James Farr

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This article is about the American animator and animation director. For the American professor, English language scholar and president of the University of Florida, see James M. Farr.

James Farr is a freelance animator and animation director based at present in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is widely known by the online community for his animated series Xombie, which quickly gained cult status in 2003 and has spawned an illustrated novel, Xombie: Dead on Arrival, a comic book series published by Devil's Due, Xombie: Reanimated, as well as an upcoming animated feature film. His films are particularly popular on Newgrounds, where they have over 4.5 million views. All of the Xombie chapters are almost always within the top-50 list, and James Farr is currently the sixth-highest-rated artist on Newgrounds (for many years, he was in the top three). [1]

His portfolio includes work for Epic Level entertainment, New Line Cinema, GeekRescue.com and the Oklahoma City Blazers. He has a son, Vector Farr, and a Jack Russel Terrier named Courage.

One of the producers for the 2007 film Transformers placed Farr at the scene of an accident involving a Decepticon, at the fictional company website, [2]. There, Farr moonlights as Lead Researcher, the accident occurring while performing an experimental procedure on an unnamed decepticon subject.

Projects[edit]

Xombie[edit]

Xombie tells the story of a little girl named Zoe, who washes ashore years after a zombie plague has wiped out most life on Earth and replaced it with bloodthirsty reanimated versions of the planet's previous inhabitants. She is saved from a swarm of zombies by Dirge, a "variant", a zombie who has retained their conscious mind and the ability to think like a human. (According to the official website, the variants are called "xombies", but the term has yet to be used in the series itself, likely because it is pronounced the same way as "zombie".) Dirge takes it upon himself to perform one last good deed before his zombie body withers away and begins a journey to reunite Zoe with the few remaining live humans and save her from a gruesome death at the hands of the undead.

Recently, Farr has released a book displaying the events of the first saga the series, entitled Xombie: Dead On Arrival. There is also a six issue comic book series called Xombie: Reanimated, the first issue was released April 2007. The third part of the intended Xombie trilogy, titled Death Warmed Over, is currently in pre-production.

Call of the Cryptids[edit]

An animation series in production about the struggles of Kendra Call, a young cryptozoologist, haunted by ghoulish visions of her childhood, desperately searching for proof of monsters unknown to modern science. Upon discovering a note addressed to her and written in riddles, she is flung into a secret war of monsters, to which the rest of the world is seemingly oblivious.

Xombie: Legends of Nephthys[edit]

A prequel to the other Farr flash, Xombie. It will be about the Egyptian xombie Nephthys and the origin of xombies. Currently in development hell.

EV[edit]

A 160-page manga from Tokyopop written by Farr. Released April 2008.

Pac-Man: The Movie[edit]

A live-action short film written and directed by Farr that imagines Pac-Man as a top-secret Government project was released in April 2012.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The CGI and special effects for the film were done by Steelehouse Digital, the special effects company Farr works for.[7]

Trainsformers[edit]

A short-lived animated series mashing up Thomas the Tank Engine and Transformers starring Farr's son Vector.

After the fourth episode, HIT Entertainment sued Farr for plagiarism due to Thomas having a strict copyright protection. Because of this the first four episodes were pulled from the internet and a fifth was made involving what could've been the fifth episode being halted by the "Fun Police" mid-production causing Vector to go on new adventures around the movie lot.

The series was replaced by The Sky-High City of Steampuff, which also featured trains that can turn into robots. This show lasted two episodes before cancellation.

Before the sixth episode, Farr gets revenge on HIT Entertainment for suing him for plagiarism and making the production team of HIT Entertainment lose their jobs, and get Thomas out of this production and have strict copyright protection cut off. TRAINS-FORMERS: Gauge of Extinction was made involving for Vector going to get revenge to the Fun Police and to bring Trainsformers back again.

Blink to the Future[edit]

A mash-up of Doctor Who and Back to the Future, featuring the Eleventh Doctor, his companions Amy Pond and Rory, the Judoon and Cowboy Daleks.

Super Mario Busters[edit]

A mash-up of the Super Mario video game series and the Ghostbusters film series. Was followed by a sequel called New Super Mario Busters 2.

Teenage Mutant Koopa Troopas[edit]

A mash-up of the Super Mario series games and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, featuring Koopa Troopas as the Turtles, Mario as the Shredder, Princess Daisy as April O'Neill, Mouser as Splinter and Luigi as Casey Jones.

Super Smash Wars[edit]

A mash-up of the Nintendo video game series Super Smash Bros. and Star Wars. There will be nine episodes in total, with the first three being based on the Original Trilogy, the second three being based on the Prequel Trilogy and the remaining three on the Sequel Trilogy.

Wiivengers[edit]

A parody of various Nintendo Wii video games and Avengers Assemble. An adaption of Avengers: Age of Ultron is to follow.

Jack Septiceye Animated[edit]

Interviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cole Abaius, Watch 'Pac-Man: The Movie is a Fan Film First Chapter That Should Get Its Own Feature, Film School Rejects, http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/short-film-watch-pac-man-the-movie.php
  2. ^ Short of the Week, Pac-Man: The Movie
  3. ^ Hugo Ozman, Twitchfilm, Watch PAC-MAN THE MOVIE (The Fan Film), http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/04/watch-pac-man-the-movie-the-fan-film.php
  4. ^ Leah Jackson, G4TV, Pac-Man The Movie: An Excellent Fan Film About A Yellow Sphere, http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/722519/pac-man-the-movie-an-excellent-fan-film-about-a-yellow-sphere/
  5. ^ Geekologie, WTF Did I Just Watch?: PAC-MAN Fan Film, http://www.geekologie.com/2012/04/wtf-did-i-just-watch-pac-man-fan-film.php
  6. ^ Mike Fahey, This Might Be the Only Way a Live-Action Pac-Man Movie Could Ever Work, Kotaku, http://kotaku.com/5899696/this-might-be-the-only-way-a-live+action-pac+man-movie-could-ever-work
  7. ^ Steelhouse Digital, Main Page, http://www.steelehouse.com/

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