Sunday, December 23, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In 'The Future' the Cat has some pretty high goals, a 'public bus driver' and a 'fancy business tycoon'. My word of advice is to always aim low, it will turn that one star into a million! Also, some of you might think it's strange that the Cat and Mouse are old men with long beards in a year's time. My explanation is that animals age faster than humans, I don't even think mice live over a year.
Monday, December 10, 2007
We record all of the dialogue in Matt's garage. Eric and Matt go through the storyboard and recite the lines and add a few of their own. There's only one microphone so the voices are recorded separate from each other. Eric and Matt make several takes for each line. I usually pick the ones that make us laugh. As you can see it's a good time recording the dialogue. I'm very lucky to have my buddies, Eric and Matt lend their voices and insight to this series. It wouldn't be half as good without them!
Monday, December 3, 2007
This strip is based off of a true story. I should've listened.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I'm not really a background artist, so for this strip i did a lot of referencing, well, not that much. I referenced "A Boy Named Charlie Brown." The painterly style and the colors are really awesome in this movie, something I haven't seen in anything recent. Also there are a lot of shots that are flat without any perspective or horizon, I find it very interesting since this movie was made in the early 60's.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Also, Matt Danner, voice of the Prophet Mouse attacked by paparazzi! I have to go hide now.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tshirts are now available in the ColdHardFlash online store! To make sure everyone is aware, I've made a commercial. They'll make great stocking stuffers for the holidays and they'll boost your coolness factor up to level 10! Support FREE independent cartoons by giving us money! (That was a joke)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
In other news, Prophet Buddy is on iTunes! Go to the iTunes Music Store and do a search for "Prophet Buddy" and subscribe to the podcast! Now you won't have to bother coming to the Prophet Buddy website because you can automatically receive the new strip every Monday when you launch your iTunes library.
Also I've made a Prophet Buddy page on Youtube.com, so you can now embed the strips on your myspace pages, blogs, or other peoples comments!
The first season is halfway through, 9 more episodes to go. Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
When you're trick or treating tonight, don't forget to ask for extra anchovies!
If you were wondering who the cat is suppose to be for Halloween, he's Randy from one of my favorite movies "Loverboy" in his Señor Pizza uniform. If you've never seen Loverboy, I suggest you buy it NOW! Here's a few screen grabs to refresh your memory...
Monday, October 22, 2007
Cat, I'm sorry. But it wasn't my birthday. I now know it was wrong of me to not show up to the party you had made for me. I appreciate everything you have done for me and really feel awful. Please find it in your heart to forgive me. Please. - Prophet Mouse
The Cat has followed up with this statement:
Buddy, I forgive you. When is your birthday? - Randy Cat
Boy, that sure cleared the air!
I'm sure all of you are wondering, who is this fine looking Native American chap? The Native American is Cheif Grandpa Turkey. He's a character I created based off of my grandpa, Grandpa Turkey. Grandpa Turkey was half Cherokee and all man. A man with a big voice and a thick belt. He called me 'Pumpkin'. You will be seeing more of Grandpa Turkey in later episodes.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
In this strip of Prophet Buddy, the mouse refers to the seagulls as harpies as they steal his half of the sandwich. The cat, bothered while eating his half, swats at those pesky birds and 'accidentally' hits his buddy, scaring the seagulls away. What a hero!
Speaking of something, the cat is wearing a 1984 Olympic watch. These watches were so cool, everyone I knew had one, or two, or three. I never had one, but have always wanted one. I tried finding the actual image of the watch online for reference but had no luck. It's amazing, in 1984 they were all over the place, now it's like they were erased from existance.
Thanks to everyone with the emails, comments, myspace bulletins... for all of the wonderful response. I'm glad you all like Prophet Buddy so far, it really means a lot to me. If you keep watching em, I'll keep making em! Also thanks to Jasminsaurus for maintaining the myspace page and spamming everyone. If you haven't already, add Prophet Buddy to your myspace friends and drop Jasminsaurus & the Prophet Buddies a line. T-Shirts are on the way!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Here's the script:
This is the first strip that needed mouth poses for lipsync, I couldn't decide if I should make full mouth charts or limited anime style mouth charts. I ended up making both. Here's a frame by frame of "The" lipsynced:
It looks more like he's saying "LAAA". I dunno, some cats might actually look like they're saying "laaaa" when really saying "the". If you really wanted to get philosophic, cats can't really talk so it's all wrong.
