- Concept Development
- Character Designs
- Modeling characters and sets
- Sound Design & Effects
Lower Piddle is our own project being developed here in house. We are working on webisodes and a feature script including Kickstarter campaigns for both. This first sample was where it all began … who knows why!
We are separately working on a Kickstarter project for a series of webisodes and developed this second piece as part of that Kickstarter presentation. And we are currently developing a feature script, on which we are hoping to begin production early next year. Below is the animation we created as part of the webisodes Kickstarter.
LOWER PIDDLE is our own project a new animated series about an imaginary little English village. It’ll bring to the screen cheeky stories about the quirky characters who live there.
Lower Piddle will eventually be inhabited by about 30 characters. They’ll be colorful, quirky and endowed with those legendary British good looks. The first 5 are built, plus the first set, Sticky Pudding Lane, the main village street. Now we’ll start work on the other characters plus interior and exterior sets, for the Public Bar at the Fat Cow pub, the local Fish & Chippy, and of course Ollie and Micky’s quaint, albeit unkempt, cottages and others.
Bertie (left) and Nige (right) are local school horrors, who think it’s funny to set fire to a brown paper bag full of “fresh” dog poop on a doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run off, leaving the old crumbly who hobbles to the door, to stamp out the fire.
Sophia Bellamucca (center), moved from a small village in Italy to become the much-needed village car mechanic. She delights in “a-squeezing a-mora pow-a outa any mans machina I geta ma hands on.” Her timing was seemingly impeccable because since she opened SOPHIA’S LUBRICATION SERVICE, there’s been a plague of car problems with most needing parts tightened up, hand-adjusted and lubricated, sometimes as often as biweekly.
Ollie Crudfark (left) and Micky Mucklebutt (right) are fixtures at the local pub, when they aren’t at the garage getting their cars serviced. They’ve been friends since they first wet their underwear together at Lower Piddle Primary School and thereafter did everything together, until the day they both failed the college entrance exams together, which finally forced them onto separate career paths.
Ollie is now head chef at the local pig farm, cooking the swill to his own secret recipe, and making him legendary in pig circles especially following his publication in the Lower Piddle Medical Journal – “How pig-swill, applied twice-daily, cured my acne.”
Micky never did get a job, but has, since Sophia’s arrival, been hopeful that she’d notice him, fall in love with his ardent manliness, marry him, and they’d live happily ever after, “frolicking“ in what he describes as her “magical service bay.” Or he might win the lottery instead.
Stay tuned as we add and introduce more new characters.
But just to be clear, there is no intended similarity between our little animated world and those lovely villages which sit along the River Piddle in the West Country of England, in an area where I grew up. Nor to their wonderful inhabitants.
The first animation was our initial test for these characters and this look. It was inspired by the work of the late English cartoonist Giles, who always made the Brits a pretty ugly race. I grew up with the Giles Cartoon Annual each Christmas as the most enjoyable Christmas present of all. This series is my homage to Giles and his world.
Below are some of the early shots of Sticky Pudding Lane in Lower Piddle as well as a first test of three of the kid characters … Nige, Berti and Baby Grindle.