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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hammy Model Sheet

This is one of those rare posts where I examine modern cartoons. There's a handfull of those that intrigue me, and this model sheet from Dreamwork's Over the Hedge is one of them. After seeing this model sheet and several others, I came to the conclusion that the movie would have looked better if it was animated traditionally instead of computers. Below is a model sheet of the character Hammy. He looks a lot cuter here than he did in the final project.

I want my COOKIES!!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Prest-O Change-O

The first colored bugs Bunny cartoon and the first directed by Chuck Jones. Chuck did a lot of Disney-esqe 'toons from the 1930's, which is when this was made. The same rabbit is back, this time colored white, quieter, and just as crazy! Oh, yes, did I mention he does magic tricks too?

Porky's Hare Hunt

I've been meaning to do a post on this one for a while, so here I go.

The Very first Bugs Bunny cartoon. At first created by Ben Hardaway, this rabit was quite different from Bugs even though they're one in the same. This hyperactive rabbit is a lot less calm than Bugs and here, his first foe was actually Porky Pig! Later on this little white rabbit will evolve into a grey, cool hare.
Oh yes, let's not forget his laugh and voice. It's a lot like Woody Woodpecker's, isn't it?

Musical Moments from Chopin

One superb musical cartoon. I'm a sucker for cartoons timed to music, and at the Walter Lantz studio, no one does it better than ex-disney animator Dick Lundy. He really knew how to time actions with music. I think Lundy may have been in charge of the "Musical Minatures" series. This one in particular has various pieces from classical pianist Frédéric Chopin instead of focusing on just one piece of music.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kaa Model Sheets

In case you're wondering, I find snakes the hardest animals to draw in cartoons. It's not body composition, believe me, that's the easy part! It's getting the head to look right is what's so hard about drawing them! To help myself out, I found some model sheets of Kaa the python from Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (1967). They're good resources to learn how to draw snakes(especially the second one for heads!)

Before you ask, I am a Wolfgang Reitherman fan (That's who directed The Jungle Book). His style of drawing and directing really just captivates me. In my opinion, he actually did the best cartoons for Disney in the 1960's. His drawings are rather almost like Chuck Jones' drawings to me.

More snake heads:This one above has a good angle to work with.
My God, that's a big snake!!!!