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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Characters and music

This is how the characters ended up looking from each episode. The clean up was done by the best clean up artist in the world...Mike Tymochko.
We really wanted to make sure that each episode had it's own feel...from the characters, to the backgrounds, to the animation timing, to the music, all bound together by the same sense of humour. We were lucky enough to get Scott Buscis, the greatest music man in the world to do our music. He switched up the music from episode to episode so nicely. It definitely gave each episode it's own feel. He edited the shows as well, which really helped the music match well with the cutting.

For "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing" the episode was set in a 50's theme, mainly because the '50's seem to be synonomous with werewolf stories ("I was a Teenage Werewolf" being one). We tried to rip off old 50's ads for the character designs and colours, and Scott came up with some pretty swingin' retro tunes. We wanted to exploit as much from the 50's music as we could...rock n' roll, doo wop, r 'n' b, and Scott pulled it off authentically.
We wanted "The Worst Date" to play like an old black and white monster movie...so we did it in...black and white. The timing of this episode is completely unlike all the others. We wanted the main character, James (who is meeting his dates 'father' for the first time), to feel really uncomfortable, so we set the pacing excrutiatingly slow. There is no score for this episode either. It's all atmospheric. To make things extra odd and creepy, Scott came up with some old operatic scratchy music that plays on a gramaphone throughout the entire episode.
For "Freddie and the Yeti", which takes place in the middle of the woods in the winter, we kept all the backgrounds really cold. No warm colours at all. Then we put Freddie and his Dad in the hottest colours possible to make them stick out like sore thumbs, showing that they really don't belong there. Scott referred to Stanley Kubricks "The Shining" for musical inspiration...really ominous and slow, with oboes and violins. Kids love "The Shining"!
In "Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Jerk" we wanted the colours a little more drab to play like an old train robbery movie (the episode takes place on a train and features a bank robber). We got Scott to score it as if he was playing a tack piano while watching a silent movie, like they used to do in film houses back in the good ol' days.

We wanted the Witchy shows to be very candy like, playing upon the gingerbread house theme. The colours in this episode tend to be the most colourful in the series. The music in this episode tends to be more playful as well, helping to make it more 'storybooky'.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bryan C. said...

Quite nifty. I love how you came up with all the different music and design choices for each episode. Very unique!

Friday, September 23, 2005 1:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jared Deal said...

This stuff is fantastic! Really strong design, looks like it must've been a lot of fun to work on. Is there anywhere these shorts can be viewed?
-Jared

Friday, September 23, 2005 6:23:00 PM  
Blogger Cedric said...

I love it! Reminds me of the great UPA stuff from decades past.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 10:28:00 AM  

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