Here's a clip from the first cartoon I made -- "The Premiere of Platypus Duck." Made it in college. The music is composed and performed by Parker MacDonell, and that's Parker singing as well. The entire cartoon is 11 minutes long. This 50-second clip was drawn mainly in colored pencil, with some inked lines on paper. This sequence covers evolution from the dawn of time to the present day, as we see the platypus evolve.
1. Here are some in-between smears that intensify the acting and animation in "Woodstock Slappy." Slappy leans in on Skippy with a smear face stretch.
Slappy makes a fast, single-frame gestures toward the stage...
Slappy uses her arms to beseech Skippy to answer the question that's driving her crazy: "Who's on stage?"
Skippy stretches up then goes down into a squash and freaks out as Slappy sings along with her accordion.
2. Some wild takes from "Woodstock Slappy."
Slappy wakes up to the song stylings of a screaming Janis Joplin...
3. And here are some excellent strong posesand acting from director Audu Paden and his brilliant crew of artists, story-boarders and animators on "Woodstock Slappy," helped by some great vocal performances by Sherri Stoner, Nate Ruegger and the rest of the cast.
IN CELEBRATION OF THE 5OTH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK... Here's a pan of the Woodstock crowd as Slappy Squirrel tries to shoo them away form her summer treehouse in "Woodstock Slappy" from "Animaniacs" (1994).
And here's Slappy grabbing Jimi Hendrix guitar in an attempt to bring the concert to a close.
In Hanna-Barbera's YOGI BEAR cartoons from 1958 and onward, Boo Boo played Yogi's sidekick. But here's one thing about Boo Boo that has been strange from the very beginning: his design seems to change from one cartoon to the next. He might have a round head in a cartoon, and then be blocky in another. He might have no forehead at all in one segment, and then he'll have a long tall forehead in the next. The point is this: early on, the folks at Hanna-Barbara were not terribly concerned about having a consistent model sheet for Boo Boo. (Nor one for Ranger Smith.)
Some recent interviews you might check out if you care to...
Joey, Nate and
Kelly's THE ANIMANICAST is the only weekly podcast dedicated to "Animaniacs!" It's packed with reviews, interviews and info about the
series. In this week's episode, they interview "Animaniacs"
producer/writer/story editor/voice actor and Slappy Squirrel herself,
Sherri Stoner. I chimed in too during the podcast. And there's a rumor
that Nate Ruegger (Skippy Squirrel) makes an appearance.
Here's where you can find it:
and co-host Steven Phillips have a great interview show over at Geekcast Radio
Network. Had a lot of fun talking to them about the cartoon shows I
worked on over the past 30 years. You can hear the interview and check out all the entertaining stuff at Geekcast Radio Network here:
And over at Popgeek.net, Johnny Caps wrote up an extensive interview with me that touches upon many of the very funny and incredibly talented people I've worked with over the years, as we look at some of the shows I've worked on, from Scooby to The 7D, with Tiny Toons, Animaniacs and lots more in between. You can check out this extensive article plus lots of other fun stuff at...