“Fuddles” Book Trailer by Frans Vischer

Simon’s cat move over; there’s a new animated cat in town. Veteran animator Frans Vischer, currently working at Disney, animated this charming trailer for a book he wrote and illustrated called Fuddles. It’ll be released in May by Simon & Schuster. Until then, you can watch this trailer over and over, and sulk about how much you miss that good old traditional animation.


  • Sun

    That just gave me shivers – so wonderfully endearing!

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    The animation is pretty good but really it’s the music which sells this.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    Lovely. Also, seriously diggin’ how more and more books are being promoted via short animation.

  • Mark

    That music is OK, but it’s Frans’s brilliant character animation which sells this.

  • Wilbert

    The music and animation are both brilliant and it is Frans who is selling his book.

  • pheslaki

    It’s very cute, but why do you feel the need to dump on Simon’s cat? That’s a great little cartoon. It IS possible to promote one thing without denigrating another.

    • http://www.jeff-pert.com Jeff P

      Since when does “Move over” mean dumping on? The statement merely means that Simon’s cat should make room for a new kid in town, not that Simon’s cat sucks. I can’t believe the things people pounce on (pun intended) to complain about.

  • Carolyn Bates

    That put a big smile on my face. The animation is so charming – you’ve sold me. I want the book!

  • http://storyfanatic.com Jim

    Yeah for 2D animation! Boo for the 21st century.

  • http://www.sibsy.blogspot.com Sibsy

    beee-yeuuuutiful.

  • d. harry

    Very very nice! Since he is working for Disney, he’s lucky they are not staking claim to this like they would have in the past. I hope he gets this going, it would be a breath of fresh air!

  • http://www.enigmation.de slowtiger

    It’s cute, it’s animated perfectly – but I still prefer Simon’s cat.

    OK, it’s a bit unfair to compare 22 sec of Fuddles with 5 complete shorts of Simon’s cat. Judging from just watching this once, I’d say Fuddles is the nice cat stealing old ladies’ hearts – whereas Simon’s cat would steal something edible, and snicker at you. Simon’s cat does much more thinking, which gives him more personality. And Fuddles’ old-fashioned design is nice and cuddly, but Simon’s cat’s more abstract design is more interesting (to me) and allows for more human-like movements.

    Now what would happen if these two meet in the same film…?

  • http://www.ailhadoceu.com.br Ceu D’Ellia

    Charming

  • N. W. Smith

    Chuck Jones would be so proud!

    (And I mean that in a VERY positive way.)

  • Burkiss

    Too many holds.

  • KENNY THOMPKINS

    Franz, You had me at the first drawing.

  • Jessica Britton

    Very well done, great animation and the music is perfect for it! Is it just me, or does this remind anyone else of a cat called Dodsworth in a Warner Brothers cartoon?

  • Tony C

    I really wish I could like this. But technically brilliant as it is… there’s little character to it.

  • Jay Sabicer

    I can almost hear Sheldon Leonard’s voice coming from him when I saw him lounging on his Chaise with the fish.
    “One of these days I’m going havta buy me a mousetrap.”
    Very graceful animation of a cat that needs Weight Watchers, now!

  • http://www.jeff-pert.com Jeff P

    Phelaski, since when does “Move over” mean dumping on? The statement merely means that Simon’s cat should make room for a new kid in town, not that Simon’s cat sucks. I can’t believe the things people pounce on (pun intended) to complain about.

  • http://hand-drawn-animation.blogspot.com/ David Nethery

    Love this. I saw some artwork from the book when I briefly visited with Frans at the Disney studio back in November (when I was in Burbank for CTN) . Looked great and he mentioned that on his off-hours he was animating a promotional trailer for the book . I’m thrilled to see how nice the animated promo turned out. I’m definitely buying the book.

    (btw, contrary to a few comments up above , to my eyes this is wonderful character animation and among other things demonstrates a masterful understanding of the appropriate use of holds. )

  • julian

    Bravo Frans and many blessings to you on your new venture :)