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PREVIEW: Slim Pickings Fat Chances

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It’s not often that I plug an animated short that isn’t finished yet, but I can’t resist this time. Slim Pickings Fat Chances is an almost-finished short by David de Rooij and Jelle Brunt from the Netherlands. The film makes no pretensions about being anything other than a funny cartoon (dialogue-less to boot), and it reminds me of a 1950s Tex Avery short in the best way possible. The timing is sharp and spot-on, the animation is funny, the characters are appealingly drawn, and the backgrounds have a delightful Paul Julian vibe. Usually, whenever artists try to capture the animation style of a bygone era, they fall short in some area or another and the effect is ruined. It’s rare when all the cogs are in place like this cartoon. It reaffirms my belief that there are superbly talented young artists working in animation today, and even when the mainstream industry doesn’t provide them opportunities, they create their own. The filmmakers have a production blog with concept art, animation tests, character designs and more. Keep an eye out for Slim Pickings Fat Chances when it hits the festival circuit later this year.

(PS: I found out about this short when David de Rooij won the caricature contest on the Brew a few weeks ago and told me about his film. A silver lining in a difficult situation.)

  • They really made it grand!

  • Congratulations to David en Jelle for finishing this master piece!

  • Congrats Daaf en Jelle! You worked so hard on this, especially the last few weeks, the end result is grand! Good timing and pacing, nice animation and great backgroundart. Simply one of the best and most impressive student films ever made.

  • mick

    good on ya lads

  • Great job on this cartoon. I really enjoyed every aspect of it!

  • Looks really fun!

  • I enjoyed the production blog with one small complaint — not enough video! Be sure and embed the short here if you get the chance. I’d love to see the finished product.

  • Mac

    Count me in as someone who wants to see this cartoon when it’s finished!

  • I visited the site. BEST example I’ve ever seen of “John K meets Warner Bros.”