Friday, December 2, 2011

Shatner, Stewart, and Seth

This one is for Dad, the English Professor, and lover of Science Fiction.

I got into Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG) when I was ten. My best friend and her brother were really into it, and I didn't take any interest until my Father told me that he liked Star Trek: The Original Series (ST:TOS). However, he mentioned that he only enjoyed the episodes which were written by science fiction novelists. Dad had no interest in the "Cowboy Planet" or the "Nazi Planet". Dad swore up and down that the series took a massive nose dive when Roddenberry insisted on doing the writing himself.

When I decided to jump into the Star Trek pool, The Next Generation was going into it's last season. Which was bitter sweet for me because I could still watch new episodes, and catch the old ones on reruns; but, the series was coming to an end. Luckily for me, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) and Star Trek: Voyager (Voyager) were on the horizon, so I could enjoy those from the beginning.

Dad would pretend to sleep in his Lay-Z-Boy while I would watch the various Star Trek series. He would occasionally interject such things as, "Oh, how does it feel to kiss latex?", and "Look at that guy!. He looks as though he ran into a paint shelf". My Mom would tell him to stop making fun of the things I was watching. However, every once in a while he would see an episode he really liked. I remember we were watching "Deja Q", and it was the first episode Dad had ever seen Q (who was, and still is my favorite character aside from Data); of Q he said, "Now, that is a brilliant character".

My Father was very particular about what he watched, and he would fall asleep often, in protest, if he didn't enjoy what the rest of the family was watching. Well, he's gone now, and I miss him. My love of Star Trek carries on and whenever I watch any of the series now, I think of my Dad, in his Lay-Z-Boy, poking fun and occasionally enjoying what we were watching.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dorothy and Toto
Family Guy

Glinda The Good Witch of the North
American Dad

The Wicked Witch of the East
Family Guy

The Tin Man
American Dad

The Wicked Witch of the West
Family Guy

Guard of The Wicked Witch of the West and her Main Monkey
Family Guy

The Cowardly Lion
The Cleveland Show

The Coroner & Munchkin Soldier
American Dad

The Wizard
Family Guy

The Lullaby League Pt. 2
American Dad

The Lullaby League Pt. 1
American Dad

The Lollipop Guild
The Cleveland Show

The Seth MacFarlane "Wizard of Oz"

Hello Animation Friends,

A few months ago, I decided to embark on an after work project that I am calling, "The Macfarlane Wizard of Oz". Here's the story which inspired the artwork:

When I was little, my parents were very strict with what I was and was not allowed to watch on television or for movies. "The Wizard of Oz" was the first live action film they permitted me to view. For the next couple years all I wanted to do was be Dorothy. One day, I asked my Mom if I could dress up as Dorothy and go to school (it wasn't even Halloween), and she allowed it. Mom did my hair in pig tails, I wore a pair of crazy red shoes, and a pretty baby blue dress ~ I was in Heaven.

Unfortunately, my elementary school years were very unkind to me. I was bullied constantly, and I think that a part of my attraction to the film was that I found comfort in one of it's messages: Somewhere over the rainbow, things were better.

Now, the rainbow has come, and I have a fulfilling career which has been very rewarding.

After having been in the animation industry for almost seven years, I have worked on more than my fair share of children's content. Most of my friends have always had an admiration of Feature Animation. Not only is Feature Animation usually rated "G", but it tends to be well executed in both story and animation. Most of the people I've worked with despise Seth MacFarlane and all of his creations. However, after a long day at work ensuring that the characters are safely tucked in with their seat belts securely fastened, it leaves me yearning for adult humor. Presto!. "American Dad" and "Family Guy" meet, "The Wizard of Oz".

The little girl is all grown up, and has returned to Oz. Never before have I ever felt compelled to execute a project of this magnitude.

What you are about to see is not approved by the creator(s) of Family Guy, American Dad, or the Cleveland show; nor, do I work for Fox Television Animation. Please regard the following as: "Fun Art". Enjoy.