On A Desert Island With. . . . TV Toon Talents

compiled by Wendy Jackson and Russell Bekins

This month, we asked three people related to this issue's theme of television animation what films they would want to have with them if stranded on a desert island. Pascal Morelli is director of the new animated series Corto Maltese, featured on the cover of this issue. Tony Craig and Roberts Gannaway are both executive producers at Walt Disney Television Animation, where they work on animated series such as 101 Dalmatians, MouseWorks and Timon & Pumbaa.

Pascal Morelli's People Picks:
For his stay on a desert island, Pascal decided that he didn't just want to watch animated movies, he wanted to be shipwrecked with five animation creators. One presumes that it would be handy to have an animation studio tucked away somewhere on the sandy waste, but what they might come up with is anyone's guess. Here is his list of fellow castaways:

1. Bob Clampett "because he's the best of his kind."
2. Hayao Miyazaki for The Castle Cagliostro. "It's fun, enjoyable; it's the best of Japanese, and it shows his potential."
3. John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren and Stimpy, "for obvious reasons."
4. Joe Horn for his work on Stevie and Zoia. "It shows that everything can be done for no money; it's great poor man's animation."
5. Peter Chung for Aeon Flux "because it's totally the opposite of Joe Horn."
"It's a shame there's no women on the list," muttered Morelli.

Bobs Gannaway's Favorites:
1. Feed The Kitty (Warner Bros.).
2. Charlie Brown's Christmas (Bill Melendez Productions).
3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney).
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (MGM).
5. Scaredy Cat (Warner Bros.).
6. Magical Maestro (MGM).
7. Mechanical Monsters (Fleischer).
8. Dumbo (Disney).
9. Cats Don't Dance (Turner). [Incidentally, Roberts was a writer on this film.]
10. Toy Story (Disney/Pixar).
Added Roberts, "Plus, any Buster Keaton. He's more animated than most of today's cartoons."

Tony Craig's Top Ten:
1. Any Good Times Entertainment animated video knock off.
2. Fat Albert's Halloween Special (Filmation).
3. Pinocchio & The Emperor of the Night (Filmation).
4. Little Clowns of Happytown (Marvel Productions).
5. Cool Cat (Warner Bros.).
6. Swan Princess II: Escape From Castle Mountain (Rich Animation).
7. The title sequence from Gremlins 2, directed by Chuck Jones (Warner Bros./Amblin).
8. Rubik, The Amazing Cube, the hour-long special (1983 TV series, producer unknown).
9. Gene Deitch's Popeye extravaganza.
10. Vegas Vacation. (It wasn't animated, but by God it was hilarious!)

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