"Ren's Brain": This story had been written during 2nd season by John K. & Richard Purcel, but shelved until last season when it was evident that the series would not continue, and good stories ran out. This episode was produced as a 100% laid-out, hand-drawn, fully animated, shot-on-film cartoon in 1995. By "Laid out" I mean, each scene was made up of custom layout drawings I did (with the help of a few other colleagues) that included explicit timing direction and in some cases, full in-betweens. Most of the animation was handled by a then-new studio right here in Los Angeles staffed by many of the same animators who had came over from Rough Draft, the Korean studio that handled most of the R&S shows at the time. I scored several instrumental sections while relying on our very excellent music library for the rest of the music. This was a very "hands on" production, receiving a level of attention uncommon, if not impossible in the current system of generically produced animated shows. Whereas today's title of "Director" often means a very limited involvement with the actual making of a cartoon, Direction on this piece meant doing the storyboard, casting and directing the voice actors, drawing & animating layouts, timing the exposure sheets, scoring music, editing and supervising the final sound mix. Story, art and joke-wise it's evident this cartoon doesn't stand up to some of the earlier Spumco-produced work---we'll never know what it could've been in John's hands---but I believe it survived a much worse possible fate had it been 'farmed out' like many of the late Games-Era shows, and is still a testament to the quality of art that can be produced with the right infrastructure in place.

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