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UNCLE MILTY'S CARTOON SHOWCASE!

Cartoonist, animation buff and site visitor Dan Variano has uploaded a number of examples of my animation studio work on YouTube...some of them versions never seen on TV! Come see the show:

NEW! 3/4/09: COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG PILOT !

SONIC PILOT FILM SEQUENCES: Footage from the film produced to sell the ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG series. I wrote the ‘cactus cannon’ sequence, storyboarded & did layout on the rest, animated scenes throughout. Additional scenes animated by renowned Disney/MGM animator Ed Love (from my layouts & designs)! No music or sound efx.

SSSSS SQUAD: Rushes from the first official Sonic episode, replete with splices and cel mistakes; without music and sound efx. Storyboard & layout by me, as well as the designs for exterior & interiors of Robotnik’s lair.

MARS NEEDS FELIX: Overseas rushes from my first directed short for THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT series. Without music, sound efx and (thankfully) dialogue added by producer Film Roman later on.

Two more shorts I directed for the Felix series:

FELIX’S GOLD SCORE
FOREVER RAFTER

BAD PLUMBING: A short from Saban's MOUSE & THE MONSTER series, storyboarded by yours truly.

ALBERT & EINSTEIN: A public safety spot directed & animated (and just about everything else) for Baer Animation. No sound.


8/28/07: Also on YouTube: 
Now that it's on DVD (see below), one SuperYoshi has posted my ADVENTURES OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG interview HERE!

1/29/09: ...and now, my Robotnik drawing demonstration, done at the same session as the interview but on Volume Two of the DVD, can be viewed HERE!



COOL WORLD

"The best characters(..)are the hyperactive, violent cartoon figures who constantly intrude."-Michael J. Weldon, The Psychotronic Video Guide.
In New York, summer of '89, Ralph Bakshi commissioned two development paintings for an unspecified project. I did them (here's one), and that was the end of that...until my 1991 move to Los Angeles . Three days after my arrival, visiting a friend at the Bakshi studio, Ralph hired me to design and animate background characters for this film, by then well into its chaotic production. Here is a selection of designs and layout drawings done during my stay; some were used, some were not.
Click image for a full view of the first page of a gift from Ralph Bakshi: a volume of Roy Crane's comic strip, Wash Tubbs.


THE ADVENTURES OF
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
In addition to doing storyboards, background layout, and various other duties on this program (a DIC production), I also designed its own incarnation of Dr. Robotnik, who I had conceived as animation's sexiest fat man. ("Robotnik's buttocks weave sensuously", read one of my storyboard directions.)
The overseas animators were rarely up to the challenge. But "Heir of Blair", a fan of the program, did write to the
YESTERDAYLAND MEMORIES site (no longer up):

"Does anyone remember the episode where Robotnik is playing the organ, and his butt is wabbling like jello!! I LAUGHED SOOOOOOOOOOOO HARD with my friends when I saw that."
I concieved the action on that scene. Little things like this help make the life worthwhile...
THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT
Directed 4 shorts:
"Mars Needs Felix", "Forever Rafter", "Felix's Gold Score",
"Gross Ghost". Film Roman, 1995.



DAY OF THE DEAD
Hired for a week's worth of development sketches for this feature that never happened. (Warner Bros Feature Animation, 1995.)


ATTILA THE HAM

Click on the thumbnail and see a selection of drawings done for the end credit sequence of the upcoming feature from Modern Animation, ATTILA THE HAM. (Click his name to visit its blog.)
 

Attila the Ham copyright 2006 Modern Animation



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