I'm a huge fan of Batman and the Batman animated series, but I'm also an 80's kid so I grew up with tons of great cartoons. One of them was Muppet Babies. So I did another mash up. This will be up for sale in the store tomorrow.
I looked through my older stuff, good lord it sucks. Anyway, I was looking through it and I found character designs that I really haven't used much lately: [link] , I didn't want to abandon them, but I didn't like my inital idea (the whole knife-throwing bit, that was crap) BUT I liked how I drew the initial characters in an attempted 30's style. So I wanted to keep the style and change the idea.
Like I've said with another deviation(and also hundreds of other people have bitched and moaned about), lots of cartoons nowadays are in a real slump, especially kid's stuff. I know I've said I like all kinds of cartoons, but there's too many "style first animation second" cartoons, too many Japanese influences and ripoffs. So my idea is sort of a commentary of it. Harking back to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", it uses (or steals) the idea of cartoon characters being actors. These guys are trying to get work in todays cartoons, but can't seem to find it, they just don't fit in. So the cartoon would be based on their tales of woe and trying to get their next big break.
It's called "Cartoons Suck" because that seems to be part of so many arguments regarding cartoons.
Meet: Muss: A crotchity old cartoon from back in the 30's who pretty much despises any other form of animation but his own, classic kind. Almost racist in a way. He knows he doesn't have long left, and wants his legacy to live on, and try one last time to get classic animation back in the public eye. He's usually very mean, but his passion for what he represents keeps him going and tolerant.
I designed him after these little characters I would always make whenever I played with play-doh when I was younger. I added more pure black areas on him because thats how older cartoon characters looked, there was a lot of black so they would read. Everything that wasn't black was pure white, but over the years, it's just deteriorated and now he's shades of gray.
Mickel: Muss's grandson. His father was a 30's cartoon who had an affair with a woman from a Simpsons sort of show (hense his orange skin and overbite) who ran off after getting married and never worked in film again. Mickel's a theater college drop-out, in his "first semester drunken college student slacker" mode for the third consecutive year. Seeing Mickel as his legacy's only hope, Muss is constantly trying to get him out of his rut and actually try and succeed in film. Mickel still just doesn't take his life seriously enough yet.
Quinine: An ex-hooker with a sassy attitude. Yeah, it's that annoying sassyness, but she only acts that way to cover up her sad life as a prostitute. Mickel and Muss "saved" her from her abusive pimp and now she tours around with them in their quest for stardom. Who knows what cartoon character she derived from, looks like a Betty Boop type character boned a ceral mascot and made her.
Myukichu: If you look at the old line-up, Myukichu is replacing Pinto, who I honestly don't see working very well, so he's been replaced. Myukichu is obviously a Pikachu parody, only she's sort of like Pikachu's later years, where the fad has since been long gone, and she's no longer this icon everyone knows. Unable to find work because no one cares, she's now like a stray dog, looking around in garbage cans and whatnot for food. Mickel takes her in as a sort of pet. Muss hates her guts, feeling that she's responsable for so many cartoons nowadays having a Japanese influence. He eventually warms up to her, realizing that she's been simply cast aside, much like Muss was many years ago. She's bilingual, but perfers to speak japanese, and acts as a sort of agent to the trio as well because she's more organized than the three American idiots she's with.
So there they are. I hope these guys can fly. I've got several other characters in mind, much are parodies like Myukichu, to interact with these guys. I'll draw them eventually...