Saturday, July 25, 2009

FRIDAY FEATURE! (belated)


Sorry guys, I didn't get home until 8pm last night and totally forgot about Friday Feature, so it's a little late. On the plus side, I should be uploading some sketchdumps today/tomorrow!



FRIDAY, JULY 24th, 2009 YOUTUBE FEATURE:

"SIMON'S CAT"

This is a fairly popular set of videos that I'm sure many people have seen before, but a BRAND NEW short was just uploaded yesterday, so I will honor that.

"Simon's Cat" is a series of animated shorts by Simon Tofield of London, UK. The shorts feature... well, Simon's cat (who doesn't seem to have a name but it seems to be better that way) as he (or she) encounters problems and situations very relevant to the world of the feline, all concluding with the heavy hinting of getting fed.

"Simon's Cat" premiered on YouTube in March of 2008 with the short, "Cat Man Do", in which "a hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to wake its sleeping owner":



What I think makes "Simon's Cat" so appealing to its audience is a) its simple graphical quality (black lines on a white background), b) the accuracy of the animation (the cat moves and bears the characteristics and mannerisms of an actual cat), and c) the accuracy of story. Cat owners (and everyone who has ever observed a cat, really) can watch these shorts and say, "wow, my cat does that too!"

Now I, being more of a dog person, was especially delighted when the short "Simon's Sister's Dog" came out:



I think that particular short was a one-shot deal, but it was very entertaining and really hit home as far as canines are concerned.

"Simon's Cat" only has four episodes thusfar, but it is already an immensely popular series and I'm sure there are more on the way. Here is the newest episode, "Fly Guy', for those who have not seen it:



Enjoy! Until next week!

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