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Be sure to watch the new Aquabats episodes. Each one features a cartoon segment drawn by different studios. One of them is by ME!
I tend to turn down TV offers because TV people usually make me do something I hate or they don’t “get it” or they think I’ll work for “exposure.” The guys behind this show were people I trusted though. Their notes were excellent and fair and I would want to work with them again! There was a lot of back and forth with the network but The Hub was surprisingly easy to work with too. I hope you like these behind-the-scenes images.
I tend to be very shy and though I’ve done TV animation before this is the first time I’ve ever had 2.5 minutes of JUST ME all over the screen. I have been able to hide doing background stuff and in-betweens, but this is ALL ME. I’m nervous and anxious, but I told myself I can do this.
Watch The Aquabats Super Show on The Hub at 1PM EST.
(the images and videos in this post are the properties of The Aquabats and The Hub and will be taken down upon request.)
The Animation Archive’s Featured Trivia
First premiering to a test audience at the Hollywood theater on May 15th, 1928, the Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks directed short Plane Crazy is the first appearance of Mickey Mouse; as well as Minnie Mouse and Clarabelle Cow. The first showing of the film failed to pick up distribution, most likely because it lacked one important feature: sound. It wasn’t until after the success of the Steamboat Willie short that Plane Crazy found distribution and was re-released with sound to audiences on March 17, 1929.
All though Plane Crazy was the fourth animated film released that featured Mickey; it is technically the first produced Mickey Mouse film.
Iwerks was the primary animator of the film; which took roughly six weeks to animate. All though Iwerks had Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising as animation assistants, he would still often lock himself in his office and create over 700 drawings a day for the film. At the same time of the films production Walt Disney was still under contract to Universal Studios in order to produce more Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts; so Plane Crazy had to be made in secret.
Due to Mickey Mouses mischievous and rogue like character in the film, it is believed that it was possibly meant as an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short; who was often portrayed as being a pretty mischievous character himself.
700 drawings a day! Ub Iwerks was a god among men.Tweet
“…it’s not that simple.”
I haven’t seen this movie in so long; I keep meaning to re-watch it.