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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A new title sequence for "Fountain of Goofs", a JSmith Productions Cartoon starring Benny and Gordon as Spaniards from the Age of Exploration looking for the Fountain of Youth.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Pink Panther (1963)

In my mind, the original Pink Panther from 1963 is one of the best movies ever made. Not only did this movie jump-start the careers of Blake Edwards, Peter Sellers, and musician Henry Mancini, it also opened a huge door for Warner Bros directors Hawley Pratt and Friz Freleng. In general, the movie is wonderful and if you haven't seen it, then go rent it (or buy it) and watch it.

Anyway, I made this post to concede with my previous posts on Pink Panther opening credits. The very first one from '63 has, in my opinion, the best look for the coolest pink feline around. Freleng and Pratt made this character very sleak looking, but it fits the character well. The claws are cool and I also love how he doesn't look so anorexic here. The panther trying to sneak his name in the credits always makes me laugh.

Well, anyway, here is the video. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pink Panther titles

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge fan of The Pink Panther movies. The best were the ones with Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards involved of course. However, I also love the animated sequences from each movie's start, so I picked a few of my favorites and posted them here.

#1: A Shot in the Dark (1964)

A Shot in the Dark Titles (1964)
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My personal favorite Pink Panther movie of all. While not the first Pink Panther or the best animated, but the musical score by Henry Mancini is charming and perfectly fits Inspector Clouseau's personality.

#2: The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

The third Pink Panther movie. This scene was animated by Richard Williams and Ken Harris and is arguably very good considering the year it was made. Williams and Harris used 24 frames a second here vs. 12. They also animated The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and a few commercials.

#3: Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

Trail Of The Pink Panther - Intro (1982)
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Animated by Freleng-DePatte studios, this one was one of the more creative intros done with the series. Sadly, this was Sellers' last P.P. movie before he died of a heart attack. He was only 54. At least this movie was dedicated to him and remains one of the funniest in the series.

#4. The Pink Panther (2006)

I won't get in too deep with this one. I thought this one's intro had a quirk similar to the originals, but the movie itself sure wasn't. Steve Martin was o.k. in this movie, but nothing compared to what Sellers did with Clouseau.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mousse in Boots

You know the story of Puss in Boots, right? He's an accomplish ogre killer and slayer of evil monsters across the kingdom. There's just one thing he never did count on: Ralph!

Starring Lionel as Puss and Boots and Ralph as the mouse that kicks his butt.


Another character I never introduced. So far,this alien is a naturalist from a planet far away from our galaxy. He's also from the future. He'll be featured in a few cartoons abducting Ralph and Benny for the sake of science.

Also shown is how his species evolved from frogs, which explains how he's from the future. There's also his "baby portrait".

I actually have been drawing this character many years before I came up with Ralph and yet I never gave him a name...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fire-Alarm Chilé

After he saves his family's home from a disastrous fire, Chilé decides to join his little pueblo town's fire fighting squad. He gets the job easily with Chief Sanchez. Let's see if our favorite chinchilla can handle the heat in his first adventure!

If you noticed, Chilé now looks a little slimmer than before. Just a little redesign after drawing the character for a year.

An Egg-Cited Vulture

The Egyptian vulture is the world's smallest Old World vulture. Unlike other vultures, this one prefers to eat unhatched ostrich eggs. One problem: ostriches lay big eggs. Ours tries to break the egg with various schemes from boxing with it from having to use dynamite. All of which don't work by the way.

This one is intended to be a one-shot short for a series in the show called Nature's Way about some of nature's most obscure creatures. I'll probably have more like this one in the future. They'll all be silent cartoons featuring only music to help set the mood.

By the way, the Egyptian vulture is a real bird. It actually looks something like this:

A Clockwork Benny

After a long day of working the night shift, Benny's ready to enjoy a day's sleep. At the same time, an operatic songbird wakes up and wants to greet the day by singing a la Pavarotti. Despite the bird's intentions, Benny is annoyed and does whatever he can to shut the bird up so he can sleep.

This cartoon won't have dialogue. Instead, the short will be driven by classical music and the bird's various opera tunes. It'll feature some music that played in the movie "A Clockwork Orange" like "The Thieving Magpie" or Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Plus we get to see a darker side of Benny you would never see in his other cartoons.

I have the feeling this may be a season hit if the show ever passes.