We were huge fans of 2000AD when we were kids. We all loved Judge Dredd, he kicked ass and took names! But we here at Freakish Kid were also secret lovers of Rogue Trooper – no one was cooler! So one afternoon, between projects, we asked ourselves what we should do for some fun. We just couldn’t believe that an animated version of the property had never been produced (maybe it had but we’d never seen it) so it was decided that we’d do something rediculous, we’d give ourselves a couple of days to produce a quick animation test of our favourite blue soldier and see if we could persuade 2000AD to let us make a Rogue Trooper show.
Little did we know it but our friends at Firestep had just aquired the rights to pitch and put financing together for a 2000AD show. A couple of phone calls later and we were hitting the ground running, the guys were having trouble making the numbers work in 3D, that was until we came along with this 2D test. They never even considered Rogue Trooper let alone anything to be done in 2D, but on seeing what we did it made them very excited about the possibilites of 2D and 3D combined.
Our original test had the classic 80′s Dave Gibbons character running across a baron landscape to camera. They loved it but felt it a little old so we took some later produced artwork and did a more aggressive run cycle of the character. The project seems to be stuck in limbo at the moment but we’re hoping it’ll see the light of day soon and we’ll be able to animate one of our all time comic book favourites.
Below is the fully comped test sequence as well as the two run cycles we produced.