Friday, 21 May 2010

Twisted Whiskers

Just when I thought there wasn't any good shows worth watching anymore, this remarkable gem of a show pops up.

Brief history:

"The Twisted Whiskers Show" originally began as a series of greetings cards in 2001, featuring digitally modified animal portraits for various greetings and signatures. Then in 2007, Mike Young Productions (Jakers!, Toddworld) produced a series of half-hour shows for American Greeting Cards - they originally started out life online as a series of one-minute segments.

While the episodes themselves were made in CGI, the style of the series - from character designs to story plots - seem to be heavily influenced by the talents of Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, etc......especially with folks like Bill Kopp and Mr. Lawrence backing it up as writers, voice actors and producers. From what I've seen, it seems these guys know what "real" cartoons are all about - with little and no pop culture refs/poop jokes as possible! :D

I especially like the additional homage to the Golden Age Era with the addition of stand-alone character cards:

The CGI animation does also seem to borrow elements of traditional cartoons, too, judging by the use of squash/stretch, and other cartoony elements of expression. Although judging by the equally orsum title cards, it does make me wonder how this show would have looked if it was animated in 2D instead....

All I hope for is, with the recent "Pink Panther and Pals" on the air and the upcoming "The Looney Tunes Show" in the works, that we'll be able to see "real" cartoons being developed and respected again with the same understanding that Kopp and Lawerence have shown for these furry friends here =)

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