Friday, July 21, 2006

More Mystery that's not a mystery Animation



And here is a scene of pussies that Katie posed out. Someone at Copernicus tell us who animated it!

See her at the San Diego Con on Saturday.

Me too.

and Marlo

and Bauza

and others

62 comments:

Ren and Stimpy 2600 said...

Hey John, do you do ones or fours?

Ren and Stimpy 2600 said...

Because I just realiazed an animator named Bill Plympton does his colored pencil on paper style on fours, not ones. You should see his amazing work! You should buy Plymptoons from IndieDVD. He's got one called Your Face, and it won an oscar!

Anonymous said...

John you kick all types of thee ass. Plympton on the other hand can suck my magnificent balls. I'm an animator, and wether I scan my drawings into the computer or just fuck around drawing and animating with a wacom tablet and my animation software- DigiCel Flipbook to be exact. Er..where is this goin? Anyway John K if you would be ever so god damn generous and smack me up with some attention like a comment and what not I would be most grateful. Ya know some wisdom of yours or something?

The GagaMan(n) said...

Love the bouncing moon. Evrything in animation should be bouncy!

The GagaMan(n) said...

Oops, that's "everything".

The Butcher said...

That's the best flash I've ever seen.

lastangelman said...

Well, it's got me thinkin' Kitty Kornered and The Hep Cat; it is very funny, lively and wildly exagerated.

Chloe Cumming said...

Oooo this is all super intriguing.

I would really love to come to one of your events one day… it will be accomplished.

Hammerson said...

Looks wonderful. This scene really evokes the spirit of Clampett and Fleischer. I love the bouncing moon too.

Clinton said...

i love the expressions and the takes of this animation. that's what makes Spumco stands out, the character's are alive. I was looking at Stimpy's pregnant this morning before work. great takes, expressions; acting. it's nothing like I see on the networks currently dominating this film genre. It's too bad kids are being forced fed the kind of garbage i see on tv today. thanks for growing up with us, john.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Fork tongued cat. Awesome.

Dave_the_Turnip said...

Man, that scene was so full of life. When do we get to see a scene with sound? :)

JSL said...

Hey John,

Your webtoons have never looked so good. (Or anyone else's for that matter). Keep up the good work.

BTW, I inflicted he "Lost Episodes" DVD on my fiancee last night. She's one of those girls that doesn't mind looking at girls. She loved it.

She was quoting Mr. Horse all night. "Psychologist?! Are you nuts?! I'm a HORSE!!"

I had the thought that if Spike had aired "Naked Beach Frenzy", it would have been nothing short of revolutionary.

-JSL

fabiopower said...

Hello John:
Well, last night I talked with some friends about the interesting exhibition of your drawings.
We know that so that you can travel to our country, still is very difficult. But it happened to us that it is a great idea to promote your new works, your new DVD `s. Like a first step. Something similar to interview that you published previously, but now, in the most prestigious newspaper of our country. What do you say, John? You would be available?
PD: I live very much this Jones's cartoon "Tom Thumb In Trouble"...but it did not see it since I was a boy…

leandro (lifiuz) said...

do you know wich programs copernicus use to animate your drawings? and do you digitalize yours or they do it? i'm animating in after effects, and found lots of limitation so i'm planning on moving to a flash-like program... THANKS!!!
(and sorry if mi english is not good, i'm from argentina and only study english on school)

Ryan G. said...

>>He's got one called Your Face, and it won an oscar! <<

He did not win an oscar, he was nominated for an oscar fir "Your face" and for "Guard Dog," but has never won..

David Germain said...

Katie did that??!! I thought Izzy Ellis came forward in time and did some work for you.

We totally owe her a pizza or something. Well done, Ms. Rice. B)

Roberto González said...

Extremely cool stuff. I love the cat in the frame below (he is not longer a cat, I guess XD).

I want to see this! Is it planned to be an extra in one of the Ren and Stimpy DVDs?

TeleKawaru said...

Okay this is definitely off topic but if anyone is going to know this, you guys are so I'm counting on you. I'm trying to find a piece of music that is often found in "factory" type scenes in looney toons cartoons. If I had to type out how I think it sounds it would be like "duhn duhn duhn, duhduhduhduh duhn duhn" 3x then a little different. I think Cartoon Network used this music during the bumps before the looney toons shows. Any help?

