If Dr. Frankenstein had combined pieces from Dracula, Wolfman, Mickey Mouse and Spongebob Squarepants, the result might resemble something out of Blenderstein!, a cartoon short created by Zach Bellissimo (BFA 2011 Animation). The film, which Bellissimo made for his thesis project at SVA, was among the winners of Cartoon Brew‘s 2nd Annual Student Animation Festival.
In a recent interview with Strange Kids Club, Bellissimo discusses the honor of being chosen for the award. ‘Its a big deal for me since I respect the people who run the site so much,” he said. As for where he drew inspiration for the short, he explains, “The characters featured in classic horror films, especially the Universal Studios films, are some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever played by some of the most iconic and recognizable actors ever,” he said. “Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre all helped me develop [the characters of Blenderstein!].”
The project took eight and a half months to complete and was mainly drawn digitally, Bellissimo says in the interview. “The computer is a tool that makes an animator’s job easier, but the animation is still done the old school way. Every drawing is one frame, but instead of being drawn on paper, it’s drawn on the computer, still by my hand and still painstakingly tedious.”
Read the full interview at Strange Kids Club.