Here’s a wonderful short by Robert Loebel. I really love animation that plays universally, transcending across cultures and languages.
The new Adult Swim show from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. I was lucky to work with Justin on Fish Hooks and he is a ridiculously funny dude. Wherever you think this episode is going, you’re wrong. Just keep watching. (Especially for the ball-sack trees.) I’m really looking forward to more of these.
For this year’s Thanksgiving Google Doodle, I made a lil animation!
I knew making a short film for work would be an incredibly time-consuming process, so I tried to stuff it with all of my favorite things: foxes, forests, field mice, and food. I’ve been making fox/forest/mouse films for years and still have yet to get bored of it. I was also inspired by Animal Crossing! Maybe I’ll get myself a 3DS tomorrow as a prize for finishing this doodle :p
More thanks and rough sketches/process can be found in the doodle blog post here.
Super freaking adorable!
My new film is out!!! It’s got elephants in it, and some other things too. Enjoy!
P.S. It’s my birthday
There is so so so much to love in this, Feelix!
Q:What's your favorite episode of Chowder?
Don’t make choose! I can’t choose!!!
Q:Is that Raven in your Deadman cartoons Mathew from the Swamp Thing/Sandman series?
Good question! No it is not.
I wanted someone in the shorts that could see and interact with Deadman. A raven seemed like the perfect idea. I never gave him a name and just always referred to him as “Raven.” I do miss Matthew, though. Good times.
Q:Did you make the shorts? Or voice in them? Help direct etc?
I came in with the concept, wrote the stories and boarded them, did the designs, and oversaw the post-production (recording, music, editing).
The voices were performed by Matt Jones. The animation was done Hong Ying in China, the studio that did Chowder.
Here’s my second Deadman short. The third one airs at the end of this month. Enjoy!
Deadman Short #1
Warner Bros posted the full, hi-def version of my first Deadman short on Youtube. Enjoy!
Have you ever wanted to be as good as the North Koreans at digitally blowing up your American neighborhood, without having to have a North Korean military budget? Now, with this handy step-by-step process, you can!
This is the basic process I’m using to create the environments for Dead Meat….
Let’s make this happen! I want to see it!
THE CUTEST ZOMBIE IN THE WORLD…
It’s time to introduce you to a brand new Mukpuddy character… it’s ZOMBIE LULU! This is the first in a new series of Zombie Lulu shorts we will be making for the foreseeable future… as long as it proves popular ;) We also wanted to launch it on Halloween, so we worked away like crazy the last few days. My daughter, Ilah (6) provided the voice of Lulu. We really hope you enjoy it because we really loved making it (in 2 days, sheesh). Please lets us know what you think and please share with your friends… it would mean a lot to us.
Q:Hi Carl! I've been a huge fan of you since I was in middle school and now I'm in college! ((sorry if I made you feel old just now)) I'm currently majoring in animation and my question is... HOW DO I MAKE MYSELF STAND OUT???? There are so many awesome animators out there and I'm scared that I won't be able to get a job after college. I'm only a freshman, but I want to prepare myself for the future. Thank you!
No problem, I am old!
Don’t stress about standing out. That’s a by-product that comes from the work. Focus on being excellent. Excellence stands out. Commit yourself wholly to your craft and put all of your love into it. Tell an honest story in a way no one else would. Animate a character like you really understand every little thing about them instead of relying on stock poses and movements you’ve seen in other movies. Be surprising and original, but true to the characters and yourself.
But don’t even think about jobs yet. Your focus at this stage should be solely on forming yourself by creating work over and over and over again, making grand mistakes and learning from them.
You get the idea. Best of luck!
Q:Hey C.H., I do believe you have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail, right? Aside of what you where inspired of doing Chowder, did Holy Grail also came as a Inspiration for the show?
Monty Python was an influence on me starting back in high school. I learned about it through friends of mine who would recite sketches (like the dead parrot sketch). It did seem a little dry when I caught it on PBS, but I grew into it over time. I don’t think Holy Grail specifically was the biggest influence. I love Meaning of Life possibly the most. All their movies are fantastic. And I was huge Terry Gilliam fan. Brazil, Time Bandits, and The Fisher King are some of my all-time favorite movies.