Some more of my preliminary work on the 2013 REEL FX movie FREE BIRDS. During the time I worked on it (2009-2011) the Pilgrim characters were much goofier than in the finished film. They kept quarreling over what to eat for Thanksgiving. At this point (around mid 2010) it was a contest between "Myles" (who favored ham) and "Bradford," (pro-turkey). Myles was justifiably afraid of the wild turkeys, (as you will see later. )
In these story sketches (below) Myles has evolved from the "nebbish" version from the earlier draft, into a slightly more formidable foil for Bradford. I loved drawing Bradford as a big pushy tub of guts. I did a lot of the early temp voice work on him too, using a thick Kennedy-esque New England accent.
I loved this line. I think writer/producer David Stern wrote it. I don't think it made it into the final.
In this early version, the wild turkeys of 1620 were a lovable big family, but they lived up to their wild nature by wrassling all the time. "Granny" and "Uncle Cletus" were constantly at each other's throats. It was all in knockabout good fun. But they were so volatile that Myles and the other hunters were scared to death of them.
REEL FX studio was very open to varying styles and ideas. As a result it was the most fun I had since ALADDIN. And it was really the first time I was allowed to draw "like myself" all day, as opposed to just during the off hours.
REEL FX is currently working on the film THE BOOK OF LIFE , created and directed by the multi-talented and visionary Jorge R. Gutierrez.