Monday, January 2, 2012

From Ballet to Polka - UPDATED

Not too long after releasing Sumo Lake, I got an e-mail from my mate Ron Diamond asking me if I'd like to participate in an animation collaboration to accompany Weird Al Yankovic's  "Polka Face", his latest medley of polka-fied pop tunes. The medleys have always been my favourite work of Mr. Yankovic since I heard him belt out "Rock the Casbah" on his squeezebox more than a quarter century ago. Of course I said "Heck, yeah!"

It was what we call in the trade an open brief, meaning "do whatever ya want". The medley was composed of 17 or so different song segments and it was first in, first dibs from those of us interested from Ron's big phone book of animators.

As Sumo Lake had rekindled my near-dead interest in animating, I wanted to use this re-discovered joyously scribbly style and, like Sumo Lake, draw something that would be self-indulgently fun rather than having to work hard doing a caricature of a pop artist I didn't know*. I also grabbed one of the shorter segments, mindful of how much pencil mileage had to be clocked up against a tight deadline.

You can look and listen to Al's whole medley** or cut to the chase and see my full 12 seconds right here.

* [ I animated to "Down" originally by Jay Sean. Never heard of him, or his contribution to the culture of the 21st century. Sure he'd say the same about me.]

 ** [ Youtube comments would suggest audiences are more literal minded than I would have expected, or maybe just very particular about representations of livestock.]

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