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11 November 2004, 06:00 PM
Alligatoon Presents :

-- Atomic Monsters --

A really stoopid idea for an animated Tv series.

To check out the artwork and download the trailer, You'll be most welcome at Alligatoon Online (

Alternatively, here are some direct links for the trailer ( in quicktime format ) :

Small ( 7.6 Mb ) (

Medium (15.3 Mb ) (

Big Butt ( 27.4 Mb ) (

Hope you enjoy !!

see you 'round...

11 November 2004, 10:47 PM
I luv et! That is a great look for cg. At first I couldn't tell if the bg was a still or not..maybe a mix? Anyway, great characters. Very well done. I downloaded the small one, but loved it so much I'm getting the big butt one. The intro is awesome too.

11 November 2004, 11:20 PM
DUDE! That was awesome! I loved it!!

The intro was great.

The clip itself was wonderful, lovely work on the animation there!

The only bit I didn't like the animation of was when he bashed into the clif, I felt that could have happened with a bit more force.
But it was funny nonetheless.

Music was very well suited, characters were great, animation was great, story was great...


all adds up to a great clip there!


11 November 2004, 04:27 AM
Whoa! That was awesome! I LOVE the animation, texturing, music, and use of color. I also adore your camera work; it fits the style so well and I want more! The characters are awesome and I can't wait to see more of this from you!!

11 November 2004, 03:04 PM
:applause: Fantastic!

Technically well done, nice animations, great design. Lovely intro.

11 November 2004, 04:41 PM
very nice..

11 November 2004, 06:04 PM
I gotto say that was top notch stuff- well done,

pepe de lucas
11 November 2004, 07:58 PM
Great work, congratulations!

11 November 2004, 08:52 PM
Very well done! I love the design of the characters and the environment. The animation is really good. I agree the the intro is done very nicely and the transition from black and white to color with the change in sound quality really works. Congrats and best of luck! :)

11 November 2004, 08:55 PM
totally front page quality, Very awesome work! I love the character design, and the animation is really top-notch.

The camera work bothered me a bit, the constant zooming in + out, but overall, very nice.


11 November 2004, 09:35 PM
awesome work!! i loved nearly everything about it... animation, rendering... camera work didnt bother me at all. i thought it kept it in a very cartoony / warner bros spirit, which is no easy task in cg. great job!!

11 November 2004, 10:41 PM
Great work!! This is a really fun short with excellent design and execution throughout. I look forward to seeing more from you! Definately front page material.

11 November 2004, 10:58 PM
Great real t good animation ,concepts and short story

I like a lot i seen it 3 or 4 times and everytime i look to diferents details.

Lovew the design of the big and little monster so good so cartoony.

i dint have that fun since long time ago.

front page quality.

11 November 2004, 05:15 AM
Fantastic work guys. Great concept and i love your animation style as well. Crazy as hell!
Keep up the great work. Looking forward to see more of your stuff in the future.

11 November 2004, 06:04 AM
Left me wanting more:D
well done guys

11 November 2004, 07:01 AM
Very fine animation and I like characters too.
They are so nice.

11 November 2004, 08:39 AM
top notch in my book guys way to go !!! more more more!!:thumbsup:

11 November 2004, 09:50 AM
Great work - that deserves 5 stars. Modelling, animation, music, story, style... fantastic. Out of curiosity, what software are you using?

11 November 2004, 03:00 PM
This is...well...GOOD work:buttrock:
I really like your characters and the animation!
The enviroment is lovely. Like the grass...


11 November 2004, 03:45 PM
Yes, very awesome indeed. i'm really curious what software and renderer you used.

11 November 2004, 05:46 PM
Very, very nice. the soundtrack reminds of another french cartoon I enjoyed a while ago. Stupid invaders I think was the name. I beleive they even made a game out of it.

11 November 2004, 07:46 PM
that was great, i love the style you got goin, very cartoony, it really has that traditional animation feeling, 2 me n-e-way. Textures look great! Good Work!

11 November 2004, 08:35 PM
HILARIOUS....this is professional work...u should be working for pixar!

11 November 2004, 09:10 PM
Damn that was fun. Waiting for the next one :D

11 November 2004, 01:12 AM
Awesome work! :eek:
Everything is very well done. I like your style (design, lightning, animation,...)
How many time did it take to complete the short?

