Hope Croaks

Hope Croaks

This cartoon references a classic piece of Warner Brothers animation, One Froggy Evening, which is widely considered among the greatest animated cartoons of all time.

This took quite a bit longer to draw and color than the last cartoon I made, which I banged out in an evening and an afternoon immediately after having the idea. I needed to spend some time re-watching the cartoon short and sketching characters from it, and after the lineart was finished, I carefully pulled most of my color palette from some framegrabs. I also spent some time researching the desk in the Oval Office.

I think this looks pretty nice, although I wish I’d come up with a good way to make the pattern on the Oval Office’s curtains without making the picture too busy. There’s a lot of careful design going on here, such as my decision to cross-hatch the background of the first panel in a manner reminiscent of a musical staff, while following a strong vertical line theme in the second panel, so as to make everything in it feel heavier.

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4 Responses to “Hope Croaks”

By » Anonymous (May 1st, 2011 at 12:11 am)


I immediately knew what you were referencing, good work!

By » LagomorphMan (May 1st, 2011 at 9:13 pm)

Honestly, this is one of the best cartoons I’ve seen. The reference is easy to see (and, quite frankly, if you haven’t see One Froggy Evening, what’s wrong with you?) and it fits perfectly.

i seriously think you should not let the haters on SA get you down. You know what would be funny, Paul Krugman economic ideas

By » Harry Johnson (May 18th, 2011 at 11:57 am)

ian my boy, the republicon and libertaricon free market ideas would be even funnier if they had not lead to such a disaster.

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