Mackinnon & Saunders: Looking on there site I was quite surprised as to what they actually have created, mostly because of the Martian in Mars Attacks! and also the Hydra 3 headed beast in The League of Gentlemens Apocalpyse, There work for those two films stand out a lot because of the intense looks of the characters, they have very enhanced facial features giving them a more sinister look. They aren’t all bad though having worked on such childrens tv shows such as, pingu, postman pat and also bob the builder, many of these I used to watch with my younger brother and not even known these two was behind it. I recognise there name the most for there Animation The Sandman (1991) the characters in that are more emphasized and what I mean by that is the sandmans chin is very long and huge also the house is very crooked giving it a very creepy atmosphere. They also worked on the feature film The Corpse Bride, Tim Burton praised there work with this quote “They do such beautiful work. They really raised it to a new level for this film. These puppets are so real, they are so sensitive and textural, you really do believe they are alive.” there is also a video on that page of the making of the “puppets” http://www.mackinnonandsaunders.com/what-we-do/ which is very interesting and has given me more of an insight in what goes into creating an armature.
Oogie Boogie: This scene in The Nightmare Before Christmas features santa clause being taunted by Boogie an evil sinister character. Boogies character is pretty much a hessian sack full of disgusting insects, I like the look of this as its scary and its a very creepy looking character, despite The Nightmare Before Christmas being very creepy anyways I think he shines the most. The change of lighting and fastly animated scenes when parts of the set illuminate with UV paints and gives other props/creatures, such as the bats, new dynamics. It’s very dark and creepy lookings, it reminds me of the style of how The Sandman is made, creepy and distorted.
Hot Animation: Is a company based in Manchester and began in 1998. Hot Animation are fronted by Jackie Cockle, Brian Little and Joe Dembinski. Their most recognised works is Bob, The Builder, they was joined by fellow animators Mackinnon & Saunders, who helped with puppets and props, to create this series. Hot also created Rubbadubbers, a series about a group of bathroom toys going on adventures, in the same vain of Bob, The Builder. In 2007, Hot created a animated sequence for the BBC’s Life On Mars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djm6k-GGIBk This reference worked very well with the series as it was set in the 70’s, Camberwick Green was set in the 60’s. It’s also rather funny, I like the morbid feel of it (Life on Mars sequence) when he mentions beating a nonce and Sam confronts him “Stay out of Camberwick Green”
Cosgrove Hall: Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall began Cosgrove Hall in 1976, the pair first met after attending the same college (Manchester College of Art & Design) and they worked together through out the 60’s and 70’s before finally creating “Cosgrove Hall”. In 1969 Hall created his own company called Stop Frame Productions which created Noddy (1975), some years after they created a feature length animation Wind In The Willows which was released 1983, this was very successful and won a bafta, the next year this was turned into a series (84-90) and followed the success of Noddy. There company flourished in creating childrens tv and created Bill & Ben (2001) and Andy Pandy (2002) these two shows was based on characters of books from the 1950’s. After researching Cosgrove Hall, Hot, Mackinnon & Saunders I found a lot of there success came from childrens tv and they collaborated many of times, I found it fascinating to discover stuff I watched growing up would be a big part of my University studies.