Thursday, March 01, 2007

Meet George Liquor - direct to video and online cartoons


Hey folks, don't be a pussy! The new Raketu's here! Go check it out!
For those of you who don't know who George Liquor is, here are some highlights of his history.

Painting by Bill Wray from the first starring role in Ren and Stimpy.

Man's Best Friend

Drawings by me and Mike Kim.


Animation by Carbunkle.






As you can see from the clips, George Liquor's personality and humor is a combination of classic situation comedies and cartoon humor at the same time. The personalities are grounded in reality but very exagerrated. You can identify with the personalities and situations and motivations, yet impossible cartoon stuff can happen too.


Dog Show

My influences are not just cartoons but old TV comedies like The Honeymooners, All In The Family, Get Smart and The Bevery Hillibillies. These were all really strong character comedies. The writing was all about WHO the characters were and how they played off each other in certain situations. This genre doesn't exist much anymore. Now sitcoms seem to be filled with whole families of wisecrackers and nobody having particularly defined personalities.

I think these are drawn by Chris Reccardi.


Ren and Stimpy was also a combination of personality sitcom humor with outlandish cartoon jokes.




episode 8, Babysitting The Idiot

This is from the first ever online cartoon series, "The Goddamn George Liquor Show)
drawings by Aaron Springer



The George Liquor Program is partly in the genre of The Simpsons but is a lot freer creatively because I can use impossible humor and acting to sell the personalities. I am allowed to move their facial muscles which helps.

Live actors generally can do a lot more specific and detailed acting than cartoons can, so I've never understood why people would try to do straight sitcoms in cartoon form, without using the tools that cartoon drawing has that live action can't do.

The George Liquor Program combines the advantages of both mediums without imposing any arbitrary limitations.



George Liquor stories and art

THE GEORGE LIQUOR PROGRAM

GEORGE LIQUOR STORIES 1

GEORGE LIQUOR STORIES 2

GEORGE LIQUOR STORIES 3 - FAST FOOD, LUST AND ATHEISTS

GEORGE LIQUOR STORIES 4 - HEAVEN AND MORE DIRTY TALES

THE GEORGE LIQUOR PROGRAM SPINOFFS: 2 DIRTY PUSSIES

GEORGE LIQUOR STORIES - JOHN AND KATIE PRESENTATIONS

SPONSOR THE GEORGE LIQUOR SHOW YOU EEDIOTS!!!

GEORGE LIQUOR PLUGS TOWER RECORDS

Of course George is voiced by the great Mike Pataki!

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From John K., the creator of Ren and Stimpy




I'm sad to find out one of my childhood inspirations, Joe Barbera has passed away. I will write a post soon to share some memories I have of Joe.