UPDATE: Movie Cartoon # 7.1 – Rocky Balboa


Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa RFT Cartoon

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Movie Character Cartoon # 17 – Ace Ventura


FYI – that is ink coming out of the octopus

Ace Ventura Cartoon

Character: Ace Ventura | Movie: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective | Copyright: Ryan RFT April 2015

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– Ryan RFT

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UPDATE: Movie Cartoon # 1.1 – The Terminator


This is where it all started.

Well, he’s back! Terminator 2 – Judgment Day is my favourite movie. It has great action along with an intriguing sci-fi story. Interestingly, I somehow did not come across watching the Terminator movies until the third instalment, Rise of the Machines, came out in 2003. So I went backwards; I watched Part 3 in theatres, then Part 2, and finally Part 1. However, I’m a sci-fi and action fan so I still thoroughly enjoyed the movies.

A few months ago, I started drawing Movie Character Cartoons and it was fitting to start off with The Terminator from Part 2 (big difference from Part 1!). Recently, I started adding simple backgrounds and environments to the cartoons; below is the updated version of The Terminator (played by Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Terminator Cartoon RFT

Death of T-1000

Anyone who is familiar with Judgment Day knows the final scene that takes place at a steel mill. Here, after the T-1000 gets killed in the molten lava/liquid, Terminator get slowly lowered to his own destruction (so sad). I used that setting as inspiration for this environment.

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Ryan RFT

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Movie Character Cartoon # 5.1 – Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) Updated


I started adding backgrounds to the Movie Character Cartoons!

Recently, I learned about editing a scanned drawing to make it appear nicer on the computer screen. An issue early on was that my pictures were looking a bit faded but now I have been able to adjust them so they stand out a little more.

Additionally, I started adding backgrounds to the Movie Character Cartoons. Last week was the first time with The Bride/Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman) in front of the bright yellow background, similar to the publicity material for Kill Bill Vol. 1.

This time, I decided to go back and add a simple background and environment to Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp). My reference for the image was Jack running away from a large group of people/creatures along the water. I incorporated that and here is the new version:

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Is Part 4 Good?

I can’t recall which Pirates of the Caribbean movies this scene is from. I know it’s not from the fourth movie in the series as I opted to watch Fast Five instead in theatres. Perhaps, I’ll catch up.

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Ryan RFT

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Movie Character Caricature # 16 – The Bride / Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman)


UPDATE (APril 15, 2015) – The Bride cartoon is updated with new background & various touch-ups. Thanks – Ryan RFT.

I never actually watched Kill Bill Vol. 1 but I did see Vol. 2 when a friend convinced me to see it in the theatres instead of The Punisher. While I don’t remember much, I do recall lots of blood and someone’s eyeball being stepped on (by the way, I liked The Punisher more).

I thought Uma Thurman‘s name in the movie was Beatrix, however, IMDB lists the character as The Bride. So let’s go with that.

This is the first Movie Character Cartoon to feature the character on a background! Yay background!

The Bride Full Comp

Character: The Bride | Movie: Kill Bill Vol 1 / Kill Bill Vol 2 | Copyright: Ryan RFT March 2015

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Furious 7 – Ending Review


*** Spoilers – this blog will discuss the ending of Furious 7. Perhaps, you might want to watch the film first.

The popularity of The Fast and The Furious franchise is astounding. The first movie in the series was not exactly spectacular (or even good). The second reminded me of the Speed 2 situation; where Keanu Reeves was absent from the unimpressive sequel, Vin Diesel similarly had apparently better things to do than 2 Fast 2 Furious. By the time Tokyo Drift was out, I felt the franchise has gone into Home Alone 3 territory with no characters from the originals. Anything coming after in the Fast franchise, was suspected to go straight to video.

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However, there was a big turn-around with bigger action and tremendous character. This included the gathering of an ensemble cast from past Fast films (Ludcaris, Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang) with the addition of Dwayne Johnson. Crazy naming convention aside, I enjoyed the series’ recent films and was intrigued with Furious 7; partly to find out how Paul Walker‘s character, Brian, would be handled.

Analysis of the ending

For those who haven’t seen the movie, or want to reflect on the ending, you can see parts of the final moments in this music video:

Towards the film’s ending, the cast is on the beach and Brian runs off to play with his family. Interestingly, the camera never follows them. Throughout the movie, they never share a dramatic moment together so, the fact that there was not one on the beach makes me sad thinking that Paul didn’t get a chance to film this scene (or any) with Jordana Brewster (his wife Mia).

Instead, the camera stays with the other cast talking about Brian. They imply that Brian is retiring to be with his family where he belongs. When Dom (Vin Diesel) gets up to leave without saying goodbye, I could feel a shift; they’re not talking about Brian anymore. The character are not talking about a retirement, but rather, subtly acknowledging Paul’s death and that nobody will see him again.

As Dom drives away, Brian catches up with him, however, the camera (and audience) stays in Dom’s car. When Brian calls out to him, Dom never verbally responds back; instead, we get his narration. I found this powerful and a little haunting as we are now watching Vin Diesel looking at Paul’s spirit, therefore, there is no reason for verbal interaction or a close-up of Brian.

The montage and music was nice and the audience gets to see how long ago this franchise has been around, showing clips with youthful versions of Paul and Vin along with Jordana and a big-haired Ludacris.

Finally, as Paul and Vin are driving side-by-side, Paul’s car goes off on it’s own to the sunset. My friend asked me if he left his family at the beach, however, I explained that by this point we’re not watching their characters anymore.

It intentionally takes the audience out of the movie and it felt like a great send-off for Paul Walker. Since this is the franchise he is most associated with and he tragically died during filming, there was a rare opportunity to address this in a movie. Great job to the filmmakers.

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Movie Character Caricature # 15 – Dr. Alan Grant (Jurassic Park)


In a few months it will be summer blockbuster season and Jurassic World will hit the theatres. From the previous movies, I always thought it would be exciting to go to a park and see dinosaurs roaming around. After the third film in the franchise came out in 2001, I drew my versions of what Jurassic Park could look like:

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It consists of a waterfall, and a giant ‘bird cage’ in the background to hold the pterodactyls. As visually impressive the movies are, the Jurassic Park and The Lost World novels by Michael Crichton are more exciting. In fact, Crichton’s State of Fear is one of my favourites.

John William’s score is also memorable and his Journey to the Islands always gets me pumped with the shot of the helicopter making its way to the Costa Rican island that holds Jurassic Park. Anyone who has sen the recent Jurassic World trailers would have noticed that the main theme is incorporated, but in a creepy, haunting soft piano version.

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So, as we wait for Jurassic World’s release in June 2015, starring Chris Pratt, here is the 15th edition of the Movie Character Caricatures, Dr. Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill)!

"Hammond, after some consideration, I've decided, not to endorse your park." - Dr Alan Grant

“Hammond, after some consideration, I’ve decided, not to endorse your park.” – Dr Alan Grant

Character: Dr. Alan Grant | Movie: Jurassic Park (1993) | Copyright: Ryan RFT February 2015

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