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Jan 29

Oldie but Goodie

Category: Animation

I worked with Richard Williams on this animation. It was great experience. The goal of the project was to animate one of my cartoons, making it come alive out of the newspaper. I created character drawing of the major players along with the Opening sequence and a few key drawings. Richard and his animators had some fun with this one. Note in the opening art… in the audience at Parliament, there are sheep and Mickey mouse sitting in the balcony, and in the backbenchers there are portraits of me and a couple of the creatives from the Ad agency that managed the project. A part that Richard particularly enjoyed was the transition of Neil Kinnock (the then leader of the Labour Party on the right) from a devil to an angel, look carefully you will notice he disappears up his own rear end.
As I recall, It took us three months to complete the project. By the time the commercial was ready, the Today newspaper was low on cash and could not afford to give it a nationwide release in the UK. Instead it was aired on local stations (not in London). Still when I visited Richard on a later occaision, he told me it had won two animation awards ( I don’t know which… any info here would be welcome)…. ┬áKevin KAL Kallaugher, www.kaltoons.com

I just came across on the web this delightful blast from the past.

This was a televison commercial I worked on in 1987 with Richard Williams, one of the all time great legends of animation.

It was great experience. I had been hired to be the cartoonist at a brand new UK newspaper called TODAY.The goal of the commercial was to use my cartoons to promote the newspaper.

I worked closely with Richard on the early part of the project. I created character drawings of the major players along with the opening sequence plus a few key drawings. Richard and his animators then took the project and ran with it.

There are some funny little tidbits in the film. In the opening art (it is very difficult to see in this low quality video)… in the audience at Parliament, there are sheep and Mickey mouse sitting in the balcony. Also, among the backbenchers are caricatures of me and a couple of the creatives from the Ad agency that managed the project.

A part that Richard particularly enjoyed was the transition of Neil Kinnock (the then leader of the Labour Party on the right) from a devil to an angel. Look carefully, you will notice he disappears up his own rear end.

As I recall, It took us three months to complete the project with hundreds of drawings used to create the animation. By the time the commercial was ready, the Today newspaper was low on cash and could not afford to give it a nationwide release in the UK. Instead it was aired on local stations (not in London). Still when I visited Richard on a later occasion, he told me it had won two animation awards ( I don’t know which… any info here would be welcome)….

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  1. Matthew Buck January 29th, 2012 1:02 pm

    Hi Kevin,
    Good to see this. We’ll give it some air on the Bloghorn.
    All best,
    Matt
    Bloghorn for UK Professional Cartoonists’ organisation

  2. Ed February 10th, 2012 4:04 pm

    Brilliant Kal.
    Also brings back good memories of your great caricatures of Reagan, Gorbachev, Thatcher and Kinnock in the Economist during that time.

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