Sunday, March 12, 2006

Jessy made something for you

LOOK AT THESE PENCIL TESTS OF SCANTILY CLAD GIRLS FIGHTING FROM NAKED BEACH FRENZY!






Can you believe that was was animated by a 19 year old girl? Yep. Jessica Borutski taught herself classical style animation just by watching a million 30s and 40s cartoons when she was growing up.

She's a tiny bit older now but is a throwback to animators from the 1940s. She coulda been in Bob Clampett's unit!


You know what's sad? There are quite a few really talented cartoonists and animators around today who could probably make cartoons close to the quality of the great ones from yesteryear, but no Movie studio, TV network or cartoon studio will allow it!

We are unfortunately slaves to horrible trends today and non-creative people in charge and all these great modern cartoonists are doomed to work at a fraction of their capacity. You already know the names of some if you've been visiting my blog, but now you can add Jess to the list of modern day geniuses who have no way to show off their talents and entertain all you poor visually starved folk.

Jess loves Betty Boop and Bob Clampett, and is a really funny girl to boot. And cute too! (for some reason most of the talented girl cartoonists are real babes while all us guys are dorks.)



Let's all go to her site and sing her a song!

www.jessicaborutski.com


86 comments:

benj said...

the quictime doesnt work for me:(

Sam said...

awesomE!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, she's great. She did some panda short of the nicktoons film festival, didn't she?

Tim said...

The Panda cartoon was delightful, bizarre at points, but that’s part of the charm I suppose.

Evan said...

it cracks me up when you end a post with one of those pics.

Evan said...

speaking of Naked Beach Frenzy, could you explain the Jiminy Man reference to me?

Desiree said...

WooahH!! That's so amazing i don't know where to begin commenting!!''
X_X <---- Des being WHoaah-ed!!

makinita said...

yeah i have seen her page before great stuff

mitchL said...

Crikey! What talent! What clever mind! Stupendous, outrageous, inspirational!

And it's good, too.



I think the day is soon approaching where people will get sick of seeing this nonsense, take a look back, and yearn for what we once had. Maybe there won't be as many cartoons being produced, but maybe people will be happy with what they get because it will be rewatchable without really getting old, like the classics still are. I find it impossible to watch repeat episodes of most things on television, and that's sick. Cartoons are supposed to stand the test of time, and if they don't, then they should have never aired. I don't know who's giving the go ahead for all of this swill, but perhaps like the microbrewery movement, quality cartoons will make their way into the higher echelons of the industry and take hold, and leave all the Budweisers and PBRs of the cartoon world to the lowly apes that are content with that sort of thing while the rest of us enjoy quality artwork/entertainment.

nightwing said...

man i wish i had the patience to draw the amount of cartoons needed for a pencil test, that is pretty cool

Brian Romero said...

Ben they're not Quicktimes, they're Flash 8 files I believe.

Cool stuff! I can't wait until I can see NBF on DVD in all it's glory. I actually found Jessica's site randomly on Google a while back, really nice work. It's a damn shame that quality is lacking in almost all areas of entertainment these days.

Mitch K said...

A few months ago I found my way to her panda animation (and loved it, of course). I didn't know she was an animator for APC. I'm impressed that she was only 19 when she did that stuff. I mean, I'm 19!

Hey John, are there a lot of talented kids around who never went to animation school?

Morly said...

Interestingly enough, I, too, recently discovered Jessica's site and loved her work. Always nice to hear that someone who's opinions I respect as much as yours, John, likes her, as well. As always, great stuff...keep up the amazing work!

e.s. said...

i, too, saw the panda cartoon a while back and showed it to all my friends. i had no idea she worked for APC! fantastic!

keep up the good posts

Corey said...

Wow, the panda cartoon is the most appealing cartoon I've seen in years. Thanks for the link!

Joel Bryan said...

Wow! It's nice to know people are doing things like that. When I was 19 all we did was sit around and WATCH cartoons.

We wanted to be out getting drunk and scoring with chicks but watching cartoons was easier.

