May 29, 2014
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Without further ado, here it is:
Thank you to everyone who kept following the progress of this short and offered words of encouragement. Thank you to my husband, Nate Foster, for helping me make this cartoon a reality and for believing in me more than I did myself. When I first put together the board-o-matic, I had no idea it would mean four years of labor on nights, weekends, and any scraps of time I had between jobs. I just thought it would be fun to finally make the kind of cartoon I had loved as a kid. And it had to be on paper- the fun of drawing is something I don't come by often in my work anymore. There were many times where I didn't think I was going to make it- what was the point, really, of abstaining from real-life events, missing out on sleep and normal human activities, to pound away at an outdated method of animation to make a silly cartoon that wasn't going to make any money anyway? I still don't quite know, but it is done. I hope that it makes people happy. I never got tired of the song, and I love these characters. Watching cartoons like "Pigs in a Polka" or "All The Cats Join In" still energizes me- there is something magical that happens when you marry great music to animation. I'm glad I was finally able to give it a shot.
Here are some supplemental videos to give an idea of how everything came together:
May 22, 2014
May 17, 2014
May 16, 2014
May 13, 2014
Monkey Rag is almost past the point where festivals would reject it if it were online, and I’m almost past the point where I don’t care about that anymore. So in one week, I’m releasing “Monkey Rag” online for better or for worse (hopefully better.) In anticipation of this event, Nate and I made a short behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cartoon. We hope you enjoy it!