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    Kit, Cat and Kapoodle

    A short animated film I helped create with my good friend, Mike Milo. Mike animated the whole thing as part of his job working for Adobe, demonstrating the use of their animation software, Adobe Animate, on a weekly webcast he does. I wrote the script and did the soundtrack. Eric Scott Fisher painted the backgrounds. Our friend Marcus Hirn did the animatic.

    These are a couple of characters (two scrappy alley-kittens and a snooty, filthy rich poodle)  that Mike and I have spent years batting ideas around for. Finally, here's their first cartoon. 

    Enjoy!

    Some of Mike's production drawings from the film:

     

     

     

    Opening Title Ripoff

    Back in the late 90's I was an assistant director on a show for the BBC called "Stressed Eric". I was asked by the show's producer to edit together and time out the opening title sequence and as often happens with my job, given some pretty wide leeway. My contribution of note was picking the audio track "Novacane" by the artist Beck; I cut it up and used it in my rough cut of the opening title for the series.

    Novacane by Beck:

    The idea, as with most music, is that it would be replaced by the show's composer. We sent the show off to England and I was on to other things. A few months later, we got to screen the first finished Stressed Eric episode fresh from London, and to my great surprise, the BBC composers really liked most of my music picks and kept the exact spirit of them throughout the show's soundtrack. Most astonishing for me, is the total dupe of "Novacane" that remains as the show's opening theme.

    The complete Stressed Eric DVD Collection. (I'm not sure if it's available in the States, but I want to try and get my hands on a copy. I haven't seen these shows myself in years.)

    Odd bit of Stressed Eric trivia: The show was mildly successful on BBC Channel 2, which isn't too odd, since it's a very uniquely British show. But for whatever reason, NBC (which in my business long earned the name Not Buying Cartoons) decided to pick the series up, re-dub them using American actors, and air the show in prime time in 1998. It was the first animated series since Mr. Magoo in 1965 that NBC had run prime time.

    I admit, I thought it was a dreadful idea from the start- but it was exciting to see something I AD'ed air prime time on a major broadcast network. The first hint of awful came from the re-dubbing. Hank Azaria was cast as Eric, but the whole show just didn't have any charm without the cool Brit accents. Just as bad, and probably for copyright reasons due to all the barely-disguised rips, the music soundtrack was just stripped right out of the show and replaced with…. silence! It played just horrendously silent, whereas the music had played a major role in the timing of sequences and buildup of Eric's stressful overreactions to everything.

    I think three episodes of the butchered US version ran on NBC before it was mercifully canceled.

    My Feral Lady

    Show within-a-show- an episode of the talk show "Leeza" within the show Duckman. I'm seated right behind Leeza in this clip (wearing glasses and a backwards cap) around November, 1996. One of many episodes of Duckman I was the assistant director on.

    Palm Springs Time Lapse

    I took some time lapse video for the heck of it while out in Palm Springs with my son recently.

    Early Morning 6am -8am October 7th:

    Mid Afternoon to Sunset, October 8th:

    Check this out! My good friend Mike Milo has been part of AutoDesk's beta-testing program for years. The new animation features built into the upcoming Sketchbook Pro 2015 are in large part due to his urging him to create this!

    Sketchbook is awesome software- many in the animation industry I work for use this software, but of course up until now, just for still images, not animation. Here's a video of him demoing the new feature:

    This combined with the new Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft seems like a killer animation combination to me.

    The Seasoned Professional

    An electronic Christmas Greeting that I did with my friend Mike Milo 24 years ago at Sierra On-Line. This was sent out on floppy disk to all of Sierra’s customers at the holidays. Our boss, Bill Davis (Sierra’s creative director) designed the characters. As I recall, Mike and I wrote and animated it; I did the groundhog and cupid scenes, as well as background design.

    Of course, keep in mind this was for computer technology of 24 years ago!

    HAPPY 2014!

    A Relaxing Day

    This morning: went with Leila to another Non-Stress Test in Torrance.

    Noon: had an hour-long deep tissue massage in Manhattan Beach.

    This afternoon: went for a leisurely stroll along the beach at El Segundo.

    I figure I better get my relaxation time in while I still can!

    Cause For Celebration

    It's not official news yet, but the other day at work we had cause for celebration. Champagne, some spirits, and cake. The reason is on display in the following video: 

    This was captured with my Droid X of course. Currently, our ratings are up– another blessing!

    Drama

    I sometimes tease Leila that she is my "Dramatic Chipmunk"!  (She gave me this very look today after I forgot to change the toilet paper roll). 

     

    😀 I've probably seen it a hundred times and it still cracks me up every time!

    Ignoramooses

    Oh well, the Spanish version was taken down, but here’s the original in English.

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