“Simon’s Cat”: a great rare breed of animation…

3 04 2010

In this age of computer animation, seeing animations that were drawn by the animator is becoming quite uncommon – even less common to see them done well. But a neat exception to the rule is the collection of short films by Simon Tofield, the creator of Simon’s Cat.

I first came across the Simon’s Cat films a couple of years ago on Youtube. The first film, called “Cat Man Do”, shows, as Tofield describes on the web, how “a hungry cat resorts to increasingly desperate measures to wake its sleeping owner.” What you see is hilarious!

I am sure that if you’re a cat lover, you’ll be able to sympathize with the owner depicted in most of these films, having gone through something similar yourself!

Tofield’s animations are certainly a rare breed, in that while he uses the computer to help with his creations, each frame of the animation is personally drawn by Tofield, as opposed to having the computer do the animation for him. As many as 25 such images were drawn for every second of what you see!

There are now a total of seven films, including one Tofield created in 2008 in support of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). In addition, Tofield has published his first Simon’s Cat book, featuring line drawings of the cat who, as described on the website, “will do just about anything to be fed”. And iPhone users can download a creative musical app and game featuring the feline.

Don’t take my word about how funny Simon’s Cat is! Check out these websites:

http://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat

http://www.simonscat.com

You can also follow the antics of Simon’s Cat on Twitter and Facebook. See the Network section on the Simon’s Cat website.

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