Sunday, June 04, 2006

Troop Beverly Hills - from the precambrium era

Holy Crap! I just found this dinosaur at youtube!



It's the first time I ever got a chance to animate and design a sexy girl. I had always wanted to but in Saturday Morning Cartoons it was completely taboo to draw women who were good looking - because it would set a bad example for young girls.

Well I love to set a bad example.

We did this at Bill Kroyer's studio around 1987 or 88.

Jim Smith and I did the layouts. I animated Shelly Long with the flashlight and some other scenes. I think Jim did some animation too - he drew the scene in the canoe and other scenes as well.

Mike Kazaleh animated the girls with the wine bottle and corks. Kent Butterworth animated the scenes with the bear at the end.

There were probably a couple other folks who worked on it but I don't remember. Eric Stefani?

Some guys in the midwest did some animation too, but I don't think I ever met them. If you're reading, post a comment and let me know!

I was reminded of this cartoon by a gal who had a printout from it and she got me to sign it at the show last week. You should post it and let me link to it!

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

More on this movie, courtesy of Wikipedia:
Troop Beverly Hills

-Gunslinger47

Art F. said...

OH MY GOD! I remember seeing this and thinking it was the coolest movie intro ever. Now I know why. The bear was always my favorite.This and the Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" video are now my favorite of the early stuff that you've done. Awesome!

Evan said...

I think it's great. I remember watching this movie as a kid for some reason, and immediately thinking this opening credits were by you. Well, I knew it was by the Ren & Stimpy guys, I didn't know exactly of John at the time...

Art F. said...

and here it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOkIU8BCxgU

Gabriel said...

I never watched this as kid (or ever), but I wish I did. I don't know if it's any good, but when I was younger I'd watch anything.

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Evan said...

Is there some 3-D in there John??

Michelle Klein-Hass said...

Heya John...

You might want to mention the upcoming "Geekapalooza" event at Taix Lounge this Saturday. Seeing as you are involved, as it is...

Here's the skinny from the Cartoon Geeks Podcast blog:

The Details: Geekapalooza

Jason_Chatfield said...

John, I remember watching this movie as a kid and I taped it just for the opening sequence.

I learnt so much from just watching the opening credits over and over!

When I was watching the movie (hey, I was a kid, forgive me) I was trying to draw a caricature of Shelley Long and was finding it so difficult to simplify her perm. That's when I started watching the opening sequence over and over.

I'm with Evan - did you use any 3d stuff in there? That ink bottle twisting on the fishing line/hook looks really smooth. I have no doubt you could pull that off with your skill, but did you use 3d studio max or something? (what was available back then?)

I always loved watching the bear's face change from the tongue-wagging bissotted beast to the "realization face"-- I used to pause it on that face to draw it over and over. I later realised that it was the same face that you drew for the Yak in Ren & Stimpy. (Specifically a face on one of the Shaven Yaks, shaving on Yaksmas Eve.)I know you don't draw the same expression twice, but the only difference is that it's a bear, not a Yak. (Yeah... small difference huh.)

It is so totally your style - you could pick it a mile away; no one else has that sort of genius. Love it.

Robert Hume said...

LOL that's Awesome!

Franfou said...

Wow great JohnK style for sure into that intro, good work monsieur !! I dont like the song however, I hate this synthesizer times...Fortunatly, the animation is so strong we dont focus on the music. Its very interesting that you bring good old stuff into your blog. Bye !

Kitty said...

That rocks out loud. I love those designs for the characters.

Clinton said...

LOL! My favorite part was the bear. Just by the title alone, my guess is this valley girls going to summer camp. It's nice to have found some of your early work, John. I can see a lot of methods that were carried over to Spumco like the title screens for example. Whatever happened to that cartoon you and Katie were working on together with the school girls?

Dave_the_Turnip said...

Nicely animated intro, but now i have that damn song stuck in my head! ARGH!

Alicia said...

I just watched the Harlem Shuffle video, I totallly remember it now! I noticed that your name was on one of the tombstones. Was it Bob Camp on the other? I couldn't quite make it out.

Ryan G. said...

There is some really cool stuff over there on Youtube. I love that nike commercial, and cool interviews!

JohnK said...

>>Was it Bob Camp on the other? I couldn't quite make it out.<<

Bob Jaques. He later founded Carbunkle and animated the best Ren and Stimpys.

Drew said...

Hey! That bear looks like the bear from No Pants Today. Without a forest ranger costume on.

Anonymous said...

This was cool but now that Adult Swim is moving from the shitty semi-animated antics of Williams Street and going on to fund more fully-animated cartoons. You should be pitching something involving sexy girls to them.

They greenlit Korgoth of Barbaria and it looks pretty awesome, so the funding is definitely there.

It is filled with over the top violence and reminds me of a 1980's heavy metal video in more ways than one.

Nosotros said...

Yeah, right! There's a pretty good examples of good animation!

Thanks John!!!!

Marlo Meekins said...

i love her hair fly up and bounce when she reaches for the swiss army knife. (not because it's RED)


really nice stuff there, friend!!!!

