McLaren and Framestore marked the F1 giant's 50th anniversary in 2013 with the return of the award-winning Tooned. The eight-part celebratory special retells the history of McLaren's cars and the champions who drove them, along with tales of wild excess, intense competition, young prodigious talent and glorious victory. Drawing on the brand's rich heritage, the series will give McLaren's historic drivers, including Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Mika Häkkinen, the Tooned treatment.
Before Rigstore started the Technical Lead here and Director Nick Hughes was lucky enough to work on and make large numbers of the rigs for the series Tooned which aired on Sky Sports weekly. These 3 minute episodes aired during the Grand Prix and gained a massive following in the sports industry. He says that this was "indoctrination by fire" but he loved every minute of the high pace quick turn around that he he came to know as the norm.
Tooned Game Rigs
Based on the scripts that were made for Framestore in 2013, we have also rebuilt some scripts that create game avatars from our rigs. Originally these scripts were written for Framestore to take our current animation rigs and create game avatars. These scripts built the game avatars, which were used in a Unity game engine, but were sadly the game was never used by McLaren. The main characters had all their joint setups and blendshape targets included with the avatar. These avatars were amazing to be able to control and run around game levels!
Rigstore can currently offer this service free of charge with any maya animation rig, these rigs can then be placed into any game engine by a games artist.
Click here for amazing Tooned PreVis Artwork