Mike Stanfill, Private Hand, 214-320-2293
Flash Animation
I like Macromedia's Flash better than just about
anything except pretty girls and free money.
Or free girls and pretty money. Or girls with money.
Or just girls. Yeah, girls.
Flash Animation


I really enjoy using Macromedia's Flash because you can do almost anything with it...make broadcast-quality animation, program games, develop print-quality art and, except for the live-editing capabilities, it beats Powerpoint by a country mile when it comes to presentations. Below are a few tasty examples of my Flash handiwork. I hope you enjoy them.

And don't sweat the Google ads too much. This bandwidth stuff ain't free, ya know.

The Elements, by Tom Lehrer

The Elements. Music by Tom Lehrer. 325kb.

I have long admired the satiric talents of Tom Lehrer and it just seemed natural to put the words and music of his "Elements" song into Flash format. This is by far my most popular Flash animation but I know it's mostly due to Mr. Lehrer's spritely little tune.

Rainbow, by Slim Whitman

Ode To Scruffy. Music by Brett Eidman. 1.4 mb.

Comedian Brett Eidman has appeared on Satruday Night Live and with Second City in Chicago. His song, "Ode to Scruffy" was number one on  the Dr. Demento radio program for some time. He recently approached me to take it to the next animated step. It uses language that can be found in the dictionary. Deal with it. No dogs were harmed in the making of this production, but a lot of barf was projectiled.

Rainbow, by Slim Whitman

Rainbow. Music by Slim Whitman. 480kb.

My parents listened to a lot of country music when I was a kid, especially songs by Slim Whitman. I must have heard "There's a Rainbow in Every Teardrop You're Crying" about a kazillion times while growing up. This animation is my revenge, of sorts. It's also the reason some people shouldn't be allowed to use Flash. <grin>

Bush Bash

A Little Bush-Bashing. 2.2 mb

A friend of mine developed a new web site, bushdiet.com, and decided he'd like to advertise it with a bit of animated political theatre. I was given the song to work with but nothing else, which was fine with me. I hope you enjoy watching it every bit as much as I enjoyed making it.

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What is Rankism? 550kb.

It may seem obvious to each of us how the caste system that dominates our lives actually works, but what's more important is how to break the cycle. This animation, commisioned by the good folks at breakingranks.net and created by yours truly, is an introduction to authour Robert Fuller's examination of the problem.

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Metroport Meals On Wheels. 1.2mb.

I was honored to provide my services for this promotionl movie for North Texas's own Metroport Meals On Wheels. It's a pretty serious subject so don't expect a wacky thrill-ride. The vocal track was provided by the tintinnabular Mary McKitrick of mcmvoices.com.

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The Crocodile Hunterrapin. 350kb.

The good folks at Turtle TV asked me to animate a short segment for one of their award-winning movies. This was another of those jobs where I was delighted to add my painfully amateurish vocal talents.

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SPSU Interactive Map. 850kb.

Southern Polytechnic State University (The Fightin' Hornets!) were feeling left behind by all the cool interactive campus maps all the other colleges had on their web sites. So they had me whup up one for 'em. Click yerself crazy!

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America Greetings Animated Birthday Card Numero Uno. 216kb.

This is an animated birthday card I developed for the American Greetings on-line division. The "woob-woob-woob-woo" you hear is, ahem, me.

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American Greetings Animated Birthday Card Numero Two-o. 140kb.

Another of my world-famous American Greetings animated birthday cards. The assignment here was to make a card that was interactive, so you can click on the boxes in any order you wish to get the final payoff.

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Digital Media Warehouse. 75kb.

Client: "Can you animate a lizard crawling across the screen and morphing into our logo?"
Harried Flash animator: "Uh, okay."

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Readeez.com. 150kb.

Readeez.com, a developer of reading systems for kids needed some sort of presence for his new, yet-to-be-developed web site and asked for something cool for potential visitors to use instead of some plain old form mail. Tell him Mike sent ya.

