Monday, January 29, 2007

Old Cels

My first continuing cartoon character was Sesame Street’s Suzie Kabloozie. Voiced by the irrepressible Ruth Buzzi, Suzie essentially teaches educational concepts while making her cat miserable.

When I started these films they were still made by inking and painting cels, then laying them over coin rubbings as backgrounds (like this:)

But by the end of series a five or so years later, the inking was done on paper, then scanned into an animation program on a computer. The result is much the same as witnessed by this clip. You just don’t get any cool cels at the end of the process.

PS: Thanks to Fuse #8 and the Baton Rouge Advocate for their recent kind words.