Hey, YOU should go watch Double Rainboom sometime! ( [link] ) And if you've already seen it, you should probably go watch it again! Because, more likely than not, you probably missed a reference or three. And I also talk about spoilers in this description, so if you haven't watched it you'll spoil quite a few things for yourself if you continue to read this.
Here's the FLA (in Flash CS5.5 format) for those that are just THAT curious about what makes everyone's favorite troll tick, or just want to slap him in a bunch of animated GIF's: [link]
Yes, that's right.
I got to animate the infamous Trollface in Double Rainboom.
Funny how things work out, huh?
When I joined the crew for Double Rainboom and sent in my thoughts of the script, one of the things I just never quite understood was why, of all things, the Trollface was there. Why not a generic evil face? Or a My Little Pony villain? Heck, after reading the script, why not even use a Cartoon Network character?
As I kept reading over the script though, I started to realize that all three of those options would never work here. A CN villain would spoil the plot twist too much. A MLP villain or a generic evil face would do very little to prepare the viewer for the plot twist later on. I kind of realized then, and after talking with the director later on, that the Trollface was there as the absolute sign that this was a fan-made episode, and that literally ANYTHING could happen now that fans ran the helm. It is probably the biggest sign (aside from the CN characters, of course) that the film isn't trying to be exactly like the show, but rather slowly become something different. And suddenly, all the CN characters showing up doesn't seem so out of the blue.
As for animating the Trollface, it was fun animating a character I personally despise and trying to give him some character and different expressions besides that same old grin he always has. My first attempt was mostly just because I was confused on what Zach wanted, but after talking it over with him and the crew we decided on giving him a slow Grinch-like evil grin. Overall, twas fun animating the guy, and animating a character I've seen way too many times personally was a wonderful exercise in doing your best on an assignment and trying to make it great, even if you don't personally like a specific character all that much.
Double Rainboom was directed by