Guest Post: Peaches and Jam special 9/11 launch on GoAnimate

This is a Guest Blog Post by Andrew Hirsch who is releasing his new series Peaches and Jam on GoAnimate.

HEY GoAnimate,


I’ve been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years now. I’ve spent most of my time editing TV shows and theatrical trailers, but over the years I’ve written, produced, and directed as well. I’m extremely grateful for my career, and proud of the work I’ve accomplished. But as you know, there is nothing like working on your own project.

About 8 years ago, I started developing an animated series for school age children. It's entertaining, it's educational, and it's really hard to get anyone to throw money at it. That’s "show biz" right?! But these things take time. And it’s starting to feel like maybe our time has come.

Back in April a friend turned me onto a site that allows you to create your own animated videos. So I thought, “This could be cool”... and he said, “No dummy, this could be great! Contact them and tell them about Peaches and Jam.” So I did. And I'm happy to say Michelle and Alvin embraced our concept, and immediately welcomed us into the mix. After years of frustration working with low budget cell and digital animators, to find a program so robust, so extensive, and so intuitive I can operate it myself…well that makes Go!Animate an incredibly powerful platform for me to harness my creativity, and realize my dream.

But there was still the issue of my kids, those little creatures of my imagination. Clearly there are plenty to choose from and/or create in Go!Animate, but these guys are family…and after 8 years of development, I couldn’t just abandon them. Alvin understood, and agreed to start with 3 of my 7 character designs and generate working [lil’ peepz] models. I have to say, I couldn’t be happier with the work Nicolas and his team did on Peaches, Jam, and Dot. And with the added ability to copy and create new [episode specific] versions with such ease…well that’s just gravy! Really tasty gravy!

Needless to say I’m crazy excited! 20 years of storytelling, 8 years of development, and 1 kick ass animation program…all that’s left to do is execute my vision. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing.

So with no further ado...well, that's not true...there is one more thing. Our first episode is not really indicative of how the series will play. I chose to make a piece to commemorate 9/11. It's kind of our "very special episode", which I realize usually doesn't happen until like seasons 3 or 4, but when I came up with this angle...well, I think you'll see, it may help create some dialog with kids...I hope. Future episodes will be based on much lighter topics, and be shorter in length and more playful in tone.

Watch the special 9/11 episode below:

Once again, I’d like to thank Alvin, Nicolas, and Michelle for their incredible support and willingness to participate in the realization of “Peaches and Jam”. I’m confident that together we will create content that’ll draw an even larger audience to Go!Animate, and help inspire future storytellers alike. Please take a look at the first of many Go!Animate generated episodes of Peaches and Jam. We’d love to hear your feedback, and appreciate those who have already weighed in. I have to get back to the studio now…Jam is about to set a new world record…find out how, on next week’s CHUNK OF HISTORY with Peaches and Jam!

Have Fun!

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