Results of the Fourth Annual Animation Magazine Pitch Party are in and Leo Antolini’s Edgar and Kipp has emerged from the pack to take top honors. Our distinguished panel of industry judges also liked Courtney Huddlestons Lil Red Stitch and Samuel T. Nelsons Cat vs. Fish.
For the most part, the judges appear to have made their choices based more on strong character design than high-concept loglines. Antolini, a student at San Franciscos Academy of Art University, won them over with his simple-but-expressive drawing of Edgar Mongoose and Kipp D. Snake, natural enemies who have managed to become roommates and best friends. Sort of.
Edgar and Kipp has a lot in common with third-place winner Cat vs. Fish (www.ebolaworld.com/catandfish), Nelsons twist on the classic Tom and Jerry formula. Again, the judges were intrigued by the comical look of the title characters, mortal enemies who dont get along quite as well as Antolinis mongoose and snake.
A more involved premise is explored in Huddlestons (www.courtneyhuddleston.com) Iil Red Stitch, which follows the adventures of a young girl who comes into possession of a magical sewing kit that has the power to unleash lions, tigers, chickens, jackalopes and more. The pitch shows a lot of imagination and features great art that balances classic and modern sensibilities.
Online Reader Poll Results
It seems that you, our readers, are roughly on the same page as our judges. However, you voted Cat vs. Fish as your top pick. Lil Red Stitch again came in at No. 2, followed by Hells Daughter from Josh Jenkins, Shea Stanley and Hugh Samples of Strange Type Studio (www.strangetype.com). This third-place winner centers on a sword-wielding goth chick who goes to school in "the Devils pit" and is being trained to destroy her species while wearing a Catholic schoolgirls uniform.
The Animation Magazine Staff gives first-place to Maggers & Ripley, also from Josh Jenkins and Shea Stanley of Strange Type Studio. The pitch features the image of a happy-go-lucky puppy towering over a disgruntled-looking little dog and includes the logline, "The only thing more annoying than a little sister is a little sister five times your size."
Second place goes to Nelsons Cat vs. Fish, while Matt Hebbs (www.matthebb.com) The Adventures of No-Beard, Boy Pirate rounds out the top three.
To view all of the Fourth Annual Animation Magazine Pitch Party Pitch’s click on the following link: http://www.animationmagazine.net/pitch_party_05_vote.html