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Cheer and Loathing in Animation: Episode IV - Sausage Party of Seven

Every Friday Chris Robinson unleashes some freewheeling cheer or loathing on the animation community to be mused, countered, or disregarded. It’s your call.

Dear Hollywood Reporter Seven Men Sausage Party and other esteemed scions of the animation industry,

I’m sorry to hear you’re having some trouble with the ladies. They’re so pesky aren’t they. You know… wanting all the same opportunities (how dare they want to be allowed to make mediocre animated features and shows like you guys do!) and treatment as the guys get (the same pay for the same work. I mean, COME ON! How is that even logical!?). You’re in luck though. We can help you. Next time you need someone to talk with about what’s irking these gals, we’ve got a whole roster of teachers, filmmakers, scholars, writers, curators, musicians, festival organizers, and producers who’d love to offer some input:

Joan Ashworth, Ruth Lingford, Amy Kravitz, Linda Simensky, Brooke Keesling, Ann Marie Fleming, Sayoko Kinoshita, Joanna Priestly, Caroline Leaf, Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis, Michele Cournoyer, Michele Lemieux, Elise Simard, Martine Chartrand, Diane Obomsawin, Julie Roy, Maral Mohammadian, Jelena Popovic, Spela Cadez, Michela Pavlatova, Kelly Neall, Azarin Sohrobkani, Maureen Furniss, Jayne Pilling, Lea Zagury, Janet Perlman, Lorelei Pepi, Signe Baumane, Martha Colburn, Stephanie Maxwell, Maya Yonesho, Olga Parn, Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, Chintis Lundgren, Jeannette Bonds, Vanja Andrijevic, Julia Pott, Abigail Addison, Candy Kugel, Judith Gruber-Stitzer, Madi Piller, Marta Pajek, Elizabeth Hobbs, Lynn Smith, Regina Pessoa, Marieke Blaauw, Kirsten Winter, Nina Paley, Judith Poirier, Debra Solomon, Joan Gratz, Christine Panushka, Suzan Pitt, Irene Kotlarz, Ruth Hayes, Marilyn Zornodo, Marilyn Cherenko, Leslie Bishko, Anna Ginsburg, Suzanne Buchan, Caroline London, Sabrina Schmid, Gina Kamentsky, Michelle Kranot, Yoriko Mizushiri, Joanna Quinn, Toril Kove, Britt Raes, Keltie Duncan, Janeann Dill, Yulia Aronova, Jessica Borutski, Rebecca Sugar, Lillian Chan….

We get that you’re going through a hard period. Times are changing and you’re afraid. That’s understandable. We don’t want to push you when you’re already down --- and I mean down, deep deep deep down, I mean you know… your souls, consciences and egos are face deep in stale shit…. And if it makes you feel any better… we know that we need to be way better on every level... but compared to you guys, we’re like the Maude to your Archie.

Anyhow, I know that's just a few names, but you guys couldn't even come up with one. Let us know if you need more. We will have lots more. We’re always ready to help.

Your pal,

Independent Animation

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.