Rebusquest and other works by Cullen Pittman

14 May

I would like to talk about someone who knows how storytelling is done and made funny for ALL AGES – he’s a native of Virginia.

I first discovered his work on fanfiction.net. The works I read were well thought out and pretty funny. There’s HB House, a sitcom about some of the Hanna-Barbera characters throughout the years living in a boarding house, Muppets Meet the M&Ms Gang, a collection of M&M commercials with the Muppets collaborating, and Muppets Visit Japan, which for some reason makes me think of The Muppets at Walt Disney World.

I continued to search for more of Cullen’s works and came across Battle of the Muppet All-Stars – one of the longest pieces of fan fiction I ever read. Every character featured was spot-on, and they fit perfectly in various situations! I take my hat off to him for his lengthy and humorous literature.

I looked closely at his profile picture on Muppet Central – it had the name ‘Rebusquest’ on it. I searched that and found http://www.therebusquestwebsite.com. And let me tell you, the cartoons he thought up are original and clever in their own way. The main one, Rebusquest, and two others (X.O. Seal and Skelroy and Bonus).

I checked out the page for Fan Creations and saw that it hadn’t been updated in almost a year, so what I did was create drawings of the characters from Rebusquest…

rbsqst line up

You can also view it on the Fan Creations page on Cullen’s Rebusquest Web site. And while you’re at it and new to Cullen’s work, why don’t you start reading the episodes? The pictures may appear a little rushed, but if you can just focus on the stories being told, you won’t be sorry. His stories are superb.

Character Design with James Lopez (Fall 2013)

8 May

I had such a great time learning from a seasoned animator. And get this: James Lopez has been working 10+ years on an animated version of former Disneyland attraction, “America Sings.” Still a work in progress, but the viewers can take a look at an uploaded video of the first part (half-storyboard, half-animated). The style is very much like the Disney films in the 1960s-70s, which is very fitting, since it debuted in Disneyland in 1974.

Anyway, here are the pictures and sketches I accumulated during the 12-week online class. I truly believe they’re totally worth sharing!

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IMG_1729
Boomer Rang References
IMG_1962
Inchbean-Luman
IMG_1991
IMG_1992
character line-up

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International Women’s Day (2014) – Ladies of Blockopolis

12 Apr

International Women's Day (2014) - Ladies of Blockopolis

In Full Color!

Get A Grip Lyrics

9 Jan

For those who are wondering how the song goes, here’s what I picked up… 95% accurate, 5% unsure.

(Everybody!)

(Get a grip of the real me,)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a-)

Fatz: Hey, hey, oh I got goin’, haven’t heard nobody get back, it costs too much money, don’t want nobody get your thing. You wanna grab? Just get back!

Well, they say this, and they say that, too hardcore for commercial rap.

But I didn’t ask for all this hype, so give me a chance to live my life.

The cartoon came for a worldwide hero long before I was a backstreet zero.

Now I’m wanted by every network to do commercials, I go berserk.

Go set some rights, go get some freedom. Every judge can’t expect me to be some

kind of puppet to never trip. I got my own mind and I live.

MC Skat Kat not for showbiz! (Fatz & Taboo: No sellout, that’s the way is!)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a grip.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.)

I tour cartoons, I tour the nation, become an actor of animation.

The first cartoon on the hip-hop scene will put you on the cover of Time magazine.

Let us promote and develop your concept, get you the best that money can get.

No thanks, who needs to be richer? Anybody ever stop to consider

what it’s like to be on top? I always feel like I’m bein’ walked.

Everybody wants me to be somebody, some will light the way, and they got me.

(Fatz & Taboo: Step away with the microphone.) God bless the cat that can hold his own.

(Get a grip of the real me,)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a-)

Fatz: Hey! I told y’all first time to get back! I-it’s gonna be time for violence, I told you, boy, it cost too much dough, more money! Get back, hey! No, it’s time, I think it’s time…

Taboo: Oooh…

(Choking and gagging sounds, presumably coming from Fatz being strangled by Taboo)

Sex symbol of animation, I run from the spotlight to say I’m basin’.

My lyrics remain to be unacceptable, I have to claim myself too sensual.

(Micetro on speaker: Uh, maybe you should be a Roger Rabbit.) A freak like me? I’ve gots the habit!

(Micetro on speaker: Uh, how ’bout a make-up when I’m busy?) I’m a repulsed wack! Are you kiddin’ me?

I gotta be Skat Kat, the MC, not what society wants me to be.

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a grip.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a-)

(Ooh, ooh… Ooh ooh…)

(Ooh, ooh… Ooh ooh, oooooh!)

(Brass interlude toward the end)

(Get a grip.)

