On Sept. 9, 2013 Richard Sirgiovanni, animator/cartoonist and creator of the proposed new classic rock and roll animated television series, shared, with a virtual drum roll, that he’d made more progress and grown one step closer to having his rock and roll cartoon series ready for pitching to network producers and others interested in bringing the best of Saturday morning cartoons back to, well, Saturday morning. “The official animatic trailer for The Grimps is now up on YouTube,” said Sirgiovanni.
The fun-loving and inventive Sirgiovanni has been a successful New York advertising executive for over two decades, but he has also juggled that with his passion for cartooning and eternal devotion to rock and roll music, primarily the best of the 60s. Without a doubt, The Beatles inspired Richard to go from music-lover to musician as a teenager. Of course he was in a band and of course he was the drummer, just like Ringo. But, 40 years later, Sirgiovanni has found a creative outlet and endeavor to put everything he loves about entertainment into one full-time gig: The Grimps.
The premise for The Grimps is four very talented young musicians with mop tops and British accents, Winston, Mac, Emerson and Moonie, have a real shot at being a successful band. But, as in the real-world sense of “bad things happening to good people,” there’s this darned old spell put on them by a whacked-out wicked wizard, Spectar. And, it takes a cool wizard, manager and go-to guy named Magic Alex is part Dr. Bombay and part Aunt Clara from “Bewitched” in trying to get a corrective, reversal spell “just right.”
At night, the lads can play their music and be a real band, but once that sun comes up, back to their hairy, grimpy selves they return. So the show’s premise is that they’re at their best when the sun goes down. The trailer accomplishes Sirgivoanni’s goal in that you have a chance to see The Grimps as three-dimensional action figures, the subsequent step to his prior two-dimensional dynamic and colorful drawings.
It’s not easy to see, if you’re not in the world of Los Angeles and New York television studio productions, how you go from “dreamer phase” to create a new cartoon, to the fun reality of pushing the television remote button “on” and watching your show come on the air. With his completion of the animatic trailer, Sirgiovanni is one step closer to that remote control starting his show on the air, somewhere, wherever some bright mind is fast enough to snap the show up and get it into production.
Catch the trailer here, and dare you not to be singing along and moving your head up and down or side to side, in time with the music.
“Winston, Mac, Emerson, Moonie, clap your hands; everybody shout, ‘We’re The Grimps, we’re the band, playing everywhere we can, We’re The Grimps, we’re the band, playing one-night stands” Come along and sing my song, we’re going to rock it all night long.”