What is your name and your current occupation?
Dean Yeagle – I have my own animation company, Caged Beagle Productions, and I do cartoons for Playboy Magazine and publish my own books as well. My pinup girl character, Mandy, has become known all over the world due to the Internet, and I do original drawings of her for galleries and collectors.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, aside from a summer job when I was just out of high school with the Head Start program, animation was my first ‘real’ job. It was interrupted by a stint in the Navy during Vietnam, and then I went back into animation. There’s plenty of ‘crazy’ in animation, anyway.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I produced, directed and largely animated the Cookie-Crisp cereal spots for eight years…they were fun, sort of like 30 second Tex Avery cartoons. I worked on various TV specials, for Warner Bros. (animating Bugs and Daffy and Elmer), and animated the Trolls in The Gnomes; I did pre-production work on ICE AGE; and I did lots and lots of commercials and worked with some great people, here and in London. And now I’m doing full-page color cartoons for Playboy Magazine.
How did you become interested in animation?
The way everyone does – watching cartoons as a kid. The Disney features were just magic to me, and I knew early on that I had to be involved in doing that. The old Disney ABC network show often had programs about the process of animation, and I knew Continue…