What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi, my name is Joshua Taback, I recently became episodic director on Randy Cunningham, 9th Grade Ninja.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing too crazy. I worked at an AMC Movie Theater in high school and some of college. It was perfect job to geek out at, especially when home video wasn’t as convenient as it is today. When I was in school in Philly I worked at another movie theater that was more artsy. Blockbuster Video one summer. All of which fed my film fanatic-ness. Besides that, camp counselor when I was younger, clerk in the humanities office at college. I heard those folks talk a lot of dirt. Then I “went west, young man” on the cupboard wagon of animation.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Since I had been on The Simpsons for eons, I would have to site specific episodes and sequences. The Wizard Of Evergreen Terrace, in which Homer becomes an inventor inspired by Thomas Edison, was an episode where I really hit my stride. There were a lot of great acting opportunities as well as action bits where I had a lot of fun and I think the episode turned out great. Also, being a fellow New Jerseyan I liked giving Edison a plug. As far as the shows I was an assistant director on, Homer The Moe was a show we really attacked and did well. There were a lot of great bits and we did a lot of good animation. I also did a good deal of storyboarding on that episode. That’s about the time in my A.D. career that I began to have my hands on almost all the aspects of a show.
There was a couch gag that I came up with. Usually the writers come up with the couch gags and we Continue…