Letters and blankets


In between looking for employment, I've done a tonne of animating lately, and am quite tired of it. I've almost finished the puppet one, which is due in Friday, annoyingly enough, and have been doing a lot of progress on the Toil and Trouble.

I'll post something up a bit later when I have energy to upload things online.

In other cool news, this, taken from my friend Jonathan's animation blog:

"Writing to a class of students in January of 1992 in an effort to promote the art of reading, legendary animator Chuck Jones recalls the books which helped inspire the creation of Wile E. Coyote and Pepé Le Pew, just two of the many cartoon characters he had a hand in bringing to the screen".

ranscript follows... January 24, 1992 [Redacted] Knowing how to read and not reading books is like owning skiis and not skiing, owning a board and never riding a wave, or, well, having your favorite sandwich in your hand and not eating it. If you owned a telescope that would open up the entire universe for you would you try to find reason for not looking through it? Because that is exactly what reading is all about; it opens up the universe of humour, of adventure, of romance, of climbing the highest mountain, of diving in the deepest sea. I found my first experience with Wile E. Coyote in a whole hilarious chapter about coyotes in a book called Roughing It by Mark Twain. I found the entire romantic personality of Pepe Le Pew in a book written by Kenneth Roberts, Captain Hook. I found bits and pieces of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all the others in wonderful, exciting books. I dare you all, test your strength: Open a book. Sincerely, (Signed) Chuck Jones


I wish I had that


Also, here's a series of line tests and animations I found on CartoonBrew for a new direct-to-video Charlie Brown film called Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the videonarrated by director Andy Beall.