What is your name?
What would you say has been your primary job in animation?
Writing, conceiving, composing music and supervising story.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Janitor cleaning up old people’s poop at retirement home. Rock musician cleaning up dog poop in ski resorts.Â Advertising guy cleaning up marketing executive’s poop in big corporations.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
What a Cartoon, Cow and Chicken, Oh Yeah Cartoons, ChalkZone, Electric Piper, Curious George
How did you become interested in animation?
Always madly in love with cartoons.Â Have massiveÂ personal cartoon collection, especially into Fleischers
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Born in New England, grew up in New Jersey, moved to NYC in 1977.Â Got into animation biz by working for Fred Seibert who gave me shot at achieving my dream
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Struggle for idea, look for places to pitch, OR if working, struggle to solve creative problem, field problems, make a good product out of a committee created story.
What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Writing songs for shows.Â writing stories, figuring out how to make stories work, solving problems
What part of your job do you like least? Why?
Having to justify creative decisions to people who themselves never face real creative decisions.Â Meanwhile dozens of shows and movies make it to the screen flagrantly violating the rules I am supposed to adhere to according to the experts.
What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
Selling ideas so I can turn them into realized executions, that can then be judged fairly on their merits.
What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
Garage band, Cubase, Final Draft, Microsoft, Cell phone
In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
Jaime Diaz, Bob Nessler, John Kricfalusi, Bill Plympton
Describe a tough situation you had in life. Any side projects you’re working on you’d like to share details of?
I’m in a tough situation now.Â Old fart trying to outsmell the young farts.Â
Sooo many projects.Â Do an interview with me.
Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Be versatile.Â Learn to adapt.