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RANDOM CARTOONS SCREENING

May 17th, 2006

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FIRST I WANT TO WISH DIANE & DANA, ADAM AND PEN GOOD LUCK THIS EVENING WHEN YOUR SHORTS ARE SCREENED.
THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR ME PERSONALLY BECAUSE 23 YEARS AGO ON MAY 16, 1983, THE ORIGINAL FINSTER’S BLACK AND WHITE, PENCIL TEST VERSION OF “STORE WARS” WAS SCREENED BEFORE IT’S FIRST AUDIENCE. ALMOST TO THE DAY. IT IS 5 MINUTES LONG. CHUCK JONES WAS PRESENT; WHOM I PITCHED MY BOARD TO, PRIOR TO ANIMATION PRODUCTION.
MY BUDDY, HILARIOUS PAT VENTURA ALSO SAW THE FIRST “STORE WARS” AT CAL ARTS. THE VERY TALENTED GARY CONRAD, WHO ALSO WORKED ON OH YEAH CARTOONS AND DIRECTS FOP WAS IN MY FRESHMAN CLASS.
I WANTED TO SHARE THIS HISTORIC MOMENT OF MINE WITH YOU ALL.
I WISH EVERYONE CONTINUED SUCCESS AND FUN!
SEE YOU ALL LATER!
AND AGAIN; GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!
YOUR CARTOON PALS….. JEFF, FINSTER AND FINSTER

FINSTERS SPECIAL REPORT!!!!!

May 15th, 2006

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THIS IS A SPECIAL FINSTER REPORT OF THE FINSTER FINSTER BROADCASTING SYSTEM!
IN RESPONSE TO STEPHEN LEVINSON’S RESPONSE ON MY LAST FINSTER POSTING; US FINSTERS NEED TO CLEAR UP AN ISSUE.
ACCORDING TO STEPHEN; MY LAST POSTING WAS A SAD POSTING BECAUSE IT WOULD MEAN THE END OF ME BLOGGING MY CARTOONS BECAUSE THE END OF FINSTER’S POST IS NEAR.
I DON’T THINK SO STEVE.
DOES THE FINSTER BOYS SEEM LIKE THE KIND OF CARTOON TWITS THAT WOULD STOP POSTING ON THE BLOG AT THE END OF POST?
I THINK NOT; AND STEPHEN; GOOD NEWS!!!
WE WILL KEEP ON OUR BLOG POSTING RAMPAGE TILL THE END OF CARTOON TIME!
I KNOW A LOT OF SHOWS STOP BLOGGING AT THE END OF POST; AND SOME DON’T EVEN BLOG AT ALL.
STEPHEN (AND EVERYONE) I HAVE TOO MUCH FUN WITH THIS BLOG STUFF!
AND STEPHEN OL’ BUDDY OL’ PAL OF MINE; WE’RE GLAD THAT YOU’RE OUR NUMBER ONE [Read more…]

FINSTERS MIXED AND BLENDED

May 12th, 2006

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Hi all you goofy and crazy cartoon Randoms and Randomettes!
Well’ The Finster Finster Show! “STORE WARS” was all mixed yesterday at Advantage Audio. The sound was what I expected and more. It blew my mind. SMASHING, CRASHING, LASERS, EXPLOSIONS!!!!
Mike and Ray were at the helm of the mixing console and did an outstanding job with the millions of sound hits. Sound and visual became one. Thank you Advantage Audio!!!! It was good to be back again.
Also present was Molly, Larry, Eric and my son Michael. We all had a blast!
This morning we made sure color was legal for telecast. This was done at Encore in Hollywood. All went well.
And that pretty much brings us to an end in this chapter.
The last cartoon hurdle will be to see the final cartoon put together.
Stay tooned for more!
Take care everyone and I’ll see you all on the blog in a couple [Read more…]

FINSTER’S “STORE WARS” MIXES TODAY!