Aimee Nester said...

Wow that was great and so strange because I saw this panda cartoon about 2 weeks ago right after Ren & Stimpy.

It really made an impact me:

*It captured the feistiness of the character w/out words. The characters moved in an almost whiplike way (and I loved how the claws were finger-like)
* The use of great music (appropriate)
*there was a story, it wasn't random chaos.

I'm trying to move from just drawing, to drawing w/more gesture and then finally animation.

Thanks for sharing. It really helps.
*and it was dark but still so cute

Ignacio Jiménez Torrado said...

I saw your blog and i think it's cool. You should take a look at this website.

R2K said...

I love the nudity :)

R2K

Kevin Langley said...

Wow, thanks for posting the pencil tests. You're right Jesse is amazing. It's such a shame that you're correct when you talk about cartoons today. Will these executives ever see the light?

GloriousKyle said...

I too remember Jessica's pandtastic short, and had no idea she was involved with APC at 19- stunning. I'm also looking forward to buying that DVD, hopefully it's packed with features like those pencil tests so I can get a better look at 'em!

Maybe I'm just naive, but as long as there are insanely talented 19year old artists and tv executives who have no idea what they are doing- there can always be a little hope...

benj said...

I saidthe quictime doesnt work for me:
In fact, I wrote this comment when John was trying to post the quicktime I guess....they work fine now!

Nice animation!
Jessica rules!
and I agree with BRomero:
It's a damn shame that quality is lacking in almost all areas of entertainment these days.

Duck Dodgers said...

John,

I was a member at MOTLOS and you gave to us limited copies of 2 Naked Beach Frenzy" ( thanks again, man! ).
I 'd love to know if that uncut version is the one that will be featured on dvd.
I also hope that the ultimate set will feature ALL the shorts UNCUT.
My God, we are having the Looney Tunes uncut on dvd and we cannot have cartoons made in the last twenty years!!!

Please reply,John

Yours,

Andrea

C. A. M. Thompson said...

The alligator in her gallery is one of my favorite drawings ever.

Gabriel said...
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Jorge Garrido said...

How did she learn the basics and fundamentals? Did she have any training?

David Germain said...

Are you sure Jesse never went to animation school? That looked freakin' sweet. It took me about a year and a half of schooling at Scetch in Saskatoon to even know what the hell I was doing let alone do animation that good. In fact, I'd STILL have some problems getting my animation to look that good (partly because I've been away from any animation facilities and/or equipment too long).

Anonymous said...

Nice, but they should have been made into .mov files, boss. That way we could have seen them frame-by-frame. MUCH more educational...

junior said...

gotta agree with anonymous, frame-by-frame is the name of my god.

David Germain said...

Oh, and also, John, in your photo at the bottom of this post, it kind of looks like Magilla Gorilla is about to bite your foot off.

XD

JohnK said...

Jess went to Algonquin college in Ottawa but I think she mostly taught herself because they don't teach old style animation at any animation schools.

Yasamin said...

I ended up having to download the Pandas I saw on nicktoons. thats how 45 seconds of obsession works with me. now, i watch it just to laugh. shes got amazing talent. screw the head honchos out there. Go Hardcore Indie and release a DvD. do it on line and get yourself a cult following. :) me so smart.

Jorge Garrido said...

Hey, John, what about Sheridan (whcih is nearby)? I'm told I can draw good but I see what some other people can do and they can draw circles around me? What do you suggest I do to learn the proper basics and fundamentals of drawing, illustration and animation? (besides studying old cartoons)

Brian Romero said...

John I really wish you'd write a book or teach some classes to help cartoonist who want to learn some of the old school methods. I'm sure that you'd rather be making great cartoons, rather than teach other people how to do it though.

David Germain said...

*ahem* John. This place does:

David Germain said...

Somehow I worked it so that clicking on the time I posted that is the link. Click on that and you'll see a fine animation school.

J.P. said...

