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"Campaign" - Producer's Notes

In this episode we see Click & Clack engaged in the seasonal exercise in agony at PBS, fund-raising! But a chance encounter with a local Boston politico gives them a novel idea - to embrace the mother of all revenue enhancers - politics! You thought the long political season was annoying enough already? Watch the mayhem ensue as our garage buddies throw their hats in the ring and hit the presidential campaign trail!
DIRECTOR'S NOTES: Click & Clack's As the Wrench Turns is a show that is created in a technique known as FLASH. It is a 2D software program that is used today in many popular animated TV shows and commercials. Unlike 3D programs like MAYA that try to give a rounder, more photo-realistic look to an image, FLASH was created to move more simpler, abstract designs. In this way it most resembles the look of traditional drawn and painted cartoons. Except here there are no pencils or paper. It's all drawn on a digital tablet with a pen stylus.
FOCUS ON: STEPHEN SILVER - Designer. Stephen is a top animation cartoonist in Hollywood, who created the designs for Walt Disney's "Kim Possible" and "Danny Phantom" for Nickelodeon. He now turns his formidable skills loose on the denizens of Car Talk Plaza!

QUESTION: What were the challenges of trying to create this adult show based on such a well known radio program?

STEPHEN: The design strategy for the show was first, and foremost, to keep the designs simple and iconic. Knowing that it was going to be a FLASH cartoon, I didn't want to incorporate a bunch of wrinkles and folds within the designs. The great part, of course, is getting to caricature Click and Clack! They have pretty distinct characteristics, and using a basic circle and rectangle made designing them a lot simpler. The rest of the cast, once having some great descriptions, really helped in the process of giving them all a unique shape and fun character.

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