Narina Sokolova

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Narina Sokolova
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmm. Never really had a crazy job, worked as an art teacher in art school, if you can call dealing with 20 kids and make them draw crazy..
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
one of my very first animations jobs, Jonny Bravo(Hanna Barbera), was an awesome show! Rugrats (Klasky Gsupo) was a great one.My Gym partners is Monkey(Cartoon Network) . Most recently 1st season of the Looney tunes show was rally great gig, and turned out fantastic !..I mean i am really proud of most of projects i was on .. Got a chance to work with some incredibly talented people.
How did you become interested in animation?
Was always fascinated by animation. Just a magic seeing images come to life and tell a story through pictures… ūüôā And of course some animated films are such an amazing pieces of art ,It moves you in so many levels . ¬†I¬†always thought it is the future of visual arts, but now Continue…

Carol Wyatt

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What is your name?

Carol Wyatt.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am very proud to have been a part of the first 4 years of The Simpsons TV series. I started out as a background cleanup artist working with Nancy Kruse and ended up doing background design & layout, assistant animation on the Butterfinger commercials, and color supervisor for 3 of the 4 years. It was a real learning experience working with Wes Archer, David Silverman, Brad Bird, Rich Moore, and many, many incredible animators! Klasky/Csupo was a crazy and fun place to be in the late 80s. ¬†Another project I am very proud of is Nightmare Ned for Disney. It was an incredible opportunity to design and paint in a very unique and fun style. I worked ¬†with immensely talented artists like Conrad Vernon, Mike Mitchell, Vince Waller, Mike Bell, Paul Tibbitt, Howy Parkins, Alan Smart, Miles Thompson, and Sue Mondt. We were definitely the Disney underdogs.¬†I am very proud to have been a part of Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends on Cartoon Network and, most recently, The Ricky Gervais Show for HBO. ¬†Most projects I have worked on I am very proud of and the people I have met are the BEST!

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I loved cartoons growing up and was a huge fan of Bugs Bunny and Pink Panther cartoons, plus the little cartoons on Sesame Street. Cartoons were only on on Saturday mornings when I was a kid, so it was a really big deal when a new show like Scooby Doo aired. I didn’t realize it at the time, but Continue…

Jim Worthy

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Jim Worthy, background designer on Tuff Puppy/The Fairly Oddparents at Nickelodeon.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Heinz pickle factory, graveyard shift at a 7/11 in Kalamazoo.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of The Fairly Oddparents, proud to be a part of the
new hit Tuff Puppy… Dexter’s Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, Danny Phantom, Robot Jones, My Gym Partner’s A Monkey…

How did you become interested in animation?
They offered me a job

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Holland, Michigan. When I was an art director¬†in Continue…

David Williams

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What is your name and your current occupation?
David Williams and I work for Disney TV Animation’s “Jake And The Never Land Pirates”

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Nothing crazy. Just the standard “no brainier” jobs. Car wash, gas station, stock boy, construction, etc.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Without a doubt, the best job I had, while between animation jobs, was working for Applause¬†designing collectible mugs, sculpts, toys, etc. For Lucasfilm Properties. I was head designer the second year and pitched the line-up of proposed merchandise to Lucasfilm (but not George).¬†Flew out on the company’s dime and made several journeys to the Skywalker Ranch. Yes, I’ll admit it, it made me feel important. I made some long-standing friendships during that time, as well.¬†In animation, it was working on the two Klasky/Csupo feature films “The Wild Thornberrys” and “Rugrats Go Wild”. I got into the studio at it’s zenith, and watch it all fade away within the two years I was there. Very sad.¬†What made my time so special was the opportunities that were put in my lap! My job was storyboarding but I also designed some BG layouts, animated sequences, I even worked with the editor timing out my song sequence. Yes, this job also made me feel important. Also I played basketball almost everyday at lunch right there on the grounds. Definitely a perk.

How did you become interested in animation?
The standard way, for my generation, propped in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal on a Saturday morning. Peanuts Specials, every Christmas Special and The Wonderful World Of Disney. Definitely feature films, as well, but Continue…

Neal Warner

What is your name and your current occupation? 
I’m Neal Warner and I am currently directing a live stage show called¬†Rock & Roll Rehabwhich features a live band playing in sync with animated music videos projected on a large screen above the stage. It’s been an ambition of mine since I was in Junior High School and saw the re-release of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. It recently finished a run at the Hayworth Theater on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Before I went to work as an inbetweener at Hanna-Barbera during my summer vacation between graduating high school and starting college I was a published cartoonist in the “Free Press” and in “underground comix”. Ironically, the only job I ever had after creating the underground comic character¬†Pizza Fella¬†and starting full time in the Animation Industry was as a pizza delivery guy while attending San Diego State.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I wrote and directed the John Lennon themed stage show,¬†A Day In His Life, which was represented by the William Morris Agency and followed that with the¬†Rock & Roll Rehabshow, both of which include a lot of animation as part of the multimedia projection. I published¬†PaperCuts, The Illustrated Lyrics Magazine¬†in the 80s which included a two song record insert and featured the songs’ lyrics in comic book form, I produced several animated music videos, one of which won the Gold Plaque in Music Video at the Chicago International Film Festival and was included in a screening of “The World’s Best Animated Music Videos” at the First Los Angeles Animation Celebration and I produced¬†The Tooner’s Trip Disc¬†enhanced CD and¬†The Tooners’ Rocktasia¬†CD (available on iTunes).¬†Those are my favorite “pet” projects but I’m also proud of my work on¬†The Heavy Metal Movie,¬†Ducktails The Movie, the two¬†Rugrats Movies,¬†The Puff The Magic Dragon¬†TV special and some of the many TV commercials and series I’ve worked on either as an animator, an assistant animator, a director or as a timing director for studios such as Disney TV, Klasky-Csupo, Marvel, Murakami-Wolf, Filmmation, Film Roman, Sony, Universal, Fred Wolf Films and many others.

How did you become interested in animation? 
I was a cartoonist whose work was published in my junior high school newspaper, the cover of the yearbook and animated my first film,¬†The Jogger,¬†in the ninth grade. In high school I was the school’s staff “political” cartoonist as well as a paid contributor to professional underground comics and in college I was elected into Sigma Delta Chi, the Society Of Professional Journalists for my political cartoons in the CSUN campus paper. Although Continue…

Charlie Adler


What is your name and your current occupation?
Charlie Adler. I am currently an actor… Animation/Stage/TV/Film¬†Voice Director /Casting Director.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Cocktail waiter at Studio 54 when it first opened in the ’70’s.. Nude Model at Art Students League (to pay for my classes) Baker of Bread and Quiche w/ illegal substances for a whore house in NYC.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Cow and Chicken,My short film(co wrote w/ David Feiss and Michael Ryan) ( I play a 14 year old girl suspected of being a lesbian).Am very proud of Directing all Klasky Csupo Franchises.Starring on B’way and National tour of Torch Song Trilogy. THAT was climbing Mt, Everest!

 

How did you become interested in animation?
I never really was interested in animation.. Continue…