During my second year of CalArts I got that terrible "sophomore epic" bug. I planned out a film that was way too long, complex, and whose execution was faaaaaaaaar beyond my ability. I had been chipping away at it for a while when I heard a little voice in my head saying, "THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN EVER FINISH THIS, JUST STOP! DO SOMETHING ELSE!" I was already pretty invested in the first idea, and I didn't exactly have a back-up plan...but I did have some drawings of a duck, and a girl robot (who was the girl robot from my first year film that will now sink into obscurity forever since it no longer exists digitally). So I said to Sean, "I uh...I have an idea. A duck, and a robot, go on a picnic. And I don't know what happens in the middle but it ends with dancing!" And so, with about two and a half months left to go, I belted out a couple minutes of cartoon.
That was like, three years ago. Most people would just get over their student film characters and get on with life, but I kind of adore my obnoxious duck and silent robot. So I developed their universe more and pitched my idea to a studio today. Nothing came of it, it really wasn't what they were looking for. But it was fun to hop back into duck/robot world for a while.
There's the robot, the duck, their mailman the International Carrier Pigeon, and their antagonistic television friend. Below that are some little vignettes of stuff that they could do. I might still do some color keys just for kicks!
Also, I had a great birthday with cake and art and presents!
SPEAKING OF CAKE...click this. Thank me later.
ALSO: I would like to report that I just got back from seeing Sleeping Beauty at the El Capitan, and not only was it totally beautiful and great, but I saw June Foray and she was wearing a necklace with a HUGE shiny silver Rocky on it, with rhinestones and everything!! I was so excited that I made everyone else look at it too even though they really didn't care. Someday I TOO will be an aged lady with cartoon jewelry!