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“The Indescribable Nth” by Steve Moore

I was surprised to run across The Indescribable Nth, an odd curio from 1999 directed by Steve “Oscar” Moore and produced at Character Builders in Ohio. Moore, who lives in New Jersey nowadays, is also the director of Disney TV Animation’s Redux Riding Hood, a 1997 Oscar-nominated short that, as he notes on his site, “has since never aired on television, never been released on video or DVD, and has not been shown publicly since 1998.” One would assume there’s something seriously wrong with the film for it to be buried so unceremoniously, but its only crime is that it’s fairly funny and well made. Below is a clip from Redux Riding Hood.

  • Is that Michael “Kramer” Richards as the wolf?

    • amid

      Yep, you’re right about Richards. Mia Farrow and Fabio are also in this clip. And Garrison Keillor narrated the film.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        So many good talent, yet an film that was sadly neglected to the dusty vaults of time.

  • 2011 Adult

    You didn’t mention another extremely interesting little trivia for this.

    You know who owns and ran Character Builders?

    Jeff Smith, of BONE.

    • amid

      Smith had nothing to do with Character Builders when the film was made. It would make more sense to mention the people who actually owned the company at the time, and even that’s irrelevant to the post.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        Either way, I always felt kinda proud there was an animation studio in my home state.

  • Both of those were fantastic with great animation in them!

  • Kristjan

    ”’but its only crime is that it’s fairly funny and well made.”’ I think this explain everything why it hasn’t been released on DVD. Redux Riding Hood that is.

  • Nice work. I love the animation styles in both. Would be great to see all of the Redux Riding Hood.

    And I, personally, would love to find a store that had a snow globe of the Normandy invasion!

  • Clint

    Redux Riding Hood looks like it shows promise! I wish I could see all of it.

    • For the record, REDUX RIDING HOOD was written by my friend Dan O’Shannon (who also wrote and produced Bill Plympton’s THE FAN AND THE FLOWER) who is now an exec producer and writer of the best live action comedy on TV, MODERN FAMILY. Director Steve Moore is also the editor of the now-defunct, much-loved and highly recommended FLIP MAGAZINE http://www.flipanimation.net/

  • What a lovely short film that was! Great story telling and animation too!

    The Red Riding Hood clip looked great too, but I think I know why it’s no longer published…

  • Caitlin

    Whats with the two elbows on each arm the wolf has?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I kinda noticed the legs first before the elbows. That’s quite an interesting approach to bending the character’s limbs the way he design was approached.

  • Nick

    The AMPAS had a public screening of Redux Riding Hood as part of its “Great to be Nominated” series a few years ago.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      And that seems to be the ultimate fate to this one, relegated to an occasional screening somewhere in the world you might actually catch or find out you missed it later on. That’s why I kinda wished there had been a second “Disney Rarities” type release that focused on these later efforts.

  • Erik

    “he liked the way doris shook his dome” sexual innuendo anyone?

    • i think its not even innuendo, its a pretty straightforward implication

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I come to notice people see innuendo in anything, no matter show straight-forward it might be (perhaps a case of misunderstanding grammar).

  • Carolyn Bates

    They’re both funny gems, and I hope Steve directs more projects. His Indescribable Nth was a beautiful hand pressed book he created / published in collaboration with Al Holter. I’m lucky to own a signed Nth.

  • I really liked the Indescribable Nth. The redux clip looked decent, but it was too short to get a real feel for it.

  • Robert Reynolds

    I remember watching Redux on TV back in the mid-90s and thought it was great. I’m sorry that it hasn’t been released on DVD, as I’d love to see it again.

  • leslie hough

    Hey Amid:

    Thanks for bringing Nth out again. Steve did a fantastic job and everyone at Character Builders was proud to make it. It’s kind of weird- once you make a short film, it may get some attention at first, but after that it just kind of sits there and people forget about it. Big fan of Redux also.

  • For what reason was that short made for the Disney Channel? I never thought they had a short’s programme.

    • Robert Reynolds

      If I recall correctly, Redux was made for ABC. That’s where I remember seeing it in the 1990s.

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  • DVD

    So if a clip of redux is shown, Doesn’t that mean that one of you guys have the full short film in your hands right?

  • Thanks for posting this Amid, and for all the supportive comments. While I COULD post the entire Redux short (muahaha), I don’t think it would stay online very long, and I’d be left with the residual ire of Disney Studios. They were cool enough to let me make the short, and I believe eventually someone there will find a place for Redux (besides the vault). Hopefully sooner than they revived Oswald.

    As for The Nth, it would have never been completed if Leslie Hough had not brought it into Character Builders Studio. She and CB’s Jim Kammerud deserve a lot of credit.

    I’ve got a new short on the horizon, old school, fully animated 2d called “Chief, Your Butt’s on Fire!”, a cautionary tale about life in animation.

    Thanks again for the post!

  • Jeffrey Gray

    Were any other shorts in the Totally Twisted Fairy Tales series completed besides Redux Riding Hood?

    IMDB lists a Three Little Pigs short directed by Darrell Rooney (another site says it was written by Cartoon Dump’s own Frank Conniff). Was this ever actually completed, or was it cancelled?

    I’ve heard of a Jack and the Beanstalk one too – the Big Cartoon Database says it was cancelled/unproduced.

    I know Disney basically killed this series – it’s a shame that Disney is sitting on Redux, a cartoon that was nominated for an Oscar for cripe’s sakes…