It's hard to believe, but seven years ago today, the first ever RTAA (then called "Drunk Tank Animated Adventures") was posted on my YouTube channel. At the time, I was just hoping I could learn animation and maybe gather a following for my own projects down the road. I had no idea that video was going to catapult me into a career at Rooster Teeth, and the years that have followed have been the best, busiest, craziest years of my life.
But now, seven years and 287 episodes later, it's time for the next generation of up-and-coming animators here at RT to take over. We announced this at the RTAA panel at RTX, but in case you missed it, I'm handing directorial duties on RTAA over to two of our 2D animators, Jordan Battle and Andrew Lhotsky. These guys are some of our best animators, and you've seen their work in Camp Camp, Sex Swing, and previous RTAAs (Battle even worked on X-Ray & Vav). Now the job falls to them to identify stories, edit audio, and come up with and animate the jokes and goofs you see every week in RTAA. Trust me when I say there are no two people at Rooster Teeth better equipped to handle this.
I'm writing this now because this week's episode, Mugged Miles, is the last episode of RTAA directed by me. I didn't want to make a fuss about it, but when I saw it was coming out on RTAA's anniversary, I couldn't help but take a minute to acknowledge the neat and tidy circle we'd managed to make there.
Rest assured this move is for the best. As other duties have taken priority (writing, directing Camp Camp and future projects we haven't even mentioned yet), RTAA was forced to play second fiddle for me. So don't get it confused: this will make the show better. RTAA was not always getting the attention and focus it deserved, but now it definitely will. And honestly, it will probably be even better, because Andrew and Jordan are a lot funnier than me and a lot better at animating.
Ever since the 2D animation department was just me messing around in Flash every day, I dreamed of working on big projects and having a badass team working on badass projects all around me, and this is just the next phase of that vision. I'm very excited to see what new things Jordan and Andrew bring to the show, and I'm very happy with how they accepted the opportunity to take RTAA to the next level.
Not much else to say other than thank you for all the years of support. Without anyone watching it, RTAA never would have been a success, and I would probably not have ever gotten a job. It's been a wild ride, but to be honest, this is only the beginning. Stay tuned.