Today we begin ROUND TWO of our Animation Summer Jams event, where every 2-4 weeks we'll announce a new theme and everyone is invited to create animations around said theme. Points will be awarded each round, with winners announced at the end of the summer. You don't have to participate in every round but you'll have the most opportunities to earn points that way.
The Round Two theme is MODERN ROBOTS AS 1930s-STYLE CARTOON CHARACTERS.
You will be making a cartoon set in modern times where a modern day robot (or several) is the star but aesthetically, your animation will look like something from the 1930s.
This style was most recently popularized by Cuphead and like Cuphead, you can make your animation in full color vs black and white.
For classical references, see Swing You Sinners, The Skeleton Dance, Bimbo’s Initiation and Steamboat Willie.
As for modern day robots, here are some examples you could work with!
Boston Dynamics Atlas
BD Spot Mini
BD Big Dog
BD Robots getting abused
Tesla Factory Robots
Honda Asimo - New Today: He's retiring.
NEW TODAY! Robot Stunt People
Your robot doesn't need to be famous but it should exist as a real thing someone made. You can reference your chosen source robot in the author comments.
If you can finish your entry by July 10th, it would be ideal to publish on July 10th, which is Robot Day on Newgrounds.
However because July 10th is less than two weeks away, the official deadline is Sunday, July 15th at 11:59PM PST.
Include "1930RobotJam" in your tags and "RobotDay" if you release on Robot Day.
Music must not present licensing / royalty issues. Good resources include the Audio Portal (see Creative Commons info or ask for permission), an original composition by a teammate or one of these many royalty-free resources.
As lead animator, you may partner with background artists, in-betweeners, colorers, writers, voice actors, musicians and sound effects artists.
Musicians: This would be a great time to experiment with 1930s-inspired music! It would be cool to hear a modern take on the genre; something that combines old and new.
The lead animator is the one who earns points in each round of this event. Support members may work with multiple animators and change things up each round.
Note: 1930s animation sometimes had issues with how it portrayed race. Please don’t seek to emulate that aspect of the style.
Round 2 Judges:
@Jenjamik - An artist / animator from Cuphead!
@Fungasm - Has been repping the 1930s style on NG for a long time now.
@PhantomArcade and @IvanAlmighty - DBZ Collab organizers!
Other judges TBA.
July 10th, 11:59PM PST if you want to also participate in Robot Day.
July 15th, 11:59PM PST otherwise.
Apologies for announcing this theme a day late, been fighting a nasty stomach bug / fever this week. This theme might be a result of that fever but hopefully it goes over well.
Round 1: Bad Dream Jam
Happy animating! Promo art by @PhantomArcade.