The goal of this short film is to teach kids good brushing habits through fun songs and lessons courtesy of Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell against evil Plaqulus.
For this project I worked with CarrotNewYork, the animators at FlickerLab, and Executive Producer Justin Matley. Recording was done at BAR1 Studios with Tim Leitner, who helped me produce and mix the songs. I really loved working with the voice actor who played Plaqulus. He completely transformed himself in studio and was so dramatic, funny and amazing—we nailed it in three takes!
Tooth Defenders was initially challenging because I had only a script, and I’m very visual when it comes to composing. Luckily FlickerLab had rough sketches drawn up for some primary scenes and that’s when I channeled my childhood cartoon heroes for inspiration. I spent hours watching old episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on YouTube , listening for the instruments I wanted for this project. The iconic action sequences from the old Batman TV series also influenced the brass and horn colors heard throughout the score.