More Secret Origins September 15, 2010Posted by John D. Moore in Series Production.
I’m positively fascinated with the production process for television animation, particularly from Darkwing Duck’s era. Also, it goes without saying, I’m particularly fascinated with how Darkwing Duck came into being. As producers of the show have revealed on many occasions, its development began as a direct DuckTales spinoff called Double O Duck. (You can read some more of this on DWBlog’s own Origins page.) But I always find it very illuminating and rewarding to see that process fleshed out.
So I was very happy to see that just a month ago, animation veteran Michael Peraza posted a blog entry about his involvement in Darkwing Duck’s early development, working crazy hard right before Darkwing’s accelerated pitch (as Peraza reveals in another post, Darkwing might not even have been pitched when it was had it not been for Walt Disney Television Animation suddenly finding out they didn’t have the rights to develop the Bullwinkle revival they were working on).
Peraza wasn’t involved much past the show’s initial development; he soon moved onto other projects. He reveals a stunning amount of never-before-seen development artwork he drew, including a shot of St. Canard and the Audobon Bay Bridge that looks a lot like New Orleans, a prototype of Darkwing Tower’s interior, a very early sketch of Gosalyn and Honker, and a story drawing of Launchpad and Darkwing stuffed with fortune cookies at a Chinese restaurant, a scene that apparently didn’t survive to production.
Make sure you visit Peraza’s post. There are several sketches I didn’t include here, and his actual relation of the story is priceless.