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Story from North America

My kids and I are HUGE fans of Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” about an excitable, adventure-loving boy and his washed-up, old sailor mentor. If you haven’t watched it, the show is downright brilliant.

Thurop Van Orman’s “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack”

This post isn’t about that show, but about the style of animation. Animators were worried in the late 70′s and early 80′s because their craft was being destroyed by simpleton, mass-produced pieces of clap-trap coming in from overseas (not slamming Anime AT ALL! See my post tomorrow to see why). Captain Planet, Ghostbusters and shows that revolved around talking heads with moving mouths (I’m looking at you SuperFriends), were swiftly mass-producing and effectively destroying the craft.

Flash forward to today to see that all of their worry was for naught. With animation becoming more and more of a challenge as to who can create more obtuse, dramatic forms of life, the craft is now in the hands of incredibly gifted and talented animators like Kirsten Lepore.

Story From North America animation by Kirsten Lepore

I stumbled across this gem of animation which shows an unbelievable amount of expression in semi-rudimentary illustration. The song’s message is delivered simply, effectively and powerfully using animation that matches the musics playfulness and simplicity.

This girl will go very, very far and if I were working at Viacom, I’d sign her up right away. Oh, and Kirsten, if you are listening, if Viacom comes asking, please take as much money up front as possible because you will receive nothing on the back end.

Just ask Vasquez and Kricfalusi how much they got when they got the boot ;)

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