James Farr

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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 and has spawned an illustrated novel, Xombie: Dead on Arrival, and comic book series published by Devil's Due, Xombie: Reanimated. His films are particularly popular on Newgrounds, where they have over 4.5 million views.

His portfolio includes work for Epic Level entertainment, New Line Cinema, GeekRescue.com and the Oklahoma City Blazers.

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.

In 2007, Farr released a book displaying the events of the first saga of 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. A third part of the intended Xombie trilogy, titled Death Warmed Over, was planned but put on indefinite hold due to an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign.

In March 2017, Farr began a new series on YouTube titled Xombie: Dead Ahead, which is meant to be a continuation of the series, proclaimed as "the next chapter".[1]

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.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Trainsformers[edit]

A short-lived animated series mashing up Thomas & Friends and Transformers starring Farr's son Vector.

After the fourth episode, HIT Entertainment (later Mattel Creations) 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 have 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 and lasted four episodes, with a fifth currently in development.

Before the sixth episode, Farr gets revenge on HIT Entertainment/Mattel Creations from suing him for plagiarism by shutting HIT Entertainment/Mattel Creations down, make the production team of HIT Entertainment/Mattel Creations lose their jobs, and get Thomas out of this production to have strict copyright protection cut off. Despite the first four episodes were just about to be brought back to the internet for fair use or remastered for the 10-year anniversary on April 19, 2019, TRAINS-FORMERS: Gauge of Extinction was made involving for Vector disregarding from going on new adventures around the movie lot and to get revenge to the Fun Police and bring Trainsformers back again.

On December 31, 2018, James Farr fully restored the Trainsformers, but in the Christmas special, generic trains (whose names were Cole, Quazar, Quark and Clunk) were added instead of Thomas characters. This is probably due so HIT Entertainment will not sue James again.

Due to HIT Entertainment's loss of Thomas, Farr properly used Thomas for future videos after getting permission from Mattel.

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 film Ghostbusters.

New Super Mario Busters 2[edit]

A sequel to Super Mario Busters that is a mash-up of the Super Mario video game series and the film Ghostbusters II.

Super Mario Busters: Reboot[edit]

A mashup of the Super Mario video game series and the Ghostbusters 2016 reboot.

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.

  • Released:
    • Super Smash Wars: A Link to the Hope[8]
    • Super Smash Wars: The Empire Smashes Back[9][10]
    • Super Smash Wars: Return of the Hero of Time[11][12]
    • Super Smash Wars: The Triforce Awakens

A.V.P.V.T.O.T. (Alien vs. Predator vs Trick-Or-Treating.)[edit]

A parody that features a kid dressed as a Xenomorph from the Alien series battling another kid dressed as a Predator from the Predator series on Halloween.

Wiivengers[edit]

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

The Big Lebowser[edit]

A mashup of the Paper Mario series RPG games and the movie The Big Lebowski.

Pryamidhead[edit]

A parody of the game Cuphead and the Silent Hill series. It features Pyramidhead chasing down Heather Mason in an amusement park level.

Jacksepticeye and ZackScottGames Animated[edit]

Interviews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xombie: Dead Ahead".
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Short of the Week, Pac-Man: The Movie
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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/
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ SUPER SMASH WARS: A Link To The Hope - A Star Wars / Nintendo-verse Mashup
  9. ^ SUPER SMASH WARS 2: The Empire Smashes Back (Part 1/2) A Star Wars / Nintendo-Verse Mashup
  10. ^ SUPER SMASH WARS 2: The Empire Smashes Back (Part 2/2) A Star Wars / Nintendo-Verse Mashup
  11. ^ SUPER SMASH WARS 3: Return of the Hero (Part 1/2) A Star Wars / Nintendo-Verse Mashup
  12. ^ SUPER SMASH WARS 3: Return of the Hero (Part 2/2) A Star Wars / Nintendo-Verse Mashup

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