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Timothy Robert McKenzie
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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.
I always have this idea for an animated cartoon or feature film project for many years now, and here it goes:

Another Poster Design for Dexter's Odyssey by timbox129

What will happen if you or I take the incredibly fluid animation and visual artistry of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack (2001-2004), the mystical and detailed nature and breathtaking epic-ness (especially in terms of the battle scenes) as well as some of the epic quest themes of The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien books 1954-1955; Peter Jackson Movies 2001-2003), the larger than life epic-ness of things like Lawrence of Arabia (1962), the stunningly breathtaking and intricately complex animation of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler (1964-1995), the surreal and fantastical nature of cartoons like Bob Clampett’s Porky in Wackyland (1938) as well as the old gold Genndy Tartakovsky original Dexter’s Laboratory episodes (1995-1999), the dinosaur-themed fantasy elements of Dinotopia by James Gurney (1992) and/or even Jurassic Park (1993), the lush, awesome art of the best Disney classics past and present (like those for Bambi, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Lion King), and even the universal and timeless, epic struggle of good against evil in things like the aforementioned Lord of the Rings, throw in even a dash of classic cartoon slapstick (or even some) as well as what made Bill Watterson’s newspaper comic strip series Calvin and Hobbes worthwhile and fuse them all together into one huge widescreen epic animated cartoon movie project or so (Dexter's Odyssey) which will not only be about three ethnic (white and blonde as well as black and Asian, respectively) girls and one boy (Dee Dee, Mee Mee, Lee Lee and Dexter who all go on an epic quest through dinosaur-populated wildernesses and distant, unknown, exotic, faraway lands in order for one of the girls in the small group of four adventurous kids (presumably the Asian girl Lee Lee) stop the boy’s rival neighbor (Mandark) who have gone evil and powerful (like Sauron from LOTR) from conquering and enslaving their modern suburban community, but will also be fun to look at (even for an animated cartoon movie project) due to the sheer artistic skill of those who do work on it (especially yours truly), will have many scenes with very little or no dialogue at all (or even some) as well as even a varied and creative art and design style layout that can vary from design style to design style, etc.?

Dexter's Laboratory meets The Lord of the Rings! by timbox129

You know, I think animated cartoons and animated movies (especially those of the non-Disney variety and especially those of the 2D Hand Drawn variety) don’t have to be made just for kids and/or the family audience, even funny animals or dinosaurs or some other creature can have deeper personalities and insights in life, and it can still be possible for animated movies and cartoons (especially those of the non-Disney variety and especially those of the 2D Hand Drawn variety) to successfully explore epic and/or dramatic themes or so without feeling tacked on and/or so on, and yes, an animated movie and/or cartoon (especially one of the non-Disney variety and especially one of the 2D Hand Drawn variety) about a boy and three ethnic girls (Dexter and Dee Dee, Mee Mee and Lee Lee) on a quest to stop a rival neighbor gone evil and powerful from enslaving their neighborhood can still be great!

Dexter's Odyssey Logo by timbox129

I always intended such a dream project of mine (Dexter's Odyssey) to be my masterpiece as well as being to animation (especially of the feature film, TV and web varieties) what Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes is to the daily syndicated newspaper comic strip!

And so, what would you think of all that?

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KittyAcademy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Digital Artist
I thought Japanese/Chinese Boys don't wear Komonos however you spell it.
timbox129 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well, Japanese and Chinese boys do wear their traditional clothes (kimonos for boys of the Japanese kind) in ancient days, and some modern Japanese boys (or sometimes girls) still wore traditional kimonos, though some wore more modern clothes. 

After all, Samurai Jack is a cartoon to you and I, so Jack still wears a kimono even as a child, given the fact that he is a time-displaced warrior prince.
timbox129 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hey guys, if you want to see Dexter's Lab and Samurai Jack screenshots and fan musings...






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"?
Lipanel Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Sumikuro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Dexter Odyssey sounds amazing, are you going to Calarts to learn animation?
soundofspheres Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
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.
timbox129 Featured By Owner 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!
timbox129 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
Good recommendation, soundofspheres! I'll have that for Christmas!
Wobbleblot-Alt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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