After creating Rezin, a very long and challenging 3D animated project, I stumbled upon the 2D animation creation software, Anime Studio. It was inexpensive and seemed to have a reasonable learning curve. This time around, I figured I'd create shorter stand-alone animations that I could post as they were created. After producing the first 20 episodes I decided to invite writers, graphic artists and voice actors from anywhere in the world to join me in this project. As a result, we obtained 3 writers, 2 graphic artists, and 2 voice actors from different areas in the US to as far as Columbia, South America and South Africa! There was a definite quality change from season 1 to season 2 after gaining help from our volunteer graphic artists. During the production of the 40 episode cartoon series, I decided that I'd also create comic strips, comic books and online puzzles as well, focusing on different stories, adding new characters and exploring other biblical principles. The series wrapped in 2011 with 40 cartoons, 40 comic strips, 40 online puzzles, and 3 comic books. I decided to end the series because I became increasingly frustrated with the lack of flexibility I had with the animation software and my limited knowledge of 2D art creation.
We wanted to make a project that could speak to all ages, focusing more on biblical principles than character development. Each episode was designed to highlight a biblical principle. Even though the characters faced challenges, they weren't as flawed as many typical American Christians. This was done on purpose because we, as believers, are called to a high standard. And even if we can't always attain that standard, I thought it would be a good idea to show what it would look like if we did. My hope is that as viewers watch the series, they will be able to connect with what the characters of their age group are experiencing. Children can model Will's childlike faith and strength of belief, teenagers can see Abby's efforts to be Christ-like in a compromised world, and adults can observe Jerry and Judy's efforts to balance work, marriage and family while also being mindful of their spiritual walk and example to their kids and those around them.
Videos about the Project
Click here for "The Wartleys" project credits.