Thursday, November 30, 2006

Okay, Guys, I'm Serious Now!

Okay, so I'm a short, geeky cartoonist wannabe. I live for cartoons. I love film too, but unfortunately, I reserve so much time for watching animation that there are a lot of movies I have not seen. A friend once criticized me for never seeing the movie Snatch. Another yelled at me for not seeing Apocolypse Now. It was hard to explain, for some reason, that I'm just too obsessed with watching cartoons and studying animation. Just the other day, I went to a used video store and bought American Pop, some old Betty Boop cartoons (some of the weirder ones, actually), and a crappy $5 DVD of Felix the Cat, as well as some very obscure cartoons by Van Beuran, a short lived studio in the 1930s. I had no real reason for getting these DVDs, other than to add to my collection. Also, my girlfriend loves music, so I thought she'd like to see American Pop.

The point of this blog is for my... "art," if you're going to call it that. My animation teacher actually said to me, when reviewing one of my essays, to capitalize the word. I think her point was it made it look more important.

But I'm not going to take myself that seriously. I'm just going to post about my current projects and my weird ideas. I did some of that on my LiveJournal blog, but I'm sort of abandoning it, since I've had it since eighth grade, so there's some teen angst crap in there that I'm kind of embarassed about. But there's also some stuff in there about my frustration with people who don't get that animated and live action films are equal, such as Hunter S. Thompson's wife, who didn't want Ralph Bakshi doing her husband's movie, since she wanted it to be live action. Think about Ralph Steadman's art coming to life on-screen... Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam did a fine job as usual, but I think using elements of animation in the film would have made it more interesting, especially with all the halucinations going on. Bakshi's rotoscoping technique would have been ideal. Ironically, Terry Gilliam used to do the animated sequences for Monty Python's Flying Circus, as well as their movies. Funny how that works out.

Here's a little article:

Whoa, I got kind of off topic there... um... I was gonna' talk about my other post where I discuss my purchas of a 16mm copy of Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, directed by Bob Clampett. I explained why I bought it for it's historical significance, and it's legendary animation that made it what many critics call Bob Clampett's "masterpiece," and it is something to behold... unless you just can't keep the historical context in mind and not be offended. I don't blame you either, but these films still need to be preserved, because they're part of history.

Alright, that's my first post. I promise that future posts will be more focused. In the meantime, go see my pencil test for the project I'm working on... oh, I need to upload more of those...

Here it is: