SpongeBob Title Sequence!

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We had the joyful task of re-imagining SpongeBob’s main title for his “Truth or Square” Special. It’s our style through and through…combining all sorts of fun stuff. We even got to spend a few days animating on the beach. Also look out for some footage shot on Super-8 mixed in there… gotta dig it!

SpongBob Theme in Stop Motion from Screen Novelties on Vimeo.

Be on the Lookout!

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We can’t believe it’s been 10 years since SpongeBob Squarepants floated his way into animation history. To celebrate, Nickelodeon will be airing a one-hour special jam-packed with fun and frivolity. And Screen Novelties has been given the honor of re-imagining the opening title. Can’t show much right now but tune-in to Nickelodeon on November 6th at 8pm and check it out.

Here’s a little more info…

Flintstones in Stop Motion.

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We did this stop motion sequence a few years ago for Cartoon Network’s hand-drawn feature “Flintstones: On the Rocks”. It was a dream assignment. Directors Chris Savino and Dave Smith were harkening back to the Ed Benedict era designs and wanted us to try to capture the Hanna-Barbera limited animation style with puppets. Can’t get much cooler than that. We broke into our huge barrel of old View-master reels for design reference as well.

There have been a number of requests that we post this…. tanks to everyone for your kind words.

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Mad Monster Party? Zowie!

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Imagine our excitement when our friends Rick Goldschmidt and Sparkhill asked us to contribute to the new DVD release of “Mad Monster Party?“. Wow! There’s a whole new set of bonus features including a mini “making of” documentary, an interview with composer Maury Laws and we give a brief “how to” on stop motion. The best part for us was conducting the interview with our hero, Arthur Rankin!

Seamus, Mark & Chris with the legendary Arthur Rankin

Seamus interviews Rankin/Bass storyboard artist extraordinaire, Don Duga.


Pick up your copy today!

Quack

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We’ve recently signed with Duck Studios for commercial representation. They do a ton of great work and we’re thrilled to join their flock.

Gotta Have Our Pops!

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Our Kellogg’s Corn Pops commercial has hit the airwaves. This one has it all– a steamy shower scene, a scantily clad Poppette, and zombies. That’s right, zombies!!! Thanks to our friends at Leo Burnett and Acne Film for involving us in this scary, if somewhat corny, project.

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Monster Safari Feature!

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Well this is Cool…
Our two-picture partnership with the legendary Jim Henson Company is gaining steam: and the first project will be Monster Safari!
It’s amazing to be working with Henson, and our combined enthusiasm for this little film can’t help but lead to a zinger.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman (of Homestar Runner fame) will be coming on board as writers.
Thank you to everyone who has helped get the project this far, we’ll post more updates as things move ahead.

Click HERE for a bunch of stills.

For a higher res movie please click HERE.

Links:
Hollywood Reporter
Muppet Newsflash
Cartoon Brew
Behind the Scenes Photos

Mysterious Mose

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Here’s a short we did a few years back. We thought it would be fun to combine some of our favorite things, stop motion, puppetry and silhouette animation. Check out Mysterious Mose…

Thank you Peter

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Peter Dennis (right) and Keone Young posing with their stop motion counterparts

Mr. Peter Dennis, a great friend of Screen Novelties, recently moved on from this plane of existence. He was a talented and accomplished actor of stage and screen, appearing in such films as “Shrek” and “Sideways”. Peter took great pride in serving as the official narrator for the “Winnie the Pooh” books.

We consider ourselves lucky to have had Peter provide the voice and personality of Basil Pennyfarthing for Monster Safari…Thanks for everything Peter, we’ll never forget you.

For more information on Peter, please click here.