11 November 2004, 06:39 AM
I just have seen this movie excellent work I love texture and animation

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
shadi Sabbagh - Dubai

11 November 2004, 07:43 AM
Awesome man! Perfect charctor design and actions~
Looking forward a longer film!

11 November 2004, 09:52 AM
First of all, big thank you for all the comments. We're glad you liked it. cheers. nice one !:thumbsup:
And now a few answers to all the questions :
The background is indeed a mix of 2D and 3D. Texture was camera mapped onto the whole surface. Big time saver.
Our renderer of choice is Lightwave. Yep. That's right. Lightwave's butt may be getting old and saggy, but the old bastard can still benchpress a few gigabytes of data without breaking a sweat. ( man, if that doesn't get us on he beta list ...)
In terms of Character Animation, we tested a few different solutions and ended up using XSI foundation. Exported point clouds and built .mdd files from there. Worked pretty well, sort of...:)

We're currently working on our 2nd in-house project, "project Kumita", and we'll get some WIP shots on the website ( as we sink our teeth deeply into this one.

Big Thanks again.

Franck & Laurent aka *The Alligatoon Crew*

11 November 2004, 02:55 PM
awesome work ! so you modeled, textured and rendered in Lightwave then rigged/animated in XSI ? how do you bring the animation back to Lightwave ? and can you continue to animate in lightwave using the rig you created in XSI ?

11 November 2004, 12:25 AM
I just love the cool look of it :thumbsup:
Truly inspire :bounce:

11 November 2004, 05:12 AM
Very nice! Love the intro with the old/new cut both visually and sound.
The render is very smooth, great animation! Made me laugh. :)
Keep em coming! :)

11 November 2004, 06:54 AM
Great job guys, I actually laughed a lot...

The animation is very expressive, including the camera movements, good story telling...

I liked it... a lot, and I am very picky on animations....

11 November 2004, 05:41 PM
OMG! :eek: GREAT characters!! I like them very much. I love the facial animations, I see you have focused on that. Everything looks superb visually and the animation is good too. Plus the 3D is very nicely integrated in the 2D backgrounds.
The short is very funny too, and that's a good thing for shorts.


11 November 2004, 06:38 AM
I would love to know exactly what you used Lightwave for, and what you used XSI for. Lightwave/XSI for modeling? What about texturing? What about the grass swaying in the breeze? WOW! I cannot get over how great this is!

I'd also be interested in knowing if you used any Radiosity/ GI or just good old fashioned lighting tricks.

- Jay

11 November 2004, 11:01 AM
front page! 5 stars from me . great animation .

11 November 2004, 12:40 PM
Can someone please tell me something that's not cool on this? Anyone? Me neither.

Boy, that's a hell of an animation! So cool! As another people said, the characters concepts are great, the animation is great, the looks are great!

Even the name of the company is great! I mean, Aligatoon?! You got to be kidding! Even the name is entertaining! :applause:

Particularly about the animation style, I like this fast and funny way you animated the characters. I suppose Ice Age was an influence on this. Any comments about influences?

I'd say that this is a short movie you watch with a smile on your face. :)

Five stars. Proficient job.


Helder Conde
Atitude Digital Media

Wanna laugh a little? Watch our 15-minute animation named Living in Pain?. Click here ( to go the thread.

11 November 2004, 08:27 PM
I just gotta throw in my two cents...

That is astounding! Great work!
10 stars out of 5!

Teach me master!!

12 December 2004, 05:27 AM
Great great great great job. This looks awesome. I love how the environments came out - they look painted. Just beautful. With small groups putting out awesome work like this it makes you wonder how crap like Jimmy Neutron gets on the air.

Edit: Cool camera work too!

12 December 2004, 03:55 PM
Well ,thanks again guys ! Much appreciated…

Don’t know what else to say really … :)

Ok, about the workflow. It’s quite simple actually, everything in Lightwave except for rigging and character animation. When Char Anim is over, we extract points’ indices and positions for each frame, get that into LW and write nice clean mdds for each character. For the moment, it’s a bit slow but that should be fixed when Mark Wilson updates Point Oven ( to support XSI. Hey Mark, if you’re reading this: Great job with Point oven and we’re really looking forward to the update.

Hi Helder, how’s it going ? You should really do some PR for us ! :scream:
Well, your animation isn’t too bad either. But 15 min, man, that’s quite a challenge for an animation. Turned out pretty good nonetheless.
Comments about influences ? yeah ,sure. And you’re dead on talking about Ice Age. That was a major influence in terms of animation. And, ya know, Tex Avery, the Looney tunes and, last but not least….Pixar, of course.

And also have you seen the trailer for Madagascar ? We’re huge fans of the look around here. Should be funny to watch.

Anyway, big thanks to everyone.


Franck & Laurent, over at Alligatoon’s.

12 December 2004, 10:05 AM
amazing works!
could you make your next animation longer?


Heber G Conde
12 December 2004, 10:25 AM
Great Movie!

Incredible timming, posing and acting! Really funny animation!
I love the render and character design too! Perfect!

The camera´s behavior is very interesting too! And the name is also funny!

Amazing job - 6 stars!

12 December 2004, 02:20 AM
I love the character design. I love DD's walk. I got a little tired of watching their antennae/ ears settle into place after a quick head movement. Maybe there's a little too much of that... maybe I wanted some more action... less broad. Y'know tiny stupid nitpick.
Fantastic though.

12 December 2004, 04:22 AM
Really nice look and feel to this animation! Nice style and movement with the characters. Lightwave still does have a few tricks up it's sleeve!! Hope to see more from Aligatoon soon. One question: Did you use Sasquatch for the grass?

12 December 2004, 03:25 AM
I'll definately be keeping my eye on this...i'm so overwhelmingly impressed. the animation is so well hardly see 3D animation with the same energetic and exagerative qualities of 2D...everyone tells me it's all over the place, in most cases i'd disagree...but not here.

12 December 2004, 05:38 PM
super! those chaters are great the bg is lovely, the sound also very nice just super

12 December 2004, 02:04 PM
Very nice work guys. Cool look, funny designs, fun details in the gag... I like it.
Maybe it's a little bit 'violent' for 4 years old kids, isn't it? :D

Keep up the good job :thumbsup:.


12 December 2004, 03:50 PM
That was so awesome, everything about this is just really really really nice...but I agree it felt like he slowed down before hitting the cliff...awesome stuff, love the mixed bg...shaders and textures are nice!

12 December 2004, 09:20 AM
Excellent. Very cool character design. Camera work was also good, very complimenting of the comedy. You created a great environment, and the title sequence on top of it all made me really want to see an actual series of it. Keep it up!

12 December 2004, 03:08 PM
Dude, I love it! Excellent character design. I felt the animation got a lil wanky when he flew around, otherwise, really awesome! Good Luck..

SVA student

12 December 2004, 12:04 PM
Yup, I agree with everybody else. I want more! :D

Your animation has the perfect cartoon timing that many wannabees lack.

- Jonas

12 December 2004, 10:48 PM
Super cool! :) Nice characters and environments. The animation was nice too.
Keep up the great work!

12 December 2004, 05:15 PM
I think it's totally shitty


not well done

not funny at all

characters have no expressions

colours are awfull

cartoon sucks

12 December 2004, 05:17 PM
If i see another animation where the camera zooms in on the character whos looking back at the audience expecting a laugh, i think im going to go crazy.

12 December 2004, 05:20 PM
you get the third banana award
because it's one of the most brilliant thing I've seen this year....
feel free to use it...
and from now, you'll catch all the girls you want (but it works only in Paris)...because it's a magical award !!!

just amazing....when the flee good...

12 December 2004, 05:34 PM
That was too funny. REALLY good work.

Ah.. I only wish I had the time.

12 December 2004, 05:47 PM
very very nice work guys, nice to see some originality here!

and congatulations for getting the best award on the net.. the BANANA AWARD! :applause:

12 December 2004, 05:49 PM
That's Wanderfull!! Hoooo!! I did'nt read other replyes but the one with this huge banana..
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S *** :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 05:51 PM
That's just awesome! Very nice and fresh style! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 05:53 PM
I must say it is Great, I love the look too.

I also have to say the SOUND AND MUSIC are SUPERB!

12 December 2004, 05:57 PM
hilarious :scream:

12 December 2004, 06:08 PM
No words men.


really professional work.....during the show I forget that it is 3d .....I see only a GREAT toon movie.

Nice result.
Nice Storyboard
Nice Sound

:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

Lord Cauthon
12 December 2004, 06:38 PM
Very nice. :thumbsup: Altho I was expecting flames to shoot out of the dogs gun-gizmo. I mean who doesnt love fire:twisted:

12 December 2004, 07:13 PM
very very very beautiful.
flawless visuals.

it seem to me thatt it is a neo-"coyote-roadrunner" thing.... youve got to have some REALLY good stories there...

