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On A Desert Island With...Movers and Shakers

Corky Quakenbush, Chris Walker and Barry Purves.

This month we asked a few top talents in stop-motion and motion-capture animation to tell us what animated films they would want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Corky Quakenbush is the creator of more than 15 outrageous clay animation shorts which have aired on the television series MAD TV. Chris Walker is president of motion-capture animation studio Modern Cartoons, a performance animation studio in Venice, California which is currently working on a number of projects for both the European and U.S. market. Barry Purves is a stop-motion animator based in Manchester, England, whose recent credits include the short film, Achilles and pre-production work on Mars Attacks! Both Chris and Corky are admittedly influenced by live-action, and therefore, included their favorite live-action films in the mix. Barry, an avid theater fan, included just animation films.

Corky Quakenbush. Photo © AWN.

Corky Quakenbush. Photo © AWN.

Corky Quakenbush.Corky Quakenbush's Treasured Films (Corky's getting stranded with an awfully big suitcase...):

Animated Films:

1. The Big Snit by Richard Condie. 2. Gisele Kerosene by Elsa Cayo. 3. Harpya by Raoul Servais. 4. The Yellow Submarine directed by George Dunning. 5. An Inside Job by Aidan Hickey. 6. Pinocchio (Disney). 7. Allegro Non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto. 8. Media by Zbigniew Rybczynski. 9. Neighbors by Norman McLaren. 10. The Sandman by Paul Berry. 11. The collected works of Ray Harryhausen. Live-Action Films: 1. Zardoz (1973) directed by John Boorman. 2. Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) directed by Roger Vadim. 3. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) directed by Lasse Hallström. 4. Brewster McCloud (1970) directed by Robert Altman. 5. Bliss (1985) directed by Ray Lawrence (II). 6. The Tenant (director unknown). 7. Apocalypse Now (1979) directed by Francis Ford Coppola. 8. Collected works of Martin Scorsese. 9. Collected works of Stanley Kubrick. 10. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) directed by Hy Averback. 11. Harold & Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby. 12. Greaser's Palace (1972) directed by Robert Downey Sr.

Chris Walker. Photo courtesy of and © Modern Cartoons.

Chris Walker. Photo courtesy of and © Modern Cartoons.

Chris Walker's Selections: 1. 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini. 2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963) by Stanley Kubrick. 3. The Unforgiven (1992) by Clint Eastwood. 4. Naked Lunch (1991) by David Cronenberg. 5. Bambi (Disney). 6. Kamikaze Hearts (1986) directed by Juliet Bashore. 7. The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) directed by Jamie Uys. 8. La Puta by Hayao Miyazaki. 9. Crimes & Misdemeanors (1989) by Woody Allen. 10. Ikiru (1952) directed by Akira Kurosawa.

Barry Purves. Photo courtesy of and © Bare Boards.

Barry Purves. Photo courtesy of and © Bare Boards.

Barry Purves' Picks:

"In haste, but here's my desert island selection. I have restricted it to only animation. A live-action list would be another matter."

1. Tango by Zbigniew Rybczynski. 2. The Hill Farm by Mark Baker. 3. La Voix Humaine (director unknown). 4. Jason and the Argonauts, animation by Ray Harryhausen. 5. The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker. 6. Baron Munchausen by Karel Zeman. 7. Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Alexander Petrov. 8. One Froggy Evening by Chuck Jones. 9. Knick Knack by John Lasseter. 10. The Water People by Paul Driessen.

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