Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wild Things Are Here....

I ‘ve been visiting the blog Terrible Yellow Eyes for a while now and love the idea to bits! I asked Cory if he’d be keen for me to contribute and said he loved my stuff so here’s what I put together, it’s really cool to be involved in such a cool project…


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sparkle Friends Ep35: Spooky Sunday

This was an interesting episode of Sparkle Friends to make as, writing, directing and animation aside, it sort of relied heavily on spot-on performances from the lead Sparkle Friends voice cast to make the joke really work. I'm happy to say I think the real Serena and Charlie absolutely nailed it.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Merry Saint Nick...

He's back for his 3rd year in a row! Will he ever stop drinking the booze? You'll have to wait until next year to find out...

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


We posted a sneak peek at this episode earlier this year and got a really positive reaction to it, so we've been really wanting to get the whole episode out there! So without further ado we present the greatest 80's star that never was.... Roadblock!!!

Our older post also has some sketches and a clip of our buddy Jarrod recording Roadblock's voice!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Hey there, long time no Sparkle Friends!

As you may (or may not) know Sparkle Friends now plays on Australia's ABC, so to give the nice folks over there a decent head start on episodes 31-40 we held off putting the episodes online. But enough time has passed now so we thought we'd finally unleash the newest episodes on the world wide web.

I'm super happy with how the 4th series turned out. With some super crisp writing and editing from Jeremy, cool new character and bg designs from Alex and of course the smooth animation stylings of myself and Tim, this definitely feels like the best series yet. But I'm biased.....sue me.

We really enjoyed making the "Super Tu" episode in the 3rd series of Sparkle Friends so we thought it was only fitting to kick off series 4 with a new "Super Tu" adventure. Jeremy then had the idea to do a Super Tu we did. Because we decided to bring back all of the major Sparkle Friends villains I got the chance to do a whole heap of voices, I think in total (including the Seagull and the theme park attendant) I did 9 characters over the trilogy, I may have missed some, but who's counting.......probably my Mum.

I'll stop writing now and let you watch all 3 Super Tu episodes.
- Ryan

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Last year our friends at Nickelodeon International asked us to make a cartoon for a project they called Open Mic - it was basically a chance for a group of studios to strut their stuff and make cartoon shorts with minimal studio interference. The only condition was that the cartoon must be driven by a 'star character'...

Rewind 10 years to the very early beginnings of Mukpuddy, and a Secret Agent Lemur by the name of Dirk Banzai. Cue hideous 10 year old drawings...

Dirk was the first ever Mukpuddy character, and has been through several incarnations over his 10 years. He starred in a couple of webisodes (back when that seemed like a potential way to make money) and even had his own comic for a short time. We've always thought he had star potential, and thought Open Mic might be a good time to get him out of moth balls and give him a revamp.

The 'secret agent' moniker was dropped, and Dirk became more of a kid who creates drama and intrigue wherever he goes, even when none actually exists. Naturally villains assume Dirk is their nemesis and try to destroy him, but Dirk finds it all quite fun and amusing!

We had a few attempts at trying to find a voice for Dirk, but ended up seeking out the original Dirk - our good friend Matt Kelly. Matt had slipped off the Mukpuddy radar for a few years, but turned out to be irreplaceable. Take that Beyonce!

We also enlisted our friend Richard Simpson as the voice of Dirk's nemesis, The Toyminator.

And Jeremy wrote the theme song (as he often does) with the help of our new-found musical genius Ben Sinclair. It was the first time we worked with Ben, but we doubt we'll ever make anything without him again.

Anyway, it turned out it wasn't really what Nickelodeon were after, but we enjoyed making the short and are grateful for the opportunity. Let's see what you think of it... go on... watch it!

Here's some production work...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Horsing around!

We made a pilot! No silly... not a man who flies planes. A pilot is another name for the first episode of a TV show. Chuckle.

About a year ago our buddies Jamie & Ben (better known in New Zealand as 'Bill & Ben', the creators of the award winning comedy show Pulp Sport) approached us with an idea for a couple of characters called Edward the Horse and Warren the Rabbit.

We took their idea, fed it into the Mukpuddy Cartoon Making Machine, and baked it on high for several months. This is what came out the other side.

We think it's our best work yet, and are particularly proud that we made a NZ-flavoured cartoon that doesn't involve a kiwi. Some of the references may be a little too 'local' for our overseas viewers, but hopefully that will make it seem 'exotic'.

As usual, Alex's pencil went into overdrive. Here's some early development stuff for Ed and Warren...

Secondary character development...

Here's some layouts from the pilot...

And some backgrounds...

Let us know if you'd like to see more!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Didney Lan!

Being obsessed with everything Disney as a kid I don't think there's anywhere more inspiring to be than Disneyland, and these little buggers are a direct result of my recent trip there with my wife. We also visited Comic Con where our buddy Martin Hsu convinced me to do more paintings on wood, ta daaa...


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Studio 2 Titles!

Earlier this year a local kids show called Studio 2 got us to make their new titles, we incorporated all the characters the presenters play within the show and we think they turned out pretty sweet...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Muk TV!

If you didn't catch it last year, the story 20/20 did on us is finally up on Youtube...

Here's something else we've never posted here before, a few years ago we were asked to be on a local kids show here in NZ and talk about making cartoons. It was our first time on telly and we were crapping in our nappies...

Saturday, August 08, 2009

We're still alive!

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, things have been crazy busy here at Muk HQ! After an exhausting 6 months we finished up our 4th series of Sparkle Friends, which we are very happy with and is some of our best stuff to date me thinks, we've now gone onto a "super secret" project we can't say much about at this stage but if it all goes to plan will lead to bigger and better things. Hopefully we can show you something soon! We've also been doing some "bread and butter" freelance type jobbies, so at the moment our brains feel a little melty!
We've held off posting anything else from the new Sparkle Friends episodes because we thought it might improve our chances of selling it overseas, so if you run a tv station and have moolah... email us! But we might post a few gags up soon, so stay tuned!

In the mean time I thought I'd post some stuff to whet your whistle,. I've just come back from an awesome trip to The States with my wife and this is the cover of a dvd I was handing out at Comic Con with some of Mukpuddy's Greatest Hits on it...

And a shirt I wanted to make up for comic con but ran out of time...

And here's something I was mucking around with a while back, I made up some hand drawn badges to sell at Kraftbomb. They were pretty fun to make so wanna do some more...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I recently did a couple of paintings of 2 of my favourite comic characters growing up, the stories always seemed a little over my head when I was real young but I absolutely loved the artwork!!

They're acrylic on canvas (Obelix- 5"x7", Asterix - 6"x6") and are for sale if anybody is interested! $45 US each including postage (via paypal).


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Mukpuddy in the Amazon...

Here's something cool, we just found out both the books we have for sale over at Lulu are now available on Amazon. They're a few years old now but we're still pretty happy with them. 'Sometimes' was our first go at our very own kids book, it's a simple little story told from the point of view of a young boy! And the other is the very first volume of the Mukpuddy Sketchbook, full of tonnes of stuff from our productions over the years!
They're cheap as chips so CHECK EM OUT!!!!