https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v78NFumwGasHow would you describe Dog Judo?
Dog Judo is the story of Rexley and Roy and their quest to do some proper Judo. Roy, who I voice is a judo purist and Rexley is a judo lunatic who uses dirty tricks and absurdity to drive Roy mad. Lately they’ve just been in the pub a lot though.
How did the idea of dog judo come about?
I was watching the Richard Briers sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles and thought, this would be better if it was some dogs arguing about judo, I think.
How do you go about writing the Dog Judo sketches?
It’s always different. Sometimes you have one line and you write an episode to fit around it. Sometimes you’ve just got an ending or just a start and you have to write the rest around that.
Quite often the spontaneous cleverness of the people voicing the other dogs takes the episode in a whole new direction and the script goes out the window.
All the other dogs (Rexley, Roly, Peaches the late-night chat-line soldier, Bloodbag the meat thief, and Naked Reg the model) are all handpicked from millions for their naturally funny cleverness. We all went to school together as well, luckily.
Are there any inspirations for Dog Judo?
The biggest influence on Dog Judo has been the classic pictures of dogs playing pool and poker. That’s what the first dog animations I ever did were based on.
Humour-wise you could class Dog Judo as a cross between Vic Reeves Big Night Out and the episode of Eastenders where it was just Dot Cotton talking about her life to a tape recorder for the whole half hour.
Do you have any favourite Dog Judo videos?
Meat Sprinkles, Roy Castle 2 and Navy Roly might be my favourites I think.
I love the ones where Rik Mayall plays my father as well, because he’s Rik Mayall and he’s playing my father.
Also, Joey Pantoliano who won an Emmy in the Sopranos and was in The Goonies, The Matrix and loads more is in three episodes, playing New York mobster Joey Gagglio and they are my favourites. He’s brilliant.
The videos that you upload on YouTube are short and rarely exceed 2 minutes. What made you decide to create shorter length animation videos?
Animation takes ages.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting their own animations?
Just get stuck in. You can move a stick man half an inch and entertain people as much as any Hollywood epic. You can grasp the basics really quickly and entertain yourself and others as you learn.
What do you hope people take away from Dog Judo?
I want funny people to find it funny. Not much more than that, really. We’re not getting a specific message out or anything. Never trust a karateist though.
I’ll be happy if one solitary person finds it funny, and then they make a few million more watch it, and then they buy t-shirts and all that lot.
What can we look out for from Dog Judo?
We here at 12foot6 want to make lots more and we’ve got eighty suitcases of ideas, so hopefully more more more.
We’ve just made an epic 22 minute episode which is going down well, so hopefully that leads somewhere interesting. I love working on Dog Judo and long may it continue. Life is lovely.
Check out a new episode of Dog Judo on the first Thursday of every month!