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Captain Nintendo: How's Bayou SwampCreature by filbarlow Captain Nintendo: How's Bayou SwampCreature by filbarlow
This Swamp Creature is one of the character designs I did for the Captain Nintendo episode "How's Bayou" back in 1989.
I was working freelance from Australia.
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Dig the proportions and shapes, Cool design.:sun::skull:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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DayDreamOrNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome!:sun::skull:
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
About two years ago some online friends invited me to a streaming video chat where they were putting up tons of 1980s cartoons. This was before I actually knew you worked on Captain "N," and when this design popped up I immediately shouted IS THAT A FIL BARLOW?

Nobody knew what I was talking about.

While only appearing for a few seconds this is one of the most memorable and elaborate fish-like humanoids I know of. Love that piranha pug-face.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Haha all of the characters in that episode were mine, including the incidental creatures. Billy was modified, but I like my version much better.

After the seasonal layoffs and my team was re-employed for Capt N, one of the designer from my Alf team showed his folio and a Producer exclaimed, " He does Barlow better than Barlow!". This was reported back to me through the few faithful I had left and I told them, I'm okay with that, I trained you guys, so it's a credit to me as a teacher. I also reminded them to never think that they have me pegged, I'll just slip into a new style and leave them behind. I shed styles like a snake sheds it's skin...  <<><><><>:}-<
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! I noticed a lot of cool reinterpretations of NES enemies on the show. It was fun when video game graphics were rough enough that they didn't have a concrete design artists had to replicate.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I really haven't seen many episodes of Captain N, it still makes me cringe.
All I can say is that if I had been the lead designer and Buddy Boy was greenlit, I would have been as faithful as possible to the pixel characters.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Thanks for posting this!  Captain N was a big deal to me as a kid, largely because of the amazing creature and scenery designs.  This is a great example.  It looks wrong and unnatural in a fun way.  The head is like some horrific deep sea fish that has no business sitting on the torso of a humanoid animal.  The spindly insect limbs attached to the bloated lizard-fish body are further enjoyable wrongness.

I'm pretty sure this episode aired in the fall of '89 though.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I was going for a Frankenstein/Piranha kind of thing. But you get the feel I was going for :)

You are correct about the date and I have fixed the post accordingly, thank you.
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
There was a Frankenstein/piranha kind of thing in one of the earliest Real Ghostbusters episodes.  Any connection?
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