Sunday, January 09, 2011

Little Robots (and animated GIFs!)



A "Happy 2011!" is probably in order, but there's another reason to celebrate: This is the 300th post over here at Drip!

So, I've called in these little robots to kick off the festivities. I actually thought I lost them when my hard drive crashed last summer, but was able to retrieve them. They are from a project I did a year ago for my pal Tim McCandless over at Bandolier Group. I designed and animated a bunch of little robots to go along with a flow chart. Most are in a panic, until they discover the new and easy way to fulfill rewards and rebates. I'm not sure how we settled on robots...



Here's a quick way to view the animations (requires Flash):

--> Robot Animations
(look for the gray dot in the top left to toggle between 2 screens.)

Because I've been on an "animated.gif kick", I worked feverishly for more than a few hours today, converting a handful of these Flash animations into self-contained looping gifs. Whether it interests you or not, the challenge being that most of these robots were built with nested movieclips. If you know Flash, when it ain't a .swf, you need to turn all your movieclips into graphics. (UGH.) But I accomplished it, diving into one movieclip after another, and calculated mathematical things like Least Common Multiples to get them to loop properly.

Now that I've delayed (and bored) you by reading, most of these buggers should've loaded! So, let the party begin!

















There you have it. Animated GIFs!
The future is NOW!

16 comments:

Dougmian said...

These little robots are so cute and so funny! I would like to watch them during all day!
The animation is perfect, the loops are working very well!

David DeGrand said...

These are SO FREAKIN' COOL!! Love the big boss robot yelling at the poor sap, great stuff man!

Dan Moynihan said...

Bob, these are so awesome!

maura said...

HA! YES! these are great, Bob! i think my fave might be the red & orange guy with the Xs for eyes! fun stuff :D

ETCIllustration said...

Um, these gifs are AWESOME. For real, I'm bugging out over them (no pun intended)! Hee hee, lookit 'em go!

Lena said...

ohmyfreakingCUTE! these are fantastic :D

laura said...

Oh my god, so much adorable from such tiny little robots!

Food and Drugs said...

Magníficos muñequitos!
:-)

Bob Flynn said...

Thanks everyone! They were tricky to wrangle and get to loop in animated.gif form. Much better this way than as .swfs, if you ask me.

*daisy said...

super cute!! : D

The Art Hutch said...

I really like these! Great characters and colours. I stumbled across them whilst listening to music and they were actually dancing in time with what was playing!

Keith Zoo said...

Wow, how did I not see these before?? These are freaking sweet Bob! Love the sloppy noodle arms on that little guy.

Will Strong said...

Awesome. I must learn to animate.

kymberley.moore said...

What is your policy /cost for using these graphics in a kids club? We are www.clubtuki.com and are looking at some brainy characters for our site.

Do you do contract work and what is your price for letting us use these characters?

Haruto said...

asd

El Señor JM said...

They are great! What if I ask you for making a music video with them for one of my songs?! Would you be interested?