Sunday, August 05, 2007

Animated political cartoon news

Here's the latest 3D animation from Kevin 'Kal' Kallaugher. KAL formerly of the Baltimore Sun, whom I wrote about here, back in April. It's interesting to see how far he has pushed his new methods.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan at present, as I think it loses the bite of what he can deliver as shown, here and here, but that's probably just bitterness talking. At least, he is trying to do something new with the artform.
(A hat-tip to friend and former colleague, journalist James Watson for the link)

UPDATE: Re doing new things with the artform or here, below. Our former prime Minister, Tony Blair has been made a Peace Envoy to the middle east. This after all we have learned about his role in the invasion of Iraq! the annopuncement coincided with the tenth anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales.
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There's a reaction to Kal's work by The Times's Morten Morland here . Morten makes a good point that the animated drawing above, is still, clearly a portfolio piece and isn't yet, a proper, functioning, animated cartoon. There isn't much evidence of Kal'ism, or his opinions in it yet. It's simply a drawing of Bush doing daft physical things - or prat gags as I know them.

Morten puts it better than me;

Despite the fact that it’s a promo piece however, the self-importance that is such a prominent feature in this, and of much of what the KAL animation team has published to date, is becoming somewhat tedious.

And if you watch it, you'll know what we mean.

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