ANIMATIC: OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes Main Title

(See the final version here!)

Presenting the rough animatic for the show’s main titles! This was a true labor of love and a chance to work with one of my animation heroes, Hiroyuki Imaishi(Best known as the co-founder of Studio Trigger)!

For this project, we began by solidifying the theme song. Our team at Mint Potion Studios, headed by composer Jake Kaufman, created a blood-pumping disco song that not only extols the virtues of friendship but also brings to mind the visual of robots exploding. As an easter egg, the first 9 notes are a callback to the theme song of the original 2012 “Lakewood Plaza Turbo” pilot!

We sent the theme song and some early episodes to Imaishi-san in Japan for him to get the vibe of the project. He sent us a mind-blowing storyboard- he created an otherworldly image of a planet encased in a discoball seamlessly transitioning to a wild action sequence(described by him as “CRAZY FIGHTING”)! Our storyboard supervisor Jeremy Polgar took it from there, and animated the heck out of it. Pausing randomly on the final version reveals some pretty out-there character drawings!

This intro is very special to me, as it encapsulates all of the feelings of the show into one place. It took months of coordinating across multiple time zones. It was a challenge to get all of the main characters, rivals, settings, and a discoball all in 20 seconds! Please, enjoy our hard work!

-Ian JQ

Storyboard: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Director: Jeremy Polgar

Revisions & Additional Animation: Max Collins, Anna Craig, Ian Jones-Quartey

Music: Mint Potion Studios

Special Thanks to Will Feng, Studio Trigger

Working as a revisionist on OK K.O.!: Let’s be Heroes has been a really interesting experience, and I wanted to take a bit of time to explain what my role has been since it feels somewhat unique even among other CN productions. 

The role of a revisionist is typically a final layer of polish to the finished storyboards by addressing situational changes like making sure characters are on model, correcting staging/screen direction, drawing in backgrounds, adding additional breakdown poses and doing whatever we can to translate the boards in the clearest way for next stage of the pipeline (animation & design). The storyboard supervisor, Jeremy Polgar (http://jpolgar1.tumblr.com/), will usually go through each episode adding pink notes that Anna Craig (http://killapede.tumblr.com/) and myself will divide between ourselves and spend the next week addressing. Because the board artists are so talented, and because Ian and Toby embrace the rough edges and inconsistencies of animation, the demand for meticulous revision work isn’t as high and occasionally leaves us opportunities to push the action/animation in the show.

I had a lot of fun working out this intro for OKKO’s “No More Pow Cards”. It was originally staged and boarded by @dannyducker. As the board supervisor I have to make decisions on where to plus certain sections from a board and I couldn’t resist pushing this one to feel like an 80′s Saturday morning toy commercial. Watch the episode! @stevieborbolla and @dannyducker killed it again :D


Animatic for the climactic drive to KO’s house from the OK KO episode, “KO’s Video Channel.”

Storyboard by Mira Ong Chua
Animatic by Nick Veith
Revisions by Jeremy Polgar, Anna Craig, and Max Collins (edit: and Ian JQ!)
Property of Cartoon Network.

happy friday! here’s the animatic of the ending to We’ve Got Pests (which aired earlier this week!!!) it’s maybe the most absurd thing i’ve ever made

shout out to the revisions team anna craig & max collins! as well as our animatic timer nick veith, and our animation director kimson albert. and to our story supervisor jeremy polgar who added the flavor on Gnarlio taking off his coat at the end!! so smooth


Animatic for Enid and Rad’s “date” from the OK KO episode, “Second First Date.”

Storyboard by Mira Ong Chua
Animatic by Nick Veith
Revisions by Jeremy Polgar, Anna Craig, and Max Collins
Property of Cartoon Network.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I was wondering if you could make a post about learning to draw for animation and gesture drawing again. I remember you had a very informative post on your old blog and I feel like that post was pretty influential for me when deciding to attend art school, to be honest though I started with Proko videos and didn't really get to the other parts. Thank you very much for your inspiring and awesome work.

Hi anon! I don’t really remember what I wrote in that post, I’m probably going to miss something (sorry ^^“)
-about gesture, line of action and stuff
Besides Proko, some other good inspirational people I’d suggest:
Mike Mattesi
Tom Gately
Paul Richards
Massimo Asaro
Mattia Surroz
Andrea Freccero

“would be better with a real model, but  what if there’s nobody nearby—” compilation
some yt channels/vids for gestures, good acting studies (potentially everything can be studied, and yt is a huge gesture database, but I’m going to link some of my favs):
Yotobi (youtuber who also does stand up comedy)
Aldo, Giovanni e Giacomo (lovely trio, their channel gathers their sketches/shows/movie clips)
Camera Cafe (i don’t really know if there’s an english version since it’s a pretty famous format here mhmmm)
Paolo Bonolis & Luca Laurenti doing random stuff in Ciao Darwin aka the essence of italian trash: here and here
((probably you’re going to miss the context since these are in italian, but maybe they can help you anyway if you want to do some random gesture studies idk))

and other good stuff I found:



other sites about gesture:

-about animation
Some amazing animators I like:
Felix Sputnik
Tahsin Özgür
Seddiki Mourad
Matt Williames
Victor Ens
Maxime Delalande
Toniko Pantoja
Jeremy Polgar
Jorge A. Capote
Kyle Kenworthy
Antoine Antin
Sébastien Rouxel
James Lopez
Pablo Navarro
Jenn Strickland
Alvise Zennaro
Andrea Simonti
Bj Crawford
Carlos Luzzi
Mike Nguyen

hope this helps!

sorry this post is kinda late, but i wanted to showcase my absolute favorite bit of the end fight from You Have to Care!!! 

this shot of Elodie coming at Enid was pretty much done entirely by our revisions team. i gave them a skeleton of a fight scene and they turned it into a living breathing thing! i learn from them on the daily

i’m gonna post a couple of my other favorite gifs on my twitter because i didn’t feel good about jamming a bunch of fast moving gifs into one post haha

revisions: Jeremy Polgar, Max Collins, Anna Craig

animation director: Kimson Albert

animatic timer: Nick Veith


Animatic for my KO vs Darrell fight from the first episode of OK KO, “Let’s Be Heroes.”

Storyboard by Mira Ong Chua
Animatic by Nick Veith
Revisions by Jeremy Polgar, Anna Craig, and Max Collins
Property of Cartoon Network.

Judit Polgár (b. 1976) is a Hungarian chess grandmaster, widely regarded as the strongest female chess player of all time. When she achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15, she became the youngest player to do so at the time. She is also the only woman to qualify for a World Championship tournament.

Along with her two sisters, she was trained in chess from a very early age, the result being that all three became exceptional chess players. She first defeated an International Master and a Grandmaster at the ages of 10 and 11 respectively, and before age 12 she was ranked as one of the best players in the world. She rarely participated in women’s-only events, arguing that female players are just as capable of greatness as men, and has defeated eleven current or former world champions.


Former Titmouser / Motorcity animation All-Start Jeremy Polgar has just released the trailer for his animated TV pitch “ANALOG ON”  He’s been working on it for more than a year now and it’s pretty damn amazing.  You should all watch it a million times then signal boost the hell out of it.

If you want to see some of Jeremy’s other work you can check it out his Tumblr here!