Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Whole Lottie Love!

Launch of the Jeanette Crizzle Trust went splendidly well on Monday. It was well attended by the press, politicians and public, so here's now hoping that the momentum continues and the Government push forward with their awareness/education programme on organ, blood and bone marrow donations. It occured to me on the day that as Patron of the Trust there was an even bigger synergy between this worthy cause and the thing I do that passes for a day job - Frankenstein's Cat, made of various body parts, and charities championing organ donation. A match made in heaven. If you can call by the website and give just a couple of minutes of your time to fill in the questionairre (quite painless and the information you give will certainly lead to helping saving lives) I and the Trust would really appreciate it.
In order to make FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT appeal to as wide a demographic as possible, we cleverly (at least I think we cleverly) introduced a female lead into the show, Lottie, the only girl in the village. If that sounds a little Little Britain then thats just fine, if a little parochial! So, while Nine doesn't fit in with the other Frankenpets (pictured below) because they're female, Lottie doesn't fit in with all the other kids at school because they're boys. It just so happens that she's better at all "boy activities" than the boys, but lack of that pesky all important "Y" chromosome means she's never going to be accepted.
So, in a very light and cartoony way we're touching upon bigotry with the show, albeit in an unnoticeable sublmininal knockabout comedy way. Hopefully.
The Frankenpets you see below are the original "male" version, Hyde the Hamster and Igor the Budgerigar. With the sex change came a name change - Heidi and Egora, which both work just fine for the show, still in keeping with Oddsburg.

18 comments:

Niel Bushnell said...

Synergy. You used 'synergy'. Shame on you. You're lucky you were helping out a charity or I would have had to kill you slowly.

Jo Bling said...

What's wrong with synergy? Don't they have words like that in Hartlepool, home to the proud tradition of hanging monkeys as french spies???

I bet you'd rather I wrote "gorra lot in common", eh? ;-)

Get back to your primate lynching beach bunker!

Belf said...

These characters are great mate, the show looks great!

Have you still got any Franks Cat books knocking about? If you have can you bring one next week for me to pur-chase?

Oh, and what day is your talk?

M.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I do love that Hamster character !!

paulhd said...

You and Richard Gere both Andrew:)
It is pretty cool though!

Tim Bye said...

I love these characters! You have a really great bold style - fantastic stuff!

Niel Bushnell said...

Synergy is one of those 'bullshit bingo' words - google it to see what I mean.

Got to go, a crate full of primates just washed ashore! No sleep tonight for me.

Jo Bling said...

Bushy - "The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects." What's wrong with that? Eeee, you're like my dad, you! Now if I'd said something like "incentivize" I'd agree with you...

Belf - I'm all out of the Cat books, alas, fella. I may have other picture books with me though, like SKELETON IN THE CLOSET. My talk is on the friday morning.

Glazey and Paul - enough with the Hamster-loving!!!

Tim - thanks for calling in kind sir :-)

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Isn't Lottie based on Katy (aka: Mrs C)?

Todd Harris said...

Great job on these. Seems like it's clever to me. great characters and design.

Something said...

"Lottie, the only girl in the village"
lol If it wasn't a cartoon, then the village would be in big trouble as people started getting older and the population started to shrink.

Lucho said...

NICE BIRD!!!

Jo Bling said...

INJun, she is indeed, with a bit of my twin sister Karen thrown in for good measure. It's all in the glasses :-) She's actually changed along the way now into something that looks a touch older - it was decided the bunches aged her down.

Todd - thanks sir as ever

Something - "The only girl in the village" is a parochial joke from a UK comedy show, Little Britain. Only it's not a "girl" in the case of that show... :-D

Lucho - cheers mister, she's a beautiful hybrid aint she?

Mrs Thistletwat said...

The two pets remind me of the 'Big Knights', excellent stuff!

Anonymous said...

that hamster has great eyebrows!!!

Bristol Andy

Adrian Ropp said...

I love these designs!

Jo Bling said...

Mrs Thistletwat - what an amusing moniker, that's straight out of Avenue Q surely! :-D Big Knights was a great animation, wonderfully cast too

Andy - they're Marx-esque

Adrian - thanks for compliment, matey

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