Archive for September, 2006


September 29th, 2006

With the completion of “Handycat” behind us, a few random thoughts about the making of our “Random Cartoon.” To Russ and I, this was more than just a 6:52 short. To us, this was a revolution – the reinventing of the wheel – our first production in Flash outside of some experimental pilot pieces.

Fred was the first one to say “go Flash.” Then a really good friend, Adam Dykstra who is an animator at Disney Feature said the same thing. Another good friend, Glenn Zimmerman, who has done most of the Flash animation for the “Garfield” website for the past several years, was already telling me how great it was. When the world starts talking, it’s time to start listening, so, as much as I was caught up in the romance of doing things the “old way”, we took the plunge and set up a Flash workstation.

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Meet Charlie Cooper

September 15th, 2006


The animation is over, but not the kudos. Another long time friend and colleague, Charlie Cooper also helped with the animation chores on Handycat. Charlie started as an assistant animator at our studio back in 1992. Since that time he’s worked with us in many capacities from head animator to animation director. Charlie has also put some time in at a few Hollywood studios. In 1999 Charlie move to LA and did stints as an animation director on “Dilbert,” and on the first couple of seasons of “Family Guy.” He moved over to Nickelodeon in 2001 and worked on “Invader Zim”, “Fairly odd Parents”, and “The X’s.”

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