You know what animation I hate most? The bland action shows like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Some of the choices for movements baffle me. The depth perception on shows like that is just awful.
You look at a show like Samuri Jack which probably has the same amount of movement but the style is so much better, it's watchable.

JohnK said...

David Germain said...

*ahem* John. This place does:

I can tell by the drawings on their site that they don't.

loyal spumco fan said...

i remember when the big horrible network executives let the creative people be in charge a few times in the last few decades..

in fact the world's greatest cartoonist was given back the characters that had been previously ripped from his control and allowed to have his way with them...

but for some reason the show didn't turn up on tv at the scheduled time and not even a full season was completed.. who's fault is that?

maybe if you take SOME of the responsibility, your gripes will be more credible.

junior said...

Loyal Spumco Fan, when you have episodes that are sitting on a shelf collecting dust and the channel just doesn't run them, your argument pretty much turns to dust.

Aimee Nester said...
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Aimee Nester said...

whoa, some pretty heated discussion, eh??

On a lighter note, I am interested in a George liquor Tee shirt. I'm very picky about what I put on my chest; not just any animation will do... Do you think that is some thing that will be available any time in the future??

z0mbi said...

Wow! She is phenominal! Those pencil tests are delicious, as well. I wish I could download them, though, to study.

sheraciara said...

Hey I just tripped over your site.

Fantastic!
You're right about networks not endorsing exciting cartoonists, most cartoons are only on to sell toys! Tragic.

As an aside- Naked Beach Frenzy sounds like a porno series.

Just a thought!

Shera
www.findingnimoy.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Is there a release date for the APC DVD yet?

Eric

k o said...

I was trying to find this on youtoube after I logged in and found a R &S tribute video with System of A Down's Prison System song...

youtube

k o said...

With all the material you are getting, why dont you hook up with Ironweed Films to add shorts to the monthly movie releases? They are a subscription indie movie distributing company that has delivered to me very insightful stuff...

Ironweed

:: smo :: said...

that's WICKED AWESOME! i grew up nursing off clampett and avery, i hope we can bring back that small studio "termite terrace" dynamic soon...let's do it!

Culito said...

Borutski? Kricfalusi? What's going on here!?!

Great stuff.

Brian Romero said...

I've seen all the APC episodes except Altruists. The APC series has by far the best cartoon animation ever made for television. Are they perfect? No, but what cartoon is truly perfect? You'll also notice that John and Spumco take risks with their cartoons and experiment way more than anyone else. Sometimes these risks pay off, sometimes they don't. Most cartoon series stay in the bland comfort zone and churn out the same pedestrian cartoons season after season.

Loyal Spumco Fan, I hope you know the whole story before you started blaming John. Since I don't know what happened with APC and Spike I can't comment anymore on that subject.

WIL said...

"in fact the world's greatest cartoonist was given back the characters that had been previously ripped from his control and allowed to have his way with them..."

Speaking as the world's greatest cartoonist, I can assure you; I have never had my way with a cartoon character.

(Okay, so maybe I'm not the world's greatest cartoonist... and maybe I've never had my way with a cartoon character... but a guy can dream, can't he?)

nepspeed82 said...

You got nice illustrations but the qcktime files doesn't work with my browser.

WIL said...

P.S. - Thanks, John, for posting Jessica's pencil tests. Those are incredible!

junior said...

Wil may not be the best, but you smart folks should check his blog anyway!

WIL said...
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JohnK said...

Hey let's get back to talking about what the post is about: Jess' art

She also did a lot of layouts and posing on Stimpy's Pregnant-some great acting scenes of Ren bragging on the phone that he impregnated Stimpy, and the scene where Stimpy's water breaks and stuff with Dr. Mr. Horse and Nurse Sheep delivering the baby inbetween romantic interludes.

Really fun stuff!

Anonymous said...

I'm dying to see those "lost" adult ren and stimpys.

Does Jess still work for you? What's she doing now?


