Monday, February 27, 2012

Janice Berenstain RIP

Janice Berenstain, who co-created The Berenstain Bears with her husband Stan, passed away.

The husband-and-wife team did magazine cartoons and comic strips before hitting it big with children's books. Here's one I happened to have. Scanned from my beat-up copy of the Collier's from 1953.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Warm-up sketches

I took a storyboard test for Cartoon Network's Regular Show this week. Here are some warm-up sketches I did for it.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rocko: Fatal Contraption

I enjoy it when an otherwise talkative cartoon does an episode where there are little to no dialogue. Dexter's Laboratory did that a few times, SpongeBob did it once back in season 1.

As a finale for the third season of Rocko's Modern Life, they decided to do just that. There's no dialogue at all in this episode except for the announcer in the beginning; the entire cartoon is told visually. Rocko is in the top of my favorite TV cartoons list and this is one of the reasons why.



I'm looking forward to seeing this on DVD when Shout! releases season 3.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Misterjaw and Texas Toads bumpers

This might interest some. These are the rarely-seen bumper segments featuring Misterjaw and Texas Toads (bowdlerized Tijuana Toads) that were made for Pink Panther Laugh and a Half Hour and a Half Show back in 1976.



Arte Johnson and Arnold Stang voiced Misterjaw and Catfish respectively.

Note that Arte Johnson's Tyrone character makes an appearance in one of the skits. That was one of his recurring characters in Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. Johnson was a regular on the show.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Lo and Behold, Katrina's Here!

Here's a series I'm trying to get off the ground. Read the 6 page story here (click "next" to go to next page).

Oh Hiroshi...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rocko's Modern Life season 2


Season 2 of Rocko's Modern Life has been released on DVD, courtesy of Shout! Factory. This is when the show really began to stride, with some of the best episodes (including the half-hours "I Have No Son!" and "Cruisin'"). The cover art is much better, too, with Joe Murray actually drawing the image.

And it even has bonus materials, something the season 1 DVD lacked. The highlight is the original version of the pilot episode, "Trash-O-Madness" with yellow Rocko. Although I think the version that aired on TV is much better. The extended version improves the pacing, which happens pretty rapidly in the original version. It also has the annoying synthesized music, which was thankfully replaced later on with Pat Irwin's score. The only original music to remain in the TV version is near the end, when beaten up Rocko drags Spunky to the kitchen.

Here are screenshot comparisons of the two versions of the pilot:





Monday, February 6, 2012

The Gutsy Frog

And here's another episode of The Gutsy Frog. This is actually a second episode. Parts of the animation is really unusual here; the first couple of episodes were laid out by a different group of artists than the ones normally used in the rest of the run.



Director: Eiji Okabe
Animation Directors: Osamu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shibayama
Scenario: Haruya Yamazaki
Storyboards: Noboru Ishigura
Key Animation/Layouts: Kazumi Shimada, Michiko Takahashi
Animation/Inbetweens: Kyoko Harada, Tamie Yuuki, Masayuki Oozeki

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bakabon

Here's a really disturbing episode of "Ganso Tensai Bakabon" (The Original Genius Bakabon). The premise is that Bakabon's Papa has a friend he's known for 30 years, but not once did he ever saw his face. He decides to make it his goal to see it once and for all. It goes from bad to worse in the end.



Produced by TMS in the mid-1970s.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tumblr



Yeah, I got a tumblr now. I'm going to mostly post there from now on, although I may put something here from time to time.

So, uh, follow me or something.