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JB+P: Singin' in the Rain by tranimation-art JB+P: Singin' in the Rain by tranimation-art
"I'm singin' in the rain / Just singin' in the rain / What a glorious feelin' / I'm happy again..."

This is the story of Jellybean and Pinto, a musical-seriocomedy about a little jellybean that wants to become a dancer and his pet. It is a series that celebrates the art of music and dance, but is also a social critique, addressing real-life social issues and attitudes, particularly discrimination, through allegory and metaphor:

Candyland is an ethnic enclave (resembling somewhere between the urban-like ghettos, barrios, and shtetls with the cultural magic of Little Italy/Saigon/Indias and Greek/Irish/Chinatowns) designated to (racially) segregate the candies from humans. Although the reason behind this is primarily for the safety of candies who could be easily eaten outside the boundaries of Candyland, but also humans simply dislike what is different. Human communities generally kept candies "in their place" by redlining preventing them to apply for jobs and take homes, charging higher prices for goods, and (thus) restricting their activities outside the districts of Candyland.

Jellybean is often cheerfully oblivious to the discrimination around him due to his child-like nature and naivete. He is unaware that his actions, no matter how small, circumvent the "normalcy" around him: Society expects him to do what he was designed to do whether he, as an individual, believes that he has the right to live life the way he wants, like everyone else. Sometimes, he ends up having to learn the hard way:

When he first applied for a dance school, for example, which was an all-human one located outside Candyland, he was turned away because "we don't teach your kind here," he caught the sympathy of an elderly sixty-five-year-old Jewish widow, a three-time ballroom champion (with her late husband) and choreographer for Hollywood, who instructed and mentored Jellybean in dance. Jellybean soon grew a romantic feelings to her, despite her age and him being non-human. One day, he brought a bouquet of flowers for her to gather up a courage to ask her out for tea, but she had died the night before and was heartbroken, placing the flowers on her gravestone in the end. Pinto adopted her rambunctious little pet bean-dog , Pinto, in her memory.

Here Jellybean is re-enacting one of his favourite musical films, Singin' in the Rain (1952). He is often seen singing and dancing this routine in the streets of Candyland while walking home in the rain. You can see the original act HERE!

Medium - Col-erase Blue and Red.

Jellybean and Pinto Diane N. Tran
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, so that has got to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen!:iconraindanceplz:
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
LOL! Thank you! I think I have the entire film of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN memorized!
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice! It's been ages since I've seen it, but my pastors wife says it's the best musical ever. :)
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure if it's the best. My personal favourite musical/opera would be NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. But SINGIN' IN THE RAIN definitely ONE of the best.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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thisgirlluvsthatgirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
cute! thats how it feels some times when its raining :)
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Same. Whenever it rains, I start singing/recreating the songs "Singin' in the Rain" and "Rhythm of the Rain". :iconraindanceplz:
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aRTHOUSeNoiR Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is EPIC! :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you like it. ;p
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MouseAvenger Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I remember this picture, too... ^_^ Still splendid to look at, after all these years! :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Good to know! ;p
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MouseAvenger Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
^_^
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Raygirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh there! XD hahaha! He really is cheerful singing, isn't he? XD
I'm not much of an intelligent critic, but I understand what you mean with this character. I mean the discrimination part and the role in society.
I'm sorry for the old lady in the story... sounds dramatic, but original. ;) Also, I imagined Pinto would be her dog. :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I think this is a wonderful critique. The discrimination plays a large part of the story, but Jellybean is just an innocent, untainted, child-like perspective of the world. Prejudice isn't something people are born with; they learn it primarily through example of others, such as their parents. While other candies know and have experienced discrimination firsthand, saying that "it's simply the way things are," for Jellybean, he simply doesn't understand. He cheerfully oblivious to the bitter frowns behind his back and, when he finally confronts it head on, he's shocked.

The old lady arc is a bittersweet story. She teaches him not only dance, but a few serious life lessons that says with him. Candies don't die the same way humans do, but the emotions are the same. Pinto is wonderful reminder of the life she had.
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Raygirl13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I see. It's just like in society these days. I imagine Pinto is just the personification of innocente, but his way is another different point of view of the real situation. Another philosophy, I'd say. It's important, however, to create characters like him that can teach something to the world ;)

About the old lady, it's also a big help to have an experienced character to teach the the other one. Nothing's better than a sweet and kind "grandma" to do that ;)
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Jellybean is the personification of innocence. Pinto is more wise about the workings of the world that his master is. I do want to exemplify that those whom are prejudice aren't necessarily bad people. They're not bullies for the sake of being bullies. They're just normal people with a different world view and Jellybean, like you said, has his own, which is untainted and obliviously optimistic.

I really need to get the old lady a name. I also have plans on a police officer who was prejudice against candies and later learned to accept them.
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Raygirl13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've gone to see the pic of the old lady again, just in case. Even if you might have already a name, I thought about Marcia or Helen, if that could have helped back in 2011 XD
Have a nice day!
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I remember that scene! He looks so cute in that pose. You have to love innocent characters like him. Its good to show kids these kinds of things. Some can (sadly) relate to Jellybean and others can realize its not good to do these kinds of things. There needs to be more cartoons like this who aren't afraid to teach kids these kinds of lessons.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Jellybean is really just a baby in candy-years. He left Mr. Candyman's factory at only a few days-olds, so it makes since that he has such an innocent, untainted, child-like perspective of the world. Prejudice isn't something people are born with; they learn it primarily through example of others, such as their parents.

