Pip the Robot: Trapped

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As this is a video submission I can't put a link on the robotday logo but I'm supposed to make it go here: http://www.newgrounds.com /collection/robotday2012

This is the 3rd episode of Pip the Robot and this one is a follow up to 'Button'

Pip is trapped in a room based on 'Relativity' by M.C. Escher which possesses some weird gravity. He's being monitored by a couple of Robots in a control room. What are they doing? Just one more mystery for Pip to solve... although he has no idea what's going on.

I was working on this cartoon before I made Button but preparing the room took a very long time so I slotted button in as a prelude. Go and watch Button first so you have an idea of what the Button 'does' although it's not essential.

I've made this one longer than the previous 2, however when I started it Pip still couldn't change his facial expressions, although I have since refined the design and next time you see him he will be expressive!

I'm Excited to have this finished in time for Robot Day and I hope you all like the character, there's loads more I can do with him. For an insight you can like Pip on Facebook at facebook.com/PipTheRobot which I update regularly.

Pip will return in Noirbot, which is currently in the pre-production phase.


Funny and very cute. The animation is amazing and I love it when pip is in the "Relativity" room ('Crazy Stairs' painting for you Family Guy fans).

Really like the scenes and it looked good. Some more audio or different smaples would make this even better. How long did it take to render this?

Zictor responds:

About a week for the main Escher room 30 second moving camera shot, and the rest took between 4-8 hours each and were much shorter and had lower quality settings. It's the lighting and textures that determine the time and I tend to put the lighting on the lowest setting unless I get some reflection issues. Glad you liked it, building up a sound sample library for future cartoons.

Really nicely animated, smooth and i love the use of camera in this. It doesn't really have a narrative thought which is a shame, but it's still a nice piece well done.

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Jul 10, 2012
6:16 AM EDT
Comedy - Original