As promised, I have finally completed a paper cutout stop motion animation for my Willard character. It was a collaborative project between myself and good friend/filmmaker Ryan Murphy, without whom this idea may have never even come into fruition. It also features my own original music, some of which can be found on my myspace music page.
Basic plot summary: a mysterious hand cuts open Willard’s head, chaos ensues as dragons, strange blue balls, devil heads, and obscure shapes spill out uncontrollably, while the clouds behind flicker into different colours against the pink sky. suddenly Jason pops out, but not a moment passes before himself, Willard, and all inhabitants of this strange world are flooded by massive blue waves, transporting Jason into a dark and lonely undersea abyss.
Jason successfully avoids a number of odd creatures (including a strange lampfish, long-faced goldfish, and a curiously androgynous ocean floor dweller known simply as Edgar), but meets a bitter end when.. well, you’ll have to find out.
I want to quickly include that while this was originally inspired by the Hey! Arnold short animation mentioned in a previous post, the youtube community has compared it stylistically to The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film and Terry Gilliam‘s animated Monty Python stuff. Both of which are incredibly awesome.
So go watch it!