The Dirdy Birdy Redux by John R. Dilworth

Official online premiere of John R. Dilworth’s 1994 underground classic re-edited to restore over one minute of never seen footage. Learn the deep dark secret of abnormal bird behavior! Also included an exclusive introduction by Dilly himself. This version is the 20th Anniversary re-issue that screened in over 50 film festivals around the world.

Editing by William Hohauser, as well as the special animation in the introduction.

Narina Sokolova

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Narina Sokolova
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmm. Never really had a crazy job, worked as an art teacher in art school, if you can call dealing with 20 kids and make them draw crazy..
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
one of my very first animations jobs, Jonny Bravo(Hanna Barbera), was an awesome show! Rugrats (Klasky Gsupo) was a great one.My Gym partners is Monkey(Cartoon Network) . Most recently 1st season of the Looney tunes show was rally great gig, and turned out fantastic !..I mean i am really proud of most of projects i was on .. Got a chance to work with some incredibly talented people.
How did you become interested in animation?
Was always fascinated by animation. Just a magic seeing images come to life and tell a story through pictures… 🙂 And of course some animated films are such an amazing pieces of art ,It moves you in so many levels .  I always thought it is the future of visual arts, but now Continue reading

Coming Soon | Powerpuff Girls | Cartoon Network

What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Powerpuff Girls! Coming soon to Cartoon Network.

Bunnicula Mumkey Business Episode Clip

After Chester has had enough of Bunnicula’s supernatural hijinx, he decides to lock the rabbit back in the cellar crypt he came from. But when he takes Mina’s key, he unknowingly releases a second dangerous force into the apartments, in the form of a mummified monkey!

Incidentally here’s what I believe to be the original cartoon which is from a children’s book.

Noel Saabye

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What is your name and your current occupation?

My name is Noel Saabye and I’m currently the Owner/ Art Director of my own business ( Clown Pirate Productions, LLC). I specialize in 2D Animation (traditional & Flash), as well as Cartoon Illustration. I occasionally tackle some web design, and social media for local small businesses and I’ve recently started to learn to tattoo!

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?

Hands down, the strangest job I’ve ever had was working at a Dental Lab. They had me doing metal finishing on crowns and bridges prior to them getting the porcelain finish. I have no idea why 19 year old me was trusted to make your teeth.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?

Although the show wasn’t the most popular, I will always look back on HISTERIA! from Kids WB as being the “Big One”. The characters were a lot of fun to work on. My second would be Directing Edd hosting Cartoon Cartoon Fridays for Cartoon Network. I also have several games on that I’m really proud of including TKO and Magnet Face.

How did you become interested in animation?

I’m the son of a high school art teacher, so I’ve been drawing all my life. Oddly enough, my mom had given me The Illusion of Life as a birthday gift when I was in Jr. High and I never really thought much of it other than it had cool pictures. It wasn’t until after high school that I started trying out different art related jobs and found an opportunity to learn animation.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?

I’m a native Minnesotan. Back in the early 90s I was invited to attend a monthly meeting of comic and animation artists. Each month I would make it a point to learn something from someone new. My eagerness caught the attention of someone who had introduced me to an animator who was starting his own studio. I became his apprentice/ intern and the rest is history.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?

The majority of my day is spent working on the particular project I may have on my desk, but I also incorporate an hour or two keeping up with my networking on various sites and replying to potential clients. In the case that I’m between projects, I’m probably working on personal art which I sell at conventions or spending time at the tattoo shop.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?

My favorite part of the day is when you hit “the zone” and you’re just drawing as if there’s nothing else around you. I feel that’s when I do my best work.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?

Letting down would-be clients that don’t understand the cost of creative work. At this stage, I would often times really like to work on projects that people come to me with, but I just can’t pay my bills with barters, or portfolio pieces.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?

My weapons of choice are… Sketchook Pro and my Cintiq. From there I will use Photoshop, Illustrator or Flash.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?

Staying in the business! If you don’t have a full time gig, you’re always networking and trying to secure that long-term project. I kind of like the challenge, but it can be difficult at times.

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?

I’ve had the privilege to not only meet, but work with many great animators. Some of which were big inspirations to me including Star Toons owner Jon McClenahan. Also, working at Cartoon Network I was able to meet many of the show creators including Maxwell Adams, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Danny Antonucci.

Describe a tough situation you had in life.

Freelancing is always unpredictable. If you’re not good with your money, you can find yourself it a sticky situation during the down time. It happens to all us. That’s when you learn to save your punch cards from the coffee shop.

Any side projects or you’re working on or hobbies you’d like to share details of?

I have a few game apps in various stages, I’m creating art to sell at various conventions and art festivals and I’m also starting to tattoo.


Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?

I have this amazing talent of making people believe I’m much younger that I am. Maybe it’s because I act immature or I don’t dress the part… maybe it’s just taking the animation thing to far and refusing to stop laughing at everything?


Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business? Draw, Draw, Draw! Draw your dog, your cat, a bird out the window… keep drawing. Stop with the Manga characters (unless you already live in Japan). Draw in different styles, and learn the old school methods of animation. I’ve seen too many portfolios from students that rely too much on flash and don’t understand the fundamentals of traditional animation. It’s not just knowing “how” but knowing “why”.

Awesome Inc & Bluetube Create New Adult Swim ID “Evolving Thoughts”

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Awesome Inc & Bluetube Create New Adult Swim ID “Evolving Thoughts”

“Evolving Thoughts” is a new Adult Swim ID sprung forth from the imaginations of Awesome Inc and featuring music and sound by Bluetube. The first in a series of three IDs by Awesome and Bluetube, the project is the result of the network’s ongoing call to creativity – one that encourages companies to artfully visualize the Adult Swim identity. “Evolving Thoughts” features morphing objects in a stream of consciousness dreamscape. Watch it here: Inc and Bluetube have helped shape the sights and sounds of many of Adult SwimÂ’s iconic and beloved pop culture offerings from Aqua Teen Hunger Force to Too Many Cooks. With a deep knowledge of Adult Swim and the giddy delight of kids in a candy store, they seized the opportunity to run wild and create these short branded moments.

The ID project involved the entire studio at Awesome Inc with everyone – from artists to producers – contributing to the development of a concept collection from which Adult Swim could choose. The selected finalists were then brought to vivid life by AwesomeÂ’s design and animation team. Music and sound are integral supporting characters in the surreal vignettes. BluetubeÂ’s Michael Kohler embraced the challenge of realizing the unexpected to enhance these unfolding mini narratives. With few restrictions, Kohler had creative liberty to play with style and convention, in order to produce original tracks that reflected each mood and genre.

The Adult Swim ID Project launched in 2012 with the goal to cut through typical TV clutter to create short pieces of content to give even more life to Adult Swim on-air. The network reached out to some of their favorite animators, artists and directors with the directive: make something fun. Since then the network has aired everything from live action kung-fu shorts, to pixel art, to stop motion, and more.


Network: Adult Swim

Directed by: Awesome Inc
Executive Producer: Ashley Kohler
Producer: Brandon Betts
Design Director: Craig Sheldon
Concept Art & Design: Mark McDonald
Lead 2D Animator: Mark McDonald
2D Animators: Aaron Miller, Jeff DiMaggio, Sketch MacQuinor
Lead Compositor: Craig Sheldon
Compositor: Yujin Kim

Original Music & Sound Design: Bluetube
Composer/Sound Designer/Mixer: Michael Kohler