Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ORIGINAL MUPPET BABIES CELS


If you're looking for 
Muppet Babies news,
then you should probably know that
we recently moved into the new space
set up for us!

It's a 
KILLER
studio with lots of room
and nice views.

Except the walls are a little bare.

Enter
to save the day!

They gave us some great stuff to hang on the walls,
including some
ORIGINAL CELS
from the 
ORIGINAL
MUPPET BABIES SHOW!

Here are some that I picked:

Most of these are from the episode
specifically the part where they spoof
the French Foreign Legion 
comic strip


Pretty much all the cels are stuck to their 
corresponding drawing,
But that's not unusual for cels that have been 
sitting in a box fir years and years.

But I did find one or two loose drawings:






Love seeing all the timing charts and color mark ups:


I also grabbed a chunk of
original
exposure sheets.


These were the blueprints 
sent to the overseas studios
to tell them how the animation should work out
from frame to frame.
Note the Korean translation
next to each instruction.

Each horizontal row is 
ONE FRAME
of film,
24 frames making up
ONE SECOND.



I entered the business right at the tail end
of cel animation.
And to be honest,
I don't miss it.
It's time consuming,
wasteful, messy,
and leveling paint is a nightmare.

But I still love seeing 
real cels!

Thanks
Muppet Studios!


Monday, February 6, 2017

MR. WARBURTON IN THE NEW YORKER!


Have you seen the
February 6th issue of the
New Yorker
on the newsstands,
at the grocery store,
in the library,
or at a friends house?

The one with
cover?

If so,
take a peek inside and check out the article by 
that's 
ALL ABOUT ME!

Unfortunately, they spent 99.999%
of the article talking about 
MO WILLEMS
and only mentioned me once.

There's lots of 
GREAT
stuff about Mo's life, work and process.
DEFINITELY
worth a look.

You can read the whole thing right

Just don't expect to hear much about me.






Monday, January 30, 2017

ANOTHER SKETCHBOOK GOES TO SKETCHBOOK VALHALLA


Done.

Another 
sketchbook has died in battle and joined it's
brethren on the shelf.

This one started on
August 30th, 2016,
right when we were officially ramping up on
Muppet Babies.

The cover originally had this
Banksy/Pokemon
sticker mash-up:



Now,
after much wear and tear,
 it looks like this:



Normally, I can't start working in a sketchbook
until I've got the title pages worked out.
But we got
SO
busy
SO
quickly
I never drew anything:



Which makes this book feel kind of weird and incomplete.
But I thought it'd be weirder to add something so late in the game.

Most of the book os filled with top secret
Muppet Baby
brainstorming
stuff.

But it's also filled with a lot of meeting doodles.
Because we have a
LOT
of
meetings:





 

































One of the things I love about working in a studio is the  
abundance of post-it caricatures.
Here are a couple passed around by
Supervising Director
Matt Danner
and Art Director
Chris Moreno,
mostly of 
Director
Guy Moore:








Here are some 
homemade
Yu-Gi-Oh
cards
my son Kelley made that 
were too good to throw away:



And then,
as is bound to happen,
the book was finished
after five months of loyally
recording my every move:


And now it's on to the next book.

Stick around and I'll show it to you 
when its done!