While other candies know and have experienced discrimination firsthand, saying that "it's simply the way things are," for Jellybean, he simply doesn't understand. He cheerfully oblivious to the bitter frowns behind his back and, when he finally confronts it head on, he's shocked. :(
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I just absolutely love jellybean! You never see those innocent characters anymore.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You don't. It's sad.
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Its those kind of innocent characters that give people a kind of hope and a belief that they can make changes fir the better if they're willing to stand up and fight for it. At least that's how it always seemed to me. :D
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Innocent characters is a child's perspective of the world. They see the world without all its evils and it would be a wonderful world if it we could all just think that way.
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LilyAquarius Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Makes me miss being a kid. We may not all think a like but viewing the world from an innocent perspective makes me appreciate life a little more.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Agreed.
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
A dance-off between him and Gene Kelly would end in fatalities.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
FINISH HIM! Tap-tap-taptaptaptaptap-tap-tap! FATALITY!
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
*whiny voice* I caaan't staand him. I just caan't staand him!

I love Singing in the Rain. I want to tech that show so badly! XD
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Awwwww, it's one of my top favourite musicals. It's up there with Notre-Dame de Paris and Easter Parade.
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
You showed me Notre-Dame de Paris! It's like an orgasm in a musical!

I've never seen Easter Parade, though. I'm fond of CATS because it was the first musical I ever knew, but particularly love South Pacific because I saw it at the Lincoln Theatre in New York. So incredible.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Wheeee! I'm glad you enjoyed Notre-Dame de Paris! Great stuff! (I personally hate CATS, but enjoy South Pacific.

Easter Parade is a Fred Astaire and Judy Garland film. Fred's dance partner, who he loved, left to pursue a solo career on Easter, so picks up a bar dancer to become his new partner and says he'll make her a star by next Easter: [link] , [link] , [link]
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JadeCatKunoichi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
JUDY GARLAND! :D

So now I must ask, as the movie stars her daughter: have you ever seen "Cabaret," either the movie or stage version?
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Cajek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
My thoughts on this depend on who your audience is, Relda...
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
For the most part, it's aimed at ages 7+; although, I think it works best for 10+.

Before you criticize that this is too "serious" for a young audience, it's actually not. Sesame Street does this all the time, talking about racism (usually with allegories with monsters, such as Oscar the Grouch and Kami the HIV-Positive Monster), prejudice, and even death (with the passing of Mr. Hooper, for example), and that's a show aimed at pre-schoolers.
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Cajek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
mmmm... I don't think kids would get it. Maybe if he was an animal or something, but candy... they would get distracted. I can imagine them saying "I would eat all that candy!" And the reference to singin' in the rain... they wouldn't get it. Kids are dumb.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I have to disagree. Kids are smarter than people generally give credit for. You have animated classics like Cars, Brave Little Toaster, Flowers and Trees, Fantasia, The Dot and the Line, Wall-E, Transformers, etc, aren't anthropomorphic animals at all and are still relatable. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? had references to racial discrimination and racial segregation between toons and humans, as did Land Before Time, An American Tail, Secret of NIMH, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Prince of Egypt, Balto, etc. Candy is just a metaphor, like monsters are in Sesame Street, like minorities today, whether, black, white, red, Jew, Italian, Chinese, gay, or straight.

I was introduced to Singin' in the Rain when I was two. Perhaps I was one of the exceptions to this, but this film is timeless. It has been parodied and has become a pop icon. How different is it for me to introduce kids to swing, or jazz, or disco, or rock n' roll, or opera and ballet? It's not. Even they go get the reference, they can look it up. And if I can introduce a child about African tribal dance, I can introduce them Singin' in the Rain. It isn't that hard.
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Cajek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
I get what you're saying (I'm 27), but in my opinion, I think they'll be distracted by the fact that he's candy! Discrimination against candy?
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
What's discrimination against Long Necks and Three Horns and Big Mouths and Spike Tails and Flyers in Land Before Time? What's discrimination against rats and mice in Secret of NIMH and Great Mouse Detective? Or being a pig in Charlotte's Web and Babe? What's discrimination against Christians and Jews in the Bible? It doesn't matter if he's candy, or a marble. What matters is the message. That's it.
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Cajek Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
ok
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Despite everything, it's about the story and the characters, whether the message is understood or not.
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this picture and I like the little back story of how he got Pinto and some of the events he went through. It was sweet and touching.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. I really appreciate that. Despite being a musical and a comedy, I did want to give the stories a serious undertone from time to time, since Jellybean has to deal with real-life situations and social issues.
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome and even though the series is a musical/comedy it doesn't mean that serious issue shouldn't appear. This would help to add more depth into the series.
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Agreed.
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jokergirl129 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D I'm glad
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nuriaabajo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
It is a very interesting story to develop, I like the metaphor of social injustice personified in the candies people.
I like Jellybean's personality and his way of seeing the world, though he is innocent as a child :I think he can be a very interesting character to the public.

JellyBean imitating a Grandpa Kelly XDDD is very cute
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! Poor Jellybean has to learn a lot of the injustice in the world the hard way. He's so blind to the insults whispered behind his back. He just skips around happily and is heartbroken when he comes to the realization. Poor thing.

Singin' in the Rain is one of my favourite musicals. I had to do a parody of it. I hope to do parodies of other dancers soon.
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nuriaabajo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
The romantic story of Jellybean with the older woman... I slightly think in Harold and Maude. Was the movie a source of inspiration for you?
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yes. ;p
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nuriaabajo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
:giggle: Great movie, Great Influence
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