This post is for traditional animation fans! These are once again floating around on social media, so I figured I'd delve a bit deeper. While the Batman designs are obviously Brian Bolland's "The Killing Joke," the acting is "Totally 80's, dude."
Compiled from a number of sources including Canadian Animation Resources, John Celestri's blog (AMAZING stuff here!), Ty Templeton's blog, and the YouTube.
In John Celestri's words:
I animated them back in 1988 under unusual circumstances. For those who don't know, Zellers is a Canadian nation-wide clothing store chain. At that time, the Batman franchise was heating up and the first Batman live action feature was heading toward the theaters. I was asked to animate the commercials, but I did not live anywhere near the studio that was producing it, so we settled on my drawing at home and faxing the drawings in to the studio. Yes, I said faxing each and every one of my drawings.
Also, these drawings were all done on 8.5 x 11 inches photocopy paper...not the standard sized studio animation paper (10.5 x 12 inches)
Joker Running Pencil Test:
Penguin (in French):
Credits on the four commercials:
Producer (Lightbox): Mary Ellen Young
Producer (Agency): Johnny Chambers
Direction: Greg Duffell
Layout: Ty Templeton, Les Waller, Ennis McNulty, Greg Duffell
Animation: Gian Franco(John)Celestri and Keith Nicholson assisted by Ramon Hui, Mary Ellen Young, Monica Kim
Backgrounds: Les Waller, Gary Cooper