Animation that answers the age old question, "what would it have been like if Batman was adapted into a gritty crime/action movie by the Italian film industry in the 1970s?"
Animation and Direction by Chad Kaplan.
Based on the DC comics characters.
Soundbytes appropriated from various English dubbed versions of Italian genre flicks. No copyright infringement intended. Music by Stelvio Cipriani, Ennio Morricone, and Giampaolo Chiti.
Special thanks to David Lambert for inadvertently helping to spawn the idea with his BATMAN BEGINS review in 2005.
An aborted Bob Seger jam - rated R.
My first ever 3D animation. This was made as the final project for John Craig Freeman's VM 261 Computer Animation I class at Emerson College.
Animated, designed, and modeled by Chad Kaplan.
Music by Aaron Stielstra.
A motion graphics tribute to classic horror films made by the British studio Hammer Films. This video is meant to play like a fake trailer of sorts for the ultimate Hammer film in which Dr. Van Helsing and Captain Kronos team up to fight off a whole slew of monsters.
Artwork by Andrea Clanetti. Animation and additional artwork by Chad Kaplan.
Main titles for the 2012 samurai film THE DRY BLADE designed by Chad Kaplan. Special thanks to Ryoko Kokuba for translation assistance.
An original animated "Deadliest Warrior" scenario in which Old West outlaw Jesse James faces off against a ninja in a modern day museum. Designed, animated, and directed by Chad Kaplan for the Deadliest Warrior Art Contest. Music by Aaron Stielstra.
Through the kindness of librarians, a man's trauma is overcome. Or at least relocated.
Credits sequence I animated for the film THE MINSTREL KILLER.
Opening credits I animated for the Michael Fredianelli film THE BIG SLEAZE.
Rare clip from the lost 1970s cartoon series.
Animated rendition of the final duel in the movie FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE with a bit of a twist.
Animated by Chad Kaplan.
Short animation test reel utilizing basic animation principles.
They had "Rambo Force of Freedom", "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos", "Robocop", and "Mr. T", but where was Charles Bronson's 80s cartoon?
Well it turns out an ultra-violent cartoon, low-budget series was in the works by Cannon Films' short lived animation department in 1986. The budget was so low that instead of being based on the franchise as a whole it was based almost solely around the third entry in the series (albeit featuring a completely new villain not seen in any of the movies named Lord Buchenwald). Despite the low budget, several actors from the movie returned for voice cameos along with Charles Bronson in the lead role. Michael Winner is even credited as director and Jimmy Page is credited as music composer (though in reality it was Italian musician Spartaco Castelluci who composed the score for the series).
In the end, the series was deemed too violent for children and lack of funds ultimately deemed the series un-producable at the time and led to the Cannon animation...
The first cartoon short featuring Reinhardt Rabbit and Frederick Ad Fox from Wild Dogs Productions.