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Kingston, WA-based family entertainment production house Rod Cockle Entertainment with a heart-shaped cockleshell perched atop the logo

Studio Workbench

Animation studio desk

Hal Sutherland (19292014), a distinguished artist fascinated with painting the beauty of the unspoiled American wilderness, the tenacious people who lived on its frontier and persevered its hardships--often with a humorous approach; Disney animator, and co-founder of the animation studio Filmation, was a treasured friend. It's an honor and inspiration to work on this desk he gave me. Built by the studio carpenter for Hal in 1965, the drawing board was with him during The Batman/Superman Hour, The Archie Show, Emmy Award-winning Star Trek: The Animated Series, and many more Saturday morning cartoons. Remember Hal's signature transform into the Sorceress during the He-Man credits?

Hal Sutherland production director credit for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

When Hal talked about his studio days I tried to always let him choose the things he wanted to recollect and discuss. But after he offered the desk--and the astonishment wore off, I had to ask if Gene Roddenberry ever leaned against the work table while they made Star Trek: The Animated Series. Hal thought, then with a smile said during the show Gene's office was adjacent to his and they often sat together at the desk.

Animation Development and Production

Click the still below for frame-by-frame animation in the form of graphite pencil black-and-white sketches drawn on paper of the handcrafted character Petals and Her Paintbrush.

Cartoon character model sheet
Cartoon color keys

Tap the screen below to take a RIX-themed firsthand perspective computer-animated dark ride around the world.

Amusement park attraction concept development animation

Press the PLAY button below to view preliminary cartoon story development created on a homemade traditional animation table for that free range Grade AA good egg BUCK BUCKAA!

Animation background design art

Animated character waves
Character Experience

Meet your heroes

Characters from the stories come to life at a winter holiday night parade and tree lighting in the PNW.

Cartoon characters from the studio appear at a winter festival

Happy Holiday Wishes from the studio.

Season's Greetings from Rod Cockle Entertainment

Studio Handiwork

Concept design for my lovely wife Jeannie's cozy shop in the Port District of Kingston, WA, just steps from the park and gazebo at the ferry terminal with a spectacular panoramic waterfront view of ferry boats, the Seattle skyline as well as the Space Needle, and Mount Rainier.

Hot Dogs at the Cove, 11252 NE State Highway 104, Kingston, WA 98346

The mission and founding goal of the shop in the heart of historic downtown Kingston, is to create a welcoming environment for guests to enjoy a playful take on comfort food and to provide visitors embarking on an exploration of the Olympic Peninsula with a quick and inexpensive start to their adventure.

Postcard shot of Hot Dogs at the Cove in Kingston, WA

When the ferry horns blow it feels as though you are at a refreshment corner on the nostalgic Main Street of a vast and beautiful theme park.

11252 NE State Highway 104, Kingston, WA 98346 - A playful take on comfort food just steps from the Kingston-to-Edmonds ferry dock

Jeannie's Hot Dogs at the Cove feature a simple menu of American comfort food staples. The artisanal quarter pound Hebrew National beef franks and Seattle-based Field Roast Grain Meat Co vegetarian not dogs are topped at a table brimming with choices of over thirty condiments (there's even seaweed seasoning since it's at the beach) by the real stars of the operation, the delightfully diverse residents of the local community and travelers from around the world.

Welcome sign at hot dog stand in Kingston, WA

Hot Dogs at the Cove in downtown Kingston

Hot dog and ice cream shop in the heart of downtown Kingston, WA

Comfort food on your way to the ferry boat in Kingston

And there is great care taken in making sure the ketchup and mustard bottles are full enough when they are squeezed to avoid making that fart sound.

Jeannie's cozy shop of dockside provisions - 11252 NE State Highway 104, Kingston, WA 98346

Cascade Glacier vanilla ice cream bars are dipped on the spot in a shell of Guittard Chocolate for guests with topping choices like rainbow sprinkles, Oreo cookie crumbles, and Skor toffee bits.

Kingston, WA - Ice cream bar with butter toffee bits made PNW style

Ice cream bar with rainbow sprinkles made PNW style - Kingston, WA

Kingston, WA - Ice cream bar with heart sprinkles made PNW style

Other beach adventure themed must-haves include fresh fruit, trail mix, nut bars, cold drinks, chips, kites, fair trade hacky sacks, and sundries such as sunblock that evoke the atmosphere of an idyllic mercantile.

Hot Dogs at the Cove - Comfort food and more just up from the Kingston ferry terminal

With a love for all things vintage, Jeannie has gift ideas like handcrafted soy candles in repurposed containers.

Food and gifts - Kingston, WA

Exterior in winter of Hot Dogs at the Cove in Kingston, WA

Community Projects

Volunteer work for a Pacific Northwest nonprofit organization sewing feeding tubes and other medical equipment into stuffed animals given to children with matching medical needs so they have a friend through good times and hard times.

Feeding tube plush toys

It was a joy one Christmas to arrange the nonprofit's holiday fundraiser. I asked It's A Wonderful Life actress Karolyn "Zuzu Bailey" Grimes to sign the wings of an angel themed stuffed animal for the auction and she graciously donated a signed copy of her book. The bear even plays a heartwarming message that Karolyn recorded when you press its paw. Here is the image I created for the event--

Karolyn Grimes with feeding tube stuffed animal

First Look

In the works: Hand poured soy wax candles inspired by Zoobaybay pleasantly scented with lemon pound cake, citrus, and vanilla fragrance oils. Created in upcycled glass containers with all natural cotton wicks that are metal free. The tags are hand stamped vintage tartlet tins.

Hand poured soy candle materials

Here's a glimpse at the huggable plush toy Petals and Her Paintbrush collectible. Petals is handmade with multi-colored fleece material under-stuffed with polyester fibers. Her paintbrush is a combination of felt and fleece. Petals has child safe embroidered eyes, suitable for ages 3 and up.

Handcrafted plush toy collectible Petals and Her Painbrush

Night light design

"Multiple colors flew from the paintbrush bristles and splashed onto the wall dripping into the shape of a door with luminescence like stained glass, opened by a doorknob that hummed a lovely song."

Design for Petals and Her Paintbrush inspired night light. Packaging made from handmade paper embedded with flower seeds to draw on, plant, and grow.

Creative Process

Documentary still of two artists sitting in a park having a conversation about the creative process

Seattle filmmaker TRIX @createdbytrix and I met for an immersive conversation exploring the creative production process of the studio as an article in his documentary series to capture inspirational moments into digital journals with artists sharing details about their work.

Entertainment production house - Kingston, WA

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