Column: The Animation Pimp
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Maanvis (Moonfish) by Isabel Bouttens, Im A Star! By Stefan Stratil, How To Cope With Death directed by Ignacio Ferregras, How Mermaids Breed directed by Joan Ashworth and Chainsmoker directed by Ulf Lundgren. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Animation Pimp ponders the effect of comprising the Ottawa Festivals jury with worldclass criminals instead of international intellectuals.
The Animation Pimp gives his sage advice about how to submit films to the Ottawa Film Fest, thus not pissing him off.
Known for being racy himself, the Animation Pimp tackles the adultness ofSpike TVs new primetime The Strip line-up.
Class is in, and the Pimp is teaching Animation 101 to students and schools that churn out cloned work.
The Pimp says change is unavoidable, and for that matter, it can be a good thing! What's more, he tells the animation community to look forward to good computer animation.
The Pimp just doesn't even care about the war anymorehe's had it with two-faced rhetoric and the independent animation film community's failure to be relevant.
While the Pimp believes that a complete picture should be created when depicting "heroes"how does this complete picture, flaws and all, impact how we view their accomplishments?
The Animation Pimp discusses the Academy's choices for Best Animated Short Film and suggests that some changes are made to their nominating process.
Animation festivals have sunk to a boring level of similarity, staid programming and a repetitious circle of participants. The Animation Pimp challenges a shake up.
Can't we have some animated TV series that have true meaning? That probe the more serious aspects of our existence as humans? The Animation Pimp isn't asking for a lotjust a little depth. Here, he explains.
The Pimp analyses two different animated takes on his favorite sport -- hockey -- and draws a few conclusions
The Animation Pimp discusses his recovery from alcoholism and the animated films he found that discuss the subject.
How responsible is the treatment of violence in cartoons? And what is the bigger cultural impact of this? The Animation Pimp takes a swing.
The Pimp takes a survey of some animation porn and comes to a surprising conclusion. Are we missing a piece of animation history here? Warning: This article contains some pretty racy content. Please dont read it if this type of stuff upsets you.
The Animation Pimp presents the unedited selection notes he took during the 2002 Ottawa Festival's selection process, where he, and two others, watched over 1600 films in nine days
Talking animals...why are we so attached to the talking animals? The Pimp, of course, has some ideas.
Whether ants, ogres or woolly mammoths, they all act like us North Americans. The Pimp questions just how tolerant we've grown; how far have we really come?
Why are we so scared to venture outside of the carefully planned linear world of storytelling? The Pimp ventures an opinion.
The Pimp ponders the true meaning of art. From Plato to Aristotle to Nietzsche to Murder, She Wrote...the Pimp takes it all in and tries to find meaning.