Welcome to our Desert Island; our first in a series and a unique partof our magazine. My monthly quest is to find out how animation (and otherarts) impacts and influences internationally renowned animators, actors,directors, producers, musicians, and so on...
Welcome to our Desert Island; our first in a series and a unique part of our magazine. My monthly quest is to find out how animation (and other arts) impacts and influences internationally renowned animators, actors, directors, producers, musicians, and so on. You get the drift. Animation World Magazine asked of them the following question; "If stranded on a desert island, what 10 films would you want to have with you?"
Since we were scheduled to go on-line right after Oscar Mania time, we thought it would be fitting to ask all the Animated Short Subject nominees. These are their responses along with something a little extra - their reaction to getting nominated. Regrettably, Nick Park, who won the Oscar for A Close Shave could not be reached for comment. We at Animation World Magazine wish to congratulate all of the nominees!
John R. Dilworth, director of The Chicken from Outer Space:
"When I completed The Chicken From Outer Space I sat alone with the film and thought I was done. I was satisfied. I had been making films since 1985 and finally believed I understood how to make a short animated film. I did not want to make another one. I wanted to go on to the next big thing, whether that was the Internet or features. Then out of nowhere the film began taking over my life and got itself nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. It screwed up all my plans."
Top 10 cartoons if stranded on a desert island...
Red Hot Riding Hood, Tex Avery
King-Size Canary, Tex Avery
Bad Luck Blackie, Tex Avery
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, Bob Clampett
Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs, Bob Clampett
Little Rural Riding Hood, Tex Avery
The Dover Boys, Chuck Jones
Corny Concerto, Bob Clampett
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chuck Jones
Stimpy's Big Day, John K.
Read also Dilworth's "And the Envelope, Please"
Chris Bailey, director of Runaway Brain:
"I think my excitement built slowly over the morning of the nomination. My brother Jeff called and woke me up with news that Runaway Brain had been nominated and I really didn't know how to react. I think I managed to say that's great news, thanks for calling and hung up. My wife Denise, asked who had called so early in the morning and when I gave her the news, she flipped! Everyone around me was excited, but I was kinda numb.
I stayed that way for much of the morning, but after a couple of hours of congratulatory phone calls from friends, the numbness wore off and I was able to enjoy the honor like a normal human."
Top 10 cartoons if stranded on a desert island...
The Beedeviled Bruin
From A to Zzzzz
What Opera Doc, by Chuck Jones
Duck Amuck, by Chuck Jones
Stimpy's Invention,by John K.
Stimpy's Cartoon Show, by John K.
Bad Luck Blackie
Wild and Woolfy
The Wrong Trousers, by Nick Park
Chris Landreth and Robin Bargar, directors of The End:
"I was totally taken by surprise. The End is a pretty experimental and unconventional piece, both in its imagery and in its narrative structure. It is cool that the Academy is open to weird stuff like this. Yowz!"
Top 10 picks if stranded on a desert island...
Most of the books by Robert Anton Wilson
The entire compilation of the graphic novel Watchman by Alan Moore and David Gibbons
The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
All animation from Pixar
Any book with the works of John Hartfield
Gertie the Dinosaur and The Sinking of the Lusitania by Winsor McKay
All animation by Fréderic Back (The Mighty River, The Man Who Planted Trees)
The book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler
Pinocchio , by Walt Disney
EVERYTHING that Robert Crumb has ever touched.
"It's hard to be radical when the establishment nominates you for something. So we invent psuedo-radical and take the credit and publiciity with a wink and no apologies. Case in point."
Top 5 picks if stranded on a desert island...
Fantastic Planet , by René Laloux
Ballet Mechanique, a film by Ferdinand Leger
What's Opera Doc by Chuck Jones
Edward Muybridge, Xoopractographer, a film by Thom Anderson
Unreachable Homeless, a film by Klaus Wyborny
Alexei Kharitidi, director of Gagarin:
"When I heard about it, I couldn't believe it. Then I talked with my producer and was still very surprised. It is difficult to express my emotions because this film is close to my heart."
Top 6 picks if stranded on a desert island...
1. Sati-Mania by Gasparovich
The Tale of Tales by Norstein
The Jungle Book, the feature film by Disney
Feature films by Roman Polanski (Chinatown)
Feature films by Francis Ford Coppala (The Godfather I, II, II)
Russian Literature by Chekov, Nabokov, Tolstoy and Bunin
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