Monday, July 16, 2007

WTF MOUSE (featuring WTF DUCK)




23 comments:

Michael J. Ruocco said...

Great job, Will! I like the designs a lot, especially the way you use that "comic-style fill" in the background in the first panel & for the silhouettes in the last. Can't wait to see more!

By the way, I noticed you did some animation for John K.'s latest commercial for Comcast over at his blog. Nice work!

Scott said...

Hey Will,

Nice animation on the Comcast commerical. It looked pretty sweet!

John S. said...

Hey!! This is cool!!! Is this Photoshop?
How did you get that zipatone effect you crafty bastard?
Congrats on the John K deal! How was it working for the man?

Rhett Wickham said...

Gadzooks! A zipatone fix and a great four panel by Billiam, Son of Finn. Died and gone to heaven, don't you know.

Will Finn said...

thanks for the incouragement. i know this isn't exactly calvin & hobbes, but i gotta start somewhere. my goal is to do some flash stuff but til then i will try to do some comics in my scant spare minutes...

perkypickle said...

ah, just like the ol' days, under the tree, next to the babblin' brook, smokin seegars......

great stuff, william!

Bruce said...

First, you have done a wonderful job on that Comcast advert. Second,this is a bit off topic, but I was wondering if you can answer me a couple of questions:

-If you can remember, which scenes did you worked on in 'Chariots of Fur'? Here is the short if you need a refresher course http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YonLr5Z25ek

-Did you meet/worked with any legendary animators?

Thank you for your time.

mark kennedy said...

Very cool comic. Does the duck have a name?

Kali Fontecchio said...

This was really cute! Thanks!

amir avni said...

A smart and humorous slice of life, well done!

Will Finn said...

mike/john/scott/bruce:

the COMCAST thing was a major treat: John K is a blast to work with and anytime i can work for him again i will!

bruce: (CHARIOTS OF FUR questions)
we all used fake names on CHARIOTS (i used my TINY TUNES freelance name: "Bill Snelgrove". we got to work directly with Chuck Jones himself, altho not "in-house." he ruffed all the key poses and did the timing on the sheets, just like real loony tunes days.

i animated the opening scenes (with the fake latin descriptions) and the beginning of the first gag where the coyote reads a sign and gets "beeped" up out of the frame. (the "punchline" scenes for this gag were animated by Raul Garcia, i think).

I also got to do one of the longer single scenes, featuring the giant archer's bow that fails to work until after 'wyle' plays on it like a harp for a bit. i think that was everything. it was a real highlight.

mark: the duck is called "WTF DUCK" for now. he's from some very old (15 years ago) drawings i did at home...

kali--thanks! glad you liked it.

RFarmiloe said...

Will

Nice funnies! And fun animation on the John K commercial. How many drawings does it take for you to.......?
Seriously, nice work!

How come when Bruce axed you if you worked with any 'legendary animators' you didn't mention me??? Oh...skip it!

I just heard Tony Anelmos doing Donald Duck's voice a few cubicles away......Please help me!

Keep up the great blogging!

-Rick

Pete Emslie said...

Well I say IMHOTEP*!!


*In My Humble Opinion, "Transformers" Equals Poo...

John S. said...

How about "In my opinion, the Transformers sucks ass and anyone over the age of 13 who liked it is a semi-retarded ass clown".
Um....I don't know what that would be, uh..
IMOTTSAAOT13WLIIASRAC.
That takes longer to type than the actual sentence.

Forbes Browne said...

Is Transformers really that bad?

Will Finn said...

forbes--

this isn't actually supposed to be a comment on the movie, more of an observation about people's disagreements of taste.

Bruce said...

To Mr. Finn

You’re tremendously lucky for working with a legend, especially with most of the animators, assistants, directors, layout men, etc. from the golden years of animation are now gone, but their accumulated knowledge and craft had been passed down to those who had worked with them during their life time, and having such an opportunity to work with Charles must have been wonderful. Thank you for explaining that to me.

Forbes Browne said...

Oh I got that clearly! Just checking if there's any autobiographical representation in the little fella. ;-)

Thad K said...

Hi Will,

Thanks for pointing out your scenes in "Chariots of Fur". Chuck's roughs seem to come out in your scenes the most. (based on what I've seen of Chuck's roughs anyway) It's a really well-done cartoon. Glad I know someone who worked on it!

Oh and I love WTF Duck!

Marcos Mateu said...

I like the way the duck punctuates about his friends' speech! That's the way I feel sometimes!

Will Finn said...

forbes--i'm probably not the demographic for TRANSFORMERS... i didn't much care for it but it was probably fine for what it was supposed to be... i don't actually get that worked up over disliking movies too often.

thad k--thanks for the kind comments on CHARIOTS. tho we all used fake names it was an all-star team. Eric Goldberg did a lot of it (aka 'Lamonte Cranston') and he also made up models based on Chuck's layout poses that made the characters look slightly updated but with an eye toward the classic feel...
Nik Rainieri did the giant mousetrap gag i think. i thought that came off as the single best bit in it. Dave Burgess and Raul Garcia also animated on it. Maruice Noble was on hand to color key it and i think Jill Petrilak did the bg paintings (she's an amazing painter). we had a fun rap party afterward and Chuck seemed very pleased over all.

a year or so later he did a sequel to FROGGY EVENING and i was invited to re-animate the classic scene of "Michigan J' jumping up and going into his 'Hello my baby' cakewalk. the original Ken Harris animation is of course long gone so they printed out framegrabs of every single frame. oddly enough Chuck insisted that the rotos be used for reference only and wanted me to do something 'the same but different' which left me absolutely baffled. i ultimately gave it back untouched and somebody else did it. i never saw the short.

around that time Chuck was working with a writer named Don Arioli, who i met but failed to chat up. i lived to regret that because he turned out to be the co-creator of HOT STUFF, one of my alltime favorite NFB/Canada shorts. Mr. Arioli moved to England not long after and i never met him again...he died a few years ago.

if you've never seen HOT STUFF track it down. Arioli did all the voices in it and he has a unique and hilarioius delivery. i remember first seeing it on ABC tv's answer to SESAME STREET: THE CURIOSITY SHOP, which Chuck Jones produced. no doubt that's where they met.

Tim said...

Didn't you write a "Slipped Disc" column back in '82 or '83 about the Transformers? It was in John Cawley's "Get Animated" newsletter, if I'm not mistaken.
I remember you commiserating for the poor inbetweeners having to use rulers and protractors to do a head turn.
(Sorry if I'm betting off-topic).

Will Finn said...

Tim,

i think you're right. i did write a column like that along with some others that went on to haunt me. one called "enough with the mice already" came back at me while animating mice on RESCUERS DOWN UNDER a few years later.

i still would hate like hell do draw the transformers, or any un-organic drafting sort of "characters." my kids love the recent cartoon series though.