Cartoons

Two huge bits of new here for you peeps, firstly the absolute legendary retro 80s cartoon The Raccoons turns 32 years old today (yes… this makes us feel old too), and secondly, it’s back!!

Yep, during our recent interview with The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis, we discovered that he is busy working away on a Raccoons comeback and they are creating all new episodes for us to binge on the floor in front of the TV in our PJs with a bowl of cereal…. just like old times. Exciting!

With a slightly new and more modern look using the latest animation technology, The Raccoons are set to hit our screens once more with a crisp, bold new look which aims to still capture the magic of the classic show we all know and love.

What’s more, Kevin kindly send us some snaps of the initial designs for this return and we couldn’t resist sharing them with you guys. Let’s take a look!

Just from this logo of the mighty Evergreen Forest, we can see that things are looking bolder, brighter, and more crisp. Moving with the times, modern animation allows shows to be made much quicker and with much more dynamic movements.

Bert is back! We love this new look and it feel that this really help to capture some of the magic we all knew and loved from this cult classic.

Can’t help but love The Pig right?! The Pigs are Cyril’s right hand men. They are constantly trying to impress The Boss, in search of the elusive “raise”. Inevitably, they are so incompetent that they can’t even be trusted with their own lunch! Food is usually a powerful incentive for them – that and the threat of Cyril’s wrath. Loving this new look and it will be great to see them much more animated than ever before.

Boooooooo Hisssssssss! Super rich, super evil and super awesome! He’s the guy we all love to hate and he’s sure someone we can’t wait to see back on our screens! Notice the lack of cigar? Times have changed peeps, time have changed.

So there you have it folks! What do you think of these concepts?

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We would like to also say that at this time, these are working ideas, so things could change depending on YOUR feedback. Yep let us know or Kevin Gillis himself what you think of this new look. What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to change and why? It’s time to have your say folks.

Left wanting more? Panic not, we’ve got a awesome range of 100% official and 100% exclusive The Raccoons TShirts in stock ready for you to snap up. Take a peep…

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Transformers fans rejoice!  This week sees the release of the long awaited new film Transformers: The Last Knight and expectations are suitably high!

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Any other plot details are being kept under lock and key but trailers of Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee has got everyone talking, why are they at war with each other? Could the leader of the Autobots have turned to the dark side?  There have been multiple tag lines used on various promotional material for this new film such as ‘Rethink your heroes’, ‘Every legend hides a secret’ and ‘For One World To Live, The Other Must Die’.  These cryptic clues have got us very excited and we can’t wait to find out the true story!

It’s been reported that this is the last Transformers film that Michael Bay will direct and also rumoured to be following him out the door is Mark Wahlberg, so will the next film follow a new direction?  Either way, Transformers and Michael Bay go hand in hand so enjoy his last film in the franchise while you can!  He recently said in an interview “I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know.” which all sounds positive for an action packed film!

You can show your appreciation for Transformers with some of the amazing Transformers TShirts and Cartoon TShirts on our site!  Perfect for rocking up the cinema in!

If you’re off to see the film this weekend we hope you enjoy it and let us know what you thought!

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That’s it folks! It’s allll over but hopefully you all had some fun and at least got to check out our amazing interview with Mr Raccoons himself Kevin Gillis!

As some of the biggest The Raccoons fans in the land, we always after some new and exciting designs to call our own which is why we snapped up the chance to create some exclusive new Raccoons TShirts… which is what we’ve just done!

Inspired by the classic characters we all know and love, our latest comic style designs are some of our best yet and are sure to hit the right mark with any ran of this retro classic. Take a peep!

So what’s it all been for?

To celebrate in true TruffleShuffle style, we thought we could give you guys the chance to bag some amazing Raccoons goodies which we managed to get signed by Kevin just to sweeten the deal.

Up for grabs we had an exclusive TruffleShuffle Raccoons TShirt, season one and season two of the Raccoons on DVD and a helping of Raccoons badges to help decorate you or you home with!

How are our lucky winners chosen?
Our competition was run through Gleam who have collected all the various entries and added them into a big competition hat of sorts. Their nifty system then picks out a winner completely at random! Easy huh.

The Winner!!

