Western Animation: Mutilator Hero Of The Wasteland
Narrator: In a place of no vital importance, there existed a man with a mechanical arm. This man, was known as-
Orc Thing: MUTILATOR!
(AKA Mutilator: Hero of the Wasteland
) is a short series created by Eric Fogel (who would later create Celebrity Deathmatch
) as a college animation project. Best described as Mad Max meets the cover artwork of a heavy metal band, Mutilator
follows the adventures of the Mutilator, a man with a mechanical arm, as he fights for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by all manner of blood-thirsty mutants.
Like so many college projects, Mutilator
is clearly the work of someone just starting off with their chosen craft. The animation is very simple and downright crude at times, with low production values, awkward character movements, (characters constantly shake, as if high on caffeine), inconsistent anatomy and perspective, and there's no real plot to speak of
, as Mutilator just wanders around and kills things. It's very heavy on over-the-top violence and gore (so much so that Fogel's college professor called it "inappropriate due to its violent content."). Yet, the consensus seems to be that it's extremely amusing, if not outright hilarious
, due to these shortcomings.
Despite it's amateur beginnings, Mutilator
became quite popular with Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, and has achieved minor cult status on YouTube
. Fogel himself has posted both videos on his youtube page, which you can see here
. Fogel has also started work
on bringing Mutilator to the big screen as a stop-motion animation project (titled "Havoc"
This series provides examples of: