Up, Up, and Away!
A short time back I sent Lou an
animated short video I had just completed and thought he might
enjoy seeing. A short time later, both he and Jim felt that
readers of TAC would also enjoy seeing the animated feature.
Since then both have been working hard to bring it to you, the
readers and fans of George Reeves and TAC. I thank both Lou and
Jim for allowing me once more to share a project with you and
explain how it came about.
Sometime back in 2004 I was listening to the theme
song from another popular TV series Greatest American Hero.
The lyrics really struck home with me, and I thought about how
they also related to George and his sudden shot to fame as
Superman. I began to think how much fun it would be to animate
a dimensional puppet of George (as Superman) singing the song.
I started to develop the idea and even made a drawing of a
cartoon style George/Superman and then built a steel ball and
socket armature for the foam rubber puppet that I planned to
But it didn't take long before I realized I had bitten off
just a little too much, and that such a project would take
years of my spare time. Building dimensional puppets along
with the office sets... and then animating them... was too
daunting. So like so many other ideas I filed it away.
Then this past January I visited a favorite clay animation
website of mine and noticed a link to a free computer
animation program. After a short tour of the program I began
to see an answer to that filed away idea of an animated,
singing Superman. And this inspiration came to me at just the
right time because by chance, I had some extra time to devote
to it. I quickly located the original drawing I had done and
got to work learning the animation program and making new
drawings as well as developing the lip syncing tecniques
needed. After just a month of work it was finished, and the
rest, as they say, is history.
I had a whole lot of fun doing this video and learned a so
much in the process. And to me, that's what it's all about. I
hope you all enjoy the animated short video and that it will make
you smile for just a moment... because I thought George would
like that... and that too is what it's all about.
Best to you all
[To view Rich's video, click on Superman below. It may take
some time to download, especially if you don't have a high speed
connection, but I think you'll enjoy it. It is a Windows Media
File. If you have any difficulty with it, let me know, and I'll
see if I can help. Jim Nolt - April 4, 2006]
or Not... George Reeves
It or Not... George Reeves