Ooh, I've found the answer! I did some digging around on Maxwell Atoms's Tumblr, and on the day he released the pilot online, he posted this:
"For those who were expecting this old cel to be what you got when you watched Trepanation, I’ve solved the mystery for you!
This cel was drawn the year after the short was made. I think I was considering doing another Billy & Mandy thing for my senior thesis. Instead, I did something else. So the character designs had developed a little bit more by this point. Milkshakes existed, more or less. But this cel was never meant to translate into a finished film. For one thing, I never would have been able to paint all of the cells needed to make a cartoon that looked like this in 1996. And 16mm color film ain’t cheap for a college student.
So think of it more as a “missing link” that bridged the gap between my short at UARTS and the CN pilot."
Post by forlornjackalope on Jul 26, 2019 22:04:13 GMT
Probably Innie & Outie.
I spent years thinking I had it somewhere on some old VHS tapes I used to record episodes of Rugrats, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and Blue's Clues in the 90s. So, the prospect that I had this sought after piece of history excited me. But then I actually got to see it in full last year or so, and while I think I did see it back then, it was so...lackluster. It wasn't worth trying to find on my part.
For me it's gotta be Cracks/Crackmaster. I learned about it and saw it long after the search was over, but I would have been disappointed as (for me) it's rushed and awkward with that singing-talking thing the narrator does. No wonder Sesame Street never rereleased it.