Jerry Hibbert

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Jerry Hibbert. I have had a production company – Hibbert Ralph Animation – for many years but now really operate as a freelancer.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I did have one oddity: I was ‘knotter’ on a building site, putting glue on knots in wooden boards so they wouldn’t dry and fall out at a later date.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I have directed hundreds (maybe more than a thousand) of commercials so they all blend into one mass after a while. But the UK Famous Grouse campaign has been a good one, as were some of the title sequences I did with my partner Pat Gavin in the 1970s. I enjoyed animating the funny ones most. As an animator I always enjoyed people laughing at my character’s performance on screen. They never really realised it but it was my performance by proxy they were actually laughing at – and I loved that, and still do.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Oxford in England, and I went to art school in Continue…