Kevin Langley said...

I'm trying to find a piece of music that is often found in "factory" type scenes in looney toons cartoons

Most likely you're talking about Powerhouse by Raymond Scott.

The Butcher said...

That factory scene music? Are you guys talking about the one that also shows up in Mad Dog Hoek? I love that music.

I also like March of the Ants a whole hell of a lot. What's the one called that shows up in the scenes where Stimpy is getting shot at by Indians and when the angry duck was first introduced? I don't think that was ever used in the original run, but that one is super cool.

TeleKawaru said...

Most likely you're talking about Powerhouse by Raymond Scott.

That's it exactly!!!

I AM FOREVER IN YOUR DEBT!! *BOW*

I've been trying to figure out what that song was for at least 5 years!

Eric C. said...

Cool John, Do you have any other Big influences other than Bob Clampett?

When's this cartoon coming out?

The style looks kind of retro. ;)

Cartoonretro said...

That's fantastic.

Dr.Awkward said...

Hey John, I heard that Kim Jong IL is a big fan of Looney Tunes.

Anonymous said...

your so awesome.

Jesse Oliver said...

Hi John

Thats pretty cool stuff there! They remind me of the Clampett classics "Kitty Kornered" and "The Hep Cat". Those are some of my favorite Clampett films. Is the cat with the pink nose supose be Ciggaretts The Cat? Anyway, keep up the good work

Jesse

P.S.

I can not stop watching the Lost Episodes DVD. "IT'S THAT GOOD!" It's hard for me to pick a favorite episode. They are ALL good. All the AIRED and UNAIRED episodes are all PURE CLASSIC! I hope in the future you will get to make the Lost R & S Episodes that did not get produced. After watching that DVD, we need more R & S cartoons!

JohnK said...

Hey folks,

thanks a lot for the nice comments! I'm sure Katie is happy about it too.

Be sure to write a review of The Lost Episodes on Amazon!!

There's a link in the post about Comicon.

It seems to be selling really well!
Flying out of the stores.

Jesse Oliver said...

Hey John

Thats great news about the DVD selling well. Lets all hope and pray for "Wilderness Adventure" and "Life Sucks" to be in production in the future.

Jesse

P.S.

Katie Rice did a great job on the cartoon you posed up and she did a real bang up job on "Naked Beach Frenzy"!

Jesse Oliver said...

Hey John

QUESTION:

Was the Jimney Man running gag in "Naked Beach Frenzy" based on the camera man from the original R & S series?

Jesse

Ollie said...

Hey John, this looks great!

>>Jesse Oliver said...
Hey John

QUESTION:

Was the Jimney Man running gag in "Naked Beach Frenzy" based on the camera man from the original R & S series?

Jesse

>>

I thought the Jiminey man was probably a joke about Jiminey Cricket from Pinochio. I didn't really get it.

Can you tell us the story behind the Jiminey man John? Who is he!?!

-Ollie

Ollie said...

Oh, I forgot to say that it's great news that the DVDs are selling so well. I hope you get to make some more R&S episodes.

-Ollie

Eric C. said...

Hey John,

The stuff you do must be very time consuming.


How long does it take to make your animations?

And Warner Bros. didn't ship anything overseas to be animated, right? How long did it take them?

How much work does it take to make a well animated short?

Maybe you can give me some advance tips on animation.

One of my cartoons is on YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv7AqyupT_M

That was made last year, they get better every year I beleave.

_Eric ;)

copernicus said...

You picked another Brad Cayford scene! (Hey, He's the tops in our book.) Andrew Holland did almost all the wonderful clean up of Ms. Rice's sublime key drawings. Most of the animation is on ones, 24fps in flash. Check how long that scene is! I think it was almost 16 seconds, with all those boppin' Kats. John's keys have the most meticulous notes We've ever seen, you know exactly what he wants, and how to make it funny.

Anonymous said...

Dr.Awkward said...
Hey John, I heard that Kim Jong IL is a big fan of Looney Tunes.
LOL and Yassir Arafat's favorite cartoon was "Tom & Jerry". What is it with facist dictators and cartoons?

