I got a nice e-mail from my friend Rick Catizone this morning. I thought my answer might be of some interest to my Journal readers.
Rick asked if I had ever been an animator. He also asked about the progress on my new studio. Here’s my answer:
I have never animated — I usually can’t stand to do the same drawing twice and am amazed at the patience of those who do that over and over.
I have worked on various animation projects, however. I designed animated commercials for Lennox weather units. I designed the characters for Walt Disney’s Dinosaur feature. I was a consultant on the Dino-Riders TV series. I painted the Factasaurus bumper art for the Dink the Little Dinosaur TV series (unfortunately deleted by Warner Bros. from their Dink DVD collection). I wrote an episode of the animated Godzilla TV series. I was the production designer for a proposed Jurassic Park animated series (never sold) for Universal Cartoon Studios and drew all of their model sheets. I was a designer on the animated feature Ant Bully. I have also written and designed several CG films for theme park attraction simulator rides. And, of course, The Land Before Time was based upon my award-winning children’s book, The Little Blue Brontosaurus. I didn’t work on that film but I did do some of the film’s advertising art.
I’m moved into my new studio and have begun the long process of unpacking and organizing the contents of over 1000 boxes…I’m enjoying it, actually. I have a two great people (Kris and Danny Kobziff) helping me right now, one of whom (Kris), I recently hired as my personal assistant. With Kris’s organizational skills, sharp mind and help, I plan to produce a lot more art in 2013.