Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tintin

With the release of the Spielberg Tintin film, I've been thinking of the 1960s series produced in Brussels by Belvision studio.

7 of the storylines were adapted to animation, which was presented in cliff-hanger format for a total of 50 five-minute shorts. They were subsequently imported to USA, where the voices were dubbed over by veteran actors Dal McKennon and Paul Frees.

But as it turns out, one of the storylines was animated in USA. A Cartoon Brew post on various adaptations of Tintin over the years led to a comment from Philippe Capart, who made a documentary about Belvision. The first story to be adapted to animation was "Objective Moon", produced in 1959. Belvision contracted with America's Larry Harmon Studio to produce the storyline. Harmon's studio has experience in mass-producing TV cartoons, making Bozo the Clown cartoons for syndication and also on the King Features Popeye series.

The Belvision series has poor reputation amongst Tintin fans. While I don't think the series in general is that bad, the case can be made for this one. Harmon's studio has made some really bad cartoons. The drawings are pretty poor and the writing could've been better. Subsequent storylines were animated in-house at Belvision with their own artists, although Charles Shows stuck around doing all the voices.

Voices are Larry Harmon (Tintin, Professor Calculus) and Paul Frees (Captain Haddock, Thomson/Thompson twins). Paul Fennell directs. Lou Scheimer, who went on to start Filmation, did the backgrounds.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Goku's Big Adventure - Episode 4

Ah, glad to see this again.

One of the lesser known Osamu Tezuka series was "Goku's Big Adventure", which took over Astroboy's timeslot after that show got cancelled. It only lasted 39 episodes, but the show has charm. It was unusual from Tezuka in that it was very gag-driven, where nothing was taken seriously.

Possibly the most craziest was episode 4, which was directed by the late Osamu Dezaki. It was up on YouTube with English subs few years ago, but it got removed. However someone recently uploaded the entire series dubbed in Italy. It'll do for now, I guess.

Here you go.





Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Gutsy Frog part 3



I think what stands out to me about Japan's Dokonjo Gaeru (The Gutsy Frog) is the character layouts/poses. The level of energy in the layouts can vary depending on who was doing what, but when they're energetic, they're VERY energetic. I'd like to think that the animators at A Production (TMS's satellite studio that did their animation) had fun working on this show.

Japanese cartoons are produced on much lower budget and tighter schedule than American cartoons, even back in the '70s, but there's still an element of fun in this show that's lacking in Hanna-Barbera and Filmation cartoons made at the same time.

There's alot to like about it. One thing I love is how visible the teeth are whenever the characters are talking, complete with gums sticking out. I find that funny, for some reason.



Here are couple more episodes:


Chief Director: Tadao Nagahama
Scenario: Yutaka Kaneko
Storyboards: Minami Asa
Animation Directors: Osamu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shibayama
Key Animation: Daizo Takeuchi, Shingo Matsuo
Animation/Inbetweens: Mieko Takagi, Kazue Tanaka, Masako Konno



Chief Director: Tadao Nagahama
Scenario: Tomoshi Inoue
Animation Directors: Osamu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shibayama
Storyboard Artist/Animators unknown


Chief Director: Tadao Nagahama
Scenario: Tomoshi Inoue
Animation Directors: Osamu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shibayama
Storyboard Artist/Animators unknown

Monday, December 5, 2011

Exposure Sheet


I ended up creating my own exposure sheet for use, which I then printed on 11x17"

It's rare to see them printed in two columns, but I did with mine, just for the sake of conserving paper.

If anyone wants to print their own, here's the pdf file.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Gutsy Frog continued

Thought I'd share more "Dokonjo Gaeru"

Here's all you need to know: Hiroshi agrees to potty train his friend Kyoko's baby sister. I just love how everything escalates in the end. Not bad for a cartoon about peeing.



This episode was broadcast in Japan on November 17, 1973.

Series Director: Tadao Nagahama
Scenario: Yutaka Kaneko
Storyboards: Takeshi Sakamoto
Animation Directors: Osamu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shibayama
Key Animation: Okuda Seiji, Kazuo Iimura
Animation/Inbetweens: Shouzen Ozaki, Osamu Takebe, Setsuko Shibuichi