The Refrigerator Door!

After reading a book about Ubbe Iwerks, “The Hand Behind the Mouse” I was inspired by his Herculean effort of making so much animation by himself in such a short period of time. I thought other than his bionic ability, drawing shapes more than forms certainly helped, since the early Mickey Mouse was a figure of black silhouetted circles. So I tried to eliminate the thick black outlines of the Family Pants characters to speed my one-man production.

In theory it worked. I normally would go through rough line work, clean line work, then coloring. With a “sans outline” look I go from rough line work to finish, coloring and cleaning in one step. In practice however, the color design slowed me down. Two colors could be close in value, but a thick outline will separate the two shapes. With no outline, the colors need to be different enough to stand out. So ultimately all the time I saved with losing a step, I gained with adding more time to the color planning.

Another different step I took here is that it’s the first time I have more than one shot for the whole cartoon. I cut to a close up of Frank. It disguises his having to walk over to the refrigerator. He just magically appears there when we cut back.

I also added the first appearence of Alexandrea voiced by my wife. She got laughs just walking into the scene!

This cartoon appeared in the Annecy Film Festival in 2002.

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One Response to “The Refrigerator Door!”

  1. Mike Says:

    The father in these cartoons reminds me of an old friends dad I once knew!

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