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 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. People often try to over complicate answers to the question “what do kids like?” I find the answer is fairly obvious: Most of the same things adults like.
If I made something I thought was fun, cute and interesting, chances are that others – regardless of age – would find it fun, cute and interesting too.
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 executed, but I’ll let you be the judge: