Saturday, August 25, 2007
Moth-er of Invention
Meet Yanu in his first character sketch. There'll be more soon...
Gah, haven't been here in ages due to book work. I stayed up late tonight to sketch the ol'mothera up. I had been worried about the Yanu character's bits (you know, his "hooha") since the beginning, some 14 years ago. How could I make an original, folktale animation that will likely be appealing on some level to child-type persons and have nude (sort-of) bodies I wondered to myself in a quandary. How could things like having exposed Yanu peenie possibly fit into a genre that normally attracts kids? Halfland would be un-classifiable, a real dilemma.
I knew I wasn't interested in altering what the film is in order to make it more palatable so I figured I tap dance when the time came and declare it, "A fabulous tale for the child in all of us---NO ONE ADMITTED UNDER 18". I also worried because I wasn't that keen to animate a regular, human willy, no offense to those so equipped. I had seen a very famous stop motionist's nude male puppet in action and found the whole enchilada a distraction. I kept saying, oh, that's an anatomically correct puppet! Ew?
The Halfland solution came to me the other day, as these things will. Yanu, the Mothman character, would have a very male genital-like feature (down there) via the body of an exotic moth. Green, smooth, wriggly caterpillars were a better visual match (surprisingly so) but the softly fuzzed moth tail seemed to embody the spirit of the thing and better reinforce the moth-as-man portrayal. The species chosen for Yanu sports extra appendage danglers to colorful effect.
There is persimmon colored pollen on his thighs and hair from his mothness getting mussed as he hunts through the forest with bow and arrow.