Wednesday, April 12, 2006

More Becca: Nature Girl

For some reason I don't have the early sketches of Becca: Nature Girl, but here's some more pitch artwork.

We have Becca giving an alligator some alligator shoes.

Here's Becca trying to scrub the spots off of a leopard.

I should probably tell the story of how Becca: Nature Girl came to be.

A few years ago I was working at a large studio, as was Incredibly Cute Friend Becca. One day at lunch we were walking to the cafeteria, and saw some squirrels romping around. The studio lot is swarming with squirrels, and they're usually friendly since they get fed all the time by employees. Becca was ready for feeding fun, as she had some almonds or something with her. She sees the squirrels and screams, "SQUIRRELLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!" at the top of her lungs and literally started running after the squirrels.

Squirrels don't take getting screamed at and ran upon too well. Predictably, the squirrels in Becca's sights ran like hell into the underbrush. She got mad and actually threw the almonds she was carrying after them. I just about died laughing.

Of course I gave her a bunch of grief for running and screaming at essentially wild animals. Of course the jokes started flowing, and it was imagined how funny it would've been if Becca had been a girl scout as a child and tried this stuff. Hilarity ensued.

After lunch I went back to my desk and drew a quick doodle of Becca dressed as a Brownie and running after terrified squirrels with the title, Becca: Nature Girl across the top of the page. People who saw it thought it was funny and thought we should try to make a pitch idea out of it. So we did. Unfortunately, no takers. Damn.

I still laugh about the original squirrel incident. I wonder what would've happened if one of the little furry bastards stood their ground.


Uccellina said...

It's like Elmyra! I'm gonna love you and hug you and squeeze your little furry heads off!

But Becca, Nature Girl, is frankly a better title.

RedDiabla said...

Becca doesn't try to cuddle with the animals, she wants to give them makeovers. And she's nowhere near as annoying as Elmyra!

Elliot said...

Nice Bill Peetish jaguar there (although you messed up his back leg, why do you think you never sold the show? These things are very important to men in suits...cough...ahem...)