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Color Styling Sets the Mood

August 25th, 2007

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Another screenshot from “Crawford the Cat Classics: Cinderella.”

For this background, G. Brian Reynolds chose dark magentas and browns for the walls and floors to help underscore the feeling of this scene. It’s interesting how color can affect one’s emotional response, and color styling is one of the few tools we have to help indicate the starker plot points in our version of Cinderella. Since the show is geared toward younger audiences, the antagonists can’t be too harsh or too mean. I think the color styling works great to accent what is NOT being said or done by some of the characters.

Nice styling G. Brian Reynolds!

To see some MOS frames of the scene, Click Here!

Russ Harris

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CRAWFORD THE CAT goes Latin American

August 19th, 2007

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Crawford the Cat’s been brushing up on his Spanish and Portuguese ever since he found out he was going to be part of The National Geographic Channel’s new kid block called “Nat Geo & Me.”

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The CRAWFORD THE CAT Theatre

August 11th, 2007

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Here’s another fun background from G. Brian Reynolds. It’s the theatre from “Crawford the Cat Classics - Cinderella” where Crawford the Cat and his friends perform the “classics” – Fairy Tales Classics, that is.

We’re hoping that these gentler retellings of the stories will mesh well with the pre-school audience. From a creative standpoint, it’s not easy to write a softer adaptation of this oft’ times harsh material, and still remain close in flavor to the original, plus keep the show upbeat and energetic. We also have to make sure the characters of Harriet and Crawford remain true to their own personalities while “playing roles” in these other shows. No lines can be written for them that they couldn’t have said in the 13 “How To” shorts that are already made and are telecasting in international markets.
While hard, I must say the challenges have also made the process very exciting. There’s [Read more…]

A Voice for Harriet the Hare

August 1st, 2007

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Voice Over Actress, Lisa Buetow was in last month to record some additional Harriet the Hare /Cinderella lines for “Crawford’s Classics – Cinderella.” Lisa has worked with the Perennial Pictures on several productions over the years, including her role as the Mother Swan in ”The Ugly Duckling’s Christmas Wish” - a TV movie Perennial Pictures made in 1996. Lisa also performed multiple voices in a couple of half-hour TV specials we produced earlier called ”Jolly Old St. Nicholas”
and ”Jingle Bell Rap.”
When we developed the character of Harriet The Hare for the ”Crawford’s Corner” shorts, we knew Lisa would be perfect for the part due to that special brand of gentleness she can bring to a performance. Thanks Lisa!

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