Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day!

We’ve featured cartoons by Jim Sugrue before, but his one was whipped up in just eight days — in order to wish you a Happy Valentines Day.

  • sigh…hits a little too close to home for comfort…

    Oh well…Happy Valentine’s Day right back at ya!

  • Scarabim

    Really cute!

  • But that’s incest!

    Haha ignore me, that was awesome. Always enjoy Jims stuff! :D

  • awesome animation james!

  • Steve Sues

    This is basically a kid-friendly version of Don Hertzfeldt’s “Ah, L’Amour.” A guy goes through a series of failed propositions. There’s even the fat girl gag.

  • Jay Sabicer

    The little boy reminded me of the old Kenner bird, which scared the bejeezus outta me as a child. Otherwise, fairly indicative of my success in finding a valentine when I was little.

  • Smudge

    Great. Now I miss my older sister who lives halfway across the country (think I’ll send this to her).

    Thanks a lot Jerry. ;)

  • Marc Baker

    Very nice. I like how you gave this a ‘Looney Tunes’ feel with the poor kid searching for someone to be his valentine. Good job.

  • Aside from the really cool animation, the film delivers 2 concepts: it’s wrong to kiss a member of the same sex, and it’s wrong to kiss a fat girl. Don’t we really have nothing new to tell since 1928?

  • Chris B

    I thought it was a good little cartoon. I have seen Ah L’Amour and the concept may be the same , but both had a very different execution. Good job on both! :)

  • james madison

    Good stuff!

  • mickhyperion

    Beautifully executed. The designs, the drawings, all of it. Lots of appeal.

  • I always like to see what James cooks up. I always get such a kick out of his cartoons, & this is no exception.

  • Andrew gothicson

    I see that James has influence from Ren and Stimpy in this..(:

  • Made me smile; kudos to Jim for this :) I dig how liberated he is in pushing poses & expressions for max effect.

  • purin

    It was cute when he seemed to be looking at “me.”

    What does it mean, really, to be someone’s Valentine?

  • Lovely piece. And funny too. I’m sure there are people like me who can relate to that.

  • Awww, very nice! Great poses and animation.

  • Anthony C.

    Well done. The 8 day thing caught my eye the most.

    With all the tools we have available nowadays there’s no excuse for some of the animation that fills the airwaves. Combine the tools with a good animator and good AND fast animation is possible. I’ve got another independant project I’ve got to finish up by Mar. 10th so it’s always inspiring to be reminded of such.

    Was this done straight digital or did you clean up from paper animation?

  • Thank you all for you nice comments. Being single was my muse for this toon. Anthony, to answer your question, I did the entire cartoon digitally, but I did do rough key drawings in flash. Examples can be seen here http://jimgrue.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-valentoons-day.html