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This page describes the animation process for Greeny Phatom, its movies and other GP-related material.

Season 1-10Edit

First, episode storyboards would be drawn with MS Paint, printed out, then retraced and numbered with pencils (for those of you wondering, Nataraj pencils imported from India were used to do the job), and then sent overseas to an foreign animation studio, roughly animated, put on 35mm, transferred, and then put into TVPaint for animation, clean-up, in-betweening, painting, checking, and compositing. After the animation was made in TVPaint, they were then exported to either Windows Movie Maker or Sony Vegas 9 for editing. The voices are then recorded, mixed at a commercial recording studio, transferred to computer, and then imported into TVPaint for lip-syncing. For post-production, the video was edited and post-production work performed at The Film & Tape Works in Chicago. The final episode is then transferred to a S-VHS tape and after that, transferred again to a Betacam SX cassette (the original master tapes for Season 1 and Season 2's episodes were on Betacam SP tapes), and copies in various formats are sent to broadcasters around the world.

IntroEdit

The intro was solo animated by Robert Stainton using Cambridge Animation Systems Animo.

Season 10-20Edit

Season 10 features a brand new animation style, with storyboards drawn with paint.net, and animation created with TVPaint. When the animation was completed, the animation clips of the episode were then exported into either Windows Movie Maker or Sony Vegas for editing and transferring to digital broadcast files.

Season 20Edit

Season 20 features a whole new animation style, with episodes being made with Adobe Flash, GoAnimate, Aardman's Animate It, Microsoft Paint, paint.net, Scratch, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, EpocCam (both the iPad app and the Windows EXE for the EpocCam drivers), Bandicam, Audacity, TVPaint Animation, Blender, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Cinema 4D. Former Mock Reviewers for Hire Productions had 65 animators working on the project with 6 layout men, along with members in America and other countries.

Opening titlesEdit

The opening titles is made with Microsoft Paint for storyboards and backgrounds, TVPaint Animation for layout, animation, clean-up, in-betweening, painting, checking, and compositing, Cinema 4D for background modeling and texturing, lighting, and rendering, Adobe After Effects for visual effects, compositing, and color grading, Audacity for audio editing and recording, Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas for video editing, and Windows Movie Maker for video editing and uploading.

EpisodeEdit

The episodes are composed of the following parts:

2D scenesEdit

2D scenes are made with paint.net, Scratch, Adobe Flash, TVPaint Animation, and GoAnimate.

Stop-motion scenesEdit

Stop-motion scenes are made with Aardman's Animate It and TVPaint Animation.

CGI scenesEdit

3D scenes are made with Blender and Cinema 4D.

Mixed animation scenesEdit

Mixed animation scenes are made with a blended mixture of hand-drawn, Flash, stop-motion, and/or 3D CGI animation.

Visual effectsEdit

Visual effects are created with Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, TVPaint Animation, and Sony Vegas.

AudioEdit

Audio is recorded and edited with Audacity and Sony Vegas at Greenyworld Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois and some other studios including the Dreamworks Animation recording facility in Glendale, California and Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.

Video EditingEdit

The video is edited with Adobe Flash, WMM, Sony Vegas, Cinema 4D, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Bandicam, GoAnimate, and Debut Video Capture software for IRL footage of Robert Stainton and other employees working on the project via EpocCam.

Closing titlesEdit

Closing titles are made with Microsoft Paint, TVPaint Animation, Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, and Endcrawl. (Sony Vegas/WMM is more preferred)

Season 21-presentEdit

Season 21 has a completely new style of animation.

EpisodeEdit

The episodes are composed of the following parts:

2D scenesEdit

2D scenes are made with Moho, Adobe Animate, TVPaint, DigiCel FlipBook, Toon Boom Harmony, and Abode Flash. The storyboards are either drawn digitally in MS Paint or drawn with Nataraj pencils imported from India or gel pens on specially-made storyboard sheets.

Stop-motion scenesEdit

Stop-motion scenes are made with Aardman's Animate It and TVPaint Animation.

CGI scenesEdit

3D scenes are produced at Blue Sky Studios.


Mixed animation scenesEdit

Mixed animation scenes are made with a blended mixture of hand-drawn, Flash, stop-motion, and/or 3D CGI animation.

