Tuesday, 30 March 2010


TRANSLATION: An obtuse, boring, or bothersome person; a pest.

That pretty much summed up Gene Deitch's silent, sighing character - and here's a loose take on him, drawn from memory. Compare my art with the original design to see where I went wrong XP

Monday, 29 March 2010

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Robot Fighter

Just a bored sketch during a dull day...

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Foggy T

Nope, I've still not got my usual PC online yet...but thanks to my laptop and a very handy version of GIMP, I've managed to get some semi-recent sketches scanned and prepared for presenting :)

For now, here's a little something I drew for my brother by request: Foghorn Leghorn as "Mr. T". Would make for an interesting t-shirt design, no? ;D

Monday, 22 March 2010

The Cartoon Laws of Pysics

I have been very fortunate, despite my computer problems, to have landed on my feet for a change - given the chance to teach an Animation Workshop at a local school, teaching and showing today's generation how to do "real" animation, ranging from 2D Animation, Stop-Motion and the occasional CGI.

In my first workshop, I gave an in-depth but fun history into animation - from its early roots right up to the present day, and also demonstrating how cartoons from the past have made an impact on newer shows today. How John K and Danny Antonucci had been inspired greatly by the works of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery to bring to us Ren and Stimpy and Ed, Edd n Eddy, and so on :)

Just for fun, I also put together a short montage showing the kids the Cartoon Laws of Physics - while these don't apply to every cartoon made to date, they are well worth taking note of in order to make animation "fun" again...and not leave all the work to "Seth Macfatwallet" :P

I apologise for the lack of quality in most of the clips, but I had to work with what I could from CD/DVD collections and the occasional YouTube video - showcasing the best from British and American Animation, hopefully!

Watch, learn and enjoy =)

Chris Signore - The Cartoon Laws of Physics

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Funny Face - The Juice is Loose!

I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, that Renegade Animation seems to be a small percentage in America who still care about creating "real" cartoons these days. Next to creating dozens of adverts/commercials, they've also been responsible for bringing to us (or in this case, the Americans) "Elmo Aardvark", "Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi" and "The Mr Men Show (2008)". Just watching any of these and you can clearly see how wonderfully characterised and fast their animations look, feel and move - despite being animated in Flash, they don't cut corners by simply using "tweening" all the time. They do it with artistic style 8-)

And their latest addition, "Funny Face", brings back old school cartoon humour, slapstick and violence. But as the characters are all fruit, no one really gets hurt (and the only "gore" is fruit juice - yum! XD ).

Ironically, the Funny Face cast started out as mascot characters to market a selection of fruit drinks back in the '70's as an "alternative" to Kool-Aid. These consisted of Goofy Grape, Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry, Jolly Olly Orange, Freckle-Face Strawberry, Loudmouth Lime, Choo-Choo Cherry, Captain Black Cherry and Lefty Lemon.

Originally, Jolly Olly and Choo Choo were created to replace earlier versions of their counterparts - Injun' Orange and Chinese Cherry - which were deemed too racist to be use as advertising products. No different to today's standards then... :P

Truthfully, the only source I knew about the Funny Face cast was by downloading and listening to an old record entitled "Goofy Grape Sings (Awful!)" which had the characters singing a song about one another - all vocals by the Late Great Paul Frees (Ludwig Von Drake, Tigger). And it was sometime in early 2008 that Renegade were granted the chance to bring the characters back as an animated series.

It's almost a shame that not much promotion has been given about this series so far - save for one YouTube "advert" and a string of minute gags on Dailymotion. What I adore about Renegade's technique is, as with "The Mr Men Show", they go for character-driven situations, which has more potential for storytelling than just anvils and snot and screechy voices. Plus, the animation itself is very, very good - and easy too, considering none of the fruits have limbs! ;)

New characters for this series (next to the odd pineapple and watermelon) include Top Banana and Crabby Apple, with Freckleface Strawberry and Choo Choo Cherry typcast as girls. The voices are fantastically funny to add, with I presume the same voice actors who portrayed the Mr Men characters. I can definitely recognise the tons of Joseph J. Terry, Danny Katiana and Susan Balboni for most of the characters.

I seriously hope that more publication of these characters would be widespread in the future - it could be a chance to encourage kids to enjoy more fruit for healthy eating as well as bringing FUN cartoons back on the air again.

For now, though, here's a selection of Funny Face shorts still avaliable on their official Dailymotion Channel. All worth your precious viewing time =)


Up All Night



Friday, 19 March 2010

Yes I know....

....updates have been very lagging these past few weeks. But there have been several main reasons why that's so:

- my computer's gone bust again thanks to a broken cooing fan. Just got to wait for the part to arrive, leaving me lack of Photoshop and (not-so) recent art pieces
- all recent internet activity is being covered on my laptop, which is slow as heck and a wonky wireless connection to boot
- job centre has also been breathing down my neck, which has left me pressured with over-doing it with job search after job search...with only 6 more weeks to go... XP

So new arts maybe sometime - but don't despair folks. I'll try and keep this blog active with future vids and animation reviews to come, featuring old and new 'toons...hence the blog header.

Always good to have a fall back, doesn't it? ;D

In short, stay tooned, and thanks for your patience 8-)