We have rummaged through alllll the entries you guys have been busy submitting and can now reveal that the lucky winner of ALLL these amazing goodies IS…

Tracey Pankhurst

Congratulations!

We will be contacting you shortly to arrange delivery of your winnings.

Huge thanks again to everyone who entered but weren’t so lucky this time. Stay tuned for plenty more competitions to come either on our blog, Facebook PageTwitter or Instagram.

See you next time!

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This is the TruffleShuffle blog, quiet, peaceful, serene… that is until our new The Raccoons TShirts and COMPETITION wakes up! Yaaaahoooooo!

Luckily, we have a good friend to help us out in the form of The Raccoons creator Kevin Gillis!

Like busy little Raccoons ourselves, we’ve been hard at work with Kevin to create some all new and exclusive Raccoons T-Shirts which are now on the site! We have one new design which has been lovingly screen printed onto four styles and colours including grey & white tees, blue vest and a grey baseball raglan TShirt!

To celebrate our latest arrivals in style and give you guys a little glimpse into the world behind The Raccoons, we stole Kevin away and threw some questions at him (don’t worry we were gentle). Take a look below to see what we found out from the man himself….

Hi Kevin, thanks for taking to time to chat with us! So… we hear you’re currently working on a reboot of The Raccoons which we’re very excited about! What made you decide to do this and how will it differ to the classic 1980s series?

A lot of the Raccoons fans are now having kids of their own. Many of them were reaching out and suggesting that we should think about doing a re-launch and aim it towards them and their new families – sort of a co-viewing opportunity. It was a very difficult process trying to decide which direction to go. Do you keep the ‘classic’ animation style – updating it from the original, or do you create a brand new modern approach to the characters’ style? Further, do you stay 2D as the original was – or do you go CGI – which many of the pre-school shows are produced in? We have opted to update the original designs but kept much of the traditional classic tone and look that The Raccoons were known for.
Stay tuned – as the jury is still out!

Not that we’re biased, but the 80s and 90s produced some of the best cartoons ever, of course including The Raccoons. What do you think made this such a special and iconic time for the entertainment biz?

Up to this time, most of the animation we had known came from large US animation studios who had created their own iconic styles: Hanna-Barbera; Disney; Warner Bros; etc. Suddenly there was an appetite – mostly driven by broadcasters and young upstart studios and producers, to reach beyond the US fare and create new characters and styles of their own. It was a time when promoting independent creativity was cultivated. It was before the accountants ran the broadcasting systems – and original untested ideas from young writers, producers and directors had an opportunity to reach an audience.

Although we’re sure there are many, if there was just one lesson you would like us 80s kids to have taken away from the years growing up with The Raccoons, what would it be?

Hah! Well, seeding an interest in our fragile environment would have to be near the top of my list. That — and enjoying the characters and their stories.

Which other classic cartoon show would you most have liked to have been a part of and why?

I’ve always been a fan of The Simpsons. I guess I like dysfunctional family comedies. They seem so real!  And The Simpsons was ground-breaking, giving rise to a burgeoning field of adult animation. And let’s not forget some of the great pioneer shows of animated comedy: The Flintstones, The Bugs Bunny Hour!

Who were your favourite characters from the series and why?

Writing for a villain is always fun. Cyril Sneer was no cookie-cutter villain. He was much more grey than black-hearted. He had a very soft spot for his son Cedric and was vulnerable to early childhood emotional scars – his obsessive need to constantly prove himself to Mr. Knox and Mr. Mammoth come to mind, as does his all-encompassing distaste for anything that the Raccoons were up to – especially Bert!
I think Cyril’s complexity made him a favourite of mine. Can’t decide between the Pigs or Bert after that. They were both fun. Interestingly, the actor who played both Bert and Pig #2 (the “sycophantic, slow” one) brought both characters to life and made my job worth getting up for every single day. He was Bert Raccoon incarnate! Sadly, Len Carlson has moved on to the Evergreen Forest in the sky, where I am sure he is dreaming up new-fangled adventures just as Bert Raccoon would!

If you could go back and do it all over again, what one thing would you most like to change about The Raccoons? Perhaps a character trait? Storyline? Or maybe something about how it was made?