May 11th, 2006

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GOOD MORNING CARTOON KATS AND KITTENS!
WE’LL TODAY IS THE DAY.
ALMOST 23 YEARS AGO TO THE MONTH, MY ORIGINAL CAL ARTS FILM, “STORE WARS” WAS MIXED.
MY ENTIRE CREATIVE LIFE HAS COME FULL CIRCLE TODAY. AMAZING.
I WANTED TO SHARE MY FEELING AND EXPERIENCE WITH YOU ALL.
ENCLOSED IS JUST A SMALL SECTION OF THE SCREEN AT ADVANTAGE AUDIO THAT SHOWS THE CREATIVE COMPLEXITY DONE BY THE BRILLIANT GEORGE NEMZER. LOOK AT THE LAYERS OF SOUND! WOW! AND THIS GOES ON FOR A LONG TIME. LASERS, EXPLOSIONS, JETS, ETC…….. ON AND ON.
AGAIN; WITH THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO GEORGE; HE WAS ABLE TO DELIVER WHAT “STORE WARS” NEEDED AND MORE.
TODAY DURING THE MIX; WE CAN DECIDE WHAT WE NEED, NOT NEED OR HEAR LESS OF.
FUNNY; I ANIMATED AND PRODUCED THE ORIGINAL 5 MINUTE “STORE WARS” ON 16MM. I SPLICED IN OVER 1000 SOUND HITS ON 5 TRACKS; NOT INCLUDING A DIALOGUE TRACK. THIS [Read more…]

“STORE WARS” MUSIC IS SCORED!

May 9th, 2006

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Hey all you cartoon Kats and Kittens!!!!
I hope all is well with you and all your giant animated Hollywood motion pictures.
Everything I’ve been seeing on the Random Cartoons blog looks spectacular!
But anyway; I wanted to let you all know The Finster Finster Show! “STORE WARS” has been wonderfully scored by Mr. Michael Tavera.
Mike did the scoring for me on DreamWorks Toonsylvania series for FOX back in 1999.
My direction was to maintain a classic cartoon feel incorporated with a John Williams feel for battle sequences.
Mike managed to deliver that and more. His brilliant music instincts supports and adds even more comedy to the cartoon. This is without s/fx yet.
I advise all of you to ,know what you want when it’s time to meet with your composers.
They; like all other artists on your show; needs as much direction as possible. Give reference to music you like and where you [Read more…]

A DAY AT STEPHEN LEVINSON’S SCHOOL LIBRARY

May 4th, 2006

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So I asked Stephen; “How do you respond to the postings on the Random Cartoons blog during the day?”
Well; this photograph explains it all!
Thanks for being our number one fan Stephen!
Talk soon.
Your Cartoon Pals…… Jeff, The Finster Boys and your Principal

FINSTERS FINISH THAT UNFINISHED FILM

May 4th, 2006

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HEY ALL YOU MOST RANDOM CARTOON MAKERS!
HERE’S A SHOT OF THE FINSTERS FINISHING THEIR UNFINISHED FILM.
TAKE NOTE OF THE 1929 MOVIE REWINDS THEY BOUGHT AT THE 20TH CENTURY FOX GARAGE SALE! AND ONLY THE BEST FILM SPLICING CEMENT AND HIGH CAFFINE COLA TO STAY UP ALL NIGHT.
YEAH; THOSE WERE THE DAYS. (LONG PAUSE)
WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?! I DO THAT NOW!
TALK TO YOU ALL REAL SOON.
CONTINUED FUN AND SUCCESS.
YOUR CARTOON PALS….. JEFF AND THE FINSTERS

DEGRANDIS DRAG TOONS

May 4th, 2006

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HEY CARTOON MOTOR HEAD KIDS!
I THOUGHT I’D CHANGE GEARS AND SHARE A FEW DRAG TOONS I DID FOR “SPEEDY” BOB NEVINS OF THE 1320 DRAGSTER CLUB I BELONG TO.
THE CARS ARE 33 WILLYS AND 41 WILLYS GASSERS THAT HE OWNS AND RACES.
ENJOY!
TALK TO YOU ALL SOON!!!
YOUR CARTOON DRAG PAL…….. JEFF

CHECK YOUR E-MAIL FINSTERS!!!!

May 4th, 2006

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Hey Groovy Cartoon Kats and Kittens!!!!!
I hope all is well and your cartoons are looking real cool!
Our Random Cartoons family has grown so much from the early days when there was a couple shows listed on the blog. Holy cow!
I’m trying to keep up with everyone which leads me to this drawing.
Stephen Levinson; this one’s for you!
I’ve been so busy running the nuclear powerplant here at Nickelodeon; that sometime those darn Finster boys don’t get to e-mail as fast as they used to.
Running the powerplant and keeping the bathrooms stocked with plenty of toilet paper can be mind boggling!
Anyway; take care everyone and I’ll talk to you on the blog soon.
“STORE WARS” is being sound designed and will mix next week!
Strap yourselves it!
Talk soon!
Your Cartoon Pals….. Jeff and the Finster Boys