12 December 2004, 07:20 PM
Very nice!!! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 07:35 PM
Wow, thats amazing stuff. Great animation, nice Story. Looks very professional.

Great Work

12 December 2004, 08:11 PM
Superb :thumbsup: , very professional indeed, good luck with it :].

12 December 2004, 08:25 PM
Very professional work, I gave it the kid test (put my kids in front of the CPU)...they loved it.

Good job m8 :thumbsup:


12 December 2004, 08:29 PM
super good...


12 December 2004, 08:30 PM
very good anımatıon:thumbsup:


12 December 2004, 08:46 PM
Just BRILLIANT! One of the best animations seen in a loooong time! :) Awesome character animation and design!, and also very nice lighting...! Great job you did at this!

Congrats with the frontpage btw :)

12 December 2004, 09:34 PM
So fresssshhneesss
Waw. I like ..

How long to do this short ?
Do you have make an animaticks ?

12 December 2004, 09:46 PM
Heyyyy!! KICK ASS! great concept, great designs, everything is just perfect :)

All we can say is: put the shit on TV quickly so we can watch next one!!!


salut laurent, content de voir enfin ce petit bijou sur le net :) Bien joué pour le site. Il va faire le tour de la planete ce pilote, je l'ai dis et je le répète ;)
à bientôt.

12 December 2004, 09:47 PM
ive seen this so many times ive lost count! best short ive seen in a while

12 December 2004, 09:52 PM
Amazing work! Outstanding modeling, texturing and use of color.

12 December 2004, 10:03 PM
Wow ! c est vraiment du beau travail les gars .... le style est cool , l anim torche a fond , l histoire simple et efficasse ... Bref a tout casser !!!... J ai vraiment hate de voir d autre petite histoire avec ces petits personages la ... je trippe trop la .. hehehe

Congradulation !

12 December 2004, 10:09 PM
Really impressive,fun.nice,great and excellent all at once.:thumbsup: :buttrock:

12 December 2004, 10:27 PM
Amazing! :) Funny, great animation, lovely texturing, great rendering. Ah **** it, I loved it all!

12 December 2004, 11:01 PM
EXCELLENT,EXCELLENT,EXCELLENT...Good desing, texturing and animation...almost ORIGINAL. Great work.:bounce:

12 December 2004, 11:05 PM
hellooooo :eek: this is so nice and clean, i just got one question was it rendered in LW? and if so
what were the settings for seach clean look? that is if u can say them of course or do a tutorial please i beg u share the knowledge :D.

keep up the excelent work

12 December 2004, 12:13 AM
awesome!! :bounce:


12 December 2004, 12:17 AM
Absolutely SWEET! :scream: :thumbsup: from me without a doubt! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 12:38 AM
I like it all very much, design style and animation.One "critique " The camera zooming and panning is a little annoying for me.I would like to see a version with 1,2 or 3 cuts.

congratulation for your banana awards!

12 December 2004, 12:55 AM
Mon fils de 7ans me dit que c'est vraiment,vraiment bien!

12 December 2004, 03:36 AM
ROAD RUNNER!!! :) amazing work

12 December 2004, 08:39 AM
model,anmation,render,.......very nice!

12 December 2004, 08:53 AM
model,animation,render...very nice!:thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 09:48 AM
wow this short animation is really awesome!
the characters are very funny.

hope to see more animations from you! you have unique skills guys!

12 December 2004, 10:28 AM
Naaaw. They're sooo cute! I'd love to have the little one as a pet! Really like the purple grass as well, very wavy.

12 December 2004, 10:53 AM
such a great scenery, atmosphere.
I specially love the grass that jumped up when the big guy was hopping on him

12 December 2004, 10:54 AM
Amazing, really amazing. Love the style, animation, ... well all aspects of it.

:bounce: Great things coming from France :buttrock: :buttrock:

12 December 2004, 11:01 AM

12 December 2004, 11:18 AM
Amazing work! very good ligh and textures

12 December 2004, 11:48 AM
Fantastic piece of art. Amazing!


12 December 2004, 12:43 PM
impressive work!!! :thumbsup: i was amazed about everything, the render is so sweet, everything
is perfect (maybe something anoyed me a very very little bit when DD flies and hit the rock)

i can't say anything else about well done, and i hope too see more of your work soon!

ah.. i was wondering myself why the target audience for DD is set to 4-10 hehe, you can
easily make it 4-40 :applause: it's just great. remembers me the road runner, great great!

gros respet pour vous et j'attend avec impatience vos prochaines creations, trop terrible!

