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Web Animation / TimberWolf

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At the dawn of the 21st century, Chuck Jones decided to show the rest of The Internet how a real animator makes Flash cartoons.

Timber Wolf follows the exploits of one Thomas T. Wolf, who is trying to go one day without a tree falling on his head. It also chronicles his interactions with other woodland creatures, particularly his nemesis, Earl Squirrel.

While Jones created the character, he left production and direction largely to his last protege, Stephen Fossati (who produced Jones's work in Mrs. Doubtfire and directed Father of the Bird). Thomas was voiced by Joe Alaskey, while Earl was voiced by Nancy Cartwright, who both later worked on Rugrats. Riders in the Sky wrote and performed the theme song.

Thirteen episodes were produced, with production ceasing altogether when Jones died in 2002. The front page for the series at Warner Bros. is still on their website, but with nothing else. A fan gathered the Flash files and published them on a different web page.

This show provides examples of:

  • Creator In-Joke: In "Self Helplessness" when Thomas blows out the first bubble after chewing on a ball of alphabet bubble gum, all the floating letters inside it spell out "C H U C K J O N E S".
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The last released episode, "Hiccup Runneth Over", has Thomas attempting several tricks and machines to get rid of his hiccups, most of which end up failing him.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: In the first episode, Earl is hunting Thomas. He wants the wolf's tail to collect bounty money...and eat it. (Eat the bounty money, that is, not the tail.)
  • Running Gag: Every time Thomas (or another character) says his middle name, he can scream out "TIMBER!" to the point where trees fall and collide on him.
  • Say My Name: Played with. Basically Thomas’ curse; trees fall on him if he says his middle name. Especially whenever he shouts it.
  • Timber!: Thomas has a propensity to yell out "TIMBEEEER!", which results in a tree falling on him every time.
  • A Timberwolf in Sheep's Clothing: Surprisingly not to hunt, but rather to get away from the forest. Unfortunately, he attracts lovelorn ewes, which in turn attracts the unwanted attention of the nearby herd's jealous ram.
    Thomas: Lucky for her, I already ett.