Evan said...

>>This was cool but now that Adult Swim is moving from the shitty semi-animated antics of Williams Street and going on to fund more fully-animated cartoons.

God I sure hope this is true.

Anonymous said...

I would like to point out that John is right, Bob Jaques & Kelly Armstrong did animate the best Ren & Stimpy cartoons. Carbunkle animated the following cartoons.

1. Big House Blues

2. Space Madness

3. Stimpy's Inventions

4. Man's Best Friend

5. Sven Hoek

6. Stimpy's First Fart

7. Ren Seeks Help

8. Fire Dogs 2

"TRUE CLASSICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Jesse Oliver

P.S. Hey John, did Bob Jaques do the animation for the unaired R & S cartoons?

Anonymous said...

>> It's the first time I ever got a chance to animate and design a sexy girl.

... with BIG 80'S HAIR!!!

80's hair and makeup on cartoon gals rocks. Especially big red hair like that.

Mitch K said...

Wow, this is news to me. The background paintings and designs are gorgeous! Funny animation, too.

E said...

ahahha, that was awesome.
...its shameful animation doesnt move like this anymore u___u

cept SORTA KINDA Disney's Brandy and Mr. Whiskers, but I cant sit through one episode without getting ichy about what else might be on.

but yeah... this is great. Wish i had the actual file so i could play it whenever I wanted :(

Anonymous said...

re: eric stefani,
there is a trivial pursuit question
about which band (no doubt) had
a member who is an animator on
the simpsons. weird...
that was easily the most esoteric question in the deck.
is there any other crazy animator trivia? was bob camp in the misfits?

Shawn said...

John's cartoons:
Probably the ONLY good thing to come out of the 1980's. That intro is really good! That music is really bad.

Hey, Marlo...that cartoon looks just like you!

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Gabriel said...

but did you use 3d studio max or something? (what was available back then?)

The video is from 89, right? I remember using 3d Studio 4.0 (for DOS, it didn't have 'max' yet) on 94 or 95. It was very so primitive, I bet professional folks used something else, I wonder even if they used pcs! I had a 486 and the other kids in school were jealous of me and my giant 375Mb hard disk!

lastangelman said...

Kent Butterworth worked on this, too? Woo, I remember his stuff on Tiny Toons ... the music is Kokomo era Beach Boys, when Mike Love pretty much took over and ran the show. I prefer Brian's stuff after he gave psycho-svangali Landy the heave-ho.
Back to the cartoon: Yep, love the bear, very funny and interesting and gosh you made Shelly Long look hot! One of those instances of nice opening titles, too bad about the rest of the film!

Ryan Kramer said...

thats some good stuff! i remember that movie too...when i was too young to pay attention to the sweetness of those drawings.

Mish said...

It's like the intro to Grease....just in the way it introduces animation and titles and then it blends into the film...just reminiscent.

Makinita said...

Yeah i saw this a month ago on u tube the animation is super great but the song is ultra cheesy hehe

Gavin Freitas said...

I remember this! I shoud have put two and two together. This has the Spumco look to it. I liked the meter effect, good stuff. I always look on Youtube for your classics. Post more if you gott'em......

Tony said...

Hey John,
never saw this intro before but it is really cool. I like it because sometimes you come from a still image and then it's animated, I also like the animated transitions, that looks very cool.
There's already a lot of the R&S style, awesome work!

Trevour said...

I've never seen this movie (I don't even remember it when it was playing in theatres!), but I did happen to DVR the intro last year when I caught it on TV! I could INSTANTLY tell who was behind it.

That Beach Boys 'Make It Big' sure dates the film (instantly takes me back to 3rd grade), along with the movie itself... but the animation on the other hand, is timeless! And a thrill to watch.

antikewl said...

I'd never even heard of this movie, let alone seen it. I might have to buy the DVD for the animated intro alone! Very smooth!

R2K said...

I love the song : )

Brian Romero said...

Sweet, I've never seen this title sequence! Is this available on DVD? I'd buy this movie just to have a larger, clearer version of the intro.

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David Germain said...

I'm sure Shelley Long was flattered that you made her look sexy in that. She was definitely a tremendous talent that was wasted in crappy movies like that. I can't believe she actually left Cheers just to do shit like this.

John, have you done other movie intros? Will you do more in the future?

P.C. Unfunny said...

"God I sure hope this is true."


It is, have you seen KORGOTH ?


By the way John,lovely animation.

Art F. said...

"is there any other crazy animator trivia? was bob camp in the misfits?"

Bob Camp in the Misfits! That would be awesome! Ha ha!

lyris said...

I've never seen Harlem Shuffle before, the animation in there was great. Just so appealing to look at. It's a pity so much of the video was live action.

mojotek said...

I love the opening music track! It just screams 80's at me!

mike said...

man, this used to be on the disney channel all the time! I can't believe i never made the connection with you and the intro, being a huge ren and stimpy fan.

Andy Seredy said...

Sick. I love the animation. fun and strechy. That is one of the longest intro credits I have ever seen, I think?!
Awesome stuff, man.
andy

Chloe Cumming said...

