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Pokémon Reimagined as Classic American Cartoon

| Anime , Pokémon

With so many years of continuous adventures, it sometimes seems like the Pokémon anime has been around forever. In truth, it only stretches back to the spring of 1997.

That makes the Pokémon team several generations of animators away from the artists who worked on Looney Tunes and other entries in the golden era of American animation slapstick shorts from the 1940s and ’50s. But what if Pokémon had been around in those days?

Starring Scraggy and Mimikyu (or Zuruggu and Mimikkyu, to use their Japanese names), Chase the Beans is a new short produced by Yoshiyuki Koie, who also served as producer for the Pokémon: Twilight Wings net animation series. Dubbed a Pokétoon, the dialogue-free video takes clear inspiration from classic Looney Tunes and its contemporaries, from the smooth but cycling animation, stretching and squashing of character models, and even the soft brush-style backgrounds with a different color design than what’s used for the characters and foregrounds.

Get a closer look at the process behind the creation of this zany animation in the original article from our friends at SoraNews24 via the link below!

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