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Simpsons now in HD *update*

Mon Feb 16, 2009, 3:15 AM
Ok so now that the opening has officially aired I can talk about it.  I knew about the first leaks on the net but I couldn't discuss it until it actually aired.  Contract stuff.  I watched it myself in HD and I thought it looked great, the colors and stuff were very crisp.  Here is a list of the things I worked on..

1. Crow flying across clouds-I didn't understand it's purpose either but they wanted a throw back to blinky.  The version they used was my 4th pass.  My first pass was awesome because they first told me to animate it "like a real crow but with more personality because it has 3 eyes."  So I did but Groening said it was "too cartoony," so I did another one more realistic.  He said it was "too realistic," so we settled on what's there now.  It's a little strobey because I had origianlly did it on 1's because they wanted fast wing flaps but it looks like they put it on 2's.  Once it's out of my hands I don't know what will happen to it.  I'll try and post the first one I did.  Oh, I also did the other crow landing on lard lad.

2. Bullies sawing statue head- This one I had fun with, all on 1's.  Just to repeat I didn't come up with the ideas, I just draw what they tell me.  It was one of the last things they added and I said originally, "wasn't Bart the one that sawed off the head?"  

3. Bart landing on leaves/Barney- Just added the bounce to the original animation.  Barney was fun to animate, it was done in-house meaning all the drawings are mine.  No inbetweens from Korea, Kearny/Jimbo the same thing.

4. The super market-This whole scene was mine.  I didn't like what they did where they cut pieces of body parts and moved them in the computer ie. Maggie's head etc.  It looks like it was done in flash.  About the Marge turn, I had originally done a version where she did a nice head turn but, again, they didn't want it.  "Just have a simple head turn because we want the joke to be Maggie and the unibrow baby," they told me.  I didn't know they were going to stiffen it up that much, I'm just defending myself because that seems to be the first thing people mention is Marge.  They kept my Maggie scan and popping out of the bag though and in my defense they added the fist shaking later, I didn't do those 2 drawing cycle *eck*

5. Sideshow Bob, Helen Lovejoy, Comic book guy, Disco Stu, and the rich texan on the sidewalk- Bob was fully animated on 1's as well and I did a sweet fluid version of him swinging the machete but the response I got was "it's too fancy."  I think it turned ok in the end but I still like my first pass better.  The others weren't doing much, not much to say about them.

That's basically it for the stuff I did.  The reason why the show has stiffend up is because there was an era when fox would tell directors that we had to draw every pose we drew perfectly on model.  No distorting of the forms of any kind.  It has slowly been dieing down the past couple seasons but they still insist on making the show more about the writing and less about the looks.  Every once in a while we'll get let loose and we can do some fun stuff but on the whole don't blame the artists please.  Believe me all of us working there would love to express the characters in more ways but there's just so much we can do.  I'm just happy to be working, I can't complain anyway I'm on the longest running show ever.  Hope you all liked the opening, I'd love to hear all feedback.  Please don't hold back.

  • Mood: Pride
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Deaniac Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It's too bad the FOX execs would rather have the animation stiff and boring nowadays. Animation was meant to be of fun and lively, not...this. :|

Oh well, it's not your fault.
creamstar2000 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Go wild, have fun, and most importantly stand up for yourself.

If these fools existed years ago, we'd never have David Silverman's absolutely fantastic animation of Homer having a heart attack, among many other incredibly timed and lavishly animated poses.

Animation is about timing, movement, and flow, not about keeping characters on model when moving.
MarkP0rter Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
There is so much I would love to say about this but then everybody has already done this so there is no point in repeating what has been said already. All I want to say is that I am sorry for you and the other animators. It seems like the Simpsons is run by idiots really. I know this too well myself- doing stuff you really do not agree with but if your superiors think this looks great you have to do that as much as you disagree and then in the end no one will think it is great and you might even get the blame while you were the one that didn't like it from the start.
openmindness Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I saw clip comparing the old opening clip and the new one. Matt sucks for making you tone it down. I bet you could do a awesome job if your bosses didn't held you back. Oh well got to put food on the table.
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Dwig Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I'm sorry to say this but the new intros rubbish, but I know it wasn't your fault. Fox's behavior explains why the animation in Mcfarlanes work looks so horrible.

I think you should've stood up and defended the cartoony animation, I know we all gotta get bread on the table but I value my integrity.
Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is under discussion if you want to stop by and talk more about it. [link]
sandypants Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
this is honestly the most depressing thing.
sideshowbobfanatic Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
I loved the opening. You were the one who animated Bob. That's awesome. He's my favorite part of the new one. :D

I didn't see anything bad about the new opening. It was all good. I'm not picky when it comes to The Simpsons.
blackhellcat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Just don't nitpick everything and you'll enjoy it more.:aww:
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