Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published January 7th 2016
The band is square - also round, triangular and oval
WA production company Mad Kids on on a mission. They are determined to break new ground and bring quality entertainment to air using the best of local WA talent.
Responsible for the web series The Legend of Gavin Tanner, which has now been picked up by mainstream television and put into production for ABC Comedy Showroom., Mad Kids have now produced its first animated series, The Shapes.
The cast behind the shapes - L-R: Matt Lovkis, Ofa Fotu, Timothy Nelson and Gemma Sharpe (Photograph by Richard Jefferson)
The Shapes is a raucous band of cartoon shapes pulled together by their monstrous talent, pushed apart by their even more monstrous egos and producing surprisingly good music given their varying, er, shapes.
The series is written & directed by Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis and produced by Lauren Elliott, with music and lyrics by Matt Lovkis and Timothy Nelson of Perth rock band, Timothy Nelson and The Infidels.
The cast of voice actors and singers are Timothy Nelson (Red Triangle), Matt Lovkis (Pink Oval), actress Gemma Sharpe (Blue Square) and Ofa Fotu (Yellow Circle) of Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics.
The six episodes will all be shown free on ABC iview and the first few are up already. They are really very sweet, quite short at just over a minute and a half each and with exceedingly clever writing of the lyrics and music.
Cool Rock Video, featuring The Shapes
The first episode, Cool Rock Video is now streaming here until the 4th of February.
Do yourself a favour and cast an eye over it. My favourite episode thus far is the second I'm a Genius.
The Shapes was developed and produced with the assistance of ScreenWest and LotteryWest. The Shapes are in no way related to the British Punk Band The Shapes, formed in 1976 and recorded the classic Wot's for Lunch, Mum?