We got a boatload of e-mails voting for our Cartoon of the Year and in the end, it was a close call, but our viewers chose Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot, by David Chai. David is also taking home the award for “Best Traditional Film” so he has a gorgeous set of bookends. Congrats David!
I must admit that I’ve been in love with Fumi for a long time. Not only is it beautifully animated, but the story is just plain hysterical. In this film, Fumi’s bad luck foot is nothing but trouble until she finds a way to use her foot for good. Sound weird? Sound intriguing? Well, it is, so make sure you give it a watch.
The Channel Frederator Award isn’t the only recognition that Dave has received for Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot, by the way. Fumi has been featured at Sundance, The Annie Awards, Annecy, and countless other festivals. Also check out this page on Dave’s website where he has some great concept art, early sketches and tests from the film.
This episode of the Channel Frederator Awards actually features two double winners. In this case, Choom Lam won two different Freddies for two different films. Talk about a powerhouse of animation! Choom’s Bobble and Sqweek beat out some seriously cute competition against Alex Hirsch and Adrian Molina’s CuddleBee Hugs ‘n’ Such and Jiwook Kim’s Giant’s Kitchen to win our “So Cute It Hurts Award”.
In this story of two monsters playing ball… or uh… “eyeball” Choom managed to create two characters who, without any real voices, are still very distinct and lovable. The remarkable thing is that Choom had only four weeks to create Bobble and Sqweek, so she chose to keep it simple, but sweet. Simple and sweet surely paid off and is what makes this film such a pleasure to watch. - Carrie