The trouble with doing a personal film is they can take forever to do. Real work and real life have a way of eating time and energy from projects that you may want to do, and this short film is one I never thought would be stretched out over years. The short was fraught with troubles which made it easier to shelf and neglect. But technology progressed and I was able to solve some of the problems I couldn’t when I first started. One I’ve never quite fixed is the narration which was completely unusable. I tried rerecording many times and never could match the inflections and feel of the first tracks. After filtering the heck out of them, this is the end result.
I’ve always loved Wilhelm Busch and his quirky style. He reminds me of Edward Gorey to some degree but Busch pioneered some visual jokes which have become cliché standards in cartoons from the golden age of animation. I wrote about them in this earlier post: http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/2006/08/cartoon-inspiration.html
Here is my faithful adaptation of Wilhelm Busch’s Ice-Peter.