“Superf*ckers is a work of art.”
SF creator James Kochalka received this fan letter over the weekend, and got the writer’s kind permission for us to reprint it on the tumblr. “Warmth and sincerity” and “heart and soul and character” are the phrases that jumped out at me, the ones that captured exactly why the Cartoon Hangover and Frederator teams wanted to make the show in the first place (if in a slightly different form). I hope you all feel exactly the same way. -Fred
I was going to write this on the americanelf (sic) forum but I couldn’t figure out my login info. (Hope this is an account that you actually use..)
Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on the premiere of Superf*ckers. I think the show has something very special and rare that is hard to find in modern day animation. I can’t exactly put it into a single word, but there is a certain warmth and sincerity to it. The movement looks smooth, like it is alive. It all seems alive. A lot of stuff today feels very cold and dead and detached, even the really well written shows. They look shallow and empty. It is as if there are moving images, and sound, but the two do not connect. I don’t see any of that in Superf*ckers.
Superf*ckers is a work of art.
I think a lot of good animation that feels warm and alive and real relies a lot on dimension and severe exaggeration. So getting a subtle minimal style to look and feel warm and alive is almost unheard of.
The animators did an amazing job on bringing the comic book to life in a way that does not water it down, or over do it, it doesn’t feel bogged down with details. Clearly a lot of people put a lot of work into it, but it doesn’t feel like it was arduously constructed by some unwilling committee or something. It’s rich and full, but the animation feels hand drawn and custom made like your original artwork, almost like you drew it all yourself. Your work sort of has a delicate balance, and I think you guys did a great job of staying true to that.
The voice acting is really great. And the animation fits with the voice work, it looks like they animated specifically to the recordings and added little extra quirks from the audio. Your simplistic and minimal expressions are executed just right. Characters feel like they are really saying what they are saying, feeling and thinking. I was surprised when I first saw the first few clips how great that turned out!
Your original color work looks great, and has been handled very well by the crew. The show feels inspiring and inspired.
I’m a longtime fan, so I may be completely biased. But I am also a harsh critic.. I think Superf*ckers is out of the ordinary in the way that it is genuine and authentic. Maybe those types of qualities are harder for people to notice at first, I don’t know.
I think the negative knee-jerk reaction a lot of people are having has more to do with the state of current pop culture trends and less to do with the quality of your show. It’s harder for people to detect heart and soul and character, it seems that we are more used to cheap obvious jokes recited by empty lifeless drawings. And it’s hard to trust an artist’s voice nowadays, if people see the surface as being just swearing and simplistic looking drawing style or whatever, without noticing what is unique and specific or subtle about it, and what is beneath it all, based on the crap they are used to seeing they are not sure what to expect. It may be something that people don’t “get” right away, until they get a feel for it. Who knows? Probably better that the masses don’t immediately love it anyway, that makes it more of a cult status, it belongs more to the fans.
Anyway, sorry for rambling on. The show is great. The quality of the show is undeniable. Congratulations to you, the cast and the crew. Can’t wait for the next one. I hope you guys have the opportunity to produce many more episodes!
Keep up the awesome work.