The latest & greatest animated extravaganza from Blue Rocket and Beyond. Fanshaw and Crudnut are naughty, childish and stupid slugs from outer space, and they’re on an intergalatic mission to boldly (apparently) go where no idiotic slug has ever been before.
VSM recorded and edited the voice actors, then composed and produced original music for 52 television episodes, plus a feature length telemovie. Keep an eye out for it on your screens in 2017.
Fifty two episodes of cartoon madness? Sounds like our kind of gig. This show was a blast to work on. A bumble bee named Buzz Bumble and his best pal, a blowfly named Joe Blow, live in a cardboard box. Each night they stage a variety stunt musical show to an audience of bugs. Like all theatre productions, it’s an adventure that rarely goes to plan and Buzz Bumble struggles to keep the show on track and the theatre in one piece.
First, many days in the studio recording the actors speaking and singing their parts. Then editing, assembly, and hand off to the animatic team.
On the sound-design front, each area of the show’s cardboard box theatre was given its own dedicated reverb signature – there’s not a dry line of dialogue anywhere in the show. We also build a re-useable library of sonic mayhem – crashes, explosions, cannon blasts etc. which came in super handy toward the end of the schedule as things got tight (as they always do!)
Musically the show was a really fun mix of styles. There were live band tracks for the on-screen “leech band”, some short musical-theatre segments (which had to be composed and recorded prior to the animatic stage), a bunch of recurring character leitmotifs, and a whole lot of “Mickey mousing” under the more slapstick elements. The hope musically was to hit somewhere between homage and parody of the US “golden-age” animation shorts.
Very Serious Media recorded & edited a bunch of sound-effects elements for this ABC3 Television series companion website. This required close liaision with the web development team to ensure we provided material in the correct context & formats for the interactive nature of the site.
A 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional genie tale. The 26 half hour animated series is the story of Nina, a tween-age girl and her adventures with an impetuous digital genie who lives in Nina’s mobile phone.
Beneath the stylised aesthetics & heightened situations, this show dealt with human characters. So sonically, while the show certainly had its wacky, toony moments, it also had to be grounded in reality. Initially a lot of time was spent figuring out the background ambiences for the various locations – parks, the local mall, Nina’s neighbourhood street, the schoolyard, the juice bar etc.
Particular attention also had to be paid to Pixel Pinkie’s movements – having her float around on a trail of pixels looked cool, but every movement had to be accompanied by twinkly/sparkly sounds to give the character some weight.
Pixel Pinkie ran on Channel 9 in Australia, then repeated on ABC3. You can watch all the episodes online at the Pixel Pinkie YouTube Channel