Thurop was one of THE first persons in Animation I Know I wanted to Interview upon first receiving this awesome Channel Frederator gig. He was also one of the first persons who welcomed me to the Character Animation School when I first transferred in. We shared a cubicle together, and it was there I first saw glimpses into his great character design work, humorous tittering inducing stories, and an early version of his soon to blow up Flapjack Series. The time spent there with him, was one of my favorite memories I have of CalArts.
Thanks for taking the time to answer a few Channel Fred Q’s Buddy!
CH.FRED: Where were you born?
T: Norfolk Virginia. But I only lived there a month. Then I moved to Florida.
Who are some of your influences?
My brother Jonny, E.H. Shepherd, Richard Scarry, Maurice Sendak, Mercer Meyer, Ronald Searle, Crumb, Gary Larsen, Sergio Aragones, Jim Henson, Steve Hillenburg and Craig McCracken.
What companies have you worked for?
Cartoon Network. Its been real good to me. I’ve also done a little work with a stopmotion company called “Screen Novelties”. They are some of the best animators and film makers around.
who were your best cube-mates?
Jeaux AND Nate Cash!
What are you working on currently in the animation industry?
I have been developing a show called “the Misadventures of Flapjack” at Cartoon Network for the last couple of years. It’s been the time of my life.
Very cool. How was it working on your own project?
Amazing! I never want to do anything else!
What were some of the hurdles and obstacles you had in your way, and how did you deal with them?
I don’t know, its been pretty smooth sailing, except all of the waiting. Oh, and poverty. Development doesn’t pay much.
When can we expect to see some Salty Sea Adventures with Flapjack on the air?
Hopefully fall 2007…
*(Update! I just got word from Thurop via Myspace that Cartoon Network just Greenlit Flapjack for Series!!! Way to go Buddy!)
What do you think makes for a great cartoon?
If a cartoon can make me uncomfortable, then I’ll be tuning in again. If it can make me uncomfortable while I’m laughing my ass off then I’ll never miss it.
If I get misty eyed, because it’s so sweet or heartfelt, I get uncomfortable. Because it’s a cartoon. If while I’m uncomfortable about the irony of crying during a cartoon, they hit me with the hilarious kind of irony, well I reckon thats hollywood gold.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to break in or just beginning in the industry?
Well, maybe just one. The most reaccuring theme I see from people who aren’t getting work, is that they don’t specialize. They have portfolio’s with storyboards, and character designs and paintings and all kinds of junk that says “I don’t know what I’m doing”. If you want to do character designs for instance, ONLY have character designs, and be able to draw in a bunch of different styles. If you are really versatile within one job title, you will surely get a job.
See any resemblance?
If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
Holding my breath.
Portrait of the Artist w/ the Tiny Tina
And on that note, let’s all take a break from computer land, walk outside and get a deep punch of refreshing air to the face and lungs. Enjoy a little bit of sunlight people! Anyone wanna go out to the beach with me? All this salty sea talk is getting me pumped! Thanks again T-Bone! Congrats on the Greenlight my friend!
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