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KF Animation Editor
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Birthday: March 4
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About me:

For me great animation is a marriage of two other big loves of mineóbeautiful art and captivating storytelling. You nail those things and it's almost guaranteed that you'll have my eyeballs glued to the screen. I grew up on Disney films like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast so my tastes tend to unconsciously lean that way, however I love seeing animation that breaks new ground and really shows where the medium can go.


drawing, painting, animation, absorbing pop culture, animation, web design, writing, animation...

Animation that I love:

How to Train Your Dragon, Mary and Max, Tangled, Princess Mononoke, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under, ... etc. etc.


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animated cartoon Pluto's Christmas Tree © Disney
Pluto's Christmas Tree
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Dec 03, 2006
I had some friends over for a holiday party this evening and we somehow got into this discussion of whether or not Dale's nose was red in just "Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" or if it was red in the early shorts as well. Being the animation geek that I am, I dug out one of my Disney Treasures collections and put in this short for the group to resolve the question.

And there we were, a group of 20-somethings all completely absorbed and utterly tickled by a short film made decades before any of us were born. The gags are still funny. The animation is still great. I still laughed out loud when Pluto has his silent, frustrated "That's what I've been trying to tell you!!" moment at the end of the film.

What can I say? Pure classic.

animated cartoon Runaway Brain © Disney
Runaway Brain
Rated it: 2.5
posted: Dec 01, 2006
Mickey is probably not my favourite character in Disney's stable of classics. He's just such a 'nice guy' that it makes him a little bland as a character. On the other hand, that blandness almost makes him like a blank canvas which has been utilized to create almost off-shoots of his core personality over the years.

Runaway Brain is one such offshoot and watching it I frankly found it to be quite jarring. Mickey Mouse absorbed in a video game? Mickey Mouse forgetting his anniversary with Minnie? Crazy frothing Mickey Mouse? I don't know exactly what it was about this short, but personally I felt its tone just pulled too far away from the Mickey I was used to seeing... so that the end result was akin to watching Tenderheart Bear in a Rambo outfit... okay, possibly not the far, but still...

There's nothing particularly wrong with this short--great animation and some good gags--but overall it just didn't sit right with me.

animated cartoon Duck Amuck © Warner Bros.
Duck Amuck
Rated it: 4
posted: Feb 04, 2006
Of all the Looney Tunes shorts ever made, this is the one that will always stand out in my mind. Maybe it's my interest in the animated process... maybe it's because gags like the camera angles and the sound dub are just such wonderful little in-jokes... maybe it's because Daffy is the king of frantic, somewhat tragic comedy.

Whatever the reason, this short stands head and shoulders above the rest as my all time favourite.

And to paraphrase the great Chuck Jones... we all strive to be Bugs Bunny, we all end up being Daffy Duck. :)