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Dead Ringo – Episode 6

Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2012 by eddie

Images from ‘Ringo & The Night Procession’ are up on the Dead Ringo tumblr

Remember – Images are constantly being added as the scenes are finished :)

Betsy Go Boom!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2012 by eddie

Betsy Go Boom! – a series about a little girl who is literally a human beatbox – is an idea that has been around for a while now. The project was recently revisited, resulting in this series teaser. Music by the wonderful Bran Flakes.

New Dead Ringo trailer

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2012 by eddie

Adios Big-Headed Rikochet…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2012 by eddie

Mixed emotions today. The Rikochet Halloween costume has finally been discontinued. I say mixed emotions because: a) the bulbous head on this thing has been freaking us out since 2004 and b) well, actually there is no b.

My wife actually searched for this to buy it for our 2-and-a half year old. Querida Edna Mort…you dodged a bullet ;)

Working rough…

Posted in Dead Ringo, New projects, Storyboards & Layouts, Uncategorized on April 21, 2012 by eddie

Storyboard page from our feature film ‘Los Campeones de La Lucha Libre’. Because other studios were involved in the production, the storyboards HAD to be detailed and on-model – especially as we knew some (most!) artists would be skipping the layout stage and working straight from the boards. Here are some more examples:

I personally love boarding as I feel it’s where true animation direction comes from. But right now I am enjoying working a little looser and rougher; because the cartoons we are doing are being produced from within, it means the storyboards become more of a blueprint for ideas, rather than rigid direction. And they don’t have to be consistently on model. Hell, when we work on our own stuff, we don’t even use model sheets.

Here are two examples of rougher boards; Super Computer & Dead Ringo. Note that some of the dialogue has been removed because these are still in production, and we don’t want to give EVERYTHING away! :)

Schoolhouse Rock

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2012 by eddie

Growing up in England and Australia, I never got to see this series of educational interstitials that American kids did in the 1970’s. That is until this week, when my wife found a bunch of them on VHS at the local thrift store.
And they are awesome – especially the ‘Grammar’ series from 1973. Simple, stylish designs, nice (not jerky!) animation, simple backgrounds and fantastic music. This stuff really shows up the so called ‘pre school on TV’ shows on Nick Jr as the bollocks they really are.
And you get the feeling that these were done to actually entertain and stimulate kids, rather than to sell them a Leapfrog device or a Dora playhouse. Most of them are on youtube. This is my fave…

EDIT: I should also point out that the vocalist on the clip is the legendary Blossom Dearie.

Dead Ringo series

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2012 by eddie

The first images from Episode 5 (the Cherry Blossom episode :)are up on the Dead Ringo tumblr…

As mentioned previously, I’ll be posting images as the scenes are completed!

We all gotta start somewhere…

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2012 by eddie

One of my first ever animated shorts from 1993. I know…lacks a little – well, a lot of things, actually. But what the hell, you can’t change history, so here it is! And while it may seem manic, the transfer from VHS to Quicktime HAS speeded the timimg up somewhat…

Burn Baby, Burn…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 6, 2012 by eddie

Some people hold Smashing Parties; you know, they get their old computers, fax machines, and whatever has been frustrating them, make a night of it and pummel them with sledgehammers.

There are certain projects we have worked on over the last few years that I really wish I could smash to pieces, or burn beyond recognition.  Alas in this digital age, the best I can do is send the offender to the recycle bin.  Yeah, there are a lot of projects that deserve to be forgotten.  Top of the list could be this one…

Ah, Shaktimaan 5 – what a waste of time you turned out to be.  We were asked to come up with a new take on a live action Indian superhero – Shaktimaan, that would appeal to, you know – the kids!  After many roughs and takes Cartoon Network Asia decided well no, we didn’t really want to do this anyway, but hey, thanks!

So without any remorse or regret, I hereby consign all existing Shaktimaan images to oblivion!  Bye bye Shakti-loser.

Well except this one, ‘cos now I have posted it.  Grrrr!

Rick O’Shea

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2012 by eddie

As well as the Dead Ringo tumblr site, see also ‘Mucha Lucha! Para Siempre’ for some fun and unpublished art from the series and beyond! O'Shea

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