The Butcher said...

John, I've realized just how feircly loyal all your fans are, including myself. Personally, I just get pissed off when you're criticised because I like your cartoons so much that I want to see more. With the shit-talking that might mean another decade of waiting to see your stuff. To hell with that. It really just defies all logic not to want to see great artwork. So, sorry for starting a fight in your other thread.

As much as I like modern cartoons like the stuff on Adult Swim and South Park and other shit, it just isn't enough for me. I need SOMETHING that looks good to balance out this shit.

I have a theory why people find shows like South Park funny. It's funny in the way when you're a kid hanging out with your friend, drawing stupid perverted or violent pictures that suck so bad that you're laughing at them and not with them. It's kind of like bullshitting with all your friends. Still, it's not professional and there should at least be as many shows like Ren and Stimpy as there are Aqua Teen. That's my take on it anyway. After watching Altruists a couple of times, I couldn't care less if every one of those shows was replaced by something equally as good as APC.

I'm just sad you guys didn't get to make more. You watch these shows and you're like "Damn it, I've seen it all already. I want to watch another one!"

Anonymous said...

How does one get ahold of one those sweet Katie posters? Is there a way to order?

Anonymous said...

i believe she auctioned a few on Ebay. dunno if thats still the case.

glad the APCs are selling well!

Anonymous said...

ok, question 2:

There must be tons of conceptual art and production art left from all the various projects Spumco has worked on in the last 15 years... where is it all and can we see it?

Alex Whitington said...

But..but...Cats Don't Dance...

Spizzerinktum said...

Most likely you're talking about Powerhouse by Raymond Scott.

Speaking of whom, or which, the other night I was watching one of those "re-enactment" shows on The History Channel--The REAL Pirates of the Caribbean!--and during an especially gruesome scene, I heard the "Fire Dogs" music that is playing when the big fat lady grabs Ren in her teeth and slides down the rescue ladder herself.

It instantly drained the pirate show of any drama it had, and I laughed myself silly at the fake British accents and bad wigs. Suddenly everyone looked just ridiculous.

How coud they spend a fortune on that thing and NOT KNOW they were using cartoon music??

Todd Kauffman said...

ha ha - very cool!! love he forked tongue...everything works so great! a true masterpiece, clampett would be proud.

Anonymous said...

Is Eddie Fitzgerald your overly proud dad? Goddamn! How much do you pay that guy. Those features weren't very special. Since the conception of dvd's there is always some crap featurette, or interview with some suck-ass blabbering about how brilliant the film(cartoon about boogers)or the directer is.

Jorge Garrido said...

GREAT clip, it's about time we had an old fashioned cats crooning on a fence picture. More brilliance!

> John's keys have the most meticulous notes We've ever seen, you know exactly what he wants, and how to make it funny.

Post some of them please!

I don't really care said...

I love the way Cigarettes comes to rest at like 20 degrees off vertical, and the expression in that pose is too funny. I dunno what he's preaching but I can tell he means it.

...or interview with some suck-ass blabbering about how brilliant the film(cartoon about boogers)or the directer is.

I dunno if you are referring to ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, but if you are, go directly to the dinner table scene right now, and LOOK AT THE DRAWINGS, instead of obsessing about the booger. I'll say it again-- LOOK AT THE GODDAMN DRAWINGS. I think that if you are not aware of good, funny drawings, then you can't really be aware of good, funny animation when you see it, and you might be in the wrong place, since that's what we are gathered here to comprehend and to celebrate.

Dr.Awkward said...

>> LOL and Yassir Arafat's favorite cartoon was "Tom & Jerry". What is it with facist dictators and cartoons?
<<

I'd like to see John's theory on this...

Brad said...

Hey John,

I just wanted to say thanks for putting up all those scenes and all the drawings. It was a pleasure for myself and everyone here at Copernicus to work on that project and I'm really excited about the upcoming work as well. I loved inbetweening/animating those scenes working with Drew on yours and Katie's work. Thank you for finding us...it's our pleasure to work with true artists and passionate artists such as yourself and katie. All the direction with your notes on the drawings was phenomenal and extremely helpful...truly professional and something that I can learn from. Anyways, I'm looking forward to the next one. Take care.

Brett W. Thompson said...

