Because my recent site update cleared any record of this project, and because I enjoy tirelessly flogging old work , I re-present to you one of my most ambitious endeavours of 2013-2014; Gnoms:
A cartoon I created with my 1 year old daughter as a result of my frustration with some very average children’s TV.
As the YouTube video description will attest, I created this to prove a couple of things to myself; first of all, that it’s actually quite easy to think of kid’s show ideas. I’ve sat in on numerous meetings during which a table of adults rack their brains to find an answer to that million dollar question; “what do kids like?” For me the answer has always been obvious: Most of the same things adults like. If I find something funny (e.g. a character getting annoyed at something that won’t be quiet) then chances are it’s not going to take much effort to make that funny for a kid as well.
I had one simple target to hit: My own personal preference. If I made something I thought was fun, cute and interesting, chances are someone else will find it fun, cute and interesting too. Are my tastes are so avant-garde that they run the risk of transcending the appreciation of the YouTube bourgeoisie? If you could see my list of favourited videos, you’d realise that the answer to that question is a resounding “no.”
I may have fluked it this time, but I’ve been quite encouraged by several comments on both my YouTube channel and Reddit post:
“The 19 year stoner me thinks this is awesome. The 37 year old sober father of two would watch this with his kids… “
“As an asshole, an animator and father of a 1 year old I was so ready to hate on this, but it was actually very enjoyable.”
“PLEASE MAKE MORE I LOVED IT I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING. (male age 20)”
“My son keeps asking when the next ones will follow. He’s still watching Red every day… But he wants more :-)”
“Great work Brendan! My son made me watch it 10 or more times in a row.”
- michael cooper
“I’m 20 years old and i would like more of this please :D”
- Omar S
“I’m 24 years old… and must agree with Omar :D”
- Stockwell Haines
The second thing I wanted to prove was this: In theory, If you’re willing to put the work in, it’s possible to create something TV worthy entirely on your own. It’s a myth that to successfully create something appealing, you require large teams and a big budget. I made this entirely with programs that cost me no more than $50 a month.
Is this state of the art animation? No. Does it have mindblowing FX? No. Does it need to? No.
Having said all this, it’s quite possible that what I made here is both a bad idea as well as being poorly produced. I’ll let you be the judge: