is a community website based on the 'guide' in the cult book 'Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galazy' by Douglas Adams, who was one of the founding
members and directors of the company (which incidentally began its
days as The
At the very beginning the resident h2g2 artists
created a series of bizarre animations to celebrate the launch of
They were presented in the form of 'reports' on
all manner of strange earth things, from galactic field researchers
for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to their head journalistic
I was responsible for three of the field reporter
characters - Jack Shannon the Dolphin, Sideswipe the Porpoise (Shannon's
sidekick) and Toobitz, a rather strange looking two-in-one character
(which would sort of mean I had four characters...). I designed
the characters and made the animations as well.
Limited by the low internet bandwidth of the day
for most users, the animations were a little clunky, but that somehow
seemed to work with their overall weirdness anyway!
Above is Toobitz's launch animation. This was
the first the world saw of this strange beauty... I have to say
she used to really freak me out when I was first animating her!