Fox Kids (partially lost animated "Frankenfox" bumpers from children's channel block; 1991-1992)
These Fox Kids Network bumpers produced by Colossal Pictures and directed by Mike Smith between 1991-1992 feature a weird, wolf-looking, unnamed cartoon fox who has a 2D cel animated head on a stop motion/live action body and is sort of a Dr. Frankenstein type. He was a short-lived mascot for the block.
To this day, the bumpers and character have been so obscure that people don't remember them. He was believed to be voiced by either Richard Steven Horvitz or James Arnold Taylor because of his silly high-pitched voice, but it is not yet known. He was also dubbed "Frankenwolf" by some people even though he's clearly a fox.
Background[edit | edit source]
When one fan asked Mike Kazaleh (one of the animators) about the bumpers, he replied with this statement:
What I remember was that these were produced by the now defunct Colossal Pictures, a bay area studio that was very trendy at the time. The technical nightmare was combining a live-action body with an animated head. The man in the body costume (who had a green cylinder covering his head to facilitate use of the "ultimatt" compositing machine) was taped moving around more or less randomly. This required re-exposing individual frames from the tape as if they were drawings. That was the only way we could get any "body sync" for the dialogue and action. That was very time consuming. After that was finished, we could go about the business of animating the head.
He also responded when asked about the character's name and who voiced him:
I don't think the character had a name. The Fox network (and Fox Kids) was still pretty new at the time. I forgot who actually decided to use a fox mascot, but it seems like an obvious idea. I've forgotten the actor's name. I think the voice was sped up at least 8% so that makes it even harder to remember. Also this was almost a quarter of a century ago. Mike Smith was a very pleasant chap, and was a good cartoonist, but I think his idea of combining a live body with a cartoon head turned out to require more effort that Colossal bargained for.
Found Bumpers[edit | edit source]