As you can see from the designs, it got pretty WEIRD to say the least. It was about a multi generational family living in the suburbs with all the experience of the old country. Where the kids are "been there, done that", the parents are "everything is new and wonderful" and Grandma is" old ways are best". The show itself didn't play on this as much as it could have and instead mostly focused on the father and the kids getting in trouble, similar to "The Simpsons".
But despite all that, it was still a fun show to work. I particularly like this style and the fact the producers let me use "dot eyes". You have no idea how hard it is to convince people to use dot eyes in animated shows. After all these years, it is the only show I ever got to use them on.
I don't know how many of you out there has seen it outside Canada, I can't remember who else broadcasted this show. You can find some poor quality episodes on Youtube.com.
I have always love the old Gerald cartoons from the UPA studios, so you can imagine how excited I was to work on the new version.
The show itself was chopped up into lots of little shorts about Gerald and his friends getting into all kinds of trouble in all different time periods. The show also contain stories with Gerald having fun with his mom and dad in more modern situations.
The show was designed to look as close to the old cartoons as possible with some exceptions. The UPA studio shorts of the past were for a general audience so things were changed by adding a lot more color and flare to it for the younger viewers.They look a lot better on screen than what I was able to do here for the colors and without backgrounds they fall kind of flat. You can check the show out on "YouTube" and you will see what I mean.