Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Elf Shoes!

All of the guys in my gang (me and two 3rd-graders) had a pair of these and we'd wear them when we hung out by the candy store reading comics while the other kids did skateboard tricks and played stickball.

Breaking News: Kid Hates Santa's Lap

Frankie Reads From "Ice Cream For You And Me"

Monday, January 30, 2012

Documentary: All About Us

Watch the Doc on how we messed up everything before this. There is some strong language beyond, so watch out.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Exercise Rap

Exercise Rap by Frankie's Apartment

One of the greatest children's entertainers of 1988.  Mr. Al is still for hire - to give educational talks, perform in concert with his electric guitar, and to give skateboard lessons.

Batman Dollar

Metal Mike is one of the people in my neighborhood who collects spare change as a hobby.   One day, he'd just been given this dollar by someone stupid enough to part with it, so I traded him a finsky for it.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rap Snacks Commercial

Frankie's been wearing the same sneakers since high school.

"Skateboarding" - A Poem

This is the first place Frankie was ever published - his middle school literary magazine.

In a lot of ways it was one of his best received works - a poem entitled,  "Skateboarding".

Years later, he'd have to admit to himself that the poem was a sham - used as a way to engratiate himself into the fold of the skater/BMX kids.

The unabridged poem appears below.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Young Genius does his "Alien Rap" - from a Found Cassette

One of the most original rap voices ever.  If I could only find this kid and produce a few songs with him, I know it would be magical.

Alien Rap by Frankie's Apartment

There's a Ghost Haunting Frankie's Apartment

Ladies and Gentlemen -- Sudsy.

Jake Rubin is the voice of Bill the Snowman

Golden Krust's Anthropomorphic Jamaican Beef Patty

Golden Krust Bakery is the fastest growing Carribbean food franchise in the world.

I used to think that the Golden Krust location on 14th Street in Manhattan had painted its own version of a mascot on their window, but then I did a little research and found that a full-blown character suit exists to get people hyped at franchise events and marketing expos.

I went to the Golden Krust website, trying to find a picture of the guy, but the only image of him that I could find popped up on screen randomly (at about 50 pixels high), when a certain page needed some load-time.

It's a good website, and insanely thorough, mostly designed around selling you on the idea of opening a Golden Krust franchise in your neighborhood.

Check out the jingle in their TV ad below.

And here's the only jpeg I could find of their mascot costume.

Everybody on Frankie's Apartment likes Jamaican Beef Patties.  Jamaican Beef Patty Day in my middle school was one of the most anticipated jump-offs of the week - and you were allowed to have THREE of them, if you wanted - which is suicide.  I can't really eat them any more, because they make me feel like giving up all hope, but that same feeling doesn't stop Mr. Parfenix from downing at least two in a sit-down.

Italian Ice Flavors

Benfaremo - The Lemon Ice King of Corona,
5202 108th Street,

Moustache on Safety Club Kid

Felt Moustache Stuck on one of the Saftey Club Kids on the Back of a Mister Softee Truck.
Loisada Avenue, 2009.

Explosion Animation Cel from 60's Filmation Cartoon

Instagram off of Youtube screen -
from a Green Lantern cartoon, 2009.

Pet-Sitting Flyer - Court St., Brooklyn 2010

Graffiti: ATM Machine.

This ATM was nestled into a hole in the wall Pakistani take-out spot.  In Manhattan from 2010.

Computer-Head Comes Together

Frankie got his first computer when he was a kid.  He still hangs out with him.
This is a little bit about how we put the character together.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bill's Mouths

These are the mouths we use to make Bill talk.

You can pull these mouths down and cut them out in Photoshop.
Then use them to animate your own character.  
Try using them with a pumpkin or a watermelon.

Frankie's Apartment Building

Meet Nick.

Screen Test: George Psillides reads for Mr. Parfenix

Rubbish James Garbagetruck III

The Shlog Song

The gang in Frankie's Apartment sometimes make music together under the band name, Styrofome.
This is the video to a song they made to help explain the concept of a "shlog".

Bill's Mouth and Eye Animation Test


Please email Frankie at: me@frankiemail.com

If you send us a drawing, collage, or an original animation that we like, we'll post it on the shlog. Even if we don't like it that much we'll probably post it.

You can send presents and paper goods to:

Have A Heart Productions
c/o Frankie
4 E.2nd Street
Studio B
New York City, NY