Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Thanks for visiting our blog! I hope you’ll follow us as we’ll be updating with awesome news, stellar interviews, and video sneak peeks into our project. We are about half-way through the production process of our animated short, An Okay Place to Eat! Our animators are hard at work and have over a minute of animation completed! Nine more to go!
What is this Okay Place project? A while back, co-writer Evan Dannemiller and I developed an entire animated series. We wrote two scripts, planned out a season, and wrote elaborate back-stories for the characters. We felt the next step would be to animate the pilot. We collaborated with Scout Raskin of Sonic Bunny Productions to produce the first half of one of our episodes of the show we dubbed, "An Okay Place to Eat."
So what’s the series about? The series follows Colonel Jeremiah Jessup, the owner of a failed diner. One day, he realizes he's all alone and never amounted to anything in his life. So he makes a bold choice to revamp his diner into a themed restaurant where his favorite food mascots work. In a sense, he wants to relive the happiest time of his life: childhood. He manages to convince all the real mascots from his youth to work for him. Unfortunately, his heroes are old, senile, bitter, and definitely haven’t aged gracelessly.
What happens in the pilot? We chose to produce the first half of one of our episodes, "Who Came?" as our pilot. In this episode, Hector Spector, the health inspector, comes to secretly inspect the diner and accidentally falls face-first into a pile of man goo. Yes, you read it right. Man goo. As a result, Colonel has to confront the realization that his childhood heroes are sexual beings. That's certainly not something he thought about when he was a kid. In the second half of the episode, which we aren’t animating just yet, Colonel hires a private detective from his favorite cop show to solve the mystery of “Who Came?”
I hope you get a chance to check out the animation stills, character art, and everything else we're putting up. I'll post more blogs coming up, too.
Also, you can look forward to blog postings from our animators, artists, actors, and everyone involved. Everyone working on this project is doing such an amazing job! We can’t wait to share the project with you as much as we can.
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