Today I was asked to make a demonstration of animation principles using a flipbook. Naturally, I made a ball bouncing across some post-it notes.
Then I went ahead and made a toilet.
-Goro “flushed from the bathroom of your heart” Saurus
Once upon a time..
I wanted to come up with my own cartoon character. I was a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I watched Saturday morning cartoons for hours, and I knew that I loved to draw. So what did I do? I just went ahead and created a character!
His name was originally Fred D. Frog, then it was promptly changed to Frank D. Frog. The year was 1996. The original design had four legs, a design feature that I was forced to give up when I wanted to give this frog full reign of human motion in the year 2000 and beyond.
Frank became the character that I would use for just about anything. His nemesis was a fly named ‘Flybo,’ and so, of course, I quickly developed a movie starring the two called Lock ‘n Load on Microsoft 3D Movie Maker. With the smash success of Lock ‘n Load, a sequel was quickly in the works. Lock ‘n Load was released in 1999. Lock ‘n Load II was finally released in 2004, though not as the movie I originally intended. Somewhere along the way I actually realized that Lock ‘n Toad was a much, much better title.
Although it was totally a “backronym,” Frank D. Frog’s name again changed to ‘Toad the Frog.’ His nemesis took the name “Lock,” because I totally wasn’t just making this stuff up as I went (you believe me, right?). These were the golden years for Fred/Frank/Toad. He ended up starring in a number of animated movies, including the critical success known as REDUX. Yes, life was good for the green guy! However, despite my hardest efforts.. Lock ‘n Toad, as a movie, never got made. That’s not to say that Toad has been sitting idly by, however!
Earlier in 2015 I decided to give Toad a little makeover. If I was ever going to use this character again, he’d need to be believable as a frog. As much as I loved my childhood’s most iconic character, I knew that he had to actually LOOK like a frog to have any practical use. With that, I also decided to update his name one more time. Toad the Frog was humorous to me as a 20 year old.. but not so much any more. I also took Tobias back to his roots: a more amphibian style with four legs and a more natural color scheme.
That’s all for now! What do you think about the strange and tumultuous life of Tobias D. Frog?