Michael Jantze, former art director at ILM and former newspaper cartoonist (The Norm), has started animating cute little films
in flash with traditional animation and Adobe After Effects that have a nice UPA feel. At Your Service is the first in a series.
UPDATE: Recieved some further information about the Mr. Lux shorts direct from its lead animator:
My name is Kelly McNutt, lead animator for Jantze Studios.
It’s great to see that Mr. Lux found its way to Cartoon Brew! But allow me a quick note on how we produced the Mr. Lux shorts: we used a combination of traditional animation (scanned inks, no less) and Adobe After Effects, but no Flash. The individual hand-drawn animation segments were assembled and selectively augmented with AE animation for the sake of efficiency due to a very small production team and relatively short production schedule. The goal was to retain a traditional feel as much as possible and to capitalize on AE’s strengths and minimize its weaknesses by designing around them. I would point you to this other short we created using the same method, but with more traditional animation (as it was a far shorter production): Tech Tips with Boy Norm.
Also, we’ve just this week received word that Mr. Lux has been accepted for Cannes Short Film Corner, so we’re feeling rather enthusiastic these days.
(Thanks, Adam Perry)