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Timothy Robert McKenzie
Artist | Student | Film & Animation
United States
Hello. My name is Tim. My favorite cartoons are Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack, while one of my favorite movies is James Cameron's AVATAR. I always wanted to become a filmmaker and animation artist.
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As for my live action/animated cartoon movie idea—ToonTalker, to be hopefully an extraordinary collaboration between an autistic yet aspiring an ambitious Maryland-born filmmaker (yours truly, Timothy R. McKenzie) and a legendary Russian-born yet Chicago-bred and US-based animator that may have had cult appeal at best (Genndy Tartakovsky, the guy behind Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory as well as the director of Hotel Transylvania)—I wanted to merge various genres like:

A) The Epic

B) A Romantic Love Story

C) Coming-of-age saga

D) Cartoon-meets-Reality fantasy (or Live Action/Animated movie)

E) Dinosaur-themed action adventure fantasy

F) Samurai Movie

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G) Fantasy (with some science fiction elements thrown in)

But ToonTalker might not only be about Brandon's struggles against the evilKhan Morgo the Demon-lord as well as Brandon's adventures back-and-forth between a live action primary world and an highly stylized Genndy Tartakovsky/Samurai Jack-style and largely hand-drawn animated cartoon parallel/secondary world tethered into each other by portals inside any visual screen like a TV set allowing free passage between the two (ToonTalker should also make the distinction between reality and fantasy, live action and cartoon animation, by showing the live action world (except for the Great Collision of the Two Worlds climactic finale and happy ending) in a normal widescreen aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1, while the highly stylized Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon animation world should be shown in the wider Panavision/Cinemascope widescreen ratio of approximately 2.35:1 or 2.40:1)…

But the central (and romantic) relationship at the heart of ToonTalker is going to be one between Brandon Robertson the Twelfth ToonTalker (who is destined to (finally) vanquish Khan Morgo the Demon-lord and restore order to the real and cartoon worlds) and a live action boy from Maryland who becomes a cartoon character whenever he travels into the cartoon world and Lillian Taiayaki, an animated cartoon Japanese girl whom Brandon befriends.

My ideal character inspiration for Brandon Robertson besides my childhood self’s more adventurous half might be a young actor that I have recently discovered on the internet named Ezra Miller—best known for his roles in the likes of We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower:

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On the other hand, my ideal character inspiration for Lillian Taiayaki, an animated cartoon Japanese girl whom Brandon befriends as well as falls in love with, is one of two Japanese girls (who happens to be an auto repairman’s two daughters voiced by veteran voice artist Kath Soucie) that Samurai Jack briefly passes by in the episode where Jack looses his sandals (Episode XXVI, that is):

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Yeah, right now, for all the potential adventure action and comedy bits involving toons n’ dinosaurs n’ samurai that I intend to include in my ToonTalker movie idea, I also wanted ToonTalker to be an animated/live action epic movie in which the love story is the primary reason for the movie.

In order to help fund my epic live action/animated adventure ToonTalker, I wanted to tell an unusual epic romance whose story is centered on a real live action Maryland boy and an animated cartoon Japanese girl that he befriends even as a cartoon character in the animated world, but it is also invoke those great love stories like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well, but with none of the hostilities between both lovers’ families (in Romeo and Juliet's case) and with a happy ending instead of the usual tragic ending, as well as a yearning to make contact between the real live action world as well as the animated cartoon world rather than turn our weapons on the other (as in another case of Romeo and Juliet):

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As for the growing tension that do feature in ToonTalker, it is that the real and cartoon peoples must speed up the romance between Brandon and Lillian if they were to be together, and their respective worlds are threatened by the evil dark lord, Khan Morgo the Demon-lord, aided by Khan Morgo's animated cartoon human accomplice, Mordred, and MorganaMorded's loyal pet who also happens to be a silent but deadly female Ceratosaurus (a small-to-medium theropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic); Brandon and Lillian must find the lost Emerald Shard and reunite it with the once-shattered Great Crystal Stone (a giant floating rainbow-hued crystallized monolith) that reposes in the Golden Castle of Taigon before the real world and the cartoon world merges into one seamless world—but if Khan Morgo and his minions interferes, both lovers will fail, and all things whole and good will be destroyed!

Anyway, out of the seven genres mentioned above, I wanted ToonTalker to be mainly a live action/animated epic love story as much as it is a live action/animated epic adventure story with Genndy Tartakovsky toons,samurai warriors, and, let’s face it, dinosaurs.

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And so, in your own opinion, what do you think of ALL THAT?!

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:icontimbox129:
timbox129 Jan 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hey guys, if you want to see Dexter's Lab and Samurai Jack screenshots and fan musings...

Then....

Check...

This...

Out!

[link]

Remember, here there be stills or screenshots from Samurai Jack as well as those from Dexter's Laboratory.

Not to mention my fan musings.

And BTW, while you're at it, what do you see on my Tumblr blog, "Timboxreloaded"?
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Sumikuro Dec 13, 2012
Dexter Odyssey sounds amazing, are you going to Calarts to learn animation?
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Hello, if you're interested in making an epic film, I'd recommend reading "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell. Some of the best directors have used it as a guide.
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timbox129 Dec 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Here's an update for you, soundofspheres. It's official that I finally got the book "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell yesterday on Christmas Morning 2012. Thank you, soundofsphere, for recommending me to read Joseph Campbell's classic 1949 book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and I'll make sure to use that book as a guide if I am interested in making an epic film like my intended masterpiece (and proposed Dexter's Laboratory reboot) the monumental and colossal 12-part live action/animated epic that is Dexter's Odyssey.

Again, thanks a lot for recommending that influential book by Joseph Campbell to me.

Once again, Thank You!
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timbox129 Nov 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
Good recommendation, soundofspheres! I'll have that for Christmas!
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Wobbleblot-Alt Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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Bonkaboing Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dude, I read your idea man! That's so freaking amazing!
I'm actually an animator who just joined deviantArt not too long ago, I should totally help you animate this, can I?
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