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Countdown. 600kb.

A new client from Taiwan (Taiwan!) contacted me about developing a teaser animation for his new product rollout. It's all about time and important people. That's all I know. Really.

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Hanukkah Cheat Sheet. 600kb.

Don't you just hate it when you can't remember if the lamp is supposed to burn for eight days or seven days? Well, Leviathan Press produced a sort of Cliff Notes for Hanukkah for just this reason and then decided they needed a nifty web animation to advertise it. That's where I, and this peculiar animation, come in. It's an odd cross between a horror film, a spaghetti western, and a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Don't say I didn't warn ya.

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Three "Anti-Viral" animations.

Remote Backup Systems does all it can to protect your valuable computer data but it also needed some good advertising, so they turned to me to develop some viral animations to churn their message. The result was three fairly amusing animations for you to share and enjoy. Choose from Bull (100kb), Boo (500kb), or The Dog Ate My Computer (500kb).

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Stormy the Storm Drain. 550kb.

The city of Garland, Texas approached me to animate a lively little 30-second TV spot designed to teach children about the storm drain system. The crackerjack voiceover was provided by a Dallas-area rock musician whose name completely escapes me.

The Last Request. Music by John Fahey. 825kb.

Before a condemned man is executed he is customarily offered one last meal of his own choice. It's debatable if this is an act of kindness or simply a cruel joke, but the final choice that some prisoners make offers an intriguing insight into the minds of these men and the lives they lived. The Texas Department of Corrections carefully logs the last meals of their captors and I offer a few of these choices, along with the men themselves, for your consumption.

Find One Find All. 568kb.

Find One Find All is a company that markets a neat little interoperable device that allows you to link 36 objects to each other. The idea is, if you can find one of them you can find all of them. In other words, if you're bad at losing keys, you need one of these. We emphasized the problem using this cute little "Stuff Gremlin", which I animated.

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Buck Howdy Animated Intro. 430kb.

Buck Howdy is a singing cowboy who specializes in the entertainment of the younger buckaroos out there. His fame grew to such an extent that a television series, starring old Howdy himself, was given the green light and I was chosen to develop an animated opening for it. Yee-haw! The work was about 90% finished when the producers decided to 'go in another direction'. Sigh. I present this to you strictly for nostalgia's sake.

Garden Mosaics. 130kb.

Cornell University runs a science-based web site that emphasizes inner-city, cross-generational gardening. Their home page needed a little sprucing-up so they had me develop this small yet elegant "tree growth" widget.

Birth of a Hemi. 2.6Mb.

There's a doctor out in New Jersey who's yust NUTS for vintage Chrysler big-block cars and he has a very nice web site (www.raremopars.com) showing off all his acquisitions. His adoring wife decided his site was due a snazzy Flash opening page so she contacted me to whip one up. If you're a child of the 60's, or if you love Carmina Burana, you'll LOVE this one.

Time/Motion Study. 123kb.

There are companies out there whose job it is to help industry run smoother by analyzing how things get done in factories. They wanted a series of animations that showed the difference between a well-run shop and one run the old-fashioend way. This animation intentionally featured no music or sounds, in case you're wondering.

Sonoprep. 85kb.

Remember 'Bones' the doctor from the original Star Trek television series? How he'd wave his little wand over you for a second or two and then use a sort of atomizer to inject miraculous curatives into his victims, uh, I mean, patients? Well, a company finally invented one of those injection devices...sort of. Take a look at this (intentionally soundless) animation to see how it works.

Ziploc. 219kb.

Ziploc bags are amazing bits of technology all on their own, but the unceasing pace of progress requires that even this humble storage device innovate or die. This animation, bought and paid for by the Ziploc folks, shows a few customized options available for anyone willing to pony up the dough.

