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Xylus and Dexter in Space! "Finder's Creeper" Episode 4 - Cartoon animation

Episode 4 -
of my animated cartoon series Xylus and Dexter in Space!

Here is another episode of my animated cartoon Xylus and Dexter in Space!


In this episode: The boys explore what they think is an abandoned castle.

(Related post: Xylus and Dexter in Space! "Castle Clause" Episode 3 - Cartoon animation)


In this cartoon after the alien covered himself with powder, I kinda thought that he looked like Jack Nicholson as The Joker from Tim Burton's Batman.

So I actually created a little scene that was a reference to a scene from that movie. 

The part where right after he says the famous line "Wait'll they get a load'a me." and then for some reason the camera lingers there he starts going "woop... woop..." and looks around.

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Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's Batman

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Phineus Handala copying the Joker


For the flying animation of the alien Phineas Handala I tried to do something like the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones and made stars and other shapes appear in its wake.

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The Great Gazoo Flying - Flintstones

animated illustration bottles on counter and alien flying
Phineas Handala flying with shapes behind


I also started digging into the sound effect archives a lot for this one - Jetpack sounds, shaker, and bottles jiggling when Phineas hits the ground.

Next time: Watch episode 5 "Laser tag"

Check out the previous episode 3 "Castle Clause" here -

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