Monday, August 17, 2015

Speed Racer... the version you'll never see. Part 1

 Way back in 2006/2007, Nerd Corps was hired to do the animation duties on a brand new version of Speed Racer. The rights owners hired a company called The Animation Collective to handle the writing and to oversee the project. T.A.C. had an internal artist who did a bunch of initial design work but the higher-ups at Nerd Corps wanted to put their signature style into the project instead.

Here's a quick comparison of the design work. The character line-up from The Animation Collective's design pack.

...and here are my redesigns


Those were the final designs of the characters I did before the project was taken away from Nerd Corps and passed on to some flash animation studio. You can see episodes or trailers on Youtube for the show, but don't bother it's not good. Not sure about the business side of things as I wasn't privy to any of that info, I'm going to take a wild guess and say they want to keep costs down and did the show in Flash.

In the beginning... the decision was made to do an animation test with a character to show the level of quality we would do for the series. First step was to redesign the characters starting with the twins Jesse and Jared as it would kill two birds with one stone.

Here's the final approved Jesse design with T.A.C.s design for comparison


In the end they forced to stay as close as possible to the design they sent us. It was frustrating as I really like the first two versions I did. They were lively and stylized.

Here's the design saga known as Jesse. Watch as the fun style is slowly removed...









 ...and Jared 



Just a quick note, having Jared wear a trench coat would have caused a lot of problems in animation with crashing so I made it a regular jacket. End of Part 1

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