It’s a meeting I’ve wanted to have ever since one of Jonti’s Magical Trevor series ran during our very first Nicktoons Film Festival in 2004/2005. Trevor didn’t win but it was my personal favorite in that year’s competition, and ever since I’ve wanted to know what was behind the magic of Mr. Weebl. This week, working in London, I got the chance through some terrific new colleagues I’ve got @ChannelFlip.
Well, at a local pub in the Weebl neighborhood I found out a bit and it just made me hungry for more. Turns out Jonti trained as a sound engineer (me too!) and looked at music as his first career. But, as is often the case, when he stopped trying to be what everyone else wanted him to be, and just started doing what *he* wanted to do, things got interesting.
Mr. Picking launched Weebl’s Stuff by writing and recording all his own music, and personally animating hundreds of films (first series: Weebl & Bob, written by Mrs. Picking aka Sarah Darling). It’s only in the last year or so that any other animators have touched anything, and Jonti works with most of them virtually; he’s only met one of his animators in person.
I could on, but I won’t. I’ll just post a hit Magical Trevor, and leave you with a couple of FAQs from the Mr. Weebl YouTube page.
Q: What do you use to animate?
A: Mostly Flash and a bit of After Effects.
Q How do you make your music?
A: Reason/Record by Propellerheads. Melodyne by Celemony. Cubase (rarely) by Steinberg. I also use Adobe Audition for voice editing and a SE2200a mic.
Photograph of Mr. Weebl by Mrs. Weebl, July 11, 2012. London, UK