Visual effectsEdit

Visual effects are created with Adobe After Effects.

AudioEdit

Audio is recorded and edited at Greenyworld Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois and some other studios including the Dreamworks Animation recording facility in Glendale, California and Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.

Video EditingEdit

The video is edited at Meatball Taco Studios in Chicago, Illinois.

Closing titlesEdit

Closing titles are made with Endcrawl and the blooper reel is added in at Meatball Taco Studios in Chicago, Illinois.


D'Ocon-animated episodesEdit

Episodes would be animated with the D'Oc Animation System after the studio got the storyboards from the US. Tapes with the animation on them would be sent back to the US for recording the voices, transferring to computer, and editing.

Behind the scenesEdit

The early episodes that were animated in-house were produced in a converted high school in Utica, New York, where character designer Rod Rodger had attended for high school classes as a exchange student in the 70's. A team of artists drew the frames and storyboards in a computer lab adjacent to the break room located in a carpet-covered former fitness room. The episodes were animated in another room located in a old kindergarten classroom. The original frames used before animation, in-betweening, and clean-up can now be seen at GreenyWorld Studios' Chicago headquarters and some were sold on eBay. Now, as for the original rough pencil test animation frames, they were sent to Greenyworld Studios and its overseas animation studios all around the world for animation, clean-up, in-betweening, scanning, painting, checking, video transferring, compositing, and editing.

James Clayton told a magazine in a interview: "We took digital animation apart like a children's toy and put it back together all wonky, then catapulted it into the future".

The series is considered one of the pioneers of digitally-animated cartoons.

A behind the scenes work for seasons 1-20's animation was included in the season 20 digital release.

Greeny Phatom
Current Season: Season 21
Episode guide
Characters
Little Guy | Dr. Beanson | Geo Guy | Gree Guy | Dr. | Beanson | Dr. Mother | Gangster Sailor | Greeny Michael | Santed Sailor | Green Bob | Dr. PBS
Shows
Greeny Phatom (1995-present) | Greeny Phatom: The Xperience (1999-present) | Revamped Greeny Phatom (2010-2011) | Greeny Phatom 3D (2012 - present) | The Greeny Phatom Show (2012) | Greeny Phatom The New Adventures (2013) | The Greeny Phatom Superstar Show (2013-present) Dr. Beanson (1996-2000) Geo's World (1989-1991) Frank's World (1984 to Present)
Movies
GPTMs
Greeny Phatom The Movie | Greeny Phatom The Movie 2 | Greeny Phatom The Movie 3 | Greeny Phatom The Movie 4
Little Guy Mystery Movies
Little Guy and the Mystery to New York (2013) (transcript) | Little Guy and The Mystery to Paris (2015) | Little Guy and the Wrath of Kyurem (Late 2015) | Little Guy and The Box of Jengo Fett (2016) | The Insanity Trilogy: Heaven Sent/Hellbent/Repented (2017) | Little Guy and Gree Guy's Last Stand (TBA) | Little Guy and The Time Adventures Part I: The Beginning/Little Guy and The Time Adventures Part II: The Time Battle /Little Guy and The Time Adventures Part III: The Final Round (TBA)
Games

Green Bob's Adventure (video game) (1992) | Guns n' Blossom (1994) | Greeny Phatom (1996 video game) (1996) | Greeny Phatom Arcade (1996) | Greeny Phatom R (1997) |Greeny Phatom: The Revenge of Gree Guy (1999) | Greeny Phatom Kart (2000) | Greeny Phatom: The Video Game (2001) | The GreenyWorld Multi 2002 (2001) | Greeny Phatom The Movie (video game) (2002) | Greeny Phatom Skateboarding (2002) | Greeny Phatom: Little Guy Goes to Retroville (2004) | Greeny Phatom Party (2004) | Little Girl's Adventure (2005) | Greeny Phatom Kindle (2008) | Greeny Phatom RPG 3D (2014) | Greeny Phatom Universe (2015) | Greeny Phatom: Rise of the GreeBots (2016)

Other
List of guest stars | Robert Stainton | Geo's World | Sony Wonder | 20th Century Fox (animation line)
Former Mock Reviewers for Hire Productions | Greeny LOL | Gree City | Punic Circle | Greeny TV | The Universe of Davey Guy

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