Sunday, December 03, 2006

Raketu - roughs and pencils, cartoon ideas

Raketeena the Communication Imp of Tomorrow
1. Raketeena is the “imp from the future”.

She’s from the far future (The Imp Of Tomorrow), 6 months from now, where technology is far in advance of us- people drive around in rocket cars and spaceships.

People communicate completely through the convenient Raketu application. No one has lips anymore, because lip technology is so outdated.

Raketeena’s Sidekicks
Raketina has two little helpful friends: a remote control/cellphone: (MO-BILLY )with a big nose and a futuristic monitor with one eyeball: (MONITORR).
MONITORR speaks in techie lingo with a little bit of ad exec thrown in.
Raketeena translates what he says to the audience.
MO-BILLY has no patience for primitive humans, and thinks they are too dumb to bother with and Raketeena has to always watch him and keep his temper under control.

RAKETU is the omnipotent force in the future universe that has appointed Raketeena and her crew to help people solve their communications problems.

We never see RAKETU, but we sometimes hear his booming voice as he issues benevolent advice and commands to his loyal crew of COMMUNICATEERS.

2. George Liquor and his time period is like the stone age to an imp from the future like Raketeena.

George Liquor and his world represent people from the audience.
They live in the primitive “World Of Now.”

Raketeena travels backwards through time to help the people of “Now”, whom she thinks of the way we think of cavemen.

Raketeena travels though holes in time. She appears out of people’s ears and noses and armpits and pores to help them with their communication problems.

Raketeena snickers at George’s primitive tools like the telephone, fax machine and even television and dvd players.

Whenever George and any of the characters have trouble with any of their primitive communication devices, Raketeena appears to solve the problem through RAKETU.

6. Raketu tag lines
Be the subhuman of the Future!
Raketu – where Tomorrow happens Today!
Visit Tomorrow Today – with Raketu

"Communication but not as you know it"
"Tomorrow’s world is just a download away"
George Liquor Stories with Raketu Commercials embedded
George Liquor teaches Slab&Ernie about Tomorrow
George Liquor is sleeping
George’s alarm clock rings – it’s an old fashioned alarm clock with key in back
George looks at alarm clock – its quarter til NOW
George goes to wake Slab & Ernie up
George knocks on the door “Are you decent!?”
Slab & Ernie: “Hang on Uncle George”
George: “We’ve got a visitor coming today. She’s a real Cutie-wootie!”
S&E: “Who is she, Unca George?”
G: “She’s a lady from Tomorrow!”
S&E: “Where’s that?”
G: “down 3 blocks, around the corner” “behind the chicken coop” “Look it up on yer Yahoo maps”

The doorbell rings.

George opens door – there is a floating vortex in the open doorway
George: “look outside, kids! It’s tomorrow! Don’t get too close!”
Slab sticks his head partly into the shimmering vortex – he sees the future! When he pulls his head back in, he has partly evolved a big brain.

George: “Don’t go to the future! They’ve evolved past humans! You can’t go to Heaven if you’re not human!”
George: “Think there’s giant brains in Heaven? NO!
The Lord doesn’t want you too smart! Too hard to keep you under control!
You’ll start thinkin’ for yourselves! Then the whole world’ll go to Hell in a handbasket!”

Raketeena comes in and shows the family how to better communicate using the Raketu app.

George loves the technology of tomorrow but of course, being a Republican is a mite suspicious of the newness of it all.
Raketeena wins him over by showing how simple and convenient Raketu is.

She shows George the different IM services.
George: “Which one does Jesus use??
I got somethin’ I wanna clear up with him right now!
Can you pray through this shit?”

George Instant messages Jesus.
His screen name is Zealot.
Zealot: Hey are you really that Christ guy?
Jesus 2447238: Yes my, son.
Zealot: Can I confess some crap here?
Jesus 2447238: We are all sinners.
Zealot: I had a dirty thought this week!

A lightning bolt zaps through the instant message window and fries George to a pile of cinders and a pair of clean fresh y-fronts on his chair.
George is impressed.
“Sign me up!”

After the family is all wired up, with George Instant Messaging his ancestors and the kids playing video games and the dog text messaging the cat down the street to tell him his ass is grass, Raketeena says “My job is done here” and dissolves through a warp in time in George’s armpit.

Everyone waves goodbye and George gets a tear in his eye.

Meet Hot Widows Through The All Powerful Medium of Raketu
2. George Liquor is sitting in his living room, spying on the pretty widow girl sitting in her living room next door.

“If only there were some way I could COMMUNICATE with her!”

Raketeena suddenly appears out of nowhere to help George.

“Should I call her on the phone?” George asks.

“The phone!?” Raketeena laughs. “No no no. You should use the technology of the future: RAKETU.COM!” Raketeena does a heavy blink, like “I Dream Of Jeannie”, and all the future equipment appears in George’s living room.

Soon, George is instant messaging his lovely neighbor and they get married and have an “Instant Honeymoon” all without ever leaving their houses. Virtual children frolic acroos their desktops.

George gets Free Phone Calls To Foreign Lands
Raketeena tells George that he can call long distance free to 42 countries.

George loves a good bargain, but “What the Hell do I wanna talk to foreigners for??”
“If I wanna go to the trouble of calling long distance, I want to hear a true American on the other end of the horn! Hopefully one I already agree with! Who lives across the street where I can keep an eye on ‘im!”

George is dying to test it out, so he gets on a plane and goes to Europe and calls the sexy widow across the street from his house to tell her to stay where she’s at, “‘cause there’s nothin’ but dirty foreigners here. An’ guess what! I’m tellin’ ya this fer free!”


