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I Have a Question John Canemaker

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. Today's guest is animation renaissance man, John Canemaker.

John Canemaker has won an Academy Award, an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his animation and is an internationally-renowned animation historian and teacher.  He agreed to meet with me in a taxi en route to a small vaudeville stage in Omaha, Nebraska on a beautiful fall day in May 1899.


I get the greatest pleasure from watching Fred Astaire dance.

The trait I like least about myself is my failure to live in the Now.

The book I value above all others is How to Live – Or-- A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell.

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is Michelle Obama  because … of her great class and grace under pressure.

Music that makes me tingle is the last movement of Ravel’s Ma Mere l’Oye.

The funniest thing that happened to me was years ago when I had a beard, I attended a film festival in Midwestern city where a restauranteur sent a bottle of champagne to our table thinking I was George Lucas.

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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.