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Oh, wow....THIS is a tough one. I rememember watching Disney films for as long as I can remember, but it's hard to really pinpoint which one I saw first. Robin Hood, the Ducktales movie, and Rescuers Down Under were amoung the ones I remember seeing at a very young age, so maybe one of those.....
Have you ever used music to motivate you to draw? If so, what genres/artists?
It all depends on what type of drawing, really. If it's an angry picture (like the Heavy Metal 2000 pics), I'll listen to something loud like Devin Townsend. If it's a quiet and calming pic, I'll listen to Kenny G or something like that. If it's a weird or a wildly-exaggerated pic, I'm listening to Art Of Noise....or Youtube Poops.
You can dance if you want to. But can you leave your friends behind?
If they can't dance, if they do not dance, well they're no friends of mine.
Have you ever seen Akira? If so, what's your thoughts on it?
I actually haven't seen it.....yet. I bought it for my sister for Christmas last year, and we haven't touched it since. I will say, it looks far better than any anime I've seen, so I hope to see it soon.
What are your thoughts on Thomas the Tank Engine and the infamous "Magic Railroad" film which suffered alot of cuts at the last minute?
I never saw the movie. I actually remember when that movie came out in theaters YEARS ago, when I was still a little kid. I never got into the whole Thomas phenomenon. I watched Shining Time Station (which corporated sequences from the original Thomas show) when I was in diapers, but that was it.
Have you seen How to train Your Dragon 2? If so, do you feel it's as overrated as the first?
I have seen the second one...I will say that the film is far better than the first one. It plenty of good drama, comedy, and the animation and overall feel of the film was rather epic. Hiccup didn't annoy me as much as he did in the first one, which was a huge relief. Only thing I remember rubbing me the wrong way was America Ferrara's wooden performance as Hiccup's girlfriend.
So yeah, it gave me what I wanted - a fun time. But I don't think I would ever buy it on DVD. I keep seeing it all the time on the Internet and people are just going crazy over it. It's not driving me crazy as much as Disney's Frozen with it's insane popularity, it's just nothing that wowed me like big-time. If I were to be forced to watch it with a friend or a family member in the future, I wouldn't mind seeing it again.
Being a fellow Canadian, do you recall ever watching Theodore Tugboat?
Oh man, do I? I remember watching that show all the time as a kid. But it's been a while, so I don't remember much of it beyond the name and the character. What I do remember is that in Calgary, Alberta, there's an amusement park called Calloway Park and in one section of the park with all the kiddie rides, a life-sized Theodore Tugboat is the first thing you see when you enter the kiddie section.
What are your ACTUAL thoughts on Felix the Cat: The Movie?
FELIX THE CAT: THE MOVIE is a blast. One of my favorite bad movies ever. I remember seeing it years ago at a birthday party, but then I would rent it over and over from the library when I was in Junior High. It's so cheesy, but I just so happen to like cheese. The music, the animation, the creature designs, and Felix's corny puns...I dig it all. I give the filmmakers credit for putting Felix the Cat in a lively story unlike Tom & Jerry: The Movie, which is just a bland Disney adventure that just so happens to have Tom and Jerry in it.
Have you ever considered pitching Paradise Island as a TV show or special?
Paradise Island was always meant to be an animated show since the day I created it. I just figured that people may want to get to know the characters in comic form.
Paradise Island is meant to be a tribute to Saturday Morning Cartoons from the 90's, but I want to keep it as timeless as possible. One thing that bugs me about cartoons today is that they always keep referencing modern stuff like auto-tune, IPads, etc. It may be cute now, but the world of technology rapidly changes every day, so all these references will immediately become dated.
That's probably the reason I keep the action on the island - everyone is far away from technology, and doesn't know much about it. They just have what surrounds them to keep them entertained. I just want it to be crazy adventures with Wallace Wombat and his "friends". I'd also like to develop the relationship between Wallace and Katherine as the series would progress. They are meant for each other, you guys just wait........
What are your opinions regarding The Golden Age of Animation? The Dark Age? The Renaissance?
I don't want this to be a large lecture on animation, so I'll try to keep it short and sweet....
The Golden Age is hit and miss with me. The stuff from the 30's is way too cutesy and pandering for me, with a few exceptions. It's always little bugs and flowers bouncing up and down to goofy music, and there's a strange emphasis on nightmarish visuals and hell. I understand that this influenced many animators, it's just a lot of it never did anything for me. I never saw much of Tex Avery, Walter Lantz (aside from Woody Woodpecker), or Max Fleschier when I was a kid, I mostly saw Looney Tunes shorts and Disney films from those certain time periods.
