Archive for July, 2009

Big Daddy Mort & Querida!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on July 24, 2009 by lili


Q-2 minutes old-resized

Two minutes old

Congrats to Eddie and Ingrid!

Blogging update

Posted in blogging on July 23, 2009 by lili

Any moment now, Eddie is going to become a DAD! Which could mean LESS blog posts this week. I will do my best to hold up the fort over here. Just so you know, I am also posting on over at Toonboombastic – our other blog for sharing ToonBoom Animate tips.  We recently acquired Animate Pro (thank you, ToonBoom!) so when we get around to checking this new version out, we will definitely post our thoughts.

Rough as guts – the Trio Heroico sequence

Posted in Los Campeones, Storyboards & Layouts on July 17, 2009 by lili

A very early ROUGH animatic for the Trio Heroico sequence in Los Campeones.

Eddie animated the fights between the Trio and monsters; I  roughed out key poses for the nightclub dancing scene … which you don’t really see in the final movie as we ran out of time and money to animate everything. We will HAVE TO do the sports cars and go-go girls in a Los Campeones sequel! ;)

Los Campeones – the soundtrack!

Posted in Los Campeones, Music on July 16, 2009 by lili

It is unfortunate that doesn’t allow the embedding of  music playlists so…

We direct you to the Los Campeones MySpace page to listen to the soundtrack. (0r click HERE for the mixpod playlist)


While you are there, check out the Los Campeones myspace blog, which hasn’t been updated in ages but still has lots of production photos.  Check out THIS ENTRY specifically,  to see and hear a very cool Mariachi Los Toros recording session.

Los Campeones Art Book?

Posted in Los Campeones on July 15, 2009 by eddie

Layout8-cover copy

Well not yet. We started putting some layouts together with the hope of making this happen.  And as we have always liked books that show the rougher side of the process – sketchy thumbnails, rough pencil animation and layouts – our approach would be to show the evolution of the movie from these roughs to the finished artwork that eventually made it up on screen.

Layout2 copy

Story thumbnails and storyboard panels on the left  – with the actual finished version on the right

Layout5 copy

Rough poses for the animation

Layout7 copy

Rough poses for Mr. Profesional – and the final animated images on the right

Layout3 copyJust a fraction of the many characters we designed for the movie!

And believe us – there is a LOT more rough artwork from where this came from!

A review of Los Campeones (with some minor spoilers)

Posted in Los Campeones on July 14, 2009 by lili


From Jesse Justice:

Eddie, Lili,

I just finished watching Los Campeones De Lucha Libre. Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved it!

You guys did not disappoint. Artistically Los Campeones was top notch. All those character designs were great! Not only were the cast of characters wonderful, the attention to things in the background, and the environments that could have been glossed over, were a joy to discover throughout the film. The visuals put me in that Fantasy Mexico that only exists in old Lucha movies.

The characters were so creative. The costumes and character designs were grounded in things I’ve seen over and over again in the wrestling world. As characters appeared on screen I was laughing out loud. I especially loved the Graveyard fight, the death spirit, and the calaveras versions of the heroes were brilliant. The monsters at the end of the picture, cracked me up. (Was that Mecha-Hitler in the back?)

Over and over again the visuals jumped out at me and the animation was really well done. Do you know how long I’ve waited for you guys to animate a wrestling match the way you did in Los Campeones? Way too long.

The story was epic. I can’t believe you guys managed to tell a tale with all those elements, in the time you had. There was classic adventure, wrestling, monsters, mystery, and surprise after surprise. The generation gap between Father and Son, how Dragon Rojo Jr wanted to be his own man, while his father was firmly rooted in his tradition and self-importance, was a powerful part of the movie for me. Something fans have witnessed every-time a mask is handed down. I’m so glad that was part of the story.

Mr Professional was a great character for the lucha libre noobie, his lucha education was a great way to get across all the elements of what goes on in lucha libre. As was the first match where he and Dragon Rojo Jr fought their own partners. I wish I would have thought of that.

The voice acting was great, and that soundtrack was killer. I gotta get it.

Sorry to sound like I’m gushing only praise. This film was one of those things that proved Lucha Libre makes a great vehicle to tell a story without compromise or dumbing things down for the lay-person. Many projects that have had lucha libre in it, always shows their lack of exposure to it, at some point.

I really felt the genuine passion for lucha in this movie. As a hardcore lucha libre fanatic and maybe not the average cinema goer, I loved the film, but I think the film will reach even the most casual of fan as well. The story contains many classic elements, rebellion, coming of age, a little sexiness, action, and honest to goodness story-telling, all the while, having fun.



P.S. There is no official US-released DVD of Los Campeones yet. We mailed a screener to Jesse Justice.  If you are a film reviewer/friend/cast or crew member who missed our screenings in L.A. and would like to receive a DVD copy, please contact us via the email addresses on the right side of this page.


The Secret Life of Walt Disney

Posted in Books, Inspiration, New projects on July 10, 2009 by lili

“En Pleine Guerre Froid” is a story by Froch and Fromental in Metal Hurlant issue 70. We recently repurchased this comic book from eBay because it was easier and cheaper to do this than to have someone relocate it amongst our storage items and ship it from Sydney.

“En Pleine Guerre Froid” is set during the Cold War as the title suggests, and thanks to Google Translate, the story goes a little something like this:

A Russian spy visits a fellow spy and famous comic book critic/reviewer who was once thrown in jail for peddling American comic books in the Red Square. In the home of this critic, he meets a kid who has won a drawing contest to see Walt Disney in America. Using a special device, the spy transfers his ‘mind’ into the kid’s body and vice versa, and off he goes to kidnap Uncle Walt.

As it turns out, Walt Disney was no longer alive.

This Walt Disney was a robot created by the KGB.

En Pleine Guerre Froid: Read the full story here (flickr set)

File under: Inspiration for the Kinky Kasperovich Konundum (Our Comrade In Cuba)

Bostie Boys Artwork

Posted in New projects, Storyboards & Layouts with tags on July 9, 2009 by eddie


As we’ve blogged already, The Bostie Boys is our cartoony Bowery Boys/Fleischer-inspired short we are currently working on.  While we are producing the cartoon in color, we will ultimately output it in black and white.  Here are some layouts, renders, and final B&W effects

Original layout for the animatic
Original layout for the animatic

Animated scene still with background

The final image with black and white effects
The final image with black and white effects

More B & W Images…


Ninja, Ninja, Ninja!

Posted in blogging, Graphics, Inspiration on July 7, 2009 by eddie


Speaking of Ninjas (which we were two posts ago). our longtime friend and colleague Keith Rainville (‘From Parts Unknown’ magazine, and Los Campeones scriptwriter) has released the awesome-est collection of everything Ninja on the planet; Vintage

As with his work documenting Lucha Libre, this is a fantastic one-stop resource for everything Ninja.  There’s also a section on Books and Manga with cool art like this…



Posted in blogging, Inspiration, Music with tags on July 5, 2009 by eddie


cool cats

Not only has this blog moved and undergone rejuvenation, but so has the little-known Fwak! Grab Bag : our pop-culture scrapbook that started as a reference  resource for our DANCE CRASHER cartoon.

WAY too cool for this century, cats and kittens ;)

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