Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Cats and dogs, living together…"


In honor of Throwback Thursdays, (a tradition I have mixed feelings about) here are two character designs I did in 2008 for a project in development at IMAGI studios. I was given an opportunity to re-boot a property called CAT TALE, about a cat living in an all-dog world. I loved the premise and wrote a 12 page treatment, working it up into a full script and even taking a 60-second teaser-trailer into full production. Alas, the financial crisis put an end to IMAGI (here in the states anyway) and as often as I have looked into the status of this property or the whereabouts of the rights, I can't seem to find out anything definitive.

These were done over Thanksgiving weekend 2008. I did the drawings very large in order to get more detail than usual into them. The color/ paint / texture was done by an artist at Moonscoop studios in Woodland Hills. I was never completely happy with the cat character - being the main guy he sort of went thru the usual Too Many Cooks process and there were various limitations and demands built into the design based on what the CG company doing the teaser could/could not do. I liked the dog tho, he has a nice MGM feel (despite his left arm appearing to be on backwards in the painting - it was a rush job over a holiday weekend what can you do?). I do remember the broadness of the designs scaring everybody, an earlier iteration was much more tame and "realistic" (read: looking like actual cats and dogs stiffly walking around on two legs, which I found creepy as hell). 

2 comments:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I do remember the broadness of the designs scaring everybody, an earlier iteration was much more tame and "realistic" (read: looking like actual cats and dogs stiffly walking around on two legs, which I found creepy as hell).

That looks creeps me out as well. Some people never take anthropomorphism too seriously. There's always someone that has to go too uber-realistic with the body structure like having the legs be that digitigrade look because they think it looks cool.

Interesting IMAGI wanted to do something like that than adapt an anime property that I mostly associated them with (still don't care for Astro Boy simply out of the writing in that, no doubt the "Too Many Cooks" had to come to that one). The project you were on sounds pretty interesting where they were going with it (fish out of water I see).

Patrick said...

I love these two bouncy characters I would love to know more of their personalities and the relationship between the two . As design they scream to be animated .Good job Will!