That animation is beautiful!! Fantastic job, Katie Rice :) I want to watch it frame by frame, I know there are some really great drawings in there... I'm really curious about the poses she did- maybe someday she'll post one or two of the original drawings, huh? :)

Haha, that alien cat is incredible too!!

Oh how I love this blog, John :)

I wish I could come to ComiCon, but I won't be anywhere near there...

Thanks for mentioning Marlo- I had a look at her blog for the first time yesterday and was blown away!!

And to Brad from Copernicus: great job, man! Keep up the great work :D I'd love to be in your shoes :)

ray simmons said...

John,
Why do you put so much emphasis on the layout artists? I'd love to know more about the individual animators who actually made these cartoons work.

J.D.P said...

Do i see and Eddie face in one of cigarettes the cats poses?

Rimsey said...

Hey John. This is Rimsey who used to post on the old old Spumco chats. Why aren't the Bakshi intros on Firedogs 2? They were classic. "Get me Krich-fah-lutchi on a phone!"

Adam B said...

Hey John, how did you and Katie get such delicate linework- drawing in Flash? It looks like its done in pencil and paper and scanned in, its really good.

Julián höek said...

leandro (lifiuz) i'm from argentina too and it would be great to get in touch with you. bye

Marlo Meekins said...

>>Hey John, how did you and Katie get such delicate linework- drawing in Flash? <<

We only hand inked a few drawings. Copernicus then inked the rest of the cartoon in our style with thick and thin lines in all the right places...in Flash! I have no idea how they pulled that off.

I was amazed.

JoeyCee said...

Nice stuff...bouncing moons are the future...

Anonymous said...

I guess I'm just another facist dictator, because I like cartoons!

David Germain said...

Copernicus then inked the rest of the cartoon in our style with thick and thin lines in all the right places...in Flash! I have no idea how they pulled that off.

When I did clean up at Collideascope, we used Flash. We set the brush tool at its thickest setting but then clicked some button below (I forget what that button's called). Anyway, what that button did was vary the line weights from thick to thin depending on how hard we pressed down. I suspect that Copernicus did that too.

Oh, and John, I had a thought about you doing a Simpsons episode like you talked about before. I think Matt Greoning would let you handle one of those Halloween vignettes they do every year. Those episodes are pretty much Carte Blanche for content in that they can kill off any character they want and not have to explain why they appear again next week. I think "The Simpsons entering a John K. universe" would be an excellent Halloween theme. But, I guess the final decision would be up to Mr. Groening. Anyway, it's something to think about.

David Germain said...

We set the brush tool at its thickest setting but then clicked some button below (I forget what that button's called). Anyway, what that button did was vary the line weights from thick to thin depending on how hard we pressed down.

The Tapering button. That's what it was called. I couldn't think of the word before.

Nick Sweet said...

John,

Cats on a fence, I'm into it.

I can't say I've been a fan past the excellent music videos. Maybe I just can't dig canuck funny. Maybe it's because George C. Scott kicks Kirk Douglas's ass, to each his own.

I wanted to thank ya'll, recently picked up the Blair book, it's really helped out $#!^ loads. The scans you put up are way cleaner then the ones in the version I picked up.

Just a thought, spumco parodies Flash Gordon, full feature with a budget.

copernicus said...

>>I suspect that Copernicus did that too
nope,its much more painstaking than that.we doubled every stroke and did the line taper tweaking using the vectors. I have it on good authority That's the way Flash cleanup was done at spumco-ottawa. If you have the time to ink the drawings before hand, Nick Cross has a great way to trace it to vectors using streamline:
DIGITAL CLEANUP

David Germain said...

Thanks for clearing that up, Copernicus. I guess when you're dealing with John K. drawings you HAVE to that extra mile or two. For the show I worked on at Collideascope, the tapering button was good enough for it. (Too good even. I'm sure John would shit bricks if I showed him the character designs. I almost did.)

Incidently, Copernicus, your website says you're hiring and....... there's my own artwork on my blog as well as a link to my student film (way back in the February archives though). Just stating this for informational purposes is all. ;)

Anonymous said...

Heh that's cute. And yeah i've seen Plymptoons, I think I remember seeing them on MTV a long, long time ago.