The Lone Cuke (Lost CGI Animated Pilot; 1993)
|A rendered screenshot from a magazine.|
The Lone Cuke (original French title: Le Concombre Masqué, "The Masked Cucumber") was meant to be a CGI-animated TV series adaptation of French comic series Le Concombre Masqué by Nikita Mandryka. It would have been 52 episodes, each 6.30 minutes long. Its original release date were to be in late 1993.
Announcing the series
The magazine told about how the comic book was going to be made into the TV series, being animated by a young Belgian animation society, Neurones Cartoon, based in the city of Liège. The intended 52 episodes would have been based on the three first comic albums. Mandryka himself came to the studio for three months to work on the first episode, helping with the storyboard and character designs.
In contrast, the backgrounds and special effects were mainly rendered in 2D.
The first episode, Le Jardin Zen ("The Zen Garden") had already been shown in Québec and rewarded with a people's choice award at a computer-animated film international convention in Montréal during earlier 1992 (FIFOM: Festival International du Film par Ordinateur de Montréal).
A July 1992 article claims The Lone Cuke had been officially selected for Chicago's SIGGRAPH ( Special Interest Group in GRAPHics) convention, that focuses on computer programming and graphics.
Virtually no mention of the series has been made since then; no footage of it has ever resurfaced and not even the official website makes any mention of it. Online, some animator's resumes and newspaper archives talk about it, along with its probably intended English title, The Lone Cuke.
The Computer History Museum in California seems to hold a SIGGRAPH Video Review tape, mentioning The Lone Cuke in its contents.
The only footage available is a short fragment from an episode, that was shown at the Imagina 93 animation festival.
- Spirou Magaziiiine N°.2838
- https://vimeo.com/30660908 Footage begins at 40:28
- http://archives.lesoir.be/le-concombre-prime_t-19920715-Z05L1N.html Belgian newspaper archive
- http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/catalog/102702951 Tape at the Computer History Museum, seeming to contain The Lone Cuke footage.