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Close But No Cigar

Listen up, all you crazy people who think Shrek and Family Guy are the height of sophistication! Here’s proof that you don’t require a billion dollars to create good cartoony fun - you just need actual talent.

John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show (the show to which just about every modern cartoon owes its existence), has recently been working on a couple of freelance projects. One is an animated introduction to the upcoming film Tenacious D in “The Pick of Destiny”, while the other is a music video for the new Weird Al Yankovic song, Close But No Cigar. John K posted about the completed video recently in his blog, along with a brief clip, and the full-length piece has appeared on YouTube. The music isn’t really my thing, but watch it now and marvel at the fluid, expressive, and most importantly well-drawn animation. This thing was made on a micro-budget, and in Macromedia Flash of all things. Normally the bane of any animator’s existence, with its generic rotating shapes and “tweening”, John K was the first person to truly harness the format’s potential back in the 1990s when he created the world’s first web cartoons, and now he seems to have done it again, cranking out near feature-quality animation using a format that its creators originally thought could be used for nothing except annoying ad banners.

The animation, by the way, was done by a Canadian firm called Copernicus Studios. They are also doing the animation for the Tenacious D piece.

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2006 at 11:16 AM
Categories: Animation | Cinema | Music | Technology | Web

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