My next cartoon was going to be "Jones Brains the Baby" , where poor old Jones gets kicked out of his lodgings for not paying his rent and having to get a job minding a baby who is so cunning, he's impossible to take care of without disaster, but of course I ran into the same problem as "Jones the Office Boy" except it wasn't the sound barrier, it was just too hard to draw for me.
Around October I started working on "Jones the Magnificent" it originally had no backgrounds ala "Punctured Romance" but a day after it was finished, I tried to edit it for time as mom suggested and the file went corrupt, so I had to recreate it later on, the same thing happenend to my original copy of "Jone's Punctured Romance" but unlike "Magnificent" I had a copy of it on camera, so all I needed to do was follow the tape exactly, but with "Magnificent" I had to recreate what I remebered and what I remembered was a little hazy so it didn't garner as many laughs when it was remade. Punctured romance was finished again in early Febuary and Magnificent in mid April.
After redoing those two, and after exhibiting them at my homeschoolers review with Mrs Culver, which she enjoyed so much...I made "West of East" during the Summer of 2005. At the time I was studying Pat Sullivan since I got a DVD of some of his toons after the review, and designed backgrounds closer to his style, lots of lines, barely any filling. It was also a success.
At one time I thought of converting Jones to sound afterwards since I had a friend who could play music but we didn't get along after a while for many reasons and so I was left alone to still produce silent Jones cartoons. While we were discussing converting Jones to sound. I created another called "The Awful Tooth" but it was shut down because of creative reasons and it wasn't going to well especially with the blow of loosing my possible friend/musician in december. The creative problems was what really blew the cartoon in January since I realized dental humor was not funny as dad explained. I didn't scrap the cartoon unlike the previous two failures "Office Boy" and "Braining the Baby". I kept the footage and reused it later on. In the meantime I created another picture called "Choose Your Husbands" and took 6 months to finish it from mid January to early July, at the same time I started my business of redrawing and colorizing old cartoons from my favorite era, which I will cover in a later post. The cartoon was amusing, but the thing is that it was too slow paced since I would advance my cartoons from 3 minutes to 6 as most animators made cartoons.
Remember my footage that I didn't throw away? Well, in August I started making "Jone's Sweepsake Ticket", and the first 3 minutes was basically stock footage from the unproduced cartoon, it shows where Jones falls out of the window and lands and then it starts again after Jones lands on the rock pile and flies up and ends before you see the railroad tracks. A lot of physical comedy and lots of fast paced animation I tried to put in both cartoons, and it all worked out. Except theres a big timing error when jones is spit out of the shark and flies through the city and crashes in a lamp post. It had the same results as the previous, this 6 minute cartoon thing is not really working is it?
Well in future, I will have to tighten up gags and make Jone's cartoons more Fleischeresque and learn keyboard or have my freind Joshua Vega play. Josh runs another blog about his 8mm films, he realy likes popeye as well as other classics. My next production would be "A Night at the Theatre", where jones goes into a "Feartre" and ends up in a very spooky funhouse!