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Forgetting Mr. Hanks – Two Animators Revive Walt In “I Hate You Red Light”

Forgetting Mr. Hanks - Two Animators Revive Walt In "I Hate You Red Light"

2-D animators J.M Walter and M. R. Horhager seem to have beat Tom Hanks to it. Last year they produced (and released on the festival circuit) this delightful tribute, I Hate You Red Light!

Walter, based out of Colombia with his company 1881 Animation, co-created the short with Horhager’s Toronto-based Solis Animation. Produced in a faux-1950s Disney style, they went one step further by filming a live action prologue in the style of a Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color intro – featuring co-director J.M. Walter (above) as “Walt”. 

They may not have gotten the characterization as well as Tom Hanks, but the tone, the animation, the concept – even the sound – seems to be a perfect match. They’ve just put their homage online – perfect timing I guess – and here it is: 

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I don't know if it was intentional,but even the fade-in and fade -out from the live action had a '60s cheesiness,with the last moments bleeding into the black.Could this be a result of the spot on lighting of the live set?


Great spoof of Disney "edutainment" cartoons…they even copied the "businessman's bounce" style title music perfectly!


fantastic! the designs, animation, layout, music, story work were all exceptional!

the live action beginning was spot on, and the maquettes were awesome!

more please!

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