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Well, here it is at last - five years in the planning, and about four months in the making, I have finally completed the animation of "Right Said Fred"
Based on the classic comic-song by Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge, sung by Bernard Cribbins.

Featuring a return by Cribbs and Fred, the Cat & Dog Busy Buddies Odd-Jobs duo - and a special introduction for their friend and workmate, Charlie.

As the story goes, these characters are assigned to the task of moving an unidentified but unwieldy piece of furniture (it could be a grand piano, it could be a large sideboard - it's not actually stated what it is... for our purposes, I went with a chiffonier)
Long story short... they don't have much luck...


I hope this proves to be a marked improvement from my old animation. I've been trying to improve my methods, and one of the most notable being the decision to embed head/face-animations in a graphic-symbol independent of the rest of the character-animation.
This is also animated at a more conventional 25fps instead of my former 15fps, to give smoother motion.

YouTube link here: [link]
A sequel to the animated cartoon "Hole in the Ground"


(As before, I stress that the animation and characterisations only are my own work - the song was written by Ted Dicks, lyrics by Myles Rudge, sung by Bernard Cribbins)
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:iconkelaiah:
Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
Question: what is it that Charlie says after "If we remove the ceiling"? 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean, "With a rope or two, we can drop the blighter through"
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Okay, thanks. :) Though... what did they want to drop through? ^^ 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They were trying to shift that big chiffonier thing... and not having much luck.
And Fred, being too hasty, kept bulling ahead without thinking things through, making matters worse! :XD:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Well I know that, but I wonder what Charlie's idea about removing the ceiling would have helped getting the chiffonier moving. :giggle: 

But heh heh, yeah... :aww:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess at this stage, they were clutching at straws... :XD:
In fact, in the song, it wasn't even clearly stated what it was they were trying to move...
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
Hey, you're right! :icondragonkekeplz: Heh heh, oh well... Btw, I think Cribbs is incredibly cute. :love: 
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, thanks very much! :aww:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Oh my gosh, how have I not seen this before?! This is freakin' AMAZING!!!!! :iconpineappletardplz::squee:
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... thanks very much! :aww:
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Kelaiah Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Your welcome!!!! :D:D:D
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Gneiss-chert Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
The songs you use are great! Lovely work!

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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, they are classics! :aww: Thanks! :)
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Gneiss-chert Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Your welcome!
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calistamonkey Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, my dad always used to whistle this and say random quotes whilst doing DIY XD Brought back memories of childhood just hearing it again. Awesome animation too, dude! Really like the way you sort of "pan" the characters to give them a 3D sort of look? If that makes sense :D It's really cool and smooth and stuff :D Ace! Keep up the great work :D

And now I'll be humming Right Said Fred for the rest of the day XD
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, heh... thanks very much! :aww:
Glad it's able to evoke old memories like that! The classics are the best! :D

This and other more recent Flash animations is kind of an accumulation of experience I've been building on since first learning in during my first years of Uni - must have been using it for at least nine years now. I've been learning new methods to improve my technique and quality. :)
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calistamonkey Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely XD

Well, it certainly shows off :D Keep up the awesome work :D

I can't get my head round Flash, myself XD I worked out how to do the "basic onion layer" thing and left it at that. Never really ventured much farther into the "helpful tools" XD Then again, I haven't really had time to sit and look at it properly in yeaaaars XD I'd like to get into it again sometime. You've inspired me to do so :3 Although, I can't see myself ever making anything more than a few seconds worth XD

I admire you animating folk's patience. Greatly. XD
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it certainly takes months and years of experience.
But it pays off in the end. ;)

I really want to get on with animating some cartoons with Danbuster and co, but it takes a while to get things organised. There's scenery to drew, as well as voice-actors to chase up.
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shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
wow...that has got to be the funniest thing I've seen in weeks...This is EPIC! DUDE>>>WELL FRIGGING DONE MAN...that was awesome...Love those Alice in Wonderland references in there
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :giggle:
You mean with the mad teapots? :XD: Just a few random ideas between me and Mum! ;)
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shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
hey they worked...they really made me think of Alice in Wonderland lolz...That movie still cracks me up to this day lolz.
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pretty crazy book, isn't it! ;)
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shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
YUS IT WAS...and OMG I didn't know BENARD CRIBBINS sung that song either...HOLY SHEOIT I never knew that...that blew my mind. Sorry me'z a big doc who fan too ;)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, he sure did! ;)
Though I'm afraid I know nothing about Doctor Who - was he in that too, at some point? :?
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shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
yep...he was in the last episode of the 10th Doctor...He was the doc's assistant lolz...
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Zack-Anderson-X Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your animation ^^
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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Dawning-Of-Desire Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
awsome AND cute!!!
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thanks very much! :aww:
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Dawning-Of-Desire Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
np :)
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FreyFox Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very smoothly done! Nice work :)
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D I'm pleased myself to see that improved methods help my efforts to come on in leaps and bounds! ;)

Incidentally, I dropped a note to SeizeTheMoment here, but I just realised that her activity has been somewhat lacking... is she active on dA? If I'm to ask about leitmotifs (advice, composing or otherwise), I'll need a current contact for her... :hmm:
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FreyFox Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Seiz is a he.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, but is this account still active? :iconseizethemoment:
Looks like he's not been here for an age... :hmm:
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FreyFox Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol you know thats not his account =P
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do... now... :XD:
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Your animation has improved leaps and bounds (ha! hare puns) since the last time I saw one. This was very funny and adorable!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D Hmmm, good enough to apply to launching a Dan Clan series, even?
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes! I'd watch it for sure. :dance:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :D
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terrific from start to finish, love how each scene matches the song word for word, and the animation is spot on. :)
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D Had a lot of fun with this one!
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist
I wanted to say something as soon as I saw this, but I could get the right words, for not doubt, one of the smoothest animation I seen here in DA. I can't imagine the frustration you must have had with this, but the results, is nevertheless amazing. Two Thumbs up!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
Just a little something I spent ages over! ;)
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queenmoreta Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic job on this! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really liked the work on the mouth movements, it was so smooth.

also, I wouldn't want to deny them the bathroom after all those cups of tea :giggle:
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
Just a little something I spent hours over...

Yeah, good point... especially since cartoon characters are never actually seen to go! ;)
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FergusMcDuncan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just oustanding! :D The animations are classy, and the song really got me smiling!
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:icondcleadboot:
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad all the work has been worthwhile! ;)
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FergusMcDuncan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! It sure was! :)
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xelaalex Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Wow that's bloody brilliant Dan XD I loved every moment of it!!!

Now all we need is somebody to do the Ying Tong Song >w> *plans ahead*
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