Research Vol. II
I decided to do my own research in order to gain some more inspiration for this project.
I want the story for this project to be more interesting than all the ones I made before. I will try to make it more complicated (but not overdo it), unusual and make the topic more serious. I also want the animation itself to look finished and professional as much as one person can do, compared to the experienced animators teams.
Bee and Puppycat
“Bee is a cheerful young woman in her twenties who is habitually fired from menial, low-paying jobs. On her way home from a failed job opportunity, PuppyCat, a strange, mysterious creature, falls from the sky. She takes him in and, when he sees that she is broke and unemployed, PuppyCat teleports himself and Bee to an alternate dimension where they are given a job by TempBot, a gigantic, intelligent television screen. Despite the dangers that this line of temporary jobs would pose, Bee finds that she has a talent for the work and that it pays well enough for her to disregard the dangers. An ongoing plot element of the series is PuppyCat’s past, which is shrouded in mystery. There are hints that he may be a space outlaw who was transformed into a monster by the Space King, who was angry over the pirate’s romance with his daughter. Another ongoing plot element is Bee’s romantic feelings for her friend Deckard, a talented chef who seems to harbor a crush on Bee but finds that this complicates his decision to pursue a cooking career.” (Reference 1)
As the first and most important reference for this project I chose Bee and Puppycat since for the last few months its been something I watch constantly.
I find the story very refreshing and interesting, you can’t easily predict what will happen but it still kind of makes sense in the end. Plus the episodes are pretty short so there is a skill in that too. I also really like the mixed style of Japanese and Western animation. I think it gives it an interesting look. Characters are not overly complicated but have enough detail, they are likeable and funny. To me, they seem easy to relate to. Backgrounds vary from simple to detailed, depending on needs.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Star Butterfly is a magical princess from the dimension of Mewni. On her 14th birthday, she receives the family heirloom wand. After she accidentally sets fire to her castle, her parents decide that a safer option is to send her to Earth as a foreign exchange student. She befriends Marco Diaz and lives with his family while attending Echo Creek Academy. Star and Marco must deal with everyday school life while protecting Star’s wand from falling into the hands of Ludo, a villain from Mewni who commands an army of monsters. Star and the folks from Mewni are able to travel across dimensions using “dimensional scissors” that can open portals. (Reference 2)
The first time I saw a trailer for this cartoon, I couldn’t wait to see it and it didn’t disappoint me. The first episode of Star vs. the Forces of Evil showed the story of my first days in the UK haha so, honestly, I could not relate more (btw. A few weeks ago after finally watching it, my friend Maria said that Star and myself are disturbingly alike. I take that as a compliment).
Star is a fun, crazy girl. I find her character very unpredictable but still likeable. She could be friends with anyone and she’s always doing something fun. Her deign is simple, full western style with a hint of Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino is also on my list) – the wand. Backgrounds are simple.
Over the Garden Wall
The series follows two half-brothers, Wirt and Greg, who become lost in a strange forest called the Unknown. In order to find their way home, the two must travel across the apparently magic forest with the occasional help of the wandering, mysterious and elderly Woodsman and Beatrice, an irritable bluebird who travels with the boys in order to find a woman called Adelaide, who can supposedly undo the curse on Beatrice and her family and show the half-brothers the way home. (Reference 3)
I chose this cartoon because Wirt always reminds me of my old friend Filip (I get attached to things which remind me of things) and also because it’s much darker than all the others. More serious.While other cartoons, even when they have some scary moments, are still mainly just silly, this one can definitely make you feel uncomfortable in your chair.
The design of the characters is modern but there is something vintage about them. Backgrounds are detailed, some are very pretty. Everything is dark and melancholic. The story is very mysterious and everything doesn’t really makes sense until the end of the show.
(yuk English dubbing….)
In Minato, Tokyo, a middle-school student named Usagi Tsukino befriends Luna, a talking black cat that gives her a magical brooch enabling her to become Sailor Moon: a pretty soldier destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Luna and Usagi assemble a team of fellow Sailor Soldiers to find their princess and the Silver Crystal. (Reference 5)
Sailor Moon was my most favourite cartoon when I was a child. I always thought that the moment of transformation was beautiful (rainbow colours and sparkles really got me),
plus I dreamed of a talking cat of my own (actually I dreamed about any cat at all…)
Sailor Moon is just fun. Usagi Tsukino is a cry baby who gets upset very easily but has a big heart and Luna is a very modest cat who is having troubles accepting what an oaf Usagi can be. Even thought the story can be predictable the humour and emotions save the outcome. Characters are designed more realistically as well as backgrounds.
All together I’m slowly starting to form the whole idea for this project. It probably will be about a girl and her cat/dog? And there will be some evil (probably) monster. Character designs will have to be simple since I only have one set of hands but maybe I could try to play with some detailed backgrounds. And the story has to be interesting. I’ll try to make it unusual.
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