That’s easy: in hindsight, I would not have had Cyril with a cigar. We of course wanted to make Cyril the anti-hero and gave him character traits that you would not aspire to emulate as a child: how he treated his underlings (employees), his rants, his paranoia, his unending quest for wealth over anything else, his destruction of the environment, even his control over his son’s friends. We thought a cigar would just add to the persona. Regrettably, it has become a bit of an albatross as today’s broadcasters are concerned that it is politically incorrect and are reluctant to broadcast the series.

We’ve always imagined working on one of our childhood favourite shows to be an absolute dream job (apart from creating amazing tees with them on that is!). Were there any funny stories or goings on in the making of The Raccoons you can share?

I’m afraid if I did my life would be in danger.

Did you ever slip any ‘Easter eggs’ or hidden gems into any of the episodes? We’d love to look out for them if so!

We did our best to seek them out and destroy them. The animators, being the “paragons of virtue” that they are, would occasionally try to create, shall we say, visual “double-entendres”. I will leave it to your imagination what we were able to find. I’m sure we didn’t get them all – so if you find one, keep it to yourself. Check the Pigs scenes – they were notoriously risqué. Also the backgrounds in Cyril’s mansion – you never know what you are going to find in those dark recesses.

With huge changes in how shows are made these days, how do you feel kid’s cartoons have changed since The Raccoons first came out? Are there any new series that you’ve seen and are a fan of?

I am fortunate to have worked on a number of animated shows since The Raccoons with many talented young writers, animators, directors, actors, designers, etc. I have always been a fan of original designs and unique story-telling that pushes the accepted boundaries. I think what we did on Atomic Betty set game rules.  Computer assisted animation has made a huge difference. In many cases you don’t even have to know how to draw to work as an animator on a series. Creating and colouring fabulous backgrounds has become quicker and easier. The time to deliver a series is much faster – so the relevancy of subject matter can be a very powerful tool in the hands of writers.

I think the biggest change for young demos is the ubiquitous focus on 2 eleven minute episodes instead of a 22 minute “half-hour”. The format change has created quicker pacing, gag-oriented stories as opposed to more character based animated drama. Granted, we still have 22 minute stories for prime-time (The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, etc.), but I think we have created an audience that demands instant-plotlines with a preference for gags over depth of character.

Animating back in the 80s and 90s was such an intensive and manual process, do you think modern methods can still offer the same magic?

Absolutely! If anything, the ability to instantaneously see your work as opposed to waiting for the film “dailies” to come back from the lab gives the creative team a multitude of options to pivot, polish, re-work, fine-tune — and still deliver on time. Control over your work has improved immeasurably. The digitization of the creative realm has offered all of the creative team the ability to react, reflect and make choices in real time.

What do you think the animation industry will look like in ten years’ time? Do you think we’re likely to see more retro classics make a comeback?

I think that low cost animation tools will be ubiquitous – anyone that wants to create a professional product will have the technical ability to do so. We will still be interested in great stories and characters that we care for but the distribution channels will be full of UGC – User Generated Content. Having a network determine whether your creativity is seen or not will no longer be relevant – if it is today. Retro versions of today’s hits will undoubtedly be part of the creative landscape – it’s the stories and characters that make your memories happy and worth revisiting.   Regardless of method of delivery and/or technological advances, great content will always prevail.

We would like to say a huuuuge thank you to Kevin Gillis for taking the time to talk with us and providing us with some amazing signed goodies which you can now win below. Such an honour.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

That’s right folks! Celebrating the release of our exclusive new The Raccoons Clothing which is now available to buy (go take a look!), we’ve managed to get our hands on some simply amazing The Raccoons goodies which have been signed by creator Kevin Gillis himself! A true treat for any fan of this hit retro show for sure. Let’s take a look…

The Prize

Up for grabs we have have a signed exclusive The Raccoons TShirt, a signed copy of season one and two of the Raccoons on DVD and a handful of The Raccoons badges to sweeten the collection!

How To Enter

To keep things as easy, fair and as accessible as possible, we’re running the comp through our usual little system called Gleam. This will allow you to enter a number of times and in a number of different ways via Twitter, our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and more. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have of winning. Nice n’ easy!

Just follow the directions below after securely logging in via one of the options to begin completing your entries.

WIN Signed The Racoons Goodies

How Long Do I Have?

The competition will close at 11:59pm on Monday 29th May (29/05/17). Entries made any time before then will be counted. After this time the system will not accept any further entries.

