5 Questions You Probably Want to Ask About Bubble Bubble Meows
Posted on: 26/05/2015
Animation affords us a precious gift. This gift is pushing boundaries and creating worlds or characters that aren't possible in live action films using tangible objects.
Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache is a whacky and wonderful animated film which not only pushes these boundaries with its unique style, but also its off-beat sense of humour. Watching it invites you to draw parallels to shows like Adventure Time or Invader Zim, both equally as quirky.
To celebrate our screenings of Bubble Bubble Meows, we caught up with its creator - Matt Orefice - to discover more about his fascinating film:
1) The name of the film is amazing. How did you come up with it?
I made a list of titles, just out of the ether. I sat for a while and had a cup of coffee, and the names just started coming (there are three movies and a bunch of books). The Meteor Stomachache one I thought would work pretty well as a movie, because it was a bit cosmic and a bit personal at the same time. Not to get all hippy dippy, but it's a neat thing to connect the very big and the very small, and to feel one's meaning within the world. I guess I just got all hippy dippy, didn't I?
2) One of the things you instantly notice about Bubble Bubble Meows is the unique artwork. Is it actually done in Microsoft Paint or a similar program?
I think there was a review that said it looked like I did the movie in Microsoft Paint. I don't imagine it's a compliment, but I like it that someone used their imagination. It could be that Microsoft Paint is not a good program to use, and that the "not good" quality is because I have red-green colorblindness.
The movie was actually hand-drawn using a uni ball Onyx micro, black ink pen, on pieces of 8.5"x11" white paper. I scanned the papers at 300 dpi, and then converted them to .JPG files, and imported them into Photoshop, where they were colored.
Every frame is a composite of layered .JPG files. The dialogue and music was recorded in ProTools. The editing was done in Sony Movie Studio. After making some test shorts, this was the method I landed on. Now I've told you how to do it, you can do it, too!
3) How long did animating the entire film take?
Meteor Stomachache took ten months (about as long as a horse gestation), because I did it in black and white. After I had the rough cut, I went back and decided to color everything.
The second one, Lame-O Baby Jib, I just finished, and it took eight months (about as long as a hippopotamus gestation) writing to the final cut.
The third one I'm just starting and it should be done in about eight months as well.
4) The plot of Bubble Bubble Meows almost seems like you're in a dream. Was it a dream of yours?
All my ideas came from sitting and thinking, and having some coffee. When I laughed at something I wrote it down. Probably I wrote when I wasn't laughing, as well (those are the jokes that no one laughs at).
5) If the cat Bubble Bubble Meows could give kids one piece of advice, what would it be?
"What a fantastic world we all live in, and what great friends you will find; cherish it all!"
- Interview with Matt Orefice, filmmaker and director
Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache