|These are the
little friends who helped us day after day while we were trying to
learn how to animate. They seemed to know how to do story work, gags,
character development, and even how to create the situations that
brought out the varied personalities of the actors.
periods when we could't tell if we were going forwards or backwards,
they leaped to our rescue, yet never received credit for their work.
They taught us while we taught them.
Revilo is impetuous,
eager, quick to get ideas, and
is more like the young people of today who are excited but do not spend
enough time on the things in front of them. They want to get going on
everything at the same time.
organized, likes to see things working properly, makes lists and takes
beginning they have been playing jokes on somebody or criticizing our
choices of action and character. They are stimulating company even
today but we don't know where they came from. They just moved in one
day and they've stayed ever since. Revilo and
Nilknarf are more interested in sharing their own senses of humor,
exchanging gags, whistling, enjoying what they do, and making funny
pictures instead of putting everything in order. They leave that part
their best at being models for our drawings, whether it was a dog
eating spaghetti, a rabbit reciting poetry in the meadow, or a
fairy-tale dwarf in tears when his princess dies. Once they also became
an owl who was laughing hysterically and a wooden boy perplexed as he
watched his nose grow longer and longer. At one time they wanted to be
animators too but they wouldn't stay at their desks long enough.
can't remember where they came from. It must have been a long time ago
because they've started calling us "old guys" with memory lapses and
having difficulty in finding just the word we want. We accept the title
as long as they add to it the word "lively" but we won't admit to this
memory thing. Sure, they're still very, very helpful, but we are smart
too. If you visit
you'll see just how smart
we can be. And don't tell them what we told you.