(Get a-)

(Get a grip.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a-)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.) (Get a-)

(Get a grip of the real me,) (Get a grip.)

(I can’t be what society wants me to be.)

(Get a grip.)

(Get a grip.)

(Katleen: Ge-ge, ge-ge, ge-ge… Ge-ge, ge-ge, get a grip.)

(Fade out)

Lyrics by Rom from “The College Boyz”

Music by Ndugu Chancler/Reggie Andrews

Produced by Karl F. Stephenson and “The College Boyz”

Published by Rom Music/Virgin Music (Publishers)

LTD/Ujima Music/Hey Skimo Music

 

Portfolio Potpourri

13 Nov

I have to other links to show off in this Web log:

http://public.csusm.edu/signo001/index.html

http://csignorino.wordpress.com

http://signorinovideo.blogspot.com

They both feature some of the work I did in my other classes.

And here are the pictures I think you’d like:

My newly created characters

My short-lived comic, Go Cougars!

comic #1

Be sure and check out my other works on this Web log.

 

Yakety Yak: Take It Back

11 May

This one’s for you, Jolie Jones. Thanks to your Web site, I was able to get a glimpse of how the music video was put together and the recognition it garnered (for a short time).

New Track for Skat Kat

11 May

There aren’t twelve songs by MC Skat Kat (and the Stray Mob), but thirteen, with the inclusion of Get a Grip, which I have on the LP version of Skat Strut from the UK. I wondered if there’d be any more rap songs I wouldn’t mind listening to. As my father once told me, “Why don’t you write a song?” And looky here, I came up with a new song for the rapping cat: House Kat.

Yo, Leo, you know what time it is?

(Leo: What?)

(Skat Kat, Fatz, and Taboo: It’s time for home improvement!)

Skat Kat is back in action! Sorry to keep you waitin’.

Life in the streets isn’t always bad, find a happy place so you don’t get mad.

Dumpsters, alleys, wherever you wish, as long as you can grub some tasty fish. (Fatz: Yum!)

Me? I’m a cat who hopes for the best, looking for a place just to chill and rest.

The Mob could use a little R and R – it’s tiring to back up this rapping star. (Fatz: You said it.)

Where will I live? Where will I go? Not having a house will bring me woe.

Real estate would be my final resort for a crib for me and my cohorts.

Sure, my old place is fine and standing, but the tattered walls leave me demanding

something better, something phat. I need a new home – I am the House Kat.

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street)

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat)

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street)

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat)

If I were Mister Rogers, I’d change my shoes, greeting other neighbors who have heard the news

of Skat Kat living in a humble abode, unless I’m in the limo out on the road.

Home is where the heart is, that’s what I hear, so lemme get it pumpin’ when I come near.

I’ll make you move and jump around so the floorboards get that thumpin’ sound.

What a place, ain’t no way that we’re ditchin’ -  livin’ room, dinin’ room, rec room, kitchen,

bedrooms, bathrooms, backyard, too. A three-car garage would excite Taboo. (Taboo: Yeauh!)

It’s all we need to kick back and unwind. Now try to remember, keep it in mind.

It’s something better, something phat. This is a home for me, the House Kat.

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street)

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat)

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street)

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat)

(Beat box break)

(Micetro: That’s it! Keep it up, big boy! Don’t mind me – I’m setting up a mouse hole in the wall. And Silk, you can come visit me anytime.)

(Silk: Thanks, but I’m too big to fit through a mouse hole.)

(Micetro: Ah, c’mon, I’ll make it bigger for ya-)

Don’t even think of it, Micetro. You’ve done just enough damage to the home.

(Micetro: Whatever.)

To get this house I had to pay, but don’t think that won’t make us stray.

We are who we are, we’ll never change, we just keep rollin’ like chuggin’ trains.

Don’t put my name on the sliding gate, or fans will set up camp and wait.

This is our hideout, who woulda guessed? Suburban livin’, more for less.

I gotta work to pay these bills by rapping and dancing, greater thrills. (Katleen: Greater thriiiiills!)

A cat’s home really is his castle, but owning a big one? What a hassle!

We need no money to score us a mansion – it’s all about my being, didn’t I mention?

It’s something better, something phat, it’s all too much for this House Kat.

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street) On the prairie… on the range…

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat) By the beach… nothing strange…

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street) Skat Kat doesn’t need a penthouse…

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat) Just his feline friends and mouse…

(House Kat, livin’ it up across the street)

(House Kat. Give him a home that can’t be beat)

(Fade out)

So what do you think? All done in true Skat Kat style. It could probably use some fine-tuning. What matters to me the most is that the lyrics must be clean.

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