Feature Pitch

Reviving classic content and characters is very common in Hollywood at the moment and creating long running franchises a viable business model. Given the chance what property from the golden age of animation would you reboot and how would you go about it?

 

Task:

 

In the style of a comix artist / indy animator of your choice, design and write a pitch for an animated feature film aimed at a mature audience. The pitch should last no more than 5 minutes and should summate the story, the visual style and the context [market place] that the movie will be aimed at. 800 words maximum…

 

Objectives:

 

Learning to identify interpret and utilize a range of styles and sources is a useful skill that will enhance your range as a developing animation designer.

 

Suggested:

Gilbert Shelton: Fabulous Furry Freak Bros/Fat Freddy’s Cat

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I don’t really know what to say about this. The stop motion animation, taken from these dirty farscapesque cartoons is really interesting though.

John Kricfalusi: The Ren and Stimpy Show

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It came out in 1991 with a pretty fresh look, it has such an interesting style, breaking away from traditional stuff.

The Simpsons – Intro By Ren & Stimpy’s Creator John Kricfalusi

Here’s a look at the creator making an iconic Simpsons intro, where his style shines through.

Marc Craste: Jojo in the stars/Stuck on a Sunday/Varmints

JO JO IN THE STARS is a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.

(BAFTA award winning)

From the description:

Director Marc Craste
Producer Sue Goffe
Produced by Studio AKA

AWARDS:
BAFTA 2004 Winner, Best Short Animated Film
Cartoon D’or 2005 Winner of Cartoon D’Or 2005
Clermont Ferrand 2004 2004 Best Short Animated film
Sicaf 2004 2004 Short Film Grand Prize
Bradford Animation Festival 2004 Grand Prix
Brief Encounters – Bristol 2004 Best of British
Aspen Shortsfest 2004 Special Jury Prize
IFCT 2007 Award for Most Innovative Animation

This is a very interesting animation style, all in blacks, whites and greys, with very original character designs. It was Marc Craste’s debut film, interesting to note the use of ‘title cards’ which use text to move the story along and transmit information to the audience.

Here are some more possibilities that could be rebooted for this project..

  • The clangers – 1969

A classic British stop motion animation. (actually would the wombles be another stop motion animation that could be rebooted?)

  • Top Cat – 1961

A fantastic Hanna Barbera cartoon with brilliant characters with a fantastic group dynamic.

  • UPA (Gerald McBoing Boing) produced thirty-eight films from 1948 to 1959, pioneering the use of limited animation.

Jolly frolics contained:

Robin Hoodlum (1948)

  • The fox and the crow

These two characters starred in several funny animal comic books published by DC comics, from the 1940s well into the 1960s.

They even had a cameo in who framed roger rabbit which was cut for some reason..

The Fox and the Crow are a pair of anthropomorphic cartoon characters created by Frank Tashlin for the Screen Gems studio. The characters, the refined but gullible Fauntleroy Fox and the streetwise Crawford Crow, appeared in a series of animated short subjects released by Screen Gems through its parent company, Columbia Pictures, and were Screen Gems’ most popular characters.

  • Space Ghost

Another Hanna Barbera cartoon that became popular during the golden age of animation, it had a reboot in the 80’s and the 90’s so its probably due for one soon. I really like Space Ghost and i think a remake that follows something like Harvey Birdman would be great- not the same audience or humour as original cartoon, but using the same characters and info (loosely).

 

 

 

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