Langford Toons came about due to a lack of anything to actually go out and film. As my main hobby had always been drawing cartoons it made sense to try and make a complete video using just drawings and the computer. The results aren’t ever going to give the Disney studios a run for their money, but doing them all by myself still takes a lot of work and many, many hours.
The first video was “Applejack”, with a soundtrack consisting of the song by Dolly Parton. There wasn’t a huge amount of animation involved in this one, and the cartoon Dolly herself manages to sing the whole song without moving her lips!
Getting the cartoons to start moving their mouths and actually start singing came later, with a small section of lip-
A snowman is not the most difficult thing in the world to animate -
I think after having completed quite a few Toons now, this one is still my favourite. It just seems to… work! There’s only one teensy
little thing I would change, but I won’t say what that is as I’m sure most people would not notice and it’s probably just me being a
bit on the fussy side.
I think the part I most like in this video is Where Frosty is hopping over the letter blocks. I can’t remember precisely how long that bit
took to draw out but, looking back now I can guess that that’s the part where I made the most effort.
Applejack is a bit rough around the edges, but it was my first attempt at a toon. The drawings were basically scanned and coloured -
Y Viva España was an old stalwart of many a good seventies Knees-
attempt. All the other characters I think I was particularly pleased with, notably the male flamenco dancer (rattling his maracas), Rudi (pictured right) and the main singer herself.
Between this video and The Museum Song I’d finally sorted out a way to get the singers in the videos to move their lips and various body parts without involving a ridiculous amount of drawing. The next step, and hopefully seen in the next video will be to improve the animation of the faces altogether.
Just in case you were wondering, the photos used for the backgrounds were taken in Marbella (the scenes by the swimming pool) and Frigiliana (where Rudi is standing in the rain).
The Museum Song is taken from the London Cast recording of the West End musical “Barnum”. It’s one of those songs that I’d been thinking about making a video to ever since I completed work on “Applejack” -
It was pretty much a no-
star of this video. This is my first attempt
at using green-
enabling Lee to mime to the
song and all the cartoon
folk to do their thing
around him. I was very
pleased with how this
turned out, and there are
many more Spike Jones
numbers so watch this