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Lennononandonandon

Last week BBC Comedy asked me to animate to a rap by the very clever Dan Bull to commemorate John Lennon’s 70th Birthday and a blue plaque unveiling. After working out how to avoid some massive copyright litigation parties, I smashed it out in about 3 days.

All animated and prettified in Flash.

Dan crams in as many John Lennon/Beatles songs and albums into the narrative as possible. So as big Beatles fans it was fun to geek out all over this baby, and of course I managed to shoehorn in a bit of nudity and a scat-laugh.

There’s always something you could alter, but we’re pretty chuffed with how it turned out with the small amount of time we had. Here’s the original BBC website link.

*Update* Ooh, and apparently we were featured on the BBC homepage too. Zing!

The Secret Identity of Santa Claus

Unwanted husband and father, Paul Slater is a check out assistant in Tesco. But Paul leads a secret double life… He is… Santa Claus!… in the Tesco Christmas Grotto Mega Value Clearance section.

Like the awkward time when you watched a loved one dissapointedly unwrap your present bought on a shoestring budget, I would have liked to have offered you a slightly bigger, more raunchy present, but time’s been tight lately. Where’s the sherry. Sherry will dull this guilt.
Trivia: I wrote this when I was 13. Gadzooks! 10 years ago! In the ’90s! Jesus. Here’s the original sketch while I go and spin out in the corner.
Circa 1999

Christmas Card Animation For Go’Proces:

Danish company Go’Proces: came to me with a script for an animated Christmas card. So I made one. It’s only occurred to me recently that Scandinavians have a particular sense of humour. Like the sort of joke that doesn’t have a punchline… or a joke. Just a big vast dark cold landscape of subtlety. I like!

As their friend base is exclusively Danish they decided not to go for subtitles, so good luck working out what they’re saying! Let me know what you think they’re saying so I can laugh at/with you.
Lastly, big up to long suffering Amy Commander for doing the voice of 6 characters – possibly even a man’s voice too with help from my computer.
P.S. Seems there’s some audio sync problems with this uploaded version.

Trick – Another Halloween Short

Here’s a Halloween short Louis did the animation for quite a while back for Will Rot. Probably best not show your kids this one – not the last 20 seconds in any case. Make that 30 seconds, sorry eyes.

TRICK from HELTER SKELTER PICTURES on Vimeo.

How Not To Be Halloween Fabulous

Here’s a Halloween animated greeting card for y’all that I knocked up!

Seeing as statistically 67% of all males between 16 and 45 will be dressing up as Michael Jackson this Halloween (science doesn’t lie people) here’s a audio-visual forewarning entitled How Not To Be Halloween Fabulous, or How I Learnt to Stop Caring and Started Dressing as Michael Jackson


For some real advice on HOW to be Halloween Fabulous read Ian’s sage words of advice.

Are you… Bored Stiff?

May we introduce our sticky new born, ‘Bored Stiff’. Here’s what it has to say for itself:

Dr. Nick Deadly gets bored and takes time out to work on an extra-curricula project. Plus, there was queue for the toilet.

They said, ‘It couldn’t be done!’… well more, ‘I don’t want to do it!’. But one digital pen, 3 dogs lives and lawsuit later I had proved them wrong. If you’re interested… Excuse me. Yep. Hi… here’s the original scribbles I did on a tiny scrap of paper a few years ago. The words are me trying to give it a title. 

It Came in Peace Wins Showdown

At the end of Friday the votes were counted and we won, meaning we now earn revenue when you watch ‘It Came In Peace’.