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On A Desert Island With....TV Visionaries

Martin Lickleder, Steve Purcell, Enzo d'Alo, Trey Parker and Matt Stone reveal their top ten films.

Are there televisions on desert islands? Just in case, we asked some of the most creative, creatives in television animation to pick their top ten films to take with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Coincidentally, with seven picks on the list being comic adaptations, and two of our guests currently working on television series based on comic book properties, this episode of the Desert Island Series doubles as proof positive of the influence the comic world has on television animation.

TheLoggerheads series, for which Martin Lickleder worked on development. © Pro Sieben.

Martin Lickleder is responsible for the creative development of ProSieben's animation co-productions. With the help of various international partners, he is currently helping to develop animation programs such as Loggerheads, Space Goofs (Home to Rent) and Ned's Newt.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the co-creators of Comedy Central's new prime time animated series, South Park. Some of you may also remember their animated short, The Spirit of Christmas, which became the underground cult hit of the animation industry last year. Maybe now we can explain where they get their sense of humor, with several live-action comedies making their lists.

Steve Purcell first created Sam & Max Freelance Police as a comic book. The comics were adapted in 1993 for a CD-Rom game from LucasArts called Sam & Max Hit the Road. Now Sam & Max is an animated series from Nelvana, premiering this fall on the Fox Children's Network.

Enzo d'Alo is an acclaimed Italian director who has made his mark directing animated feature films such as La Freccia Azzura (The Blue Arrow). He recently directed 26 fifteen minute episodes of La Pimpa, an animated television series for RAI, based on the Altan comic strip. We caught up with Enzo while he was vacationing on the Italian island of Sardinia, mentally gearing up for his next feature film, The History of the Little Seagull, scheduled for a Christmas 1998 release. While Sardinia may not be a desert island by most definitions, Enzo had no trouble coming up with the top ten films he'd like to have with him!

South Park, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. © Comedy Central.

Martin Lickleder's top ten list:

1. The Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. 2. Tintin by Hergé. 3. Why I Hate Saturn by Kyle Baker. 4. Corto Maltese by Hugo Pratt. 5. Asterix by Goscinny & Uderzo. 6. Little Nemo In Slumberland by Winsor McCay. 7. Some Stories by German artist Walter Moers. 8. Les Frustrés by Claire Bretécher. 9. Love & Rockets by Bros. Hernandez.

Trey Parker's favorites:

1. A Christmas Story. 2. Life of Brian. 3. Outlaw Josey Wales. 4. The Bad Seed. 5. Camp Jabberwocky `96. 6. This is Spinal Tap. 7. The Empire Strikes Back. 8. Babe. 9. Sorority Sex Kittens III. 10. Excalibur.

Matt Stone's picks: 1. Rocky. 2. Rocky II. 3. Rocky III. 4. Rocky IV. 5. Rocky V. 6. Raising Arizona. 7. Babe. 8. Camp Jabberwocky `97. 9. Megaforce. 10.Withnail and I.

Sam & Max, created by Steve Purcell. © Nelvana.

Steve Purcell's selections:

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas from Disney/Henry Selick. 2. Feed the Kitty. 3. Bambi from Disney. 4. Rabbit of Seville from Warner Bros. 5. Beauty and the Beast from Disney. 6. Yellow Submarine by George Dunning. 7. Pinnochio from Disney. 8. The Wrong Trousers by Nick Park. 9. Man's Best Friend. 10. Akira by Katsuhiro Otamo. Enzo D'Alo's program: 1. Manipulation by Daniel Greaves. 2. All Norman McLaren films, especially Blinkety Blank. 3. Allegro Non Troppo by Bruno Bozzetto. 4. The Big Snit by Richard Condie. 5. A Close Shave by Nick Park. 6. La Gazza Ladra (The Theiving Magpie) by Giulio Gianini and Emanuele Luzzati. 7. Bob's Birthday by Alison Snowden and David Fine. 8. Crac! by Frederic Back. 9. The Little Wolf by An Vrombaut. 10. All Tex Avery cartoons, especially Swing Shift Cinderella.