I’ve been a busy little bee these days. Not sure if you remember a post series of mine from awhile back where I complained about working at a web animation studio out in Chicago. The work was lousy, but it was there that I met my friend Tom Riffel and there that I developed an interest in animation. When I got let go, I immediately started thinking about what it would be like to get a bunch of people together to work on the types of cartoons that we wanted to see. There were a few ideas I tossed back and forth with Tom, but they didn’t get very far past the “idea” stage. Not only that, there just weren’t enough of us to get anything substantial off the ground.
Fast forward to the here and now in sunny California, where Tom fills me in on an interesting idea that he and a few others are working on.
What is it? Toonocracy a youtube channel with a variety of animated content. Think Geek & Sundry, but with the type of cartoons you might find on Adult Swim. There are four shows in total, each taking a specific week of the month, and each servicing a different style of show. Week one sees the struggles of being a rocking unicorn, week two sees a wacky journey into space take a turn for the epic, week three sees the college experience through the eyes of sausages, and week four sees some of the best advertising you’ll encounter in your entire life!
As of this post all four shows have premiered. I’ve embedded them here and provided credit to the creators. Check them out and see what you think. See if you can’t find yours truly in there somewhere too!
LLOYD THE ROCKIN’ UNICORN
CREATED BY: Colin Fleming
STORY & ANIMATION BY: Colin Fleming
CUDDLES: Mary Garside
SNAKEFACE: John Garside
LLOYD: Colin Fleming
CREATED BY: James Sharp & Ryan Shaw
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING: Max Repka
CREATOR DIRECTOR: Tom Riffel
WRITER DIRECTOR: Jonathan Hardesty
VOICE DIRECTORS: Tom Riffel, Gabe Carol-Dolci & Scott Simons
BACKGROUND DIRECTOR: Scott Simons
AUDIO DIRECTOR: Max Repka
CREATED BY: Scott Simons & James Sharp
DIRECTED BY: Jason Margos
SOUND EFFECTS, MUSIC, AND MIX BY: Max Repka
Like I mentioned earlier, animated content is a bit of an interest of mine. Having something like this come together is really exciting and I’m anxious to see where it is all headed! If you liked anything from what you saw above, give your support by subscribing to the Toonocracy Youtube channel, “liking” it on Facebook, and circling the hell out of it on Google Plus. Spread the word, folks! Toonocracy is upon you!