Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Jiggs and Maggie Comic

 In 1913 George McManus introduced Jiggs and Maggie. It was an instant hit. Probably because people could relate to the characters.

Jiggs became an instant millionaire when he won a sweepstake. He would rather hang with his old friends and keep his lifestyle the same but his wife, Maggie, has other ideas. She wants to become upper class and wants Jiggs to do the same.

That's the gist of this comic and it makes for some very funny comic strips. They were also featured in Sunday comics and comic books.

The cartoon, while meant to be funny, also shows the conflict between different social classes. Jiggs would rather go to the bar and sit around drinking with his friends. Maggie tries meeting women who are socially high up.

Quite a contrast.

The hilarity, in part, is watching Jiggs try to escape the constant nagging by hiding out at the bar with his friends. How do think that works out for him?

By the way, this comic was also called "bringing Up Father."

I found this piece of information as I was doing some research on these characters:

"A surrealistic running gag throughout the strip, always removed from the main action of the story, involved hanging wall paintings that "come to life", with subjects often "breaking the fourth wall", escaping the confines of the picture frames, or changing position from panel to panel within the same strip. None of the nominal stars of the strip ever seemed to notice the animated figures, or anything unusual happening on the walls in the background directly behind them."

Honestly I never noticed that so I plan to check some of the strips to see this. That would be unique.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Stickman Dancing On Top of TV #shorts

This stickman is having a blast dancing on top of the television. I used Cartoon Animator 4 Pro to make this video. I didn't make this stickman. They have a marketplace and I purchased it.

I've got other stickmen as well, some I created and some I bought. My plan is to make more cartoon videos using these stick figures as it seems they are still very much liked with Youtube viewers.

I'm curious as to what you would like to see. Would you like to see more stick figures on this site or would classic comic pages be of more interest? 

I also have some characters on the order of South Park and am considering featuring them more. Maybe mixing stick figures into the mix with them.

Stick around for the new year and I'll build this site up for you.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Mona Lisa Hoarding Toilet Paper?

Is Mona Lisa Hoarding Toilet Paper? She says she's not but looking at her sitting there with the supplies in her hand makes me wonder. Her sarcasm doesn't do anything to make us want to say she's innocent.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Coronavirus Blind Dating - Cartoon Animator 4

Do you wonder what dating might be like right now during the coronavirus social distancing order? I thought it might be fun to take a look at a blind date.

I was thinking about this the other day and wondering how online dating apps are doing. How do people get together now? What about dating? There seems to be a lot of restrictions as to what is allowed to be open and the rules the places that are open need to follow.

I know a lot of it depends on what state you live in. I thought it would be funny to make a little cartoon video about this. It's on the order of one I did about hoarders during this crisis.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Testing Using Animation with Live Video Background - Cartoon Animator 4 Pro

I'm experimenting with using live video in the background and adding animations to it. I think it came out decent for the first attempt? I'm using Cartoon Animator 4 Pro.

I got the video from Pixabay and used it as the background. I wanted the character to enter the water and look like he was caught in the current and dragged down the river.

It needs some work but it was my first attempt. The trick is to use the video background and go through the frames and make certain the animated characters are flowing smoothly. As you can imagine this takes a lot of time.

But it's fun. :-)

Garrys Mod Quick Tip Taking a Screenshot & Finding It Narrated

This might help you if you use Garrys Mod for animating.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Clutch Cargo Twaddle In Africa - Complete Episode

An old time classic cartoon I wanted to bring to you. This is a public domain cartoon.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus Hoarders - STOP IT!

I was so mad when I came back from the store with no bread, buns or potatoes because of the coronavirus hoarders that I vented with this video. Really it's just to try to bring a little humor into the situation, but I know when I was at the store unable to get what I wanted, people were walking around complaining about the hoarders.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Ruff and Reddy Classic Comic

Ruff and Reddy was a comical dog and cat combo. They had some funny adventures and a TV series as well as their own comic book.

The "buddy" comic series had worked well with Tom and Jerry but this cartoon took a different approach. While Tom and Jerry were adversaries, Ruff and Reddy were best friends. This used to be one of my favorite cartoons on TV.

The comic book pages are in color but there is an opening page in black and white. 

The stories in the comics were simple but perfect for young kids. No complicated plots. A dog and a cat as the main characters appealed to the young ones. The fact that they got along together and were best friends was in stark contrast to Tom and Jerry. Although, as we all know, Tom and Jerry were basically friends.

Ruff and Reddy is cartoons the way they were meant to be.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

How to Make a Character Hover in Muvizu

Muvizu is a pretty cool animation program with built in characters and actions. This is a little tutorial in how to hover.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Cartoon Shorts - Strange Things - Cartoon Animator 4 Pro

My new Cartoon Shorts series. These can and will be about pretty much anything I come up with. Hope you enjoy.