Turtle TV

From the folks who brought you Wishbone the Dog for PBS comes a new concept in on-line entertainment, Turtle TV. The site is all about, well, turtles and it offers movies, games, downloads and Flash diversions for all ages. I was hired to develop the animation for the "Ask Granny" page, which came out rather nice. In case you're wondering, I also did the voice of Granny.

A tribute to a great cat

Mopsey (A Tribute to a Very Fine Cat) Music by Art Garfunkel. 1mb.

Mopsey was the kind of cat who never met a person she didn't like and the world is a much smaller place without her. I am grateful to have known her the last five of her twenty years on this planet and I animated this small tribute just for her. If you ever had a pet who was more than "just" an animal, you'll enjoy this piece.

Somewhere over the China Sea

High Noon Over Hainan. 430kb.

Somewhere over the China Sea, near Hainan Island, a U.S reconnaissance aircraft and a Chinese fighter jet collided. What really happened? Who know? This amusing little tale is how I imagined events transpired.

Santa's All-Reindeer Glee Club

Santa's Reindeer Glee Club. 78k.

One Xmas season I decided to send a Flash-based Xmas card to all my friends instead of mailing them the same old thing. One reason is that it seemed like a cool idea. Another reason is that I'm unbelievably cheap. This cute lil' stinker is the result.

Fuego Flash Ad

Fuego Process Ad. 131kb.

Fuego, a company that builds software to control business processes, needed a short, Flash-based ad for their web site. The amount of text I had to include was WAY too much information for 30-seconds of animation but the final result was kind of fun.

Galaxy Sportsbook

Galaxy. 26kb.

This was my very first paid Flash assignment back in 1997, using Flash Version 1, and it was used as the splash screen for a gambling web site. There was also some Flash-based navigation used inside the site and, seeing as NO ONE had the Flash plug-in back then, I'm sure they had a lot of frustrated visitors.

KERA Fundraising animation

KERA Pledge Drive. 53kb.

Radio station KERA in Dallas, Texas, wanted a Flash-based animation on their web site that would (1) Encourage people to pledge and (2) Let them know how the current drive was doing. The funny-sounding voices were a compromise that freed the voice talent from having to re-record the amount of every new contributions.

My First Flash Web Site

My First Flash Web Site. 165kb.

Once Flash 3 was released I knew it was time to build a 100% Flash-based web site. This 1999 construct was a fun internet toy but completely useless as a tool to advertise the full spectrum of my talents. I present it to you strictly in the spirit of nostalgia.

MSquared Media. 82kb.

A few years ago a friend of mine had me build a web site to feature her video duplication company. I chose to program the site in Flash just because I could. This is a good example of how a handsome, interactive web site can be constructed on a very small bandwidth footprint. It's the shiznit fashizzle, or something like that.

Snugwear. 40kb.

The Macromedia company held a contest to see who could build the best commercial web site that used less than 45k for the opening segment. I didn't win the contest but I now have a great Flash demo to show off.

Great Expectorations

I was fortunate enough to spend the real millennium in France in 2001, not that fake year-2000 one. Rather than inflict a zillion blurry tourist photos of the experience (which involved a lot of spitting off of the tops real old buildings) on my friends and family I decided to build this snazzy Flash spectacular. The site is very image-intensive but it loads in segments so it's easy on the bandwidth.

ATTopia Arcade

The ATTopia Arcade. 49kb.

Several years ago I had an assignment that involved programming some really boring Flash-based instructional courses for new hires at AT&T. The only entertaining part of the whole shebang was this one bit of frivolous navigation that I somehow talked them into. It's pointless, but amusing.

The Harbor

The Harbor. 244kb.

This was used as a splash animation for an on-line company that sells clothing for skiers. If you like old Road-Runner cartoons you might want to take a quick peek at this offering.

Mike Stanfill, Private Hand - 2330 Jonesboro - Dallas, TX 75228 - 214-320-2293

All images copyright Mike Stanfill, 2003.