Saturday, October 08, 2011

Simpsons Amid Interview-Longwinded Answers pt 1

AMID: 1.) First things first, what's the backstory here? How did you end up animating a Simpsons opening?

Matt Groening and Al Jean asked me to do it. They showed me an opening that Banksy did that satirized the animation production assembly line system in Korea and told me it was really popular, so they wanted to do something similar with me.

Storyboard
At first they just wanted me to do a storyboard and have their regular crew animate it. If we had done it that way, then no one would even have known that I had anything to do with it because it would have ended up on model and all pose to pose. I showed them the Adult Swim shorts I had been doing and pointed out that the way things happened was even more important than what was happening in my work. You can’t write visual performance. You have to actually draw it.














to be continued...

21 comments:

Sex Mahoney said...

These look incredible. Thank you for the behind the scenes action. Also, I like that these were all done on what looks like legal pads.

Archie said...

Hey John! Good stuff. Was this the only concept you had the the couch gag or were there others?

Again good stuff. Cheers Pal!

Chris said...

Now you guys just need to get the Simpsons crew to let you animate an entire episode!

akira said...

wow, these are so awesome! i'm just curious about how much you board like this and throw out, or did you just nail it all down right away? was the first step just doodling and redesigning the characters and then you did these boards? how long did you spend designing and how long on these boards? maybe those are disrespectful questions to ask but i'm just curious because the looseness/freedom/fun in these drawings makes it seem like you did it in one massive creative frenzy maybe only stopping to replenish and drain your fluids a few times before finishing...

JohnK said...

I didn't spend a lot of time designing, because I had already been drawing the Simpsons for a proposed parody for the Adult Swim bumpers where I combined the Simpsons with the Flintstones.

I spent maybe a couple hours sketching some rough design concepts and then spent a lot more time getting them into photoshop and writing stuff on them.

The storyboard I did over breakfast. I may have thrown out a couple first attempt scenes, I don't remember. I pretty much storyboard straight ahead once I know where I'm going.

Terryman said...

Why did Matt and Al want you to animate the couch gag in the first place? They could have got another well known animator but why you?

JohnK said...

They couldn't afford a good one.

Pierre said...

Hey John, brilliantly animated couch gag. I especially love the part where Bart pulls the Poopie Cushi On from underneath the couch and the resulting grabbing Bart by the neck.

Did you enjoy working with Groening? What did the Simpsons crew think of the couch gag when you first showed it & did you hear from their animators?

F1315NJ said...

Interesting piece you did. Just one question: What was the music you used for the segment?

Shawn Dickinson said...

The story board drawings are awesome!

Mykal said...

Love, Love, Love the TR portrait in that first, big splash panel!

Michael Sporn said...

The board is brilliant, just vibrant with life. No wonder the piece spins off the screen when you watch it. (I think I've seen it at least a dozen times so far.) Well done, John. I'm sure the client HAD to be happy with it.

JohnK said...

Hi Michael. Thanks! I'm pleasantly surprised.

The Butcher said...

Is it weird that I find these story boards to be better than the finished product?

Nicol3 said...

ASS.

Nice post! Bootyful storyboard too! Crystal clear.

Esun said...

Loved every second of it.

ComiCrazys said...

I love that you have the rubber-hose bug!!! I find all those old black and white 30's cartoons so much appealing than the Golden Age 40's cartoons. Like you say in the interview, it was so much more innocent and freewheeling than the technical era that followed. Luckily, Jim Tyer never lost his 30s chops!

Keep on, John! Push us forward yet again!!!

Laylassong said...

John
Are you going to be selling any of the story board artwork you did for the simpsons couch gag?

Pete said...

This looks really cool, John. Your 'evil Bart' sketch is great! Can't wait to see the animated version.

Pablo said...

You are a genius!!! recently i saw your simpson freack version on Cartoon Brew, its awesome!!

Marty Fugate said...

Loved it. Next, you should convince Parker and Stone to let you do a "South Park" episode -- if only to make 'em weep at the wasted possibilities of 15 seasons of deliberately bad animation.