-Jordan

akira said...

i can believe it was animated by a 19 year old girl, but i also bet she learned more at spumco than most people learn in a 4 year animation program. and she probably didn't have to work at goddam mcdonalds when she turned 16.

free title idea for the spumco how to make cartoons book: "The Exaggeration of Life"... also we really need an "art of spumco book" and even a "history of cartoons"book by John K.

junior said...

Ok, what else can we say about Jess? We can see she's amazing, and we also can see she paints sweetly (i'm still waiting for that post on painting, John). Other than that, hm, is she married? Forget about cooking, I want a wife who can draw like that!

Evan said...

Naked Beach Frenzy was my favorite of the APC cartoons. Despite the many things in it that never would have gotten in on a Nick R&S, I thought it felt the most like a classic Ren & Stimpy episode. Shampoo Master and the super hairy Hasselhoff were so hilarious and of course the animation was great.

Gabriel said...

Evan, stop it, you're making me cry.
I can't believe i haven't watched it. I also can't believe i missed Altruists when it aired here in Brazil for some twisted reason.

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Nicolas Mrtinez said...

That was beautiful. Jessica is really talented. I can't wait for Naked Beach Frenzy to be released.

Citizen Drummond said...

What's to become of Naked Beach Frenzy? A DVD release someday?

Penny Pincher said...

Great Blog! Your pictures are great!


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Anonymous said...

Man, she's freakin' good! Everybody here don't just read John K's post, click the link and visit her website, there are amazing, amazing drawings there!

Jennifer said...

Oh those drawings are so cute! I would love to have one in my collection.

Will she be working on The Heartaches with you and Katie if the series is commissioned?

Eric C. said...

Hey John, I noticed that your pencil tests was inported to You Tube.com

I found this, and I never seen this before. I was cracking up. What year was this?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=51XSaHxyUD4


There's alot of things from Spumco there.

_Eric

Gabriel said...

Eric, that's scary. So John, how often do you paint your hair? Tell us more about He-hog punching that guy's butt!!

mitchL said...

That sure was a weird jump back through time...

What the hell else is preserved on that site?

It also appears your knack for keeping a fine stable of female animators has never ceased!

Charles Brubaker said...

Wow...only 19 when she animated on APC? That's amazing...Clampett I believe was only in his early 20s when he worked at Termite Terrace.

I think the last new cartoon to fully take advantage of the animation medium was "Rocko's Modern Life", which was about 10 years ago. Before that, "Ren and Stimpy", and before that, "Calvin and the Colonel", which came out in 1961 (despite its limited animation, it did occasionally have warpy animation)

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

This is one talented kid!!! The panda thing is genius!!!
The naked beach party stuff is genius!!
How do these kids get so good so fast?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of cartooning tutorials... here's one I found by Doug Compton, and it's been pretty helpful to me. Actually it's more of a learn to draw/cartooning 101 type tutorial so it wouldn't be much help to any of you. His website might still interest some of you none the less:
http://www.karmatoons.com/ &
http://www.karmatoons.com/drawing/drawing.htm

bill(y) said...

i love her pandas animation. it was on channel frederator not too long ago.

my daughter and son make me play it once every day.

i emailed jess right after i saw it the first 40 times with my daughter to tell her how cool it was.

she was nice enough to reply back and not act like i was a nerd for sending her an email out of the blue like that:)

lastangelman said...

Real fun stuff.
A great talent, love the panda animation,too! Some of the drawings on her site remonded me of the squirrel from Disney's "The Emperor's New Groove, but she would have been between eight and twelve to have worked on that!
Aside, off topic
Just saw the He-Hog pilot. Man alive that is some crazy shit! No kid network is gonna play that for children. In 2006? Too violent, too racial stereotypes, too disgusting, too weird (not for me I like it, but I'm guessing this would be the arguments by the suits- nice fight scenes! - I hope you're selling this to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network!))

JohnK said...

Wil, I really should delete that post. I am trying to lead young cartoonists in helpful directions.

Folks, get a Preston Blair book and learn the concepts right, not bastardized through some weaker version.

Eric C. said...

