Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Animated Inspration: Plankton Invasion - The North Sea Crab

You got to love it when the little guy gets to work on a project of his own design. Joeri Christiaen (who was an animator on the Academy Award nominated film 'Triplets of Belleville') came up with an idea called "Plankton Invasion."

As the story goes, three villians (two starfish and a jellyfish) have left the sea in an effort to increase the world's temperature, melt the polar ice caps and cover the planet with water--thus enabling the sea creatures to take over the world.

PLANKTON INVASION, the web series : The North Sea Crab from THURISTAR on Vimeo.

The character design and animation in these short webisodes are both pretty solid, as is the editing. The vignettes are a pretty humorous series of gags that are usually dealing with the scale of the operation versus the size of the villains. This webisode, the North Sea Crab, is second in the series of five on the Plankton Invasion website, but all are worth watching.

The best news of all is that the creators of the show, are working out a deal with Canal+ and VAF! to bring this internet series to television. Hopefully, we'll see it in America soon.