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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Rounding up the third installment of Happy Tree Friends Ka-Pow! Series is Splendid's SSSSSuper Squad! When we first sat down with Kenn Navarro (fearless creator of HTF), it was clear, since we were dealing with superheroes, that our main objective was to make this episode epic.

How could you not go epic with this logo?? (courtesy of Dean MacDonald)

Like the Flippy and Buddhist Monkey shorts, we were given a lot of creative latitude to design a new world for Splendid. I decided to try to give the the whole short a classic Hanna Barbera sensibility but with an edge. In reality, what that translated to was lots of crying over designs by masters like Benedict, Kellman, and Crawford.

Here are more snapshots of our step-by-step:

Initial beat sheet from Kenn, Kenn Pontac, and Warren Graff.

My tiny tiny boards.

We had a stellar crew. Many of whom have thrown punches for us before. Check out this all-star cast:

World's Finest Character Layout: Chris Battle

Fantastic BG design: Brad Gake

Uncanny BG color: Leticia Lacy

Invincible Cleanup: Kris Toscanini/Jamaica Dyer

And of course our All Star Animators without whom nothing would have moved: Sam Chi, Tony Cliff, Jayson Thiessen, Joel Reid, Kris Toscanini, and two yahoos named Alan and Brad.

Jim Lively (sound design) and Jerome Rossen (music) took both my ears and injected them with Power Cosmic.

And last but not least, our Ultimate Producer, Corrine Wong took our crazy whirlwind and focused it so that we could punch a mere piece of straw into a giant oak tree.

Couldn't have asked for a better crew or a more fun project. I hope we can do it again.



Blogger Chris Kennett said...

Awesome job! I love how the same 3 civilians are always in peril. When they turned up in the burning house, immediately after the train wreck, I snorted coffee out my nose. Great work.

1:57 AM  
Blogger Biggedy said...

Great Ceasars Ghost! This stuff is fantastic! I love these behind the scenes posts! Spledid job on Spledid (bet you guys NEVER heard that before!)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Biggedy said...

drat I can't spell

12:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Face front, true beleivers! Thanks for the shout-out. Wuz a blast to contribute to the mayhem!

4:28 PM  
Blogger roque said...

Chris - "Snorted coffee"? We've done our job then!

Biggedy - Spledid spelling!

Chris - You added the "legit" to the party!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

You guys are on fire!!! That was gorgeous, hilarious and spectacular!
I love the last group shot. Are we ever going to see those guys?

7:02 PM  
Blogger roque said...

Thanks Jorge! Much appreciated.

Yeah we're definitely hoping that the series takes off and we can do more episodes to introduce the "Super Squad". But, you know how it goes... We're not holding our breath.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


8:21 PM  
Blogger roque said...

Thanks Alina!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Emmanuel Briand said...

Hi hello and bonjour ,

thanks for your nice comments on my last posts , it makes me so hounnored to have your advices & congrats , i hope i will not get too nervous to make you new draws . i've visited all your blog and ain't got time to answer to answer you than a "great" or "thanks " but i'm also shy face to all your talents , so Thanks to be part of this game , and wow i love animation world !!!
with all my respect and love .

Emmanuel briand "tokyobanana"

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love those backgrounds! You´ve a great stuff! I invite you to visit my blog! See you soon! Boni

1:40 PM  
Blogger rick said...

way cool, guys!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

OOh man, these are gorgeous..! You guys rock! Keep posting stuff..!! (please?)

1:06 PM  
Blogger roque said...

tokyobanana - Thank you!

boni - I love them too! Gake and Lacy super-punched the bgs out of orbit.

rick - Thanks, Rick!

Leo - Thank you! We will keep posting, if we can stop working...

2:29 PM  
Blogger wolfboy said...

Man, ,you grabbed some amazing talent!

2:02 PM  
Blogger roque said...

"Lured". We lured amazing talent...

You're next, wolfboy!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

"Lured" = "Tricked" at Ghostbot

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What beautiful art.

2:58 AM  
Blogger roque said...

Holy crap, Kyle! Thanks!!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Mike Manley said...

WOW! I want to see them all!

7:48 PM  

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