The Dark Age, again, had some great and horrible stuff. I love Bakshi's work, Rock & Rule, Heavy Metal....basically anything that took risks in a time when Disney wasn't at the top of their game, and TV animation was mostly bland crap from Filmation or Hanna-Barbera. I've seen a few of these shows that both studios made....not a pretty sight.
The Renaissance was the time period I grew up in, so I'm more familiar with the material made here. A lot of the Disney films made then soon became some of my favorite movies of all time, and TV cartoons were fun to watch, though most of them haven't exactly aged well. I've always been more into movies rather than TV, so it's all just personal taste.
Being a Canadian, what are your opinions regarding the animation industry there?
I feel that Canadian cartoons have gone downhill for years. All the shows I see try to copy American cartoons. For example, a new show called "The Day My Butt Went Psycho" is about all butts in the world coming to life and interacting with their owners. Yeah it exists, look it up.
Then there's the animation - nothing is unique these days. It's al flat, slick, angular designs in Flash animation. It was fine for a while, but now EVERY Canadian cartoon is done with this technique, aside from CGI. I don't even get it....why? It just doesn't have the same fluidity as hand-drawn stuff.
Finally, it seems like something is holding them back in terms of humour. Like they TRY to do something different with the jokes, but it might have something to with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, I dunno. It all just feels watered-down.
What do you think of animation studio Nelvana?
I think I've made it clear that I love ROCK AND RULE, so let's move on to it's other material. I actually grew up on most of their shows, though they haven't aged all that well. Some of them are OK, like Beetlejuice and Babar, but shows like Rupert were just BORING. A lot of the shows I really don't have much interest in re-watching again, so honestly there's not much to say about Nelvana.
What do you look for in video games?
I never got into all the war, survival horror, Final Fantasy tripe. I mostly look for cartoony video games that are simple to understand and play. Mario, Crash Bandicoot, Rayman Origins/Legends, all great games that are fun to look at as well as play.
What film cliches do you hate/bother you the most?
- Socially awkward nerds as the hero. It's been done so many times, especially in animated movies. They're never interesting, and they go through the same crap in every movie, whether it be trying to get the girl or trying to fit in.
- The "be yourself" message. How many films have this goddamn message today??? I understand that the world isn't always accepting and some people feel that being yourself may not work, but there's more things to learn aside from that, like maybe responsibility, or perseverance, or something.
Have you seen any of Edgar Wright's films? (e.g. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Sean Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz)
Nope, nope, aaaand nope. Might see them at some point, but for now, none of them really interest me.
What are your thoughts on...propane and propane accessories?
Can't say much. I've been selling water heaters and water heater accessories.
If there is ONE thing that you could change about yourself, what would that be?
My weight....and my hair.
What is your biggest regret?
All my old drawings from school. Lots of bad attempts at IGGIE comics and Scooby Doo fan art. *shudder* I have a few others, but they're mostly just missing a movie on TV or buying a faulty DVD. I'll get back to you on this when I'm active in the dating game, I'm sure there will be more regrets then.
Most overrated band/artist of all time? (In your opinion)
The Beatles. Never got into them at all.
Which cartoon characters would you most like to be stranded with on a desert island?
Bugs Bunny....he could easily dig our way off the island!
What happened to my pants?
I have them....oh look! A wallet! >
If you were an almighty animator/ film director/ producer, what kind of film would you make? (what kind of plot, characters, etc.)
I'd make whatever kind of animated film I'd want - stuff for kids, stuff for adults...I'd want to mix it up a bit.
A film that I most certainly would like to see made before I die is a movie adaptation of my comic series IGGIE AND FRIENDS. That comic is practically my baby. I imagine it as a coming-of-age comedy with some dramatic elements. Iggie, as well as the friends and his family that surround his life, would be the main characters. Every single one of them would have their own subplots and (for the most part) will undergo some sort of change by the end of the movie.
And seeing how I'm rapidly becoming more and more of a horror nut, I'd like to make my own animated horror film featuring my original characters The Nightcrawlers. The story would be about a small town being controlled by a gang of grotesque demons and The Nightcrawlers eventually drop in and try to save the day. I'd imagine this being a hard-R rated, blood-soaked, gutter-mouthed, sleaze-ball, raunchy as hell extravaganza. Lots of sex, lots of blood, lots of swearing...just a lot of stuff you'd see in horror movies.
Honestly, I have so many ideas for movies...I could go on for hours talking about them in greater depth. I'd totally make movies for some of my own ideas like The Sleaze Boys, Space Panther, Paradise Island (though I think these three ideas would work better as TV shows). Who knows? Perhaps one day....
My tastes are in the obscure and perverted. No matter how good or bad a movie or cartoon is, chances are I'll draw it at one point in time. That's who I am, like it or not.|
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