Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Who ya gonna call?

With GHOSTBUSTERS back in release this past weekend it brought back memories of working on the DIC "GHOSTBUSTERS" (aka "THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS") Saturday morning TV cartoon in (or around) 1988. The show's supervising director was the great Art Vitello, who I had met freelancing on THE GUMMI BEARS a few years before. Art would go on to supervise a big chunk of TINY TOONS and never failed to make each assignment on all those shows an opportunity to learn a lot and have a ball in the process. For GHOSTBUSTERS I freelanced story boards on 3 "Slimer" shorts that were part of the longer show. They were more broad and gag oriented than the main show and it was a pleasure to draw a character who could float and zip anywhere without having to "block" on foot. I remember one short involved Slimer vs. a gopher, and another he was in a battle to raid the GB HQ kitchen vs. a cat character who was kind of a mascot. For the life of me I can't remember the 3rd one and probably wouldn't recognize it if I saw it today. I used a fake name on the show, which wound up in the body of the credits for every full episode, so "Bill Snelgrove" somehow has an erroneous number of GHOSTBUSTER titles on his IMDb page. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

A 1992 sketch by the incomparable Eric Goldberg, the Robin Williams of Animaiton. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cow of the Week! Starting tomorrow...

I've been posting these on Instagram for a few weeks. Starting tomorrow as a weekly feature here! You cannot escape the cow!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The last time I drew Ariel...

Well, ok, the ONLY time I drew Disney's "Ariel" from THE LITTLE MERMAID, was in this brief 1.7 second shot, a series of three that were among the first scenes I got to animate on the movie.

I was working with supervising animator Duncan Marjoribanks on his "Sebastian" character, (the crab) and in the song "Under the Sea" I did a series of shots where he leaps off Ariel's lap, springboards off her tail, and lands next to a big blue lobster who plays the "marimba" clamshells with him.

Ariels is basically one pose, a "moving hold" (two barely different keys with a long chart in-between), I think her hair and tail animated slightly. No doubt Mark Henn, who was the supervising animator for Ariel in this sequence,  and his assistant Jun Fujimoto made sure it was on model even still. But all the same , I can say I got the rare chance to draw this character for a little over a second and due to fate, it became one of the first color stills to promote the film in print & merchandise. This is from a postcard I found in my files recently.

The movie LITTLE MERMAID was a real challenge and thrill to work on. It's always nice to see how many people love it still, despite the advances in film and animation since then. It carries its charm and impact even to young people I meet who weren't old enough to see it in the theater!