Hi suckers! How are your broken bodies today? Still feeling the chair that we cracked on your back, deep-set in your jaw? Wusses, after 42 ankle locks, 21 cross face chicken wings and 56 pulled hairs, we're still alive, in good-shape and ready to fight! Nothing will stop us 'cause nothing can stop a professional wrestler! Except maybe today's artists. Because there are four of them, they have tattoos and they seem to be brawny. Yeah, never mind, we weren't that into professional wrestling. Gentlemen, bodybuilders, Hulk Hogan, please welcome the Mukpuddy Animation Team!
Collectively they are named Mukpuddy Animation but individually they're 4: Alex Leighton, Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans and Jeremy Dillon. Collectively they're 123 years old, and they're still looking pretty good. They live in Auckland, New Zealand, in a collective way. Collectively, they make cartoons! They run their own animation studio, Mukpuddy Animation, where they do a variety of stuff from comics and kids books to short films and music videos, amongst other things. Collectively.
It all started when they were studying traditional/classical character animation in Auckland, they started hanging out and coming up with ideas for comics, cartoons and animated skits. At the time, the animation industry in New Zealand was tiny, and the only stuff getting made was serious stuff for overseas “clients”, and they wanted to make their own cartoons and be outrageously rich. So after their course, they set up shop in Tim Evans’ parent’s house’s basement and started their empire of smiles and laughs. Things were pretty slow to start with, their plan of making a living off web cartoons was quickly squashed when they couldn’t figure out how to make any money off of them. So they carried on doing others jobs, music videos, illustration, web design, titles, anything to get their name out there, but all the while developing their own stuff that they pitched around the world.
In 2006, they got their first big break in local New Zealand television when they pitched an idea to a kids variety show called ‘What Now’. The idea was to turn the presenters of the show into kid cartoon versions of themselves in a series of shorts, they then added a strange viscous creature called Gungi into the mix and the public totally loved it. Thus ‘Sparkle Friends’ was born. Cut to 4 years later and they’re about to head into their 5th series!
In 2007, they won a local short film competition where participants have to make a film in 48 hours; it was the first time an animated film had won with their short ‘Camp Fear’. They randomly drew the 'horror' genre and had to include the following elements: a hypochondriac character and a rope. You'll find it right here: Camp Fear
Having fun and having a laugh is what keeps them going. There are a lot of jobs they could be doing, but according to them , the 4 of them would probably end up drunken old hobos if they couldn’t come to their small studio every day, and muck around for our great pleasure. But don't be fooled by those smiling animals that come alive thanks to them, it's not easy as it seems to do animation, Mukpuddy is a full time job.
They have their blog for 4 years now. They created it as a way to get their stuff out to a global audience. They also saw that a lot of artists they looked up to in the animation industry had blogs, so they followed their lead. They’ve made friends with a lot of the other artists blogging, so it’s been a great way to network, and we can only recommend that you, yes you artist-reader, do the same.
Now, lucky readers, here are some links to short movies that our heroes created:
Sparkle Friends, the TV show kid including a puking monster, and believe us, you don't want to miss that.
Terry the bi, bi-polar, polar bear, a simple character with some no- simple issues, and believe us you don't want to miss that either.
The Stallion, and just because it's not porn, you will still watch this, swear. Ok people?
Now here are our last questions for our artists of the day, why did they choose this FML, and why did they decide to send an illustration to us?
"Fat chicks and wrestling… nuff said! Well, we were actually invited! FML is a really funny site and never fails to crack us up so it’s a real blast to have our work showcased there!"
click on this preview!
The real blast is mutual fellows, thank you for your participation!
Mukpuddy's blog is this way: http://mukpuddy.blogspot.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice who will tell you what you have to do!
We saw the next illustration in our flash forward, there was a koala. No kidding. See you next Saturday guys!