Bad Luck Benjamin is an 11-minute animated short that was animated and produced by Gary Sauls. While it was primarily produced as a project when he was attending college at School of Visual Arts, it was also where most aspects for Edward and Eric would originate from. Sauls' close friend, Edward Felker, helped out with the animation and some voice work.
The finished short was eventually shown to one of Sauls' classes on September 27, 1982. It resulted in positive reception from his professors and classmates.
A nerdy teenager, Benjamin, must go through the first day of high school while also trying to keep his genetic bad luck under control. With obstacles such as hot cheerleaders, bullies and overwhelming homework, will he make it out alive?
- Gary Sauls as Benjamin, Narrator, Principal Schlitzdik, (WIP)
- Edward Felker as (WIP)
- Sauls and Felker did all the voice work in this project, even for the female characters.
- Eric's original portrayal does not appear in this short.
(The cartoon opens with a relaxing shot of a busy city)
Narrator: Parents tell you high school is the best time of your life, but I think you and I know that's false. You may be thinking, "isn't dating so much easier in high school?". Well, not if you're a steroid-fueled football player or a ghetto Mexican who acts two times less their age.
(The camera goes through a neighborhood, where pedestrians are already walking to work or cleaning around their apartments)
Narrator: Well, friends, high school is all about awkward stages of puberty, depression, hating everybody - including yourself, loads of work that only worsen your grades, and teachers that don't do anything against bullying. How do I know this? Well, for one, we're in the USA, smartass. And three,
(The camera pans into a tidy apartment, and then into an even tidier bedroom. A digital alarm clock reads "6:29 AM")
Narrator: one kid showed it all. His name is Benjamin. Bad Luck Benjamin.
(The title shows up on the screen, written in red)
(Benjamin is already awake)
Benjamin: Alright! Ten seconds earlier than yesterday.