Even if you're not a big cat-lover, like me, I think you'll still enjoy today's post because it's more so about the celebration of a talent and a success story.
As you may have noticed, for the past two weeks, I've featured video clips on my sidebar of my favorite feline animated cartoon...Simon's Cat.
I discovered British animator Simon Tofield, creator of Simon's Cat, about three years ago and have been a HUGE fan of his ever since. To me, the man is BEYOND brilliant. And not only because I really like his simplistic, black and white sketchy drawing style, but also because he precisely depicts the mannerisms and attitude of a cat. It's so obvious that he has a special connection with felines because he completely understands and conveys their psyche.
And what I found so impressive was that Tofield began this whole series of films on a creative impulse one morning; not ever realizing how popular they would be. After he created his first animated film, Cat Man Do, he discovered that someone had posted it on You Tube. And by the time he found out about it, it had received over THREE MILLION views! Suddenly, Simon's Cat became an internet phenomenon.
Here are some sketches from a few of Tofields' books and films, to give you an idea of his drawing style and sense of humor...
I leave you with one of my favorite animated films, Scary Legs, because I am deathly afraid of spiders, therefore would have had the same petrified reaction as Simon. I find this film both adorable and hysterical.
Please take note to the amazing detail and subtle nuances Tofield captures, in how all three characters physically move and react to what's going on; especially their facial reactions. Also, I would like to share that Tofield himself makes all the vocal sounds of his characters in a recording studio, after the animation is completed.
It gives me immense pleasure and joy to share the unique and cat-tabulous talent of Mr. Simon Tofield.
*please view in full screen to see all the detail.
Have a MEOW of a weekend everyone!
*Video on Simon Tofield (how he created Simon's Cat)