venerdì 28 agosto 2015

Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit! A nostalgic tribute

Remember He-Man and the Master of the Universe? Or Thunder, Thunder, Thunder...Thundercats! And of course you remember G.I. Joe and the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series... They all had that distinctive 80's design, cool lightnings, blazing cars, amazing acrobatics, futuristic sound effects and enviroments, unlikely animal heroes or incredible gunmen who saved the day against evil warlords.

And what about Super Atomic Ninja Rabbit? Remember that show? NO? Come on... Armored rabbits? Tactitian frog? the fox with the cybernetic arm?

On March 10th 2015 a video surfaced on youtube, posted by Mr.GeekyGod and it looked like a cartoon ripped from the TV through the VHS: the intro boasted an awesome title: listen to this: SUPER TURBO ATOMIC NINJA RABBIT. Mr.GeekyGod asserted he found the video on an old VHS and immediately brought it to youtube, for the world to see this forgotten cartoon. The cartoon featured a Usagi Yojimbo look alike rabbit who could transform in a metal plated ninja and fought along other antropomorphic animals such as a leaping ninja frog and a hybrid monk/grunt bear. Here is the VHS ripped intro.

Turns out that six months prior to the posting of this video, super_bob124 on Retrojunk mentioned this cartoon. And not much afer, baxterstockman1981 linked this model sheet to the forum. 

Plus, the author of the blog Open your eye lyds stated he had bought original cells from the show.

Now if your scratching your head trying to remember this cartoon, stop doing that. It never existed. It's a nostalgic tribute to that era and allt he information popping out misteriously at once is part of a marketing campaing. Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit was created by Wesley Louis, an animator who worked as an inbetweener on Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" who is now collaborating on various projects. Turns out he found an old comic book he had drawn many years before and decided to turn it into an animation. He found help in the Electric Theatre Collective and The Line Animation and succeded in bringing us a fun and nostalgic tribute to the cartoons who inspired many animators around the world.  Here you can find more about the project, the animators, the background artists.

And here is the HD version of the video.

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