A short cartoon featuring Tuzki as a bumbling assassin with a vendetta against ducks. (Tuzki is a rabbit character who first found fame in a series of emoticons in China).
The short was produced by CN Asia Pacific, animated by the legendary Studio 4C (the people who made the film Mind Game which I love a lot), and written and boarded by me. I wasn’t too thrilled with it when it first came out, partly because it’s has the cute death theme and I don’t want to be The Guy That Does That. But with a bit of distance I don’t mind it so much and 4C did some nice work so here you go.
The app was built in Flash which meant the animation could be big and bold and the existing characters were easy to bring in and add to. Luckily the game design was uncomplicated so Sam was able to do a great job within the performance limits you’d expect from Flash.
The music is 8-bit because we needed more of it than we had and 8-bit disguised my lack of expertise well. (Also hopefully it’s a bit funny.) The main menu theme was made with Music Studio on my phone. I probably spent half as much time on that as on the animations.
Hopefully the game is amusing and the safety message comes through.
I read somewhere that train accidents have gone down since the video. I hope that’s true! And what about the rate of space helmets taken off and kidneys sold on the internet? Get on it statisticians.
Well the Internet likes dead things waaay more than I expected. Hooray, my childish sense of humour pays off at last.
The Dumb Ways to Die concept was devised by John Mescall and Pat Baron of McCann Melbourne, lyrics by John Mescall, music by Ollie McGill, vocals by Emily Lubitz, and characters and animation by me. It was animated in Flash and edited in After Effects. GIFs here, karaoke version here, iphone/ipad game here.
A round of applause for the client, Metro, whose feedback included “make it more violent!” and “add a piranha to his private parts please”.
Toybox by me and Sam is out for iPhone. It’s a game about doing 2 things at once.
Oh cool! The Guardian liked it, not sure how that happened. Also it won ‘Best Art in a Game’ and was a finalist for ‘Best Australian Game’ at the 2012 Freeplay awards.
You can download it here.
You can use it by typing (soccer) into a chat if you have a recent version.
Or you can also type (bartlett), since it’s a tribute to a departing Skype staff member and soccer fan named Mike Bartlett. Hi Mike! Sorry I didn’t get to meet you before you left. Hope you like your emoticon.