Robot King

This isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.

As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching awesomely terrible animated series like “Voltron” and “Battle of the Planets.” Awkward dialogue, stiff animation and occasionally incredible 2D effects sequences imbued these shows with a strange charm.

Jake Portman’s latest short channels these endearing/cringeworthy shows and asks the question:

“What would really happen if you gave control of a giant killer robot to a group of teenagers?”

It’s a fantastic premise for a hilarious short. It reminds me a bit of the remixed Fensler GI Joe PSAs, but with a dash more innuendo. (Penis submarine, anyone?)

Sound design by Braincloud, music by Shawn Lyon.

Credits

Cast
French: Nathan Sapsford
Barrel/Jack: Jeffery James Perry
Gina: Simone K. Smith
General: Greg Reynard

Design/Direction/Animation
Jake Portman

Scriptwriters
Jake Portman
Anne Cuizon
Lorenzo de Guia

Special thanks to
Emily Rickard
Moses Journey
David Lewandowski

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About the author

Justin Cone

/ justincone.com
Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.

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  • Jim Zito

    This really needs to be an Adult Swim show.

    • That’s a fantastic idea. The cast is pretty damn great. I wouldn’t mind spending some more time with them…

  • That’s very very good. Battle of The Planets is strong with this one…

  • Amazing stuff Jake! Loved it and can’t wait to see more (fingers crossed).