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Nickelodeon’s New Toon ‘Loud House’ Harks Back to Classic Style

Animator Chris Savino has accumulated a plethora of creative and production credits on such shows as “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.” Now, his latest endeavor has allowed him to pay homage to his earliest passion: newspaper comics, which he’s been copying since age 4.

As creator of Nickelodeon series “The Loud House,” which debuts May 2, Savino concocted the story of a boy who has 10 sisters. The idea for the toon originated with a boy rabbit surrounded by 25 siblings, but after it was suggested that the characters be humans, the toonster drew on his own upbringing in a house full of kids. He erased the bunny ears and created 11-year-old Lincoln Loud, who has five older and five younger sisters. All the characters’ names begin with L.

The result: a happy marriage of story inspiration and traditional style.

Savino used Harmony animation software to duplicate the line qualities of print cartoons. Floors, walls and other environments are a single hue, referencing the color scheme of classic comic strips. Each character’s wardrobe has a signature color.

“I wanted the episodes to give you the feeling you get sitting down with the Sunday funnies,” Savino says.

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