“Jawbreaker” Story

Many of you may have seen JAWBREAKER on YouTube. Many of the comments were something like: “What the heck is this insane, out-of –this-world short piece of animation?!”

This project was done for a close friend of ours, a dynamite character designer and a terrific person, Phil Mendez ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0579084/ ). While developing and storyboarding East of the Sun: West of the Moon in 1982 Phil came knocking on the door with a proposal to produce a trailer for his concept TV series entitled “JAWBREAKER.” He had storyboarded an action-packed, 108 seconds for a high-quality animated presentation trailer to show to his German investors to finance the series. Any one on staff not working on East of the Sun : West of the Moon were assigned to work on the JAWBREAKER presentation. Though we and he loved the finished trailer, to this day the series was never green-lit for production. Yet it continues to collect views on YouTube.

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9 Responses

  1. …Were y’all planning to make 20+ minutes of this quality animation every week? :/

    • Derek Williams says:

      Looks like it was just a sizzle reel to get a studio interested in making a series. Highly unlikely this quality animation can be done for a weekly 13 episode series.

  2. Diego Fernandez says:

    The animation, the pace, the angles… remind me a lot of “Space Ace”. This is glorious animation at its best. I hope “Dragon’s Lair: the movie” follows the same path, because that would be a triumph. 🙂

  3. Derek Williams says:

    Finally, some answers! I remember watching this over and over and recognizing all the voice samples and sound effects from other Bluth work. I wonder if any studios might still be interested?

  4. Spokavriel (Daniel T. Stack) says:

    And here I have been looking for it as a series, a movie, or even a novelization ever since the video was first posted. And it never got green lit. Any chance of asking that friend to at least get it out in comic book form? Or would the people it was shopped around to not allow that?

  5. Brian says:

    Jawbreaker looks really awesome, and reminded me of some of the scenes in An American Tail! ^_^

    I was looking at the IMDB link for Phil Mendez that was provided in the update, he worked on some pretty obscure and interesting shows! ^_^ But I was looking around and decided to look up Mr. Bluth’s IMDB profile, and came across, an entry for a cartoon series based on Dragon’s Lair from 1984! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086698/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_9
    I was only 3, so I probably wouldn’t have seen it, or remembered it. But dvds of that would probably make for an awesome perk addition! I know I’d enjoy seeing them! Just a thought. 😉

  6. Tom Villegas says:

    This reminds me a lot of Dragon’s Lair II: Timewarp.

  7. Dan E. Won says:

    It really is a shame when no studio is willing to gamble on a good idea paying off. Lots of brilliant ideas that were inspirations for many artists and creators were sadly ignored by the major studio executives, mainly because the studio system nowadays doesn’t allow for great creativity or bold avant-garde artistry to be appreciated. It really is sad what the industry has turned into today. This is why many studios no longer produce traditionally animated features anymore, because it’s too risky and not considered profitable from the viewpoint of major media corporations, who only want to produce mainstream soulless cash-grabs that are guaranteed to make money, regardless of how formulaic or trite the story or the plot is. But hopefully your new project can change that, Don. I’m counting on your team to be the one that turns the industry around. I hope!

  8. Lance Rusoff says:

    the Jawbreaker villain had to be animated by John Pomeroy. The draftsmanship gives it away. : ) I actually have some OG animation drawing from this! I bought a collection of Don Bluth model sheets and some rough sketches were included.

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