Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ghettomation episode 4- DrewToonz!

Kevin and Jim interview Andrew Miller, indie animator and creator/master of the Northshore Cartoon scene! You can see more DrewToonz at DREWTOONZ.TV. Keep an eye out for his next film, DogFace...coming soon!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Monkey Mod Trailer

Ghettomation at its FINEST. Check out Ghettomation co-host Kevin Cross' cool new trailer for his Monkey Mod character! Its the toppermost of the poppermost, lads!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ghettomation #3: Ted Seko!!!

SpongeBob Squarepants employee/Comic book creator Ted Seko joins us for some DIY animation talk.

Here are some related clips:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

PIXAR Ghettomation!!

This is such a great example of the coolest limited animation!

Friday, November 20, 2009


Sweet Ghettomation example. Just stills but this thing feels like its moving!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jim Lujan's Day of the Unicorn!

Jim Lujan's Day of the Unicorn!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Crusader Rabbit....The ORIGINAL Ghettomation!

The ORIGINAL Ghettomation! Look at the great use of limited animation. The cool artwork in the stills, the camera moves, cross dissolves, the great soundtrack! This is Ghettomation at its earliest finest!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Three Kings

Great limited animation! Thanks Rene Van Belzen for sending!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cool DIY example: SURF SKOOL 3

Check out this DIY animation. It's the opening portion of SURF SKOOL 3. This is a great example of camera angles, characters, editing, and shot placement really helping to make a cool cartoon. The snazzy soundtrack really adds to it too. Check out DREWTOONZ for more! You can tell a cool story without mortgaging your house!

If you have any cool "ghettomations" you'd like us to post, leave a comment here or email us at

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


We get this party started right. We get all Swayze and keep it real (sheesh). We hope that you guys enjoy and also participate. We'd love to help inspire some future animators to dip their toes in the pool and finally just jump in. Feel free to send us question and comments to:

OKEE-DOKEE the CLOWN The animatic film that Jim took to his local public access cable tv station that earned him fame and fortune. Yikes! This shows that with a little determination and naivety, you too can leave a mark on local pop culture. Many people were left speechless as this aired on their tv screens following something like "Home Gardening with Flora" or "Public City Council Meeting Hour". Shake things up!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ghettomation podcast-Coming 9/9/09

The Ghettomation podcast is hosted by Jim Lujan and Kevin Cross and will delve into the world of DIY animation. How to, methods, tips, and other resources to help DIY animated filmmakers realize their artistic goals. Its meant to motivate , educate, and titillate (heheh...I said titillate!) You will be able to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback or comment and we'll try and address it on a future show.

The Seven Sweet Sciences of Ghettomation

Here they are, Seven Sweet Sciences of Ghettomation in all of their glory. These are by no means RULES, just a manifesto of creative guidelines we'd like to share:

1) KEEP THE FLOW: Most important of all...keep your original energy and excitement and CAPTURE it in your work. People can feel the vibe you give off in your films. Go with it. Run with it....HAVE FUN CREATING!

2) CONTENT IS KING:Remember, the CONCEPTS and CONTENT win the audience, not just fancy animation. Ghettomation believes that STYLE goes hand in hand with SUBSTANCE. Abuse neither, but use both!

3) ACTING: Use your art to make the viewer think there is more movement than there really is. Make your characters ACT through dynamic poses, body language, and facial expressions. You'll save time, trouble, and energy by making your characters ACT when drawing.

4) ECONOMIZE: Save your energy for creating. Why do a lot when a little serves the audience just as well. Enjoy the process, but don't kill yourself on the technical aspects. Cheating is fine in Ghettomation.

5) AUDIO-Your ambient sound,music, and sound effects not only COLOR your animation, but build the world your characters live in. The audience is captured with your sound. Thats a basic pilar to build on.

6) RESOURCEFULNESS: Think on the fly. Pull from whatever resources and influences you can to tell a great story and make a cool movie. It doesn't matter HOW you get there, just GET there.

7) SWAGGER: It is what it is. Don't fret about what you DONT have. Celebrate what you DO have. Be confident and have fun with it!

Remeber, we mean Ghetto in the sense of comparing our methods to the huge corporations. We also mean Ghetto in the sense of UNDERGROUND. Were proud that our content is our own unfiltered visions. We create as true artists and we believe WHATEVER WORKS is the right method for us all!