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I Have a Question Maureen Furniss

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. Today's guest is animation author, scholar and teacher, Maureen Furniss.

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Maureen Furniss is an animation historian, professor, and writer. She is the founding editor of Animation Journal and author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, The Animation Bible, and A New History of Animation. She agreed to meet with me on dueling bicycles near a coffee farm in Venice, California at 2am on Sunday, February 30th to discuss important stuff and rocks.


I get the greatest pleasure from relaxing with my pets

The trait I like least about myself is … I’m disorganized and my living space is cluttered

The book I value above all others is It’s not above all others, but The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo helped me recognize the things I value and start clearing out the rest—it’s not all of “historical significance”

A (non-family member) person I have high respect for is....   Michelle Obama because…   should be obvious: everything about her

The song that makes me tingle is.... “Rock Lobster” – B52s

The funniest thing that happened to me….

I was in Taiwan for a couple of weeks and was driven to an event. When I went outside to do a short walk on my own, I got lost and went to a small police station to try to describe where I was supposed to be. The English-speaking police detective there was young and hip, and insisted he drive me back in his personal car, which turned out to be a Ferrari.

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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.