What is your name and your current occupation?
Richard Pursel and I am a writer for animation primarily. I’m currently writing a feature script for a 3-D animated project in addition to developing and writing a pilot and bible for an unrelated 3-D animated series. I’m also finishing up two live-action scripts, one a feature and the other an hour-long TV pilot; both with a cartoon sensibility.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had to deal with many strong personalities as a production assistant for music videos. Hunting down items Prince demanded be in his trailer, such as “rain scented” candles, ain’t easy! I worked as a staff supervisor at a school for multi-handicapped blind adults—that experience sure keeps me humble. I even farmed the Sodom Plain in Israel for six months when I was 21.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
My first writing credits are on “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” so of course I’m proud of that. “Powdered Toast Man” was the first story of mine that aired, though “Visit to Anthony” was the first one I wrote. I still send out my Emmy nominated premise “Son of Stimpy” as a writing sample. “Cow and Chicken” and “I Am Weasel” came next and creator David Feiss animated the title sequence for “I Am Weasel” based on my song and board. Writing and story editing “Tom and Jerry Tales” was incredible, returning to basics with those iconic, pantomime, cartoon stars. The “SpongeBob SquarePants” crew is a well-oiled machine and four seasons working with them was awesome.
How did you become interested in animation?
The first nightmare I can remember was being a cartoon pig chased by (more…)