A survey of development executives at Cartoon Network, Linda Simensky, Michael Ouweleen, Khaki Jones and Jay Bastian answering the question, "What ten films would you want to have with you if stranded on a desert island?
This month we heard from the following Cartoon Network creative executives when we posed the question, "What ten films would you want to have with you if stranded on a desert island?" Linda Simensky is Vice President of Original Animation. Her recent projects include The Powerpuff Girls, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Courage, the Cowardly Dog, and Mike, Lu, and Og. Khaki Jones is Director of Original Animation. Khaki's recent projects have included Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, and Mike, Lu and Og. Jay Bastian is Manager of Original Animation. Jay's recent projects include Courage, the Cowardly Dog and Ed, Edd n Eddy. Michael Ouweleen is Senior Vice President, Creative Director -- On Air. His recent projects include the widely hailed Shorties campaign, as well as the Powerpuff Patrol, Bravoism and The Dexter's live-action campaigns.Thanks to everyone for participating!Linda Simensky's picks: 1. Yellow Submarine by George Dunning.2. The Wrong Trousers by Nick Park.3. The Graduate by Mike Nichols.4. The Simpsons by Matt Groening.5. My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki.6. Any good Bugs Bunny short.7. The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker.8. All five Screwy Squirrel shortsby Tex Avery.9. Chibi Marukochan.(anime-based quiz game published by Takara/SNK).10. The Monk and the Fish by Michael Dubok de Wit.Khaki Jones' picks: 1. The Simpsons by Matt Groening.2. Yellow Submarine by George Dunning.3. The Apartment by Billy Wilder.4. Billy Boy by Tex Avery.5. The Larry Sanders Show (Brillstein/Grey Entertainment).6. Home Movies (UPN).7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Robert Mulligan.8. The Real World (MTV).9. Kids in the Hall (Fox).10. Daffy Duck Slept Here by Robert McKimson.Jay Bastian's picks: 1. Jaws by Steven Spielberg.2. The Simpsons by Matt Groening.3. Ventriloquist Cat by Tex Avery.4. Feed the Kitty by Chuck Jones.5. Windy Day by John and Faith Hubley.6. The General by Buster Keaton.7. The Godfather,Parts I & II by Francis Ford Coppola.8. Star Trek: The Next Generation (UPN).9. The Empire Strikes Back by Irvin Kirschner.10. Rabbit Seasoning by Chuck Jones.Michael Ouweleen's picks: 1. Raising Arizona by the Coen Brothers.2. Rabbit Seasoning by Chuck Jones.3. Rushmore by Wes Anderson.4. Duck Amuck by Chuck Jones.5. Bottle Rocket by Wes Anderson.6. Bad Luck Blackie by Tex Avery.7. This is Spinal Tap by Rob Reiner.8. Men's Synchronized Swimming (a Saturday Night Live short).9. Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick.10. Thank You Mask Man by Jeffrey Hale and Lenny Bruce.Next month we will hear from more creative directors, including Alicia Gold of DreamWorks SKG.If you are an animator or executive in the animation industry, and would like to play the Desert Island game, feel free to submit your picks to firstname.lastname@example.org.Check out the AWN Store for videos of some of these films. You can also find video sources for many of these films in The Animated Film Collector's Guide: Worldwide Sources for Cartoons on Videotape and Laserdisc (1997, John Libbey & Co.), which is also available in the AWN Store.David Kilmer is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.