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.
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... <<><><><>:}-<
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.
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.
Before I left the USA in 1989 Richard was responsible for all of DiC's shows. I have no idea whether on not he was involved at any level with this show once it was greenlit. I was asked by another Exec to freelance for this show from Australia, I was pretty isolated, so I have no idea what DiC's set up was on the show. Soon after Richard had me working independently with him on Little Nemo for TMS.
I saw a review of that series recently (never the series itself), and the critic pretty much destroyed it, but when I saw this beauty in a clip I knew at least someone truly competent must have participated in this. I love the clowny "nose" that doubles as the true mouth, in a way that it's almost like an optical illusion. That's a feature I have never seen before