Saturday, October 29, 2011

Goofy Canadian Animator Expands His Reach

Cambridge, Ontario jokester Struan Sutherland has a way with words. His newly launched website is called while the rounded-up collection of fourteen flat-animation comedy shorts includes titles like “Chronicles of a Shirtless Vampire” and “God Hates Gay People.”

The vampire short is hilarious. Every fan (and non-fan) of Twilight needs to regale themselves with the conversation that goes down between Sutherland's versions of the Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart characters. Imagine a little less kissing, and a lot more talk about koala bears.


The bible-thumping, political ad God spoof is equally upside-down memorable, and predictably, rubbed certain right-wing bloggers the wrong way. So far, the 29-year-old Sutherland's most popular download is “The Optometrist Song”, a catchy little rap recounting a visit to the shopping mall eye doctor. He has been screened at a couple of local film festivals and recently told local paper the Guelph Mercury that he hopes one day to be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival. He says he's also working on segueing into live action, and putting together a more ambitious half-hour TV pilot.

In the meantime, alongside the website, Sutherland can now also be found at Blip.TV, ensuring a further enlarging of his well-deserved audience. To catch a glimpse of the man himself, check out this short, "Richard Pelke in Cartoonland.” Great stuff.


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