The PJs: Black and Beautiful
Let's not forget the wonderful artistry behind the show. The dimensional stop motion animation, coined "foamation," comes courtesy of Will Vinton Studios, the studio that made Claymation a household word with cartoons like The Adventures of Mark Twain and The California Raisins. The foam-bodied PJs characters have a distinctively unique look with hard faces and replacement mouths that seem most reminiscent of George Pal's Puppetoons. Certainly, what is most amazing is the show's level of craftsmanship and quality which is maintained throughout the grueling requirements of producing a weekly animated show on a TV budget. The animation is heightened by the attention to detail that is paid to the surroundings. The worn-look of the projects is perfectly recreated with broken bottles, graffiti galore and other authentic props.
Prime-time animation has exploded in the past year and while as a whole, it's a positive trend for the animation world, the quality of the shows leaves much to be desired. The satisfaction of seeing a funny primetime cartoon that is also well animated is something to celebrate and that I will do with The PJs.
Amid Amidi is the Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine