Today I was at the library with a dear friend of mine. Immediately after we entered the door we walked to the children’s section of the library. I’ve done this in the past before and people have looked at me weird, especially the high school kids. One time a mother looked at me all weird as if she’s never seen a Chuck Taylor wearing 20 year-old looking at children’s books before. I wanted to flip her off but seeing there were kids around, it wasn’t such a good idea.
As I browsed through the books I realized why I wanted to make something like The Paper Pirate. It was over a year ago when I realized I didn’t want to make something that was just “cool” for my final year of uni. It wasn’t enough for me. To me “cool” is just that – “cool” (not that there’s everything wrong). It doesn’t offer anything else besides being cool. My past works have been just that, superficial eye-candy. I didn’t want to make something than an audience would just awe at visually and forget about it a month later. I wanted this animation to connect. I wanted this animation to make them smile, not because it was funny, but because it provoked something within their hearts. This is what being in the children’s section of the library brought to me early last year, this warm feeling within, often bringing back those happy childhood memories. And this is what I want The Paper Pirate to be: full of heart and most importantly, be sweet.
After browsing some of the books today I came across one that well, made me smile. Not because it was funny, but because the main character was so god damn charming, cute and had so much to offer. The story was short, simple and there was something about the character that really made me warm up to him. The book was The little old man who could not read by Irma Simonton Black.
The little old man who could not read
(Don’t be suprised if i turn this into an animation in a few years)
Ps. I’m still really hoping The Paper Pirate will be done by the time I’m 22. Or I’m just going to lose it. kekeke