Oooh, I'd like to read that Frankenstein doppleganger story. Do you happen to remember the title? As for the animated adaptation, it used to be on youtube but they took it off the site but if you type in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde animated" you should find the movie I'm talking about.
"The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein". I’m sure there’s a lot of similarly titled adaptations out there—this one is from just a few years go, in novel format. It’s really well done, and the changes they made on the original flow really well—one thing I definitely took away from this version is Victor’s passion that he took from his homeland. It got me thinking about the contrast between his mountainous Switzerland verses Jekyll’s prim and proper London home.
Just have to ask: did you see the Jekyll mini-series made by BBC in 2007? I think it was one of the most interesting retellings in a long while with a good spin on what Hyde was..
I definitely did! It’s a crazy story and the whole business with the Utterson Corp. goes crazy over the top, but I still love that they tried to go somewhere new with the story.
I adore their version of Hyde! He’s clearly having so much with life (although if I were writing the story, I wouldn’t have everyone else taking him so seriously…. but of course I have an entirely different direction I’d want to go with if I wrote Hyde). I was just thinking today that Moffat’s version of Moriarty in Sherlock sounds a lot like a toned down version of Hyde with a weird accent. I think both of them have a moment where they stop and go, “Boo-riiing!”
I compared Jekyll & Frankenstein (both ambitious, idealistic, and creators of their own enemies) but I mostly analyzed Frankenstein's monster and Hyde. They're both "evil" characters birthed by science yet they are very different. Primitive drives are the source of Hyde's violence and promiscuity but it's society that is the root of Frankenstein's monster's rage. In a way, they represent the two sides of the Nature vs. Nurture argument. I was more in-depth but I can't fit it all in one message.
That’s an interesting take! I wouldn’t have thought to compare the creature to Hyde (because I’m a dork and can’t get over the imaginary melodrama between Jekyll and Frankenstein). On a surface level, I think there’s a lot more sympathy for the creature than for Hyde (it helps that we never really hear much from Hyde’s point of view—he kinda stays a shadowy boogeyman throughout the story). I have, however, read an excellent retelling in which the creature was reinterpreted as Frankenstein’s doppleganger. Fancy idea!
BTW, I'm looking at your Jekyll/Hyde art on DA and I'm loving it. The character design is great and it makes me wish even more that someone would do an animated adaptation of the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (well, there's already one but it's complete shit). I also like your Hyde and Frankenstein crossover idea because they are my two favorite books. Hell, I've even done a senior seminar in high school that compared and contrasted the two characters.
I have actually never seen this animated Jekyll and Hyde? I’ve only really seen Hyde’s brief appearance in The Pagemaster. I love collecting bad adaptations of Jekyll and Hyde, so if you know where to find it, please tell me!
I think Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde go together really well because they’re both such…. odd protagonists! They kind of beg the response of, “Okay, canon, sure, whatever—now here’s how I would do it!” What conclusion did you come to in your seminar? :D
You're a fan of Jekyll & Hyde, including the John Barrymore film? AND you go to Calarts? Instant follow. Anyways, I hope I don't annoy you by asking this, but I'm not finding much information elsewhere. Is it unusual to wait a few years (I am going to a different school and plan on developing my skills and building a better portfolio) to get into Calarts? Any portfolio advice?
Actually I was under the impression that there was a great deal of information about Calarts applicants online! Have you tried animatedbuzz.com’s forums?
It’s really split about the middle as to whether people go to Calarts straight from highschool or after a few years of college. There doesn’t seem to be much advantage one way or another, although it does help to get the boring academic classes out of the way at another school first (I took AP tests, which also counts), since the schedule is quite full at Calarts no matter what you do.
For all portfolio advice I have to defer to the fact that the application for character animation has changed since I applied! They have new sections that are listed if you look them up….
How hard was it to get into Calarts? Do you have any complaints or any criticism of the college? (when i look up "complaints about Calarts" all I can find is people who were rejected). I know Calarts is the college that is best known for its animation program and for joining Disney (which I want to do ). Any Advice??? (sorry for so many questions.But I look forward to your response.) :)
I’m not sure if I can answer this very well…. I only applied to Calarts once, and it wasn’t the most annoying application I did that year (that honor might go to RISD with its extra special three drawings they make you do?).
Actually if you want to find complaints about Calarts, just look them up on CartoonBrew sometime, haha. We got some haters over there. I’m personally pretty happy with the place, aside from not having the prettiest campus ever. The high teacher turnover rate can be kind of distressing, but I’m not sure if this is something really specific to the school. I think you can end up having a hard time if you’re used to being really pressured by teachers to meet deadlines and get your work done on time. You have a lot of freedom at Calarts to do what you want on your projects, but in return you have greater personal responsibility to finish them yourself.
I would personally be wary of being too dead-set on going to Calarts JUST because you want to go to Disney or Pixar. No matter what you do, getting into one of those places is extremely competitive, and just going to a certain school can’t guarantee you anything—it’s about how you set yourself apart. Plus it’s not good to idolize any one studio, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment a bit!
Glen Keane’s ambition with Tangled, technically speaking, is to make the computer “bend its knee to the artist” instead of having the computer dictate the artistic style/look of the film, and make the computer become as “pliable as the pencil.”
Just some fun stuff.
The way this is written, I now imagine a Matrix reboot of the robots vs. Glen Keane.
Part one of a storyboard project I’ve been working on!
This story takes place fairly late on in my Jekyll and Hyde story (presently titled “The Pseudoscientists”), after Dr. Jekyll is forced to flee London. Here he is given the opportunity to follow his friend and mentor Dr. Frankenstein on his journeys across Europe, a lifelong fantasy of Jekyll’s that turns out to be not so fantastic.
Hyde is in this story too but he doesn’t show up in the first bit D: