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Scarlet, Tuck and Barrington (2006)

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Behold, a new drawing based on a 2006 MDCartoons project I was working on while doing my Art GCSEs in college.

The series took its inspiration from the early days of Hanna-Barbera. I loved how these guys took simplistic characters and put them in any situation and always got a laugh out of me. I hoped to create a series of comic characters that would do the same thing.

The plot was that, after Robin Hood heads off to the Holy Land to fight in the Crusade with King Richard, he takes all of his Merry Men with him, with the exception of his three "finest" Merry Men, Scarlet, Tuck and Barrington. Maid Marian has been appointed Regent of the English Throne until King Richard returns, and it's their job to keep her out of harm's way.

The series would have followed traditional Hanna-Barbera scenarios, where the three heroes, who I personally nicknamed "The Merry Mad Men" would cause more trouble for Regent Marian than they would do good. Villains would consist of enemy knights, robbers, dragons, wizards, and so on, and the main focus would be humour.

Unfortunately, about six months into production, I discovered that Hanna-Barbera had actually released a cartoon series in 1964 that did this exact concept. It was called "Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey". That series involved three musketeer-like dog characters protecting their king, but causing more trouble than good.

I was rather distressed, as Yippee and Barrington both shared lilac colouring, and Yappee and Tuck both have the lack of visible eyes, and Yahooey and Scarlet were both significantly shorter than the other two. Realising the similarities, I decided to abandon the project altogether.

Today, I came across an old sketchbook from my art college and found all the concept ideas in them. I thought they no longer existed. Besides, it's been almost 10 years, and Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey is relatively unknown. I don't see any harm in revisiting these characters to bring these ones into the light as an inspiration to the originals. However, :iconsouthjerseysam: doesn't think these guys have all that much in common with the HB characters.

Anyway, here's a new Character Design Model Sheet for the 4 main protagonists. If you like these and want to see more out of these characters, let me know. I just thought I'd share them with you. :)
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Where's Robin Hood gonna end up?
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MDKartoonsProfessional Traditional Artist
He's not in the pilot, written by Morgan Leger, but I'm sure he'll pop up from time to time.
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OK. Nice characters, though. Any inspiration for the trio you had for?
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MDKartoonsProfessional Traditional Artist
How do you mean?
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Any influences for these characters?
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It's always good to see another's concept, it gives people an insight to what, in some way, we want to see in our entertainment.
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SavageScribeProfessional Filmographer
Heh, funny how things in life work out sometimes. A bud of mine had the same deal when he came up with a horror movie that was identical to Cabin in the Woods way before it came out.
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