I animated this strip while watching Limelight, I dunno what this has to do with anything, some people find these things interesting.
Monday, September 17, 2007
The second strip is kind of about Chinese food and finding love. For me it's mostly about inconsistency. Part of my dayjob is to catch all of the inconsistencies between scenes and pose hook ups which can sometimes get ridiculous. This strip is my outlet where I allowed myself to not care about consistencies (you probably wouldn't have noticed if I didn't point them out).
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I thought it would be appropriate to start the blog explaining the origin of Prophet Buddy. A few months ago while sitting in a boring production meeting, I started making doodles as usual. I was thinking of Anna Chamber's stuffed animals at the time and was trying to draw something in a similar style. I drew a cat and a mouse sitting together on a wall. A wall because Charlie Brown and Linus always hang out at a wall, I figure that would be the best place for two good friends to hang out. Above the cat and mouse I drew them thinking about a corndog and a bottle of mustard. I love corndogs, and I love mustard even more.
During the meeting I was making a story up in my head about the cat and mouse communicating to each other telepathically using images, my story was called "You Bring the Corndog, I'll Bring the Mustard." That doodle sat on my desk for months, but I never really had any plans for it.
One day at work, I was giving back retakes to the animators. I had just finished giving back retakes to one guy, before I could call the next animator in to my office, that very animator I was going to call came in and asked for his retakes. I told him he was like a prophet or something, and then I called him my prophet buddy. Right as I said prophet buddy, I had looked down at the doodle sitting on my desk and it all clicked. That day I made a quick storyboard (now the pilot), keeping a similar corndog and mustard joke as in the original doodle. The storyboard was only four panels long so I figured I could animate the whole thing in an hour, so I began designing it in the computer.
When picking the colors of the characters, I wanted to make the cat and mouse an homage to Tom & Jerry, one of my favorite cartoons, so I used the same color scheme; blue cat and brown/orange mouse.
That night I had come up with a few more episodes and decided that I was finally ready to do my own stuff again; the first time since Warner Bros. bought Go! Go! Moba Boy and shelved it forever. I was really excited to just do something that makes me happy without the snags. I didn't want to develop and jump through hundreds of hoops for the next several years, only to get nothing out of it again.
The next day I purchased the domain and storyboarded more episodes. The episodes are all really short, basically one gag, that's why I refer to Prophet Buddy as a comic rather than a cartoon. People will probably expect more if I call it a cartoon, therefore I'll save myself the criticism, Prophet Buddy is an internet comic that happens to be animated.
Several days later I asked Eric Bauza if he could do the voices for the characters and he agreed. I didn't really know what I wanted them to sound like; I sent Bauza an image of the characters and told him to come up with something. Bauza had said that he's always wanted to use the Mike Fontanelli impression that he uses at all of his auditions but always gets rejected. I'm really easy to persuade, so the Fontanelli impression it was for the cat, which made Bauza excited. But who for the mouse would complement the Fontanelli voice? I was racking my brain over it. One night, I started thinking about when I was working at Spumco and seeing Fontanelli around thinking about his voice and his conversations with the people around the office, then I was thinking of who worked there that had a really unique and distinct voice... our boss, Kevin Kolde. The next day I told Bauza via instant messenger, his response was "LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL." Thus, I had found the mouse's voice. The next week I got together with Bauza at Matt Danner's house to record the audio. Bauza suggested that Danner should do the voice for the mouse since he does a much better Kolde. Me + easily persuaded = Danner plays the mouse.
The night I began official animation production I heard noises outside of my house. The noises turned out to be a little brown mouse... was this a sign of good luck, or was my exterminator just not doing his job? It's probably neither, I have some dirty neighbors!
That's just a little tid bit of the origin, come back regularly for more behind the scenes of Prophet Buddy.