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04 April 2010, 09:39 PM

A thousand years ago

A well liquored Scot wandered the seaside, discovered a mysterious bottle and drank its contents.

Unbeknown to him, it contained the trapped spirit of an ancient Japanese warrior!

Now with two spirits, the way of the Scottish Ninja was born!

He adopted three young orphaned lads to train in the ancient ways.

All grown, they are sent to America to find their place in the world.

Once there, they begin their quest to balance the use of excessive force, honor, and near lethal quantities of whiskey...all while searching for the American Dream.

Opening Titles Video (

Scottish Ninjas is a project we are developing for television in hopes that it gets picked up as an animated series. Imagine Kill Bill vol. 1, Braveheart, and Southpark all mixed together into a tasty haggis of hacking, hewing, and hilarity.


A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - Aidan (

A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - Finn (

A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - Lachlan (

A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - Dave (

A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - The Executioner (

A Moment With A Scottish Ninja - Evil Ninja (

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

We are here looking to talk shop with fellow animation lovers, spark some dialog, and if we are a lil buzz about the concept. We recently finished a 20 minute pilot that we are shopping around. I can post some clips here if people are interested in seeing more.

04 April 2010, 04:44 AM
Here are some clips form the Scottish Ninjas pilot episode that was recently finished.

Pilot Clip #1 - A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts (

Pilot Clip #2 - Sweet Angel (

Pilot Clip #3 - Don't Judge Me! (

04 April 2010, 04:33 PM
Impressed with the dedication and passion you and your team has. But nothing about the characters really grips me, or makes me want to keep watching. And the humor comes off as sophomoric, trying too hard to be crude.

It might just not be for me, I'd say keep at it! I'm sure plenty of people like it.

04 April 2010, 06:32 PM
Uh oh Michael, then I am afraid you are going to hate this clip too.
Scottish Ninjas™ Clip #4 - Action News! (%20

04 April 2010, 07:13 PM
The style is SO cool man! I am guessing you are using a combination of 2d and 3d techniques?

04 April 2010, 04:52 PM
You are correct good sir! It is, indeed, a mix of 2D and 3D techniques. East meets West if you will...but not really...actually that kind of makes no sense at all. It just sounded good. None the less, you are correct. :D

05 May 2010, 05:15 PM
It's another thrilling moment from the Scottish Ninjas pilot episode! In this clip, Finn wakes up after prior encounter with The Executioner, only to find that he is out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Scottish Ninjas™ Clip #5 - Stand Off (

05 May 2010, 05:51 PM
Hahah i like it, it had me laughing anyway. u definetely have the scotish mentality right, that bottle of whiskey would have got "well necked " lol.I thought the accent was really funny or is that just me being from Scotland thinking it sounds ridiculous lol? saying that iv heard far worse in hollywood...

05 May 2010, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the kind words Martinf430. I am pleased to hear it had you laughing. As for the accents, it's a difficult balance. We made the decision to tone down the accent and "Americanize" it a little bit so that people who are not overly familiar with a Scottish accent could easily understand the dialog without having to overly concentrate. Sadly, I know a few people who have a hard enough time as it is trying to understand an English accent, let alone anything else. And the last thing we wanted, was a joke to get lost on someone because they couldn't catch the dialog. So we scaled it back. Most people don't seem to notice. But we get the occasional Scotland native who points it out to us. :) You're the 2nd to do so.

05 May 2010, 10:05 PM
With regards to the accent as much as i hate to say it, it needs to be toned down a bit from how it sounds in reality. i have spoken many times to people from north america who thought i was speaking another language. iv even had "dude are u speaking chinese?" one time lol. Im looking forward to seeing more from this. Not being fussy but just letting u know for the sake of authenticity of ur piece,a native of scotland is called a "Scot" not a "Scott". It just stands out due to Scott being a common name. Good luck with it.

06 June 2010, 11:54 PM
I am covering two things in this post.

First, a new clip from the Scottish Ninjas pilot episode! In this clip, we see The Executioner at his darkest, as he learns what happens when you mess with family!

Scottish Ninjas™ Clip #6 - Get Your Filthy Paws Off Me! (

Second, We recently submitted Scottish Ninjas in Animation Magazine’s 2010 “Pitch Party Contest”. What is the “Pitch Party Contest” you ask? You can read all about it, HERE ( But to make a long story short, the top 3 winners get an advertisement of their cartoon printed in the August edition of Animation Magazine, and the top winner gets to pitch their cartoon directly to an executive of their choice. Voting has now started and we ask that if you are a fan of Scottish Ninjas, to please vote for our cartoon. Click HERE ( to visit the voting page ( All entries are in alphabetical order, so scroll down until you see our kilted heroes. Check the box directly under our ad. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Submit” button. Winners are decided on July 2nd.

Spread the word! VOTE SCOTTISH NINJAS! (

06 June 2010, 12:30 PM
dont know exactly where this is going, but the presentation is veeeeeery funny, "and to kick some ...!" jajajaja. And I like too the interplay of the characters with non politically correct humour.

Good work!!

06 June 2010, 12:36 AM
Thanks Kicker! I am tickled pink that you found the humor very funny. That is our entire reason for doing this. As for where it's all going, we are working the angles and figuring out our options. #1 goal, television (a la adultswim), but alternate distribution is growing. Xbox live marketplace has shown some interest. So we are weighing our options. We are hoping this Animation Magazine contest ( will give us a far wider range of recognition as well as feedback from executives.

07 July 2010, 05:49 PM
This goes out to all the CGSociety members in the Seattle area. The Seattle branch of ASIFA will be having a screening of the Scottish Ninjas pilot followed by a Q'nA session with the creators. It's taking place on Wednesday July 14th at the St. Andrews Pub. The fun starts around 7pm and is free. So any members in the Seattle area who want the see the complete finished work of our animation, and not just the clips we've posted, feel free to come down and join us for some fun!

And speaking of clips....

Scottish Ninjas Clip #7 - A Fallen Brother (

07 July 2010, 10:12 PM
We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Ninjas pilot episode, “A Very Scottish Pilot”, is among the official selections for the 2010 Independent Television Festival ( in LA!

ITVFest, is the premier festival in the world for independently produced television pilots and webseries. It is the festival where up and coming talent in television and new media can show their wares directly to a live audience and meet with industry professionals.

The festival takes place from July 30th – August 5th at LA’s Laemmle Sunset 5 theatre. Our cartoon will be screened on Aug 3rd along with a block of 3 other animated pilots starting at 6:30pm. If you happen to live in the LA area and would like to join us at our LA screening, you can get passes HERE (,080320101830,5,35,,0). These passes let you see all 4 animated pilots, not just ours...which adds up to approx 2 hours of entertaining toons.

We hope to see some cgtalk members at the screening! Please stop by and say hi. We'll be the ones in the kilts and Scottish Ninjas t-shirts. :) (

07 July 2010, 12:54 AM
I am covering two things in this post.

Scottish Ninjas™ Clip #6 - Get Your Filthy Paws Off Me! (

hahaha ewwww sloppy seconds

if you need any help in Seattle, let me know!!! Good start its awesome.

07 July 2010, 10:22 PM
Great stuff, you got me laughing, I really think this is a great way of marketing the show with individual skits(My favorite is the evil ninja finally gets to his POV, lol) and these short pilot clips. I like the characters, remind me of turtles meets Scotland, and the Charlton Heston Bad guy is freaking great.

I could see this on Adultswim or since you say xbl, it could be a great beat em up game. Really like the style, the animation is cool, and glad to see you guys starting to get some credit for it, I think this would be a great candidate for front page stuff (hint hint moderators).

Anyway, If you guys would ever like an extra hand animating, I would love to help, check me out, (

Great Work and Good Luck.

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