"Slap" concludes the adventures of Mr. Youth and his quest to teach his students. Many characters return to bring this story to a close.
Started about 6 years ago as part of my completely unintentional series that originated from a one-off spin-off of another series I failed to ever continue, "Slap" concludes Mr. Youth's epic teaching struggle arc. It's actually amazing how little this piece has changed since I originally envisioned it back in High School. The art style has definitely changed a bit, but the writing has pretty much remained untouched (besides the "Previously on..." joke that was tagged on about 3 years ago, and the very final scene which I added recently to tie the story up neatly.
What's next? It's too early to talk about, but I am planning on turning my attention to material that has been written a bit more recently than 6 years ago. Maybe only 3 years ago this time! But if you've been following my work for a long time, it will definitely be in one of the worlds that I've already established (No, all my work does not fall into the same world. Though yes, many of my pieces are part of the same worlds). And I'm hoping to find a way to release work a little more often than I've been managing for the last few years, but who knows. I think I've made that promise to myself every year for the last 8 years.
I was working on longer piece, but summer was coming to an end and I panicked and pulled out this script that I wrote sometime while working on Genius Cop 2 I think... But anyway, here it is! I tried some new things, especially with animating the lip sync. Enjoy!
Taking place right before the events of "Fudda" (and therefore before "Finna" & "Fitta" as well), "Funna" follows another teacher, Mr. Meyer, as he has to deal with Billy, a misbehaving student that prefers not to speak traditional English. Rife with inside jokes, as well as a couple of High School physics/chem jokes, this animation pokes some fun at teachers, students, and the education system in general.
I've been working on and off on this animation for about 5 years now. It was meant to be one of my animations directly after the release of Fitta, and though I got the script and voice work all finished, circumstances changed and I had to rewrite the script somewhat (the original was making cancer jokes that just didn't quite feel appropriate when someone close to the project contracted the disease). Then I realized I really wanted to work on Funny School Things 2. Then... well one of the many things that happened was college. But about 2 years into college, I picked Funna back up. I touched up the script once again, drew storyboards, and started on the backgrounds. Later I decided to re-do all of the original voice work.
Then I had to set it down again as my new semester started to kick into gear.
This sad cycle repeated numerous times. Start work on it, set it down due to school/work/life, then eventually pick it back up. I even set it down at least twice (maybe more?) to work on "smaller" projects, because it was just taking so darn long to make this thing that I wanted to be able to FINISH something again. (Not that this project was even that particularly long. It was just getting to me how long it was taking to make.)
Anyway, it's finally done. This was really the "project that got away." It was sitting partially finished on my machine for years... I upgraded my programs and machine more than once in the meantime, and it was a miracle everything stayed together. The only casualty is that I lost the very first script... so I'm not even sure what I changed anymore, because that was written about 5 years ago...
Well, it doesn't matter. This piece is finally finished. Enjoy it if you can! If you can't... find something better to do. Later!
Fudda, Finna, and Fitta all in one place, slightly touched up and now in HD!
Follow Mr. Youth in his quest to better education for all students.
I was beginning to worry that I wasn't going to release anything animated in 2015! But the clock was ticking and I finally finished up this beast.
In my head, I've been calling this an "accidental" series. I never intended it to become one. Fudda was a one off joke that I managed to throw together during a particularly homeworkless week of High School. Then somehow I came up with a part 2, and somehow a part 3... Still, this was never an animation that I thought I would be re-releasing in HD. But then I realized I could re-release all three of them in one bundle... and it was all downhill from there. I re-edited them all partially, made them 16x9 (they weren't originally), re-did some of the sound work... It eventually turned into this. It's still largely the original pieces, but with lots of extra flourishes added. Some are there just because I have more time and/or experience now, so I can do things or come up with things that just straight up didn't occur to me the first time around, but also, a lot of changes are stuff that I would have loved to do the first time around if I had proper control of my tools. Or even the right tools.
As a funny note, I realized the original projects were one of my first real attempts at animating with a wacom tablet. Nowadays, I have no idea how I managed to animate anything with just a mouse before this, honestly...
Alright, enjoy this. I hope you find something to like! If so, check out some of my other animations. I promise I got at least a bit of new material coming soon too. Likely next week even!