Only Cosmo could be this merry on Mars. Our flagship character, CosmoNut, is finally in action for this animated Season's Greetings from the Worker Studio team. We've had lots of help developing Cosmo over the past year, and we're ecstatic to see him up running.
Enjoy it, and we'd love it if you thumbs-up the video on YouTube and leave us a comment! Happy Holidays.
Worker Studio's Founder & CEO, Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot, is also our animation director, or Minister of Motion. We had Ffish pick five brilliant animated performances that influenced him creatively, and he responded with these unforgettable moments from master animators. It is these very animated performances that left an indelible influence on Ffish's youth, setting forth his own career in animation and filmmaking. This is #4 in a series of posts.
#4 Professor Ratigan - Disney's The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
As the clip above from the Making of The Great Mouse Detective proclaims: there's nothing quite as memorable as a Disney villian. This is certainly true in the gears of inspiration that turn the creative mind of Michael "Ffish" Hemschoot. We see from his picks in Bill Tytla's Chernabog in Fantasia and Stromboli in Pinocchio, to Milt Kahl's Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and now Glen Keane's Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective, it's the villains that rule the day.
Ratigan's personality fills the frame as a wolf in sheep's clothing... or rather a rat disguised as a mouse. Glen Keane crafted Ratigan's brilliant performance as a freelancer at Disney, well before he was staffed for the new dawn of Animated Features such as Little Mermaid, and as supervising animator on Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Worker Studio's Chief Creative Officer, Barry Kooser was a background Artist and Supervisor for 11 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, contributing to films such as as The Lion King, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear, among others. He also ventured his painterly eye as a Fine Artist, exhibiting his work in galleries around the country. We're lucky to have this master artist inform Worker Studio's production design. We asked Barry what the Top 5 Production Designs that influenced his career in filmmaking are. As you'll see his influences range from classic Disney films to some of the most gorgeous live action films of the past 30 years. This is #3 in a series of posts.
#3 Road to Perdition (2002)
Minister of Message
Announcer of all things Worker.