Thank you for what your showing us so far John.

_Eric

WIL said...

"Wil, I really should delete that post. I am trying to lead young cartoonists in helpful directions.

Folks, get a Preston Blair book and learn the concepts right, not bastardized through some weaker version."

Fair enough. I didn't mean to imply that Doug's tutorial was better than a Preston Blair book, sorry if it sounded that way.

Kitty said...

funny you should mention this. A cartoonist is what I have my mind set on to be when I grow up. I hope I can do very well at that. I'm 14 now and I've already done a few comic strips myself. Nothing big, just crazy little comics. anyway, this is neat. :)

Trevour said...

I will say from my own experiences, that I learned more on my own than I ever did at art school. If you're serious about making GOOD cartoons the RIGHT way, don't waste your money. If you wanna dream big and skivvy through the next unfulfilling Dreamworks disaster, go right ahead and apply. I'm sure some of my former classmates are doing that right now.

Regarding this post, when I was 19, I was animating simple crap like walking and facial expressions! This Jessy stuff is insane!

lastangelman said...

Aw, Jeezus, people, use the pause when you use the player on YouTube and see how she put this pencil test together. Awesome Awesome Awesome. Such energy! Do you have the pencil tests for Yogi Bear and Ranger Smith when they got intheir tussle on Boo Boo Runs Wild? I'd like to compare that to Jessy's action. Again, that is awesome.

Josh Boelter said...

JohnK said:

"We are unfortunately slaves to horrible trends today and non-creative people in charge and all these great modern cartoonists are doomed to work at a fraction of their capacity."

True, but aren't all the arts controlled and hindered by non-creative people? Look at the movie business or the music industry. It's non-creatiev people in charge who just get in the way of the people with talent.

M.Pheuz said...

I'm from Austria where people don't give a darn about great cartoons. On TV there's mostly this horrible new French crap or stuff like Braceface. And the good cartoons are unbearable to watch, or rather listen to, because the German dubbing is so terrible. They actually put stupid narrator voices over the old Tom&Jerry and Pink Panther cartoons like people couldn't figure what's going on by themselves (the PP guy's the worst, he talks ALL THE TIME in bad rhymes, killing all the visual jokes). And you get absolutely nothing here on DVD, so I have to import it all from amazon.com in order to enjoy original cartoons and learn useful stuff (I discovered that audio commentaries can be very educational) Nobody cares about or makes good cartoons here and that's why I'd love to go to the US to become involved in the cool stuff. Unfortunately I'll need a visa to be able to work in th US, and after doing some research I found that I have very little chance of achieving that because I dropped out of school after repeating the 11th grade and not feeling able to bear any more of all that useless brainwash crap. Even for a temporary visa like an O-1 I'd have to have a US employer in advance who'd have to submit a petition and bla bla bla - in other words, the bureaucratic insanity is vomiting on my dreams.
I wanted to show some of my work here but for some reason the upload doesn't work. I hope I can fix that soon cos I'd be thrilled to get your opinion on my shit.

Tibby said...

Seeing her beautiful and perfect work -

Makes me hate myself even more.

I feel inspired - to feel throw all my drawings in the fire.

I will never be that good.

KRUNO said...

Kruno from Belgrade


I found this internet adress by searching on more data about jessika i have seen i love pandas in april in one festival and i feel in love with it when i heard that jessica is 21 i couldnt believe
i am 24 i am also an animator(from belgrade)she is better ..for now ...I like people that live for animation. i couldnt animate for 5 years in any studio becouse of the belgrade bombing in 1999 they where all closed in belgrade thank god i bought enough computer softver and from 2003
i am animating again and jessica s film bring that good spirit and competition spirit. we need more people like her
one word to tibby shut up man and work just do it ANIMATE dont worry about it
animate animate
TO JOHN K. LOVE YOURE WORK YOURE A GOD I CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU IN SOME FESTIVAL i would like to have a ren and stimpy tatoo i love them that much
where would tv animation be without you and mat groening