After completing this project I can confidentially say that I have created a 800(ish) word pitch about reviving or rebooting a completed or discontinued cartoon series in a alternate style.
I would say my strengths within this project were the choice of the show I would reboot and the re-designing of the characters in the adventure time style. Although Clone High isn’t exactly a classic animation, I think that it was a good choice, which my peers and tutors agreed on, seen as the show had a good plot behind it despite the fact it got cancelled. But because of this it allowed me to come up with new ideas for how I could reboot the series and how I would continue it seen as there wasn’t a lot of plot devices within the original show. As for the concepts that I did, peers and tutors have complimented me on them saying that I’ve manage to capture the style of Adventure Time and Clone High and mix the two together, plus the drawings resemble my improvement over this past year within in my drawing abilities and colourising.
As for my weaknesses I would say that my planning and time management of the project were my biggest weaknesses. Although within the final week of the deadline I manage to complete the work exceptionally, I still had to rush to find a cartoon revive in the first place, I just luckily found one that had a good synopsis and only ran for one season. If I had started this project earlier I could of done some more research into different cartoons and testing their styles out to which ones I liked and disliked, as well as discussing and sharing ideas with my peers about them, which could of made good research documentations.
If I were to re-do this project again I would definitely start the project a lot earlier so I can take my time studying and looking a various cartoons in 90’s, 80’s or even the 70’s that could of been done a lot better. Also I would also like to have drawn and styled a lot more characters from Clone High in the AT style to see what each of them would look like.
So after testing the styles of each of my choices and pitching the ideas to several peers and tutors, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will revive the show Clone High.
Clone High is comedy show about a high school ran by the government that is filled with clones of historical figures like Abraham Lincoln and Joan of Arc. The show ran for reason in 2000-2001 but was cancelled due to the representation of the Gandhi character in the show.
Because the test of the adventure time style that I did in the previous post was a success, it got a lot of good feedback from my peers and tutors, and so in response to this I decided to have another attempt at applying the style to the characters, but this time adding some alterations so that it doesn’t look like I’m completely ripping off adventure time but merely taking inspiration from the style.
So to help me decide on what cartoon I would want to revive, I wanted to test myself whether I could draw in style of some of the cartoons I chose.
I began with Xaiolin Showdown. The style takes inspiration from the anime style, something that I can adapt to, but not really change unless I wanted try Chibi style, but because I’m trying to appeal to a mature audience I don’t this cartoon will be my final choice.
Next I discovered a cartoon from the 90’s called ‘Clone High’. The plot evolves around a high school set up by the government where they keep clones of important people like J.F.K, Cleopatra, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, etc… The show ended after one season, so it’ll allow me to come up with new ideas to add to the reboot. As for the style of the show I’m not too keen on it, and I kind of want to change it up.
So the style I want to pursue is an Adventure Time sort of style. It’s simple and fun, but I’m not 100% about it. I tested it on one the main characters Abe Lincoln, and looks pretty good, but it all depends on what the audience would whether they would want a style change and if changing the style would effect themes of the show.
Tomorrow I’m going to pitch my ideas to the Andy and my peers and see what they think, maybe I can get some ideas to what style I could pursue or if they like the style already.
For the final assignment of my First year of University our objective is to make 800 pitch about reviving a golden aged cartoon for a mature audience. I’ve done a bit of research into some of my favourite cartoons when I was kid and looking at whether they still running as well looking at the style of their animation.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy:
- Simple style
- Series finished
- Movie to be released in 2016
- Idea – Movie about Grim meeting Billy and Mandy, perhaps some consequences behind his actions?
Codename: Kids Next Door:
- Simple style
- Rumors of a reboot/sequel series Galactic KND
- Ideas – Movie about the KND starting out
- Simple style
- Continued in Xiaolin Chronicless
- New Series maybe underway
- Ideas – maybe a movie about the original characters meeting?