Valentine's Day Claymation Cartoon

Keeping in mind the oncoming holiday of Valentine's day I felt the need to create a new claymation cartoon using one of our recurring clay characters: Charlie Butters. Charlie is a very sort of clumsy guy whom is always finding himself in one problem or another. Sometimes the problems he encounters are of his own doing, other times as in this case he is just the hapless victim of someone else's folly. If you want to watch the video right away click the YouTube video at the side of this paragraph. If not read on for more interesting info on the making of this claymation and our Charlie Butters character.

Wife Mad
Wife Mad | Source

As many know I actively create claymation cartoons (also music, articles, other film projects and art forms). In this claymation Charlie decides to impress his wife with a nice Valentine's day gift of a heart shaped box of chocolates. Upon bring home the box and placing it nicely on the kitchen counter he calls to his wife to come down and receive her surprise. After a moment his stomach begins rumbling (sounding much like a Wookie from Star Wars) and he runs off to the bathroom to do some business. Apparently he had one too many bean burritos that didn't agree with him.

Love Box
Love Box | Source
Charlie on the john
Charlie on the john | Source

Meanwhile as Charlie's wife had not come downstairs yet the box of chocolates sat unguarded on the kitchen counter. At this point Charlie's daughter Izzy comes home from playing earlier than expected and enters the kitchen. Mesmerized by the chocolate box and with stars in her eyes she quickly runs to the box and goes crazy devouring the chocolates. She then hears her mom coming downstairs and makes a hasty retreat. Upon entering the kitchen and expecting a sweet surprise Charlie's wife sees the empty box of chocolates and becomes a bit confused.

Charlie exits the bathroom much relieved and runs to the kitchen. Not noticing the empty box he loudly proclaims, "Surprise!" to his wife who now a bit angry asks if that is why he called her down. Izzy peers into the kitchen from the doorway but disappears when it appears she may get into trouble. Charlie says, "Happy Valentine's day!" to his mad wife only to get smacked in the face. Charlie's wife storms off as he asks her if that means she didn't like her present. Thus ends another of Charlie Butters misadventures.

Wife
Wife | Source

The making of this claymation cartoon was again a combined effort headed by yours truly but assisted by my wife and my daughter. Both contributed to the project making characters/props and lending their voices. I combined our collective efforts in Adobe Premiere CS5 editing and adding sound/voices/animation and of course production/taking the shots. We again used our Panasonic GS-500 with controlled lighting. We hope you enjoyed this cartoon as much as we did making it and we wish everyone an awesome Valentine's day.

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ithabise 4 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Yay! Another one! (She's a tough cookie!)


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago

I like this one way more than the Frankenstein one. One thing to be careful of, if a character is entering a scene from one directions, you have to keep that character in that direction. When the little girl comes home from school, she enters from left to right, then she seen walking from right to left. Later on the mother does this as well, but other than that, you have really done a great job with this animated short. The conflict is well defined, your comedic timing was perfect, and it was just the right length of time. I would really love to make an animated short with you sometime in the future :) Again great job, keep up the great work. Voted Up, and Everything Else

(P.S. Check out my animated short "Dead or Alive", when you can. I'd love to hear your input).


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You continue to produce very well constructed claymation cartoons. Enjoyed the story.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I wish I could do this thing. The pictures are lovey and the story is very interesting.


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Poor old Charlie-- what a great cartoon and hub. Voting this valentine up


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jaybird22 4 years ago from New York

Wow, claymation looks like it is very time consuming. I really don't know much about claymation but it seems as though the characters move a little too slow (slower than realistic pace). Also, the sounds of the footsteps don't jive with the pace they are moving at. I appreciate you taking the time to put this together. Hope my input helps you in your future animation career. I look forward to seeing your next project.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ithabise - hehe true you would think she would let Charlie explain but if she did it wouldn't have been funny. But glad you found my claymation cartoon interesting :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

CarltheCritic1291 - glad you enjoyed this one. Your constructive criticism is much appreciated and I will consider your suggestions. I would also welcome a collaboration at some point. Need to work through some scripts and free up some time before I could say for sure when I could do something on that though. We'll keep in touch for sure. Will check out your work too :)


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Mark Pitts 4 years ago from United States

Cool talent and fun to watch. I love the way your family is involved in making your claymations. They can share the glory or the blame!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

teaches12345 - as long as people are watching or reading I keep going :) Thanks for reading!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Vinaya Ghimire - I think if anyone really puts their mind to it creating claymation cartoons is easy. Glad you liked the story of our claymation.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Yes charlie really gets the short end of the stick in our claymation cartoon, oh well it's all for a good laugh!


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LoriSoard 4 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

I love claymation. Thanks for the smile.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

good job! Cute story and really good job with the claymation.Poor Charlie!:)


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Ironman1992 4 years ago

I like stopmotion sometimes better than cgi.


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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

I feel soooo bad for poor Charlie. Good claymation and cute story. :)


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Patti Riggs Hale 4 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

This is cool!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

jaybird22 - thanks, we were a little rushed making this funny Valentine's day claymation cartoon, but did our best with the time we had. Our next project will be coming soon for sure :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Mark Pitts - yes, whenever I do my claymation cartoons like this one my family assists me. So it becomes family fun :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

LoriSoard - you are certainly welcome I am glad our Valentine's day claymation cartoon made you smile. We worked hard on it :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

picklesandrufus - glad we gave you a laugh with our Valentine's day claymation cartoon :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Ironman1992 - it is an interesting art form. Thanks for commenting on our claymation cartoon hub :)


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johncimble 4 years ago from Bangkok

Great one!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

cherylone - he he, yes as you may find in other upcoming claymations things don't always go his way, well, almost always. Happy you liked our Valentine's day Charlie Butters claymation cartoon!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Patti Riggs Hale - really happy that you liked our Valentine's day claymation cartoon and our funny character, Charlie Butters, more to come for sure :)


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

johncimble - Thanks so much more claymation cartoons to come but this one would suit Valentine's day well!


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great job. Enjoyed allot. Thanks for taking the time to produce. Very good. I voted UP all across. Lee


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Drtruthman - thanks for checking it out and voting up. Glad you enjoyed it :)


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nikipa 4 years ago from Eastern Europe

Awesome work! Love your creativity!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

nikipa - I really enjoy making claymation cartoons and other art so there will be plenty more soon I'm sure :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great job with the claymation,enjoyed this awesome hub !

Vote up and more !!!


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

kashmir56 - thanks we worked on this claymation for awhile so glad you enjoyed the cartoon!

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