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Secret Door Productions: They barely move!April 17, 2010

Welcome to, home of the cartoon series Typical Strange.

We tell stories. Animated stories. Well…kinda animated.  And kinda stories.


Sarah Elmaleh, Sean Gilbert,

Al Gravelle, Karen Throupe, Barbara Winters.

Created by

Sean Gilbert


Note: This stuff is not intended for the kids!

AUGH! AUUUGH!August 2, 2012

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since the last post. That’s crazy…particularly for someone who’s online daily and is still consumed most of the time with Typical Strange (among other things, but still…!)

The comic is updating several times most weeks, and I’ve just GOT to get back to the animation! Still so many stories to tell!

Really, that’s why I went to the comics instead…the workload for an animated show is so huge, and I started fearing I wouldn’t LIVE long enough to tell all the silly little tales featuring Abigail, Oscar, Penelope, Harley, Wade and TK.

But animation…they MOVE. They TALK.

And the actors…how great are they (myself aside, maybe: I just rewatched the old episodes and some of it’s pretty terrible on my part…haha. Viva l’ego…I’m not firing myself yet!)

Anyway, if you need online editing service, check out over in the links section!

And I hope to get back here sooner than a year, this time.

Bye for now!


Penelope’s Plasticine Theater #1September 11, 2011

A long while back Sarah recorded some shorts to pass the time between episodes.

Of course, all this stuff ended up taking me way longer to put together…the shorts

But here’s the first plasticine theater short, at long last!

Penelope’s Beautiful Dress

Testing…May 29, 2011

Penelope’s movie minute #3 is here! It’s called “You Gotta Move”.

I know it appears, all nice and slick, in the vids beside the blog posts.

But I wanted to try posting into the blog post itself.

Just to see.

Y’know. For kicks.

Let’s watch…


Bye for now!

Penelope’s Movie Minute – “You Gotta Move”

You Gotta Move – Penelope’s Movie Minute #3

My love for comedy is matched by my love of SCARY stuff. This Movie Minute has a small element of the SCARY. OOOooOOOooh!

Sarah is really funny in this one, once again, and I’m glad to have finally finished animating it!

I feel the same way as Penelope does when i watch the film she watches…it’s powerful, powerful stuff!

See you again soon!

I Gotta Post Monthly. So here’s “May”May 27, 2011

I gotta post monthly, at least. Since weekly has just not happened yet!

The animation work is going fine, with the roughs for episode 5 (the action packed dramatic thriller called “Abigail’s Birthday” and the lip sync for another Penelope Movie Minute coming along great.

The Movie Minute requires a little background music, which oughtta be finished this weekend. Then, the rest of the lip sync and smaller animation touches, and BOOM! Twelve short years later, another 2 minute short! YES!

These movie minutes, along with the other shorts, have been on the back of the proverbial shelf, with my mind wandering to other things…but MUEY MUEY SOON, another movie minute’ll be done. FINALLY!

One Murky BlogApril 24, 2011

Why can I accept “the Muppets” as real, but cannot be engaged by much of the digital wizardry of CGI-fueled blockbusters? No matter how brilliant the artistry?

I don’t know. But 1995 called; it wants its filmmaking article back.

This blogging thing is still not in my bones. Because I haven’t let it happen. However, I HAVE to do more on here. This stuff occupies ALL my waking thoughts.

It’s better than it was a couple years ago…then the stories were occupying me constantly, too, but there was NOTHING to watch.

It takes awhile.

The newest episode, “Abigail’s Birthday”, is being drawn. Piece by piece. Digitally, by the way. Without the artistic brilliance, natch!

It’s a big two-parter, which I wanted to edit down to a tight twenty minutes…but it seemed more fun to keep everything in there and enjoy the journey a little more. (ahhhh, the lack of writing discipline that this format allows! What a glorious thing!)

…and double “ahhhh” for the lack of writing discipline that went into this post.

But I did one!


Have a great day!

Monthly Update: Welcome to Creepyville.March 28, 2011

Whoa. It’s been just over a month, once again, since the last blog update.

The next episode, “Abigail’s Birthday”, has been written and is undergoing a quick polish before it goes out to the actors. Rough animation is underway, too…there are some fun new characters guest starring, and I’m wild about the story.

It’s pretty complex, stucture-wise, and the cast separates into separate adventures. We’ll see how well it works in the end, but this is going to be the busiest, fastest paced adventure so far!

Lately I’ve found another great online cartoon. This guy is great. He’s got interesting (and slightly disturbing) characters (the voices are fantastic), and it’s hilariously creepy, both the writing and character design.

It’s called “Welcome to Creepyville”.

Take a trip to Creepyville!

Penelope’s Movie MinuteFebruary 23, 2011

As always, to watch the newest episode, go to the right and click on the top picture!

Most of the full length episodes have been squeezed into the archives!

It’s a thrill to be finishing a couple of these shows. I’m finding them to be alot of fun, and faster to finish lately.

Weekend at Bernie’s is one of my favorite movies.

There. I said it.

The whole thing just WORKS. Very likable characters, and a hilarious premise that does exactly what you want it to do. Not a flick that lent itself well to a sequel, unfortunately….but it’s been quite awhile…maybe we can look forward to “Weekend at Bernie’s 3…The Rotting”!

Hmmm….I gotta go.       *opening screenwriting program*

The Last PieceFebruary 5, 2011

New short, “The Last Piece”, has been posted. Enjoy!

….But save a little for the group, okay?

Every episode teaches me something. This one makes me laugh at the end (gives me that elusive automatic reaction of laughter, definitely a good sign), but the script could’ve used some cutting up front…takes too long to get to a point that could have been reached MUCH more quickly.

All good – and yet ANOTHER great reason to do the short episodes between the longer ones. The mechanics of putting a story together (not to mention the visual and auditory aspects!) are somewhat the same.

Gives a chance to woodshed a bit and get better at this!

All the best,


Big DreamsJanuary 28, 2011

So finally, the latest episode is in the can! Check out “Big Dreams”. In this one, Abigail finds herself having…disturbing dreams about another character.

Big, big ups, props and ‘kuds to the cast. You guys are great!

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