Saturday, June 06, 2009

Cute Girl and Ren Running, Bob animation 12x beat

This girl character is based on Tex' Avery's Lonesome Lenny, which in turn is taken from Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". It's such a funny concept it's hard to resist it. -Someone who loves his little pets so much, he squeezes them to death. "I'm gonna love you and squeeze you and kiss you..."

I tried to get a little pathos here with shadows of the bars and Stimpy pulling his rubbery gloves along the bars in heartbreaking agony.

I asked Bob to make the girl be light in this run and to have more drawings of her off the ground than on the ground in this run. There are 12 x per step. 7 of them, her feet are off the ground.

There are 5 where she has at least one foot in contact with the ground.




This is drawing 7 and drawing 11. There are 3 more inbetweens very closely spaced between them to make you feel this part of her run, where she is floating in the air. Bob used "tight inbetweens" a lot to great effect.

He also added lots of overlap to smooth out the run. Ren's bouncing overlaps the girl's up and down motion, and then Ren's hair overlaps his.
http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/spumco/RenStimpy/1BHB/BobImAlive.mov

That "I'm alive, I'm alive" bit is inspired by "Stranger On The 3rd Floor" - a great movie.

19 comments:

Jens said...

The girl character is basicly Elmyra from Tiny Toons, but you all probably knew ;)

Amir Avni said...

What a great scene! Bob is a wonderfully an inventive animator :)

drawingtherightway said...

Maybe its just me but when I saw the first image, I had to take a 2nd look to see what was happening in it: it doesn't seem to immediately read clearly. Anyone else think so? The other images seem to read clearly though.

Ted said...

Care to comment on the change in the girl's design from these?:

http://tag.rubberslug.com/gallery/master_query.asp?SeriesID=14467&Page=3

Thomas said...

What a great detail of having Stimpy's pupils dilate when the jail door is closed. You feel his dread.

Mattieshoe said...

>>The girl character is basicly Elmyra from Tiny Toons, but you all probably knew ;)


Except this character is appealing

Bruce said...

Fun stuff.

It's interesting to note that poor Stimpy has the case of "Smurf eyes" in that screen capture.

Also, not trying to sound like a broken record, but will Bob Camp be interviewed for the upcoming Spumco book?

Have a good one

From an aspiring artist/ cartoonist.

Chris said...

Cool stuff.

Love the blog!

"Chris is Starving!"

Trevor Thompson said...

I love the see-through dogs in the background. Boy.

patrick said...

very interesting, thanks again!

Leo Beaudry said...

How have you made the shadow of the closing bars? Did you put another cel by over the one of Stimpy?

I KISS the SCREEN said...

Yeah! "Stranger On the Third Floor" reference!!!

Dagan Moriarty said...

One of my all-time favorite bits in Ren and Stimpy... beautifully animated, and super-funny! :)

Whitney Pollett said...

I love the dogs in the background cages. Especially that fat happy one that looks like a ball!! SO cute!

Chip Butty said...

Is there any connection to "Babs" from "Your Gang"?

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

That girl is one of the all-time great cartoon girl designs! She looks great and has what she needs to animate funny!.

Doctor Jones said...

Bob Jacques is a great man.

He once saved me from a summer of customer service and put me to work .

He as well does a mean Mick Jagger impersonation.

Lauren the Writer said...

Ah, I love cartoons.

Scott Cardona said...

the timing of daffys movements are beautiful. Also I really liked the the passing position of the girl taking ren away. Really different from what I've been seeing with Richard Williams and Preston Blairs examples.