california native plant week, the cartoon

Here’s a lit­tle car­toon I whipped up this morn­ing on Xtra­nor­mal, the site that lets you cre­ate and dis­trib­ute your own ani­ma­tions with­out need­ing to really know what you’re doing. (When it comes to CGI, that pretty much describes me…)

It’s pretty much Cal­i­for­nia Native Plant Week meets Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf meets Hello Kitty. And it’s a test of how well voice syn­the­sis can deal with some com­mon (and less com­mon) sci­en­tific names.

Pixar, my num­ber is (619) 555‑0213.

14 thoughts on “california native plant week, the cartoon

  1. Town Mouse

    Love the bird song in the back­ground! As for the pro­noun­ci­a­tion, I’m always amazed how Amer­i­cans pro­nounce Latin. It was good enough, really…

  2. Sue Langley

    Thanks, James.…I’ve been say­ing them all wrong. It’s so help­ful to learn pronu­ci­a­tion from Hello Kitty. You’re a hipsta…a techno rock star.

  3. lostlandscape Post author

    Hey, thanks every­one! I hope you had as much as I did putting it together!

    Arleen, my guess is that your Tom Tom’s voice is the same voice syn­the­sis pack­age that Xtra­nor­mal licensed. You should try to see if you can feed it street names in botan­i­cal Latin.

    David, have fun with it!

    TM, what struck me most is that when faced with decid­ing how to pro­nounce the unfa­mil­iar “fas­ci­c­u­la­tum” the pro­gram chose to use the FASC pro­nun­ci­a­tion as “fas­cist” instead of “fas­ci­cle,” ren­der­ing the word as fascist-culatum.

    Janet, oh, I think these two char­ac­ters have a his­tory before they did this video…

    Helen, I rather enjoy the flat­ness to the voices. The tone works really well for passive-aggressive modes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, some­thing my fam­ily trained me really well in.

    Mag­gie, the thought did cross my mind… I can see some sequels–and pre­quels too. I’ve blown through all my free Xtra­nor­mal points to pro­duce this clip, but it might be worth a minor splurge to make some more episodes.

    Sue, so how do YOU pro­nounce “fasciculatum?”

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