Sunday, April 06, 2008

He-Hog the Atomic Pig

20 comments:

Michelle Klein-Hass said...

Jim, the embed isn't working. Call me.

chrisallison said...

YES! I can see it and it was HILARIOUS.

Any idea who did the animating on this? I'd really appreciate any other insight you could give like who worked on what, who came up with concepts, etc.

*stands up and claps*

David said...

Very very very funny, I definitely wanna see more of this! We need more stuff like this on tv or anywhere!!

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

That's great! How did it get this far along but never finished? Was it picked up then cancelled halfway through work?

Jim Smith said...

Animation was did by John K. and a small crew at Spumco. There were a few freelancers though I am not sure of the names. John would know..
Josh, this animatic was done about '97 or 98 and was a hair away from being sold. The network lost nerve at the very last minute after convincing us it was for sure. Maybe it was the natives.

Jim Smith said...

Chris, storyboards and concepts are by John K. and the crew. I did mostly layout and bg. There is a girl character in the beginning on the doctor's couch but it was not on this version for some reason. I did some especially careful work on that scene. Maybe somebody else has the whole clip.

katzenjammer studios said...

Thanks Jim!

amir avni said...

I've always admired how Spumco artists hint anatomy into their character poses naturally and without losing appeal, Like how he-hog's bicep bulges when he clicks on the gun's trigger. I also love how Mike drew Merle tossing George around in "George Liquor in the Butcher shop", you need to be a really good artist to reach that subtlety.

Jack said...

If you're trying to sell a pilot to a network, is it really a good idea to put in what could be percieved as racial stereotypes? Seems a bit of a weird thing to do to me. Ah well, still a good pilot.

PCUnfunny said...

"Maybe it was the natives."

Geez, PC sadly trumps humor again.

James said...

That was my friend robert that put that up on youtube... lol... how'd you come across it again?

God how I wish that this was sold... it'd be a great show... were there any other Soumco productions that were not well known?

Jim Smith said...

James, my friend Frank Forte found it on youtube.
We had quite a few ideas for shows that we pitched to all the networks, lots of pretty presentation artwork I wish I still had. Much of it is in storage.

CaveMatt said...

Great gags. Amazing drawings. Nice use of Raymond Scott too.

JoJosho said...

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Weirdo said...

Awesome animatic Jim. I saw a bit of Alex Toth in the design of He-Hog and the Praying Mantic villain. He reminded me of Zorak. It was pretty funny the way you captured American attitudes of other places, calling Europe "Foreigners" and the U.S. and Canada are "Civilization". Hilarious cartoon all the way. Oh why do the network executives deprive us of quality programming?

Jon, Garaizar. superstar said...

so, after watching i was going to ask, was it the native henchmen that kept this off the air? or was it the killing? that kept this off the air?

love it to death. you should really pitch this again, mabye adult swim would pick it up.


(professor mole is a gem,thank you to all at spumco.)

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Who did these voices, Jim?

- trevor.

EricStefani said...

I hadn't laughed that hard in long time.

Roberto González said...

This is fantastic, I'd really like to see this show. I love the final gag about He Hog's pants.

Sandy Pants said...

That's a nice cartoon, dude :3