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HIGH-STEPPIN by Jerome-K-Moore HIGH-STEPPIN by Jerome-K-Moore
WB Product Art, Mumble, HAPPY FEET. Pencil.
This here critter was yet another poor soul that initially went thorugh the Marketing wringer. Execs just didn't feel he was "cute" enough, especially with having what they crudely termed "gorilla feet." They argued in favor of changing him, at least into another version more suitable for product. The result was a Donald Duck resemblance, complete with webby feet, Tweety Bird eyes, a clownish grin, and feathery tufts atop his head! Needless to say, ONCE AGAIN, I objected vehemently. NEVER, EVER adapt something for product that does NOT represent what appears in the FILM!!! What's the bloody POINT?! Those that see and love the film, and want to purchase a memento, are gonna want the character as he appears IN THE FILM. Don't try to pull the wool over anyone's eyes based on hunches, sales charts, and focus groups! It is what it is. If it doesn't sell, then so be it. Don't change it into something it's not.

See why I'm not working there any more? lol It didn't sell.
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:icondezquixote:
DezQuixote Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww, so cute!*hugs mumble* I wanna take him home!
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Ichigo-chan1988 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
awww so sweat very nice work *wanttocuddle*
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EatToast Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
it's so cute! i love the blue highlights!
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LavenderElegance Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007   Photographer
aww, he is soo cute! :dance:
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ilikeshinyobjects Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Why would they want to change something so freakin' ADORABLE?! And he does not have gorilla feet. **humph** I find penguin feetses rather cute.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
And they taste good, too. lol Knuckle sandwiches.
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ilikeshinyobjects Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD
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Baphita Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
qué lindo! es un patudo =O
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katikat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww! I want to see that movie now, but it's still comin' to Finland at 8 december ;)
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Professional General Artist
Sometimes, the client just doesn't have a clue towards what they want.
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
I got a B in Telepathy. But I've found some of the minds I've read tend to create such a vacuum, or have such a musty smell from lack of use, it makes it hard to breathe; so I gave it up. :groucho:

I'd have to agree that most of the time they know what they don't want.

But when marketing refuses to use reason and logic, you're kinda screwed.

Sometimes you try to tell them: "Hey, you're basing these products on a familiar, known item, and if it doesn't look like the item you're representing, you're actually cutting *against* the grain as far as marketing is concerned, and you'll be stuck with a white elephant."

But they've got the degree in Marketing and all their "data", so the intuitive understanding must be wrong. I think that's where the problem usually lies; in the refusal to accept the intuitive understanding, and rely upon the rules of procedure.

*shrug* It does seem to be a facet of being creative for pay; give the customer exactly what they ask for, and they're certain to be unhappy with the result. Give them what they perceive to be correct, and it's as far away from what they asked for as grape is to a watermelon.

But therein lies the artist's lament; should you remain true to the vision, or are you willing to give the customer something you know isn't correct in a technical sense, but fits their perception?

I suppose it depends on how you value your reputation. Your reputation is solid; so I think you made the right choice.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Ya think?
But they always seem to know exactly what they DON'T want.

The worst is when they expect the artist to read their minds, then get irritated when it doesn't work.

I don't know. I FAILED Telepathy 101. How 'bout you?
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional General Artist
drat, replied to the wrong comment. See the one above. :slamhead:
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LunaKitty2006 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
OMG I love baby Mumble! He's so cute in this picture! ^_^
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Heliotrope-Housecat Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That pic is so cute... and gorrilla feet or not, penguins are cute enough WITHOUT alteration. Change them, and they no longer resemble penguins - they lose that natural penguin 'comedy'.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Although, sometimes those tuxedos they wear require alterations. 'Specially round th' middle.
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LD6 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
love the bowtie. XD
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night-wolfe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
daww i loved that movie. i thought it was cute :3
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mercury-yume Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
realistic cuteness > cartoony cuteness :3
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RedLina Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
Not "cute" enough? :paranoid: Pffft...

But is it me or his feet look like they're inversed - right-left, left-right? :|
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Yes, it's you. It's ALWAYS you. lol

No, that's precisely how the reference looked. I had the same confusion, so I researched penguins and baby penguins. I didn't find anything concrete concerning the exact proportions of their toes, but various photos did depict the outer toe of equal or greater length than the inner, unlike what we're accustomed to as humans. So, I just trusted that the filmmakers knew what they were doing, and I remained as faithful as I could.

But then, aren't YOUR feet flopped on the opposite legs than the rest of us, Red? lol
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RedLina Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
:rofl: Yeah...as a matter of fact they are...(not)

But seriously,that's how it seemed, lol. But actually...if you do a google search on "penguin foot" you can see that the inner toe is indeed smaller than the outer one. So they were right! Ha! Imagine that...
He's still cute, either way. :D
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006  Professional Filmographer
How 'bout that!

I did a Google Search on "RedLina-Alina" and found the same thing!

And she's still cute, too. :slow:

Just a joke. Don't call anybody to send a nuke.
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RedLina Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006
Um...sorry...tend to get very geekish sometimes...

Again...we don't have nuclear arsenal...damn...:paranoid:
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Why not? Everybody else seems to be getting one.

Don't be the last one on the block to be able to destroy the bloody world.

:fingerscrossed:

:explosion:
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RedLina Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
Haha... nah, although nuclear power is fairly good and can be beneficial if used properly, nuclear arsenal is crap. Too much power corrupts. So I won't be blowing up anything soon. :giggle:
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
I should have added that I really enjoy your gallery its always a treat to see what your going to put up next. sorry I got started on my own little rant. but you have a great way of catching motion and warmth in your work.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Hmm... Too bad with the penguins I was trying to capture SHIVERING, and COLD. lol Joking.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
you know the crazy thing is one of my biggest complaints about marketing is that when I go out and want to buy something of my favorite movie... I do want it to be just like the movie. Ironicly i'm actually working on a sculpt of Mumble just for myself because I wasn't happy with anything offered.
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
I saw that! Nice job, SS. We'll see you in court, by the way.

LOL!
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
hahaha! you can take me for all i have... which is about 75 cents and a roll of smarties!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Are they fruit-flavored?
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KC-Whitestar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
So cute! *melts*
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tyrowish Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
Love the pic.
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My thoughts exactly.
I saw a Mumble plush... it didn't look any thing like he did in the movie. He had a YELLOW bowtie-tuft, this would have been fine if he didn't look like a hatchling! Dx

Thanks for the feeling that I'm not the only one who thinks that it should be like it is in the movie.
:faves:
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, the yellow bowtie was my art director's idea. I had her explain it to me several times, and I STILL didn't get it. She said it was about making the character our (Marketing) own, or some nonsense.

In conglommerates the size of Warner Bros, there's often competition, and sometimes friction between the many divisions. I always thought this was stupid, but I only worked there. I experienced some of this friction firsthand when I was at Feature for 4 months on QUEST. I managed to make lots of friends, however, since they were made to see that I wasn't just some Marketing weasel or spy. lol

Disney has similar strife amongst its "children," but a firm hand from higher up assures that everybody's on the same page creatively, and I doubt you see different versions of the characters based on the whims of the various divisions. It's utterly ridiculous.
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tyrowish Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2006
You know because making the character your own means ignoring how the character was in the production. I get it </scarcasm>

Again, it is ridiculous, and I'm happy that someone who even worked there thought so.
I'm glad you made some friends, and that you weren't a spy.

Thanks again for the reply!.
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ASTRODEVIL Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006  Hobbyist
WOOT! gorgeous!
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Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Professional Filmographer
WOOT! Thanks!
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