Monday, January 02, 2006

The first drawings of the new year...



I always saw Prof. Paljass as a caricature of Peter Ustinov. We even asked him to do the voice but he declined , saying he would only do maincharacters.
The German name "von Unternull" ( below zero) is a reference to Wernher von Braun, the German rocket-engineer , who started out building rockets for the nazis and later brought Apollo 11 to the moon. ( Hence yesterday's little poem by Tom Lehrer). His character first appeared, in "Onder Water" a theatershow, written by Herman, which we later rewrote to " Vissen in trouble water /Fish and Ships". In this show he still had a German accent and an assitent, a penguin by the name of Fahrenheit. So is there a dark spot in Paljass' history ? I love to think so....
Eventually Herman did the voice himself in the TV-Series, which put his voice under a lot of stress, and I remember him saying, he would never do dubbing again.
The Professor's mentor by the way, is the legendary scientist and genius, worldexplorer and organist Prof. Prokudatis Krakedatus, whose diary is still in the professor's safekeeping. I wrote a lot of that backhistory down for volume 4 of the comicbooks, which I never finished....too much work with the TV-series...Maybe some day we'll find the time and right place.







15 comments:

Claude Bordeleau said...

Amazing, I love the inking!

Thorsten Hasenkamm said...

Third one's my fave!

Wout Paulussen said...

Fantastic to see they're all still alive and kicking.

Alina Chau said...

Very coooool character designs!

Victor Ens said...

I really like the second one. The simplicity is great !

willipino said...

that lion is awesome.

Matthew Cruickshank said...

What a start to the new year- formidable!

Boris Hiestand said...

love all of them but especially the winnie-lovely thick and thin balance.. all pen and ink?

HaraldSiepermann said...

yep !

=shane white= said...

Man what kind of brush are you using...you just have a lovely lyrical line to your work!

=s=

HaraldSiepermann said...

Its a hybrid of a pen and a brush, one of those japanese things....

=shane white= said...

Ah yes...the japanese have it in spades when it comes to art tools.

Thanks.

=s=

Elliot said...

Harald!
I spotted your name in the credits of Who Framed Roger Rabbit last night.
Your credit was "Storysketch", something I've not heard of.
What was your role in the production, if you don't mind me asking.

Also - these are all marvellous as always. The lion King character is my favorite.

HaraldSiepermann said...

The Roger rabbit-Credits: At that moment in time with 7 minutes the longest credits ever !
Well, what does it mean ? Hans Bacher and I did a lot of sketches for the story, particular the "Toontown-Sequence", we didn't pay so much attention to camerawork, lenses or whatever, we were mainly hammering out gags and visual ideas, many alternative ideas , lots of stuff that wasn't used, what was important that the timing was fast and all those things were happening to Eddie, that he hated about cartoons. If you scroll back to the very beginning of this blog, you will find more detailed notes about that project.
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Elliot said...

Cheers Harald.
7 minutes of credits and the animation credits come in at about 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
Thanks again.