Boof! I'm all discombobulated (in a good way) seeing your animation set to Kokomo era uber-80s Beach Boys noises... evil Beach Boy Mike Love's nasal mouth noises and all that...

I suspect that the movie itself was woefully disappointing compared to the title sequence.

I used to feel so conned as a child when films had cartoon bits in the titles then turned out to be stinky old live action real stuff.

RJB said...

john K admit to using 3D, I doubt it... Its the devils work....
admit to cutting corners, yes please, BTW
How are you at drawing sexy blokes?... can you be gay for a moment?.

Roberto González said...

This was totally AWESOME. I don't like the song either, but the animation and designs are wonderful. They should have let you made the movie entirely animated like this.

Shawn said...

Hey, John. What was the name of that Kirk Douglas film noir movie that you like the best? I was trying to find it, but can't remember the title. I want to use scenes from it for reference.

JohnK said...

>>What was the name of that Kirk Douglas film noir <<

Detective Story

Jennifer said...

Gaaah! The 80's!

Seriously, the animation for the opening credits were very good - very retro. The movie...well...um...the opening credits were very well done.

Interesting post.

RJB said...

Big Story Anim

John, Did you like this as a Kirk fan?, his lid was great in 2000 leagues under the sea.
now theres a sexy man, you have drawn him before, I forgot, hes cropped up in the Ren show.
im strictly butter side up by the by.

nothing said...

oh crap that's old school.

Anonymous said...

What about "Ace In the Hole"? "Big Sky"?
"Out of the Past"? "Young Man With a Horn"? I guess you must love them all, don't you? : )

Roberto González said...

Actually I would like to know if Young Man With A Horn is a good movie to buy, I had the dvd in my hands the other day but I didn't buy it cause I have never watched it and I don't know anybody who had watched it.

Kind of off.topic, but since somebody mentioned it...

Anonymous said...

Hi John

What year did you make the He-Hog Atomic Pig cartoon?

Jesse Oliver

P.S. I would love to see that cartoon.

Anonymous said...

I remember when this was on T.V once and I was dissapointed when it turned out to be a live action movie.

Good stuff John!

-Ollie

Anonymous said...

Wow. I've never seen this film but that's a hell of an opening sequence you guys made.

Great work!

ToyOtter said...

Pretty funny that Edd Byrnes' credit is on a comb...

fanboy said...

Holy cow, never seen that before. But if I had watched it today not knowing it was some of your work, I would have recognized it....especially looking at Shelly Long. You flatter her.

Nyrath said...

Good stuff! It makes me remember ancient goodies that also pushed the politically correct envelope. Like Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

C.R.Cavazos said...

That bear is the same that didn't want to sing the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen Anthem!!!

Daniel said...

"It is, have you seen KORGOTH ?"

I had no idea that show was animated by Genndy Tartakovsky. When I found out, I became more interested in it.

CheezNapkin said...

It reminds me of the "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" open, because of the overall style and the 3d effect in the fishing scene.

liprincess said...

Oh John,
That was incredible to watch! I never saw Troop Beverly Hills, but what great animation! (The song sucks though.)

Acetate said...

Great stuff from the past. I found a picture in an old issue of animation magazine that has a John K. drawing titled, "Billy Bunting of the Apes". It's a cave girl holding a little bird. What was that one? Also seeing the Beverly hills thing made me think of the credits for Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Was that Kroyers studio too?

Acetate said...

By the way, did Kroyers studio do the , "Honey I shrunk the kids" credits too? Also I found an old John K. drawing entitled "Billy Bunting of The Apes". What was that?

Acetate said...

Sorry 'bout the double post....I stoopid. Didn't think it went through first time. Sheesh.

Jon M said...

Hey JK,

I was one of the midwest animators on Troop Beverly Hills. I had just moved back to Chicago after spending the 80's in Sydney Australia. I had heard about Mighty Mouse - but it wasn't airing in Australia so I had no idea what it was all about or who this Kricfalusi guy was.

Chicago's animation community was pretty small and when Calabash got the work from Kroyer, they called me to see if I could help out (I think they had bitten off more than they could chew). They gave me a couple scenes and I figured, 'Wow, this is for a feature film, so it better be super great.' So I spent a lot of extra time making all this smooth motion with moving holds and carefully crafted secondary animation and Disney eyeblinks and everything I could think of. It didn't really suit the style of the layouts because those were really loose and fun, a lot like Deane Taylor's work, with whom I had worked in Australia. Trouble with Deane's stuff was, it was always fun-looking, but it was always off-model too. So I figured I had to put these more on-model.

Of course, when you saw my stuff, you crapped all over it, and gave me an earful on the phone. Then you told me exactly what you wanted, and I did it, and we all moved on.

But it did give me my first taste of a pretty fresh animation style.

Anonymous said...

Wait... Mike Kazelah.

The SAME Mike Kazelah who drew those HORRIBLE Marvel Ren and Stimpy comic books?!?! That guy worked with you??

I hate those Ren and Stimpy comic books. Those drawings looks as far from Ren and Stimpy as anything possibly could.