"And then we did that every day for seven days." - Bank of America
i almost spit my beer out
Our character designer Vondell Swain drew this cute Frederator fan art that shows Fairy and Goblin hanging out with Bee and PuppyCat, Rocketdog, and Catbug and Danny from Bravest Warriors. This is such good company omg!
We should also use this post as a chance to properly introduce our cartoon’s protagonists, Fairy and Goblin! Fairy and Goblin are a couple that live together in an apartment in a bizarre fantasy world. Their landlord is literally a fire-breathing dragon who forces them to hunt for treasure so they can pay their rent. They’d rather be chillin’ at home playing video games, but they don’t mind going on adventures as long as they’re together!
Goblin is an inventor who fights with semi-non-violent weapons like a boxing glove gun and a propeller hat! He’s the first one to question the ethics of their treasure-hunting job since it is basically just robbing people. Perhaps he doesn’t want to play into the stereotype that Goblins are always bad guys? But he also really genuinely enjoys punching people, so there’s that too! He’s voiced by Alex Small-Butera.
Fairy is an actual manic pixie dream girl who can bend reality with her magical fairy dust. Her magic is limited to pretty minor stuff like levitation, smoke bombs, protective bubbles and making people slightly sick. But she’s never intimidated by much bigger and more powerful warriors, and she’ll often bite off more than she can chew. She’s voiced by Lindsay Small-Butera.
When we were developing a cartoon based on our game we knew that the first step was figuring out who our protagonists would be. We went through the Story War card game's deck and we pretty much instantly unanimously agreed that the protagonists should be Fairy and Goblin. The idea to make them a couple came from our writer KC Green! It made a lot of sense to us! Lindsay and Alex have great chemistry together as actors and you don’t see a lot of stories about stable happy couples!
We also had to simplify their character design a little bit for animation. In the card game Goblin has more gadgets on his utility belt, and Fairy’s head was made bigger so her face could be more expressive. Vondell and Lindsay also decided to make Fairy’s skin a little darker because we thought it’d be nice to see a dark-skinned girl in a leading role in a cartoon.
You’ll be able to watch the Story War cartoon on Monday! We also might be livestreaming some of the final hours of animation later tonight - we’ll let you know on our blog!
(PS: If you wanna draw fan art of Fairy and Goblin, that’d be awesome! Post it in the #Story War tag so we can see!)
HEY! how’s this for exciting news!
my top 5 movies of 2013
- monsters university
- the vine video of the little girl going “what?”
- the 5th season premiere of the vampire diaries
- iron man 3
- the dark knight (2008)
TURNT UP? more like learnt up. stay in school
kim kardashing through the snow
Allyson learns what it’s like to get roasted real hard.
You put this on Tumblr too?! Ugh. Also,
Jenn wins email.
you really don’t
not at fucking
It appears absolutely no one realizes this character (assuming this story takes place during the time in which it was filmed) grew up during The Troubles of Northern Ireland.
You don’t know if he’s Northern Irish. You don’t know if he’s Catholic. You don’t know if he grew up watching his people get murdered by Loyalist Protestants and British soldiers who carried heavy racial prejudice against Irish Catholics (hellooo, Bloody Sunday anyone?), who had for centuries been characterized as barbaric, racially inferior, lowly people who needed to be wiped out or converted. Attacks by the IRA, and therefore retaliation by the British, didn’t completely cease until 1998, I believe? This film came out in 2002.
You don’t know if he was an Irishman who grew up in England. Bomb attacks carried out by the IRA in England kindled misplaced aggression toward innocent Irish civilians living among the English population and Irish people were verbally and physically attacked and their businesses targeted. Perhaps similar to how ordinary Muslims bear the brunt of aggression after attacks by Muslim extremists…
You can still find yourself threatened and demeaned if you’re a Catholic in Northern Ireland or if you’re a Protestant in Ireland and some older dude in a pub in a smaller town straight up asks you if you’re Catholic or not and you’re afraid what’ll happen if you don’t lie about who you are.
You can still hear casual racism toward Irish people in everyday life and in publicly broadcast media in the UK.
You can still see and hear “Kill All Irish” and other pretty heavy anti-Irish sentiment among Loyalists in Northern Ireland who don’t consider themselves Irish at all.
Just because it now appears that the island of Ireland has been allowed to move on from war and their appearance and culture generally allows them to blend into and reap the benefits of the White European demographic doesn’t mean that this character does not have the background suitable to fully empathize with her. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t, we just don’t know his story.
But I guess you’ve never been demeaned as a Paddy or a Taig so you wouldn’t understand what it feels like, would you?
i have never hit reblog so hard. bless this commentary.