Anonymous said...

Are you making flash cartoons again!?!?

Anonymous said...

Watch out Spacley Sprockets and Cogswell Cogs. Raketeena Raketu is here! Jane! Stop, this crazy thing! Cool cartoon!

Jennifer said...

I really really like those commercials. The imp is absolutely adorable - I would definitely buy a doll.

I'm going to do a little more research on that package to see if I can get that and ditch my YM.

Raff said...

I never thought I'd see a cross between Katie Rice and Chuck Jones drawings. :)

"Visit Tomorrow Today – with Raketu!"

But what if you're a nihilist?

DAINTY said...

Hey John, I liked your idea it’s very unique. The designs are awesome, there is one pose that really stands out of Raketeena, the one where she is pointing her finger up, and the word "future" is written on it. It’s so dynamic.

The story was cool, but I found one part a bit preachy by telling the audience what would happen in the future, and not showing it. Like I think something that could work and maybe make it funnier would be if when Slab sticks his head partly into the shimmering vortex; George could yell at him, then use the technology of future to scare the crap out of Slab by showing his future life of living in hell because he was to smart. But anyways, just an idea. What’s it for, a TV show or Web episodes or a commercials?

toonamir said...

Insight to the John K. story/thought process!
This is real learning...
I'd love to read more of those.

queefy said...

I'd love to this.

Gabriel said...

I never cared for commercials, but i really hope those are already greenlighted!! Do your know for sure if they'll be done, John?

NARTHAX said...

This is the direction Mary Tyler Moore started out with, playing an imp in those "Happy Hotpoit" 1950's ads. Then she had to ruin everything by talking.

Charlie J. said...

This looks great! I'd watch this!

Jorge Garrido said...

These are great!! I want to see these John K commercials! I love retro sci-fi stuff. (I enjoy contradictions)

Is that Kristy Gordon doing the voice? Katie Rice?

I can't believe you directed the voice acting to sync with the animation so extensively and so effectively! That's "word music", right? And the Jim Tyer shrink take blows me away!

I wish the service gave free calling to Guatemala.

And I'm sorry I said that about the colours. I'm gonna re-read your colour theory posts to understand them better. :(

Anonymous said...

cool idea John! virtual marriage, honeymoons, and children don't seem that far off considering people fall in love through emails without ever seeing each other. takes all the fun out of it if ya ask me. i also like the fact that Raketeena would come out of my armpit if my cellphone imploded.

Playa Rocuant said...

Hi, my english is not very good, i am from Chile, South America and i like very much your job, keep going!
I am impatient to see this
Good Bye

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Awesome! Are these actually going to get made, or are they just ideas to pitch?

katzenjammer studios said...

Now there's some entertaining commercials. If Raketu knew what was good for it, they'd definitely pay John oodles of cash to produce it. Or me.

Serge said...

I dont like mo-billy and monitorr or whatever very much...

They sound and look like disney sidekicks such as M.O.R.P.H.

Theres not much from them i know, but still thats the thought that popped into my mind while reading the names.

Anonymous said...

Neat! I like the takes you did with her face. They look strange but make sense. On another note there is a good post on Clampett, HERE.
Good read.

-David O.

Anonymous said...

Hey John. I tried to take a stab at designing your character Raketeena. I thought that would be a good exercise in your lessons. I tried different styles to come up with a different concept. I posted it here. enjoy.

JohnK said...

Hi Jorge

that's Kali's voice.

No need to apologize, Jorge. I DID use purple just to see what you'd say.

Your pal,


Shawn said...

Cool shit!

Max Ward said...

These colors aren't garish at all. The colors on Raketu are mostly greyed except the torso, and that pops out because the background is such a rich purple which is slighlty greyed and browned.

Also, John, you sure as hell know how to direct women in voice acting.

Chris_Garrison said...

I think Raketeena's greatest innovations are her lack of a clavicle area, and her mons veneris screen.

I'm shocked that this corporation is run by people who are wise enough to go with these spots. Most corporate suit types would run screaming from the religious, sexual, and xenophobic jokes. But if they're smart, they've noticed that today's most successful humor is very often designed to push the limits of what's acceptable to say. Here's hoping they really get on board and stay on board with Raketeena!

ZEE said...

Well, hot dang... I saw the Raketu ad on BoingBoing yesterday before I saw this post, and I thought "Wow, this is a total John K. ripoff, but a pretty darn good one." Really cute and appealing and fun to look at.

Now, if you could just help the Raketu folks out with their bland and nasty website as well...

C. A. M. Thompson said...

This is super good.

Anonymous said...

GREATNESS! as usual john

CartoonSteve said...

I like how she used the magic word: "please". I'm a clickin', baby! Also another reason I'm buying a HeHog t-shirt.

Alex Whitington said...

"Cleeck me pleese"

Well aint she jus' he cutest lil' piece of corporate whorin' you ever did see.

Realy great job.

Anonymous said...

I love how Jesus couldn't get his own name as his screen name without appending a number to it. He's not even in the top 1000!

Anonymous said...

This is neat, but I want to see a new show from you dammit!

boob said...

These drawings are completely fun. Great stuff. Inspiring.

Do you have a peg bar taped to a regular old scanner or some other special set up? Animation scanners are big money. I might invest at some point...

The Mighty Robolizard said...

Ha! This is nice...
Was that an actual cartoon idea though or a mind doodle? Anyway, teh yay? Possibly...

Also, I saw your picture in the 'Cartoon Music Book'. It was nice, had a great handmade feel to it...