Hideous Henk

A Social Hero in the Making

As part of a contest for the dutch TV channel NOP3 “3LAB” we created a pilot episode for an original animated series. The episodes features a little chihuahua dog (played by Dennis Impink) who is adopted by the social influencer Michellefer (Hanna van Vliet) being in desperate need to increase her social media follower count. The episode is 8 minutes long and was scripted by Britt Snel. Animator Junaid Chundrigar who also developed the character design animated the whole episode over the course of 3,5 months.

For the soundtrack, I was supplied with an animatics that contained musical examples. However it was requested to not get too influenced by it and put my own spin on it.

The music is partly inspired by Alan Silvestri with a modern twist. I made sure that especially the action scenes (Henks escape scene) as well as the heist scene was more upbeat and exciting to the listener.

The music is partly inspired by Alan Silvestri with a modern twist. I made sure that especially the action scenes (Henks escape scene) as well as the heist scene was more upbeat and exciting to the listener.

The main theme for Hideous Henk plays at the ending in this pilot and was composed by Dennis Impink. Junaid asked me to work the melody of this song into the score. This worked really well, especially for the sad scenes in which we could achieve a very comedic and ironic undertone.

The sound effects where done in a one-day session together with Junaid-Chundrigar and mixed in 2.0 Dolby Stereo.

All the audio production, composing, tracking, sound design, editing and mixing took place within Cubase Pro 10.

Along with the music and sound effects for the episode, I was welcomed to do a cameo in the show as the father of a family that is visiting henks cage at the beginning. I had a one-liner followed by a manic laugh. This inspired me to make a song using some of the outtakes for my part and – since the portrayed  character is a german – keeping it in the vibe of german EDM group kraftwerk.

The track is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

Full Credits:

Henk \ Hysteric Child \ Hendrik-Jan Vrolijkman \ Puking Grandma: Dennis Impink
Michellefer: Hanna van Vliet
Roombi: Lize Korpershoek
Sergio: Emilio Guzman
Fikkie: Junaid Chundrigar
Baloe: Matthijs van der Veer
Family-Father: Robert Jung
Family-Mother: Britt Snel
Family-Daughter: Noa Johannes
Family-Son: Liz el Saadany

Director & Animator: Junaid Chundrigar
Scenario: Britt Snel
Producer: Chris Stenger / Floor Onrust
Assistant Producer: Thomas van Son
Co-Producer NTR: Marina Blok
Dramatist: Matthijs van der Veer
Production NTR: Yvonne Vetter

Backgrounds: Niels Dekker
Coloring: Liz el Saadany / Mahmood Shakuri / Dessie van Boesschoten
Sound Design & Music: Robert Jung
Voice recordist: Floris Werver
Boom operator: Burak Oztas
Inhouse production Posta: Christan Muiser / Naomi Polhaupessy / Chaja Koe
Audio Post Production Studio: Posta Amsterdam
Facilities: Warnier Posta
Subtitles: Orihana Calcines

Idea: Caspar Smeets, Rosita Wolkers, Denise Rebergen, Sem Schwengle, Sarah Offringa, Saar Ponsioen, Emily Reekers.

Title Song
Lyrics: Junaid Chundrigar
Arrangement: Lisa Emmerik
Singing: Lisa Emmerik / Dennis Impink
Music: Dennis Impink / Robert Jung

Special Thanks to: Lisa Emmerik
Eveline van de Water
Roloff de Jeu
Ben Vinkenburg
Thijs Viegers
Wim Boer
Anneke van der Nat
Bonnie Mier
Danne Bakker
Noortje Wilschut

Watch Hideous Henk on Youtube