12 December 2004, 02:52 PM
That was very well done. Saturday morning stuff there man. Reminds me of Wile E. Coyote a little bit. Very funny.

12 December 2004, 03:06 PM
I very much like animation and characters, or say modeling and atmosphere. Also characters have very funny way of reacting to what's happening.
I respect your decission to choose static camera with zooming. But I think this makes the spectator less involved in the action, couse he is allways outside the action and never looking through someone else's eyes, or changing his position.

12 December 2004, 04:34 PM
First of all, my congratulations for this first project. It's nearly close to perfection in technical terms.
I agree with you Majstic, but keeping the frame in the same axis is a really good balance between naration and production. As this project is a preview of a serie, it was really the best thing to do to limit the creation time of the background and best focus on the animation of the caracters... which give this short movie all it's personality.

Frank, you told me to give you my appreciations...
This is really a great short, and if you manage to find a good productor, i'll be happy to learn XSI :)
I wish you all the best and i'm looking forward to see the other scripts and stories.


12 December 2004, 05:12 PM
This is really, really splendid! Nice animation and dizz. This is entire, a little simply like a OGGY (my favourite) cartoon movie, from Gaumont. The monster is like one of three cockroach, from Oggy, and dog like a cat Oggy.

PS Sorry, this is my first association after watching Atomic Monsters.

Best Regards


12 December 2004, 07:31 PM
fantastic :bounce: - very fresh look...

hope you post more.

12 December 2004, 10:11 PM
Great stuff. Really enjoyed the animation. Nice timing & colors. Loved the expressions on the little jumping critters face.:thumbsup: Top notch work

12 December 2004, 01:25 AM
Incredible work. I laughed out loud. Thanks for sharing.

12 December 2004, 03:16 AM
fantastic work, well done. :)

12 December 2004, 07:59 AM
A classic!
i love when the little monster yells :)
You guyz will make money

12 December 2004, 12:04 PM
Very nice work, I loved it. I really liked your texturing style. Everything looks great.

12 December 2004, 12:41 PM
That was great but I have a question,

before the first rock is destroyed you have a longshot where you can see everything, but the rock that's supposed to be the big monsters butt isn't there. After you take a close up of the roach and you zoom out suddenly the monster's ass(Rock is there).

I consider that as a flaw but you could have done it on purpose.

12 December 2004, 02:08 PM
I noticed that as well Fierr.

I loved the movie and the graphics, great job on the sounds.

Very nice, 5 stars!

12 December 2004, 07:39 AM
amaaaaaaaaaaaazing !!!

12 December 2004, 09:53 PM
Wow! Top notch stuff!

Everything is just perfect, I love it! Hope to see more of them :)

btw: thx for the Puke wallpaper on your site :)

01 January 2005, 01:43 AM
very nice work

01 January 2005, 03:03 PM
Bwahaha. That's too cool and funny.

01 January 2005, 01:21 AM
Simply amazing.I loved it lol.Good luck with the series I cant wait to see more!

01 January 2005, 05:27 PM
First of all, we 'd like to wish a very happy new year to everyone who stumbles upon this thread.
Now, we would like to thank the people who contributed to this thread for the great feedback Who knows, that might even help us in our attempts to sell the series, with all these positive comments and all. Great confidence booster, no matter what, so big thank you's.
There'll be more of Atomic Monsters in 2005. Not the first half because Alligatoon has been commissioned to supervise the animation on a teaser for a feature film project ( can't tell much more, sorry ...) and then we've got to finish project Kumita which had to be put on hold for the same reason. but we'll be working on some new scripts and stuff so be on the look out for that.
We'll also update the site with some kumita images before the end of this month so we hope you like them as well.

Lastly, special thanks to Baby for the Banana Award.
Our very first award... and bananas are, by far, are ... our bestest favorite fruits of all times !! ...what an amazing coincidence !!
man, we're just overwhelmed :D


Franck & Laurent @ Alligatoon

01 January 2005, 05:32 PM
sure it's the first one of a long list :bounce:

01 January 2005, 02:18 PM
good motion,good design good modeling good texture,good,goood,gooooood,:bounce: ,is there a continuation? best wish!

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