Welcome and Introduction!

Welcome, my name is Dave Redl. I’m the creator of “Family Pants: Hole in ‘Da Roof!”

“Family Pants” started out as a comic strip and eventually evolved into animated cartoons. In this experimental blog, I hope to answer some frequently asked questions and spew ideas off every now and then.

Animation can quickly become expensive and is inherently time-consuming. So, many animators pitch their ideas not to audiences but to executives, hoping for financial backing. However, thanks to technology and a lot of patience I made “Family Pants” on my own with relative speed and for almost no money!

While the “crew” of “Family Pants” is essentially myself, I have received many letters from animators looking for work and others addressing me as the head of a studio. I’ve taken these remarks as a compliment in support of my efforts to maintain high production values. Along the way I’ve developed a process by which I can make future episodes more efficiently. Should I ever encounter Mr. Moneybags, he wouldn’t need deep pockets to back future “Family Pants” productions!

Concerned primarily with the writing and animation I never really considered how I would market the end product. Now, after the fact, I’m finding “Family Pants” doesn’t fit into many niches. The cartoon is clean enough for kids but doesn’t claim to have educational significance. And “Family Pants” doesn’t siphon humor from pop-culture and doesn’t have an “edge” which might appeal to teenagers and young adults.

Instead, I aimed for slapstick. Less from “Three Stooges” and more “I Love Lucy”, while I’m a fan of both. The episode, “Job Switching” from the 1952 season of “I Love Lucy”, took the entire length of the episode to set-up the now timeless gag where Lucy, to save face, haplessly stuffs her mouth with chocolates streaming down a spastic conveyor belt. While the Stooges’ Curly might have simply said, “Oooh, Chocolates!” and stuffed his face maniacally only to have Moe slap him to an abrupt end. We see the same type of gag, but the longer set-up allows for character development, important for episodic serialization. This is a basic comedy formula seen from Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” to “Seinfeld” I hoped to capture. While I don’t pretend to be anywhere in this league, I just hoped to make a funny cartoon!

Anyway, enough seriousness about silliness! I hope you find this section informative and the rest of “Family Pants” funny! If you have questions on “Family Pants” or even technical questions like how to make your own cartoon, please feel free to contact me! I’ll be happy to share some comments!




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