Hollywood-based S4 Studios has completed Fraidy Cat, a Flash-animated short written by Larry Le Francis and directed by Geoffrey Kater. The first in a series of ‘horror’ shorts produced by the studio, the short is part of the relaunch of the S4 Studio website (www.s4studios.com) and its ‘Theatre S4’ showcase.
The short centers on a seemingly serene elderly woman, who goes under a surprising transformation after being tormented by her bullying landlord. Le Francis who produced the original SpongeBob SquarePants and CatDog pilots for Nickelodeon, says he was inspired by the works of fantasy/horror masters Richard Matheson and Stephen King and EC’s Tales of the Crypt comic-book series. ‘The idea of a seemingly normal situation that isn’t really normal at all is what appealed to me,’ says Le Francis. ‘This landlord just messed with the wrong sweet old lady.’
S4 Studios embarked on the project, encouraged by the huge viral success the studio enjoyed with the series of graphic horror Flash webisodes it created and animated for Sony Playstation’s Twisted Metal: Black game. ‘We knew the fan interest was out there, and we were looking to become a bit of a cartoon studio again,’ says Le Francis.