Lacklustre blogging

Again, I haven’t really paid at attention to this blog, mainly because we’ve just moved house and I had no internet at home, which meant I was left with my gloriously slow phone as my only access point to the virtual outside world. Wifi is back now, so I’ll do some stuff.

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On a completely different note, please take inspiration from this, to always be creative in whatever you do.

SuperFuckers

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One of Cartoon Hangover’s productions, James Kochalka’s cartoon ‘Superfuckers’ uses bright colours and a simple-yet-effective style of animation which is in direct contrast with the absurd and sometimes vulgar stories and dialogue. The cartoon has had a generally positive reception; however some people on YouTube don’t seem to like the profane nature of the show and think it is unnecessary and doesn’t add to the story. I think the vulgarity is part of the cartoon, the shock value wears off after one or two episodes (as illustrated by the ‘dislikes’ bar on each video), the cartoon creates an environment where everything is open for ridicule which aims it towards a more immature audience (i.e. me). I think this type of writing has influenced my work, although my writing is a lot more reserved – it has abstract elements and silly humour. Superfuckers also includes scenes set in ‘Dimension Zero’ which is similar to the portals on Dῡd; I think elements like this in a cartoon can be used as a scapegoat for any story that needs to finish quickly, or to conclude any other situation as the audience doesn’t know how these things work, giving the writer license to make it up as they go along, to an extent. Although in the few scenes it features, not much has much happened in dimension Zero – yet.

Here’s my favourite episode, mostly because of Shitstorm, the hardcore party-poo:

Bravest Warriors t-shirt Competition (Help!)

This is the first time I’ve ever asked anything of the internet community, it feels weird. But could you please give your favourite of my designs for this Bravest Warriors t-shirt design competition a sweet 5, or all of them if you’re that kind!
Click on one of the designs and vote, thanks.

And let all of your friends know, if they’re into cartoons, or t-shirts.

Ps. Please don’t get annoyed when you see this post again every few days!

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Our New Electrical Morals

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One of the newest additions to Cartoon Hangover’s library is Mike Rosenthal’s ‘Our New Electrical Morals’, although there’s only one episode out at the moment, it’s had a huge positive response. The cartoon is based on the life of Business Cat and Douglas, Business Cat is a profit-driven capitalist who has little concern for much apart from money. Douglas is his counter part, he’s more level-headed and keeps Business Cat from blowing babies up with murder-tanks, and things of that nature. I’m not quite sure what their business is as of yet. The show uses quirky (and some potty) humour, and Delta Blues Crooner has great comedy value, using a strong delta blues voice to sing about contrastingly trivial subjects like jelly-jam sandwiches and the duo’s lack of parenting skills.

What I was amazed by was the amount of content surrounding the actual cartoon, there is over 45 minutes of extra content based around the 5 minute short, including a half hour live chat between Rosenthal and the presenter of Cartoon Hangover, the animatic of the cartoon, behind-the-scenes with the voice actors and more. These videos have been a great help to me as I can see most of the 14 month journey Rosenthal has been on to create the cartoon with the Cartoon Hangover staff, and it makes the idea of developing my own work beyond college a lot more realistic.

Rosenthal started illustrating comic strips for his school’s newspaper, he later wrote a 30 minute pilot (which sounds to be completely different to ONEM) and sent it to one of the guys at Cartoon Hangover, who loved the idea but said they’re focusing on 5 minute internet shorts. Rosenthal then sent the storyboard for the first episode of ONEM to him and got a reply confirming that the show was going to be made. This is a great example of how the instantaneous world of today can kick-start someone’s career in a matter of weeks or months, another big factor which has been overcome by technology was Rosenthal’s remote involvement with the production of the show, he said  he would Skype the team over in Hollywood and was never out of the loop. This also shows how Cartoon Hangover focuses on working with new creative minds rather than a more profit driven production company who would typically take the idea and hand it over to their in-house writers and maybe never contact the creator again.

Adventure Time

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A more contemporary but still iconic cartoon is Adventure Time. Created by Pendleton Ward, it follows the adventures of Finn the human and Jake the dog in the land of Ooo, a post apocalyptic earth. The saturated colours match the show’s hyperactive tone set by the characters’ range of personalities and the design of the characters themselves — Finn and Jake live in the Candy Kingdom where Princess Bubblegum is ruler of all the inhabitants who are mostly big sweets with a face, arms and legs. Adventure Time has the classic element of slapstick comedy and the nature of the show allows for some bizarre scenes to take place with some strange visual comedy. As I’ve said in a previous post Adventure Time — like a lot of other/older cartoons — can go off on a tangent and bring up some quite deep observations and this is one element of the show that I love as it seems almost out-of-place in a children’s cartoon, and it’s one reason the show attracts an older audience. Adventure Time is in its 5th series now, and it has grown to have a few ongoing subplots and the side characters are a lot more involved. It’s huge fan-base also means that there’s and endless amount of fan art floating around the internet, there are also comic books — some of which focus on the side characters, clothing and merchandise.

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The latest episode ‘BMO Lost’ is one of my favourites (there are some spoilers in here) — it focuses on BMO, a handheld computer game/computer who lives with Finn and Jake. She finds herself lost in the forest and has to make her way back home with the help of a bubble and a baby who she meets on the way. After adopting the baby as her own, BMO must leave him when his mother turns up looking for him. My favourite scene in this episode is when BMO and Bubble finally reach the house and Bubble confesses his love for BMO, telling her that after searching for his home he has finally found it — in her, he promptly asks her to marry him and she accepts. At this time Jake opens the door and pops Bubble. BMO starts weeping and Jake thinks she’s joking, the abrupt devastation really caught me, admittedly I laughed in shock rather than anything else. After this BMO hears Bubble’s voice again and he explains how he is air and is home at last, his voice then darkens as he explains that he’ll be with BMO wherever she goes, “No more privacy, no more quiet, no more alone” while we see BMO’s face take it all in and let out a little shout of joy. This is another example of how the show can take a dark turn, but it’s then brought back, in this case by BMO’s enthusiasm and acceptance of the situation. Watch it here.