He's a vigilante crime fighter who roams the night, searching for perverts to stomp on. His favorite victim of course is Melvin.  Ralph did the voice for this character himself, muttering gruffly ,"perverts everywhere!". Batlaw figures more prominently in the second cartoon, "Babe, He calls Me" as his attention turns to wiping out the despicable...

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The Kid is a nasty little punk who screams his catchphrase, "NO MUSICAL SINGING!!!" Several times during the cartoon. The first when Mama is wailing in the alley for her long lost son, the second when mama tries to sing him a lullabye in their sleazy hotel hideaway, and the third at the end of...

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Bunky only has one line in the picture, but his presence is imperitive. He is the young apprentice gumshoe who has more on the ball than his mentor. In fact, Bunky and Say Wen do everything for the incompetant Brick Hardrock. Bunky is akin to Popeye's  Sweepea in the design area, but he's not a...

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The original name of the series was to be Spicy Detective, based on the pulp fiction type comic of the same name, but with a futuristic, Blade Runner type setting. Sometime after my involvement with it the project became Spicy City. It was shown on HBO during the summer of 1997. Below is the series' wraparound...

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This is a married woman who's gorilla-like husband beats the bejeezis out of Melvin after mistaking him for a peeping tom earlier in the cartoon. When she hears Malcolm's music she loses all restraint and offers to "slip into something more comfortable". She comes back dressed in a cheerleader costume....

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Ralph said that this was his mother. Endowed with a heavy yiddish accent ,she became a sexy sultry siren when singing, causing an audience of cartoon animals to go berserk. At top left she outlines her itinerary for a talk show host, her book will come out "after my TV show...

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Ralph claimed that this cartoon was autobiographical, although I could see no physical or personality similarities between him and Melvin. Perhaps this is the way we all feel when the world isn't giving us the things we want, like a helpless hapless clown, looked down on by even the lowliest insects. Melvin tries hard to...

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The second Zootoon would continue the saga of Melvin and Malcolm. This time I created a storyboard from Ralph's preliminary sketches, broadening the scope of the story with elements of film noir and cramming as much plot into six minutes as we possibly could and yet still have a somewhat comprehensible and solidifying theme. The...

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Brick is a loud-mouthed, boistrous showboat, more obnoxious style than substance. The only thing that will take the jazz-maddened women's minds off of Melvin and Malcolm's music is when Brick shows up at the roach Pit looking for his client. "OOh, it's Brick!", they pant as he struts by. He tell his partners Say Wen...

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