The only animated cat I can endure to date, Simon Tofield’s fat white cat, brings us an animated Christmas Special annually, much to the delight of cat-lovers everywhere. Having shared with you all of The Simon’s Cat Christmas videos to date, it’s time for the latest 2017 Simon’s Cat Christmas Special and some other Simon’s cat fun.
2017 Simon’s Cat Christmas Special
Simon Tofield is an illustrator, animator and director at Tandem Films. And yes, of course, he’s a cat owner – three of them.
Made using Adobe Flash, TV Paint / CelAction animation software, the animation for the Simon’s Cat films is a slow process and pays particular attention to observed, real life cat behaviour.
Historically the films were traditionally animated frame by frame. More recently they began using Celaction 2D software which has sped up the process but still requires a lot of care and attention. Each film takes approximately 6-9 weeks to make, depending on complexity, number of characters and special effects.
A Christmas Yarn – Simon’s Cat (A Christmas Special):
‘A CHRISTMAS YARN’ Credits:
Director: Simon Tofield
Animation: Rachel Thorn, Jimeno Farfan, Harry Slinger-Thompson
Animation Supervisor: Emma Wakley
Design & Rigging: Trevor Philips
Art Director: Liza Nechaeva
Producer: Emma Burch
Associate Producer: Edwin Eckford
Music & Sound Design: Shrooty
Love Simon’s Cat?
Watch their 12 minute colour film ‘Off to the Vet’ at https://youtu.be/GTUruS-lnEo
More to see, cuddle and play with at The official Simon’s Cat website