How Will The Winner Be Chosen?

In the interest of fun and fairness… totally at random! The nifty Gleam system will hop, skip and jump into all your entries and pick out our lucky winner at random. Don’t forget! The more ways you enter, the more chance the plucky Gleam bots will pick you.

Good luck!

Ts&Cs
Only one winner will be chosen at random
There will be no cash alternative of prizes offered
If we do not hear back from the winner within one week, another will be chosen at random and contacted
We reserve the right to cancel the competition at any time without warning
Questions? Email competitions@truffleshuffle.co.uk and we’ll get back to you pronto!

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Now unless you’ve been climbing a cold mountain leaving you completely cut off from the world, or perhaps you got your cave’s feng shui juuuust right and you’ve been camped out there for a while, you miiiight have noticed that Unicorns are kind of a big deal and are certainly stylishly galloping their way all over our site in true majestic style!

From fashion and decor, to food and drinks (take a peep at the latest Starbucks creation! It’s seen to be believed), Unicorn love has injected a whole wave of colours and fun over the world and we sure can’t get enough!

Never one’s to miss out on the fun, we’ve been working hard to create our very own collection of Unicorn goodies that have already been flying off the Truffle Towers selves. To help get your guys in on the action, here’s our pick of the best unicorn clothing and gifts in our collection…. and there’s no need to travel to a far off magical kingdom to get them too!

Pusheen Glitter Travel Mug

Looking to glam up your hot brew drinking activities? Our suuuuper snazzy Pusheen travel mug is here to do just that! We got cats, unicorns, glitter and rainbows all covered with this one. PURRFECT!!!

Unicorn Slippers

Transform your feet to a far and distant land full of colour, comfort and of course…. magic. Simply slip your tootsies into these majestic creations and they’ll be warm and cosy before you can say ‘I LOVE UNICORNS’.

Unicorn Shower Cap

Getting out the shower with completely bone dry hair? Sounds like some kind of magic to us because…well it is! Ensure your style stays dry in this enchanting unicorn shower cap. Perfect for making sure your ‘do is as beautiful as a unicorn’s mane at all times.

She-Ra TShirts

Where would She-Ra be without her trusty unicorn steed, Swift Wind? Possibly one of the most iconic and retro Unicorns out there, why not rock the trend AND pay homage to this retro legend all at once with our exclusive range of She-Ra designs.

Unicorn Sprinkle Shaker

If you’re a bit of a master in the kitchen and can whip up some of the most amazing cakes, or perhaps your cakes could always do with a sprinkle of magic to really give them a boost, our unicorn sprinkle shaker is here to save the day and take your baking to the next level!

For alllll these amazing goodies and our complete range of unicorn merchandise, fly on over to our site TruffleShuffle.co.uk and take a peep. Any unicorn goodness we’re missing out on? Let us know and we’ll try to find it for you!

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Our fabulous Rainbow Brite themed giveaway is now sadly over which means it’s time to announce the lucky winner of our fabulous bundle of star sprinkled goodies! We love this part.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to enter – we had a huge response which just goes to show how much love there is for the fabulous Hallmark character whose mission is to use the colours of the Rainbow to bring colour and happiness to people everywhere!

The Prizes

So just a reminder of what was up for grabs – as well as fabulous bundle below kindly donated by the lovely people at Hallmark – the creators of all things Brite and beautiful…………..

Our lucky winner will also receive a £50 voucher to spend on our exclusive Rainbow Brite range at TruffleShuffle.com. Sneak peek of some of our favourite styles below for you…..

How our lucky winners are chosen….
Our competition was run through Gleam who have collected all the various entries and added them into a big competition hat of sorts. Their nifty system then picks out a winner completely at random!

And….. drum roll please! The results are in!
Huuuuge congratulations to…..

Terri Jenner

We’ll be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of your fabulous prizes.

Not a winner? Don’t worry! We still have a simply massive range of official and exclusive Rainbow Brite gifts and goodies so please do come check them out here! 100% official and exclusive to TruffleShuffle.com, they’re the perfect way for all us Rainbow Brite fans to add a little sparkle to our lives!

Big thank you again to everyone who entered. Don’t forget to stay tuned for plenty more exciting competitions to come!

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