Private Project

The Dancing Baby Meets Cthulhu: The Last Dance

Restoration history: In 1998 I was running the Orange County ROP Animation program and learning 3D studio Max version 1 at the same time I am teaching 3 levels of animation. The Dancing Baby model, which comes with Max 1 along with a number of pre-recorded motion capture files, was exploding on TV, first with Ally McBeal and then with a number of forgettable low rent commercials.

One Sunday I was in my local Seven Eleven where the Dancing Baby showed up on a diamond car window suction cup sign with the words “Cha Cha Baby Aboard”. That was too much. It had to be stopped. I went right home, opened 3D Max and killed the little brat and fed its wire mesh soul to the Great God Cthulhu ala Marv Newland.

I put a very low rez version on the Internet (dial up speed being what they weren’t). And a couple years later I was contacted by the guy in charge of the NecronomiCon film program. I did a higher rez version for them. Which was the only time it has been shown in public. Now I have restored it from the original files.

  • Larry Loc
  • Larry Loc
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  • Runtime:
    41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 27, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Larry Loc

Larry Loc is a Stop Motion and 3-D computer animator and an animation educator. He has been a Board Member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the founder of Orange ROP Animation Program, a History of Animation Professor at Cal State Fullerton and other colleges, an after school instructor of Stop Motion Animation at a Junior High School, the director of an International Short Animation Festival, head of volunteers for Lovecraft Film Festival, L.A. and the author of “Animation on a Shoestring” and “Stop Motion Animation on a Shoestring”. Some credits include Return to Innsmouth (CGI Undersea City) , Bill Plympton's Guard Dog Global Jam, Innsmouth Turnpike, Race Gods Race, P.P.F., Debate, Weiner Olympics, An Evening With Bill Melendez / Floyd Norman (producer) etc.

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Director Statement

Stop Motion Animation is the red haired step child of animation education. By and large, stop motion is just not being taught in animation programs. I do everything I can to change that.