Special Forces and Deadpool Max artist Kyle Baker has been plugging away at his animated short TNH for a while now, but it's finally seeing the light of day. Featuring a collection of fuzzy animals up to no good, this one isn't for the kiddies.
Check out Baker's 8-minute short after the jump.
Baker's short involves a drug deal gone wrong except, you know, with bunnies and cats and stuff. Superficially, it reminds me of Ralph Bakshi's Coonskin (1975, but when I saw it on VHS in the 80's it was called Street Fight). That film also had anthropomorphic animals up to no good, but whereas Bakshi work was all social statement, Baker's more interested in plugging these characters into a crime-action scenario.
What do you think of the style he's using here? If you've been following some of his recent comics work, Baker's been doing a lot more computer-assisted work using low-contrast colors, giving his figures an extra dose of unreality. His Deadpool Max stuff with David Lapham looks like a fever dream of funnybook violence. It's a jolt seeing that style in action.
Over on his blog, the animator and artist explained that it was originally supposed to be serialized, but because he couldn't find a good point for the chapter breaks, he decided to put TNH up in its entirety online. Baker also promises more installments from TNH in the future, so you might want to keep an eye out on his site for updates.