the powerpuff girls special

  • Yuuri: Quick! To the panic room!
  • Yuri: This place doesn't have a panic room!
  • Yuuri: Any room can be a panic room if you panic hard enough!
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Happy Halloween!

The PPG Halloween special aired this week, which I had a hand in boarding and with doing some preliminary character design work.  Each board artist boarded one of the girls’ scary stories as well as some of the connecting scenes surrounding them.  I boarded part of the beginning as well as “Blossomstein.”

Having a Halloween episode that also involved 3 stories in completely different settings meant a loooooot of character designs.  So before boarding we had to come up some approved rough designs for all three board artists to use, like the girls’ costumes which we all had to draw in our portions.

I helped mostly with figuring out Blossom’s Ada Lovelace costume as well as Bubbles’ cute little penguin costume.  Since I boarded the Blossomstein story section I did initial designs for it as well, including B-gor, Blossomstein’s monster (Jared Shapiro), Inspector Mayor, and Buttercup as a raven (or as I like to call her, Butterbeaks).  I also did a concept for Bubbles as a puppy in Bubbles’ “scary” story.  All final designs that you see in the final episode were done by the super skilled @deanheezen!

More to come!

About Requesting Doug Walker (the Nostalgia Critic) and Rob Walker to do Vlogs on Wander Over Yonder...

Saw a post regarding the need to boost Wander Over Yonder’s Popularity, including requests Doug and Rob Walker for the Vlogs when Gravity Falls ends (I assume the next one would be Rick and Morty while Steven Universe and Adventure Time are left). I think that’s a great idea. 

I’m sure with him being a fan of cartoony humor (Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry), and seeing how modern shows are getting good than what he has seen before growing out of it by the 2000s (he has heard of Powerpuff Girls, he made a post about the PPG Special 2014 which he didn’t like the designs apart from the old one that is pretty good), he could give it a shot.

Though keep in mind. He seems to be not a big fan of the cliche: The Whimsical Innocent Poet/Big Dreamer who wants more, screws up sometimes but has a heart of gold type of character. He said that he didn’t like the main character Danny from Cat’s Don’t Dance whose personality is bland and forgettable for him.

I mean Wander may fall in that category given that his personality in Season 1 until the middle of Season 2 is mostly too optimistic, oblivious of danger, and may be annoying to his tastes. Hopefully he’ll grow to like the show for other reasons like Hater, Sylvia (being a platonic friend to Wander who actually is serious on staying with Wander), Peepers, Emperor Awesome, the worlds, the art designs, and the music too.

If you want to give him and Rob a good info about the show, mention these info:

  • Craig McCracken the creator. Nuff said.
  • WOY crew have their blogs on Tumblr regarding the show (Frank Angones is the Story Editor and has been up to date with answering Q&As from fans, though there are SPOILERS)
  • Link The Walkers this Season 1 guide Frank Angones made here: http://suspendersofdisbelief.tumblr.com/post/123839493821/helpful-suggestions-for-new-wanderers-a-primer
  • There’s a LOT of STAR WARS references, and callbacks to Warner Bros. Cartoons Gags.
  • Season 1 is a throwback to Looney Tunes (something Doug and Rob are huge fans of those old cartoons) with some sentimental moments
  • Season 2 picks up the pace with story arc (new villain Lord Dominator challenging the main characters, Wander’s hints of his past, Wander’s worldview challenged by Dominator that would affect his development, Lord Hater and his views on Dominator, Peepers getting more proactive with evil, etc.)
  • Wander’s personality shouldn’t be backlashed if first seen in The Picnic (most first impression folks deemed him as annoying there). The Greatest, The Good Deed, The Nice Guy, The Helper, The Big Job, The Helper, particularly ones that involve Wander’s proactive and weaknesses and Sylvia supporting/guiding him give a good picture of his character
  • At least to let them keep in mind that Wander’s character will get development as confirmed by Craig and his crew for Season 2. Season 1 is just a sandbox for character studies.
  • Lord Hater is one of the funniest villains and serves as a favorite than Wander since Hater is meant to be the Protagonist by Craig’s intentions
  • The animation and the art designs are very cartoony based and can be appreciated 
  • The Songs are pretty out of this world, but they are entertaining to listen to. There’s a Musical Episode coming up this 2016 that would involve songs that are entertaining (song and dance numbers), and ones that progress the plot (the same way as classic Disney animated films, Les Mis, Wicked, etc.)

Just putting it there in case you want to request Doug and Rob Walker to do Vlogs on them. Or if you can also request on other online reviewers, try Paw (he does Musical reviews as Music Movies, but it’s on hiatus to take care of his newborn baby and do Quest Let’s Play videos). He did a review on The Powerpuff Girls’ Rock Opera Episode and liked it. Maybe if he sees the show up to the WOY Musical Episode, he could review that episode as part of his Music Movies Shorties series.

Leaked concept art from the Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack crossover special coming out in 2016!

“The special will reportedly precede new episodes of The Powerpuff Girls. Following the critical and financial success of the studio’s recent crossovers, Cartoon Network announced its two Emmy-award winning series are going to be merged in-universe. Taking advantage of the popularity of both properties, the special will act as both a reintroduction to the characters and an official ending to Samurai Jack.

Genndy Tartakovsky, who recently announced his departure from Sony and his involvement with the studio’s upcoming Popeye film, is directing the special. Tartakovsky directed several episodes of The Powerpuff Girls in its heyday and is the creator of Samurai Jack.

Fans have anticipated such a crossover since the 2001 premiere of Samurai Jack. In the first episode, the titular character arrives in a dystopian future and happens upon the ruins of what appears to be Townsville, the home of the Powerpuff Girls.”

More info here

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Recently, I got nominated for an Annie award for The Powerpuff Girls special I worked on. Surprisingly, to me, I was nominated for writing! Besides boarding acts 1 and parts of 3, I designed most of the characters for the special too. Kevin Dart designed the girls and some of the old cast….I designed all the new ones. Here’s some of my roughs…the colors are just for inspiration…The final colors were done by the amazing Tiffany Ford. The only color job I didn’t think was quite right was the robot. In my drawings The striping and bolts are more armored or defensive looking. I was actually inspired by the evil version of Mazinger Z. In the special, he looked more like a candy cane or mint. In the original series, Craig had a lot of inspiration from old Japanese sci fi and hero shows.It was a big part of the original show….but I think that influence was definitely missing from the special. Contrary to a lot of “fans” comments…I was a designer AND a writer/story artist on the original show….and so was the director Dave Smith.Other than the art direction…this special was very much what we did back in the day. I think it came out beautiful.