood.
Cassidy ends up reading him a story to lull him to sleep. It's called 'The Brothers' Mice and The Fairy That Wore No Pants'.
THE BROTHERS' MICE: Manx and Itchy
...and their pal, RINGO the friendly presumed-neutered man-tabby. An American Tabby, at that.
Ringo is a cat who, like all cats, is larger than a pair of mice, or more specifically, Manx and Itchy. And it is for this reason that he services well as a vehicle of transport.
The mice ride him to the park today. Manx is there reluctantly because he'd rather be at home downloading porn or watching television.
Itchy is trying to teach his older brother that there's a life beyond agoraphobia and lusting for sex. Manx states that if he could see pussy in the park he'd drop by more often.
They don't know it, but Twink, the heckler of this picture, has been spying on them, deciding how to spend her afternoon. There's nothing she loves more than wallowing in some good old fashioned male ignorance and using her body to torment them. She does this kind of stuff to them all through the picture.
Two characters who don't get much attention ( they're stars of a gag within a gag ) are Helen and Harold, a married cockroach and ladybug.
We don't learn much about them specifically, except that the two of them are high school sweethearts who went to the Pupae High Prom together. They also apparently enjoyed riding the Tunnel of Love at the fair, and mistake Manx's tongue and drool as an opportunity to relive those halcyon days of their youth.
Lastly, there's a hooded figure. He's aloof, and telling you about him would ruin the end of the cartoon, so the less said the better.
Incidentally, I'm a sensitive artist, but I'm putting this shit up here ( I am speaking personally on this, not on behalf of the other two Booo Tooon Marooons ) because I want criticism. I welcome all comments, but ask that you be constructive. The way I look at it, Blogspot has an enormous animation elite among it's denizens, starting with ASIFA Animation Archive, and ending with the likes of amazing students coming up the ranks, and I just want to be allowed in the club.
I also hope Matthew and Janine put some pictures up.
Matthew is an amazing digital and traditional artist, and Janine shits out awesome photographs almost as if it's easy for her. I'd also like to see some pictures of the characters for 'Highland Ave.' because Matthew has his own art style, and it shows.
Anyway, those are the characters in our current project. It should also be mentioned that we are trying to work out a puppet version of the characters working in a kind of Bozo, Cap't Kangaroo, Beany and Cecil, etc. style show, where we cut to cartoons of the characters, and the art style we do the cartoon in depends on the most popular style depending what "year" the cartoon was made in. We could do UPA style versions of the characters selling breakfast cereal, B&W cycle-heavy timed-to-music cartoons of Manx and Itchy fighting over the girl again, whatever.
Don't think I'm serious? I have a professional puppet maker looking at drawings of the characters now. HA!
To quote Michael Stipe: Oh no, I've said too much.....
- Trevor Thompson.