Netflix animated series “Green Eggs and Ham” transforms the essence of the iconic Dr. Seuss children’s book into a 13-episode tale about friendship, adventure and, of course, trying new things. EFILM Colorist Jason Hanel was entrusted to refine the project’s traditional cel animation aesthetic, keeping a light hand to ensure his work came off invisible to audiences.
“The series is very beautiful and the brush strokes on the edges of the characters are readily apparent,” explained Hanel. “We wanted to give the viewer the sense that the images were actually painted so I was mindful to only make slight adjustments and ensuring that they didn’t look electronic.”
Working closely with Producer David Morales, Hanel created the 4K SDR color pass for each episode as it was finished, averaging about one episode per month for roughly a year. While a somewhat unconventional color grading timeline, this approach allowed Hanel to view each new episode with fresh eyes and make subtle enhancements as needed, such as deepening the moodiness of night scenes are adding liveliness to daytime skies.
“The show itself is very endearing, and I really enjoyed working on it,” Hanel said. “Elements from the book are integrated in a really clever way and I think both kids and adults are going to love it.”
For the look of the titular green eggs and ham, production had a very specific shade of green dialed in from the start and largely achieved the desired color in animation. In the few situations that the green wasn’t rendered exactly as envisioned, Hanel would adjust as needed.
“Green Eggs and Ham” is now available to stream on Netflix. For details, visit: https://www.netflix.com/title/80057250