Musical Man

Hey everybody! I’m starting my last year as a grad student at the Columbus College of Art & Design and I’m going to be working on a pilot for a potential animated TV series called Musical Man. It’s a superhero parody in which a rubber-suited musical vigilante will fight supervillains that represent different music genres (heavy metal, electropop, polka, etc.) He is aided by his perpetually-exhausted secretary Myrtle and his musical note sidekick Tchaikovsky (who speaks entirely in piano notes). In the short, Musical Man will repeatedly try and fail to defeat the villains by using their own musical genres against them. Only when he recalls what made him like music in the first place – playing a kazoo as a child – does he find his own voice and take them down. Here are some of the designs:

I haven’t started animating yet, but I’m currently working on the outline and storyboards. In addition to this, I’m going to be continuing on my Cartoon Remakes web-series that I’ve been creating the past year (where I made parodies of The Shawshank Redemption and Fifty Shades of Grey). This semester I’m going to be parodying Star Wars: cartoon versions of C3PO and R2D2 are going to be trying to catch Darth Mouse, a troublesome rodent in a black helmet who is the last member of the Galactic Empire on board a ship that the Rebels took over.

I’m going to make this film shorter than my previous films, both because I’m going to have to balance animating the film with animating the longer Musical Man project, and also because the major feedback I’ve received about the others is that they are somewhat lengthy for internet videos (people are more likely to click on a funny video that is two or three minutes than commit to a seven minute cartoon). So… we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, here’s a school-related cartoon to finish things off:

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