Sally Cruikshank’s amazing animated characters are like no other.
Her films from the late 70s and early 80s featured Quasi and Anita in a wild psychedelic landscape. One can see how her style influenced many later animators, but she was truly working with her own language.
She also did a good amount of film work in the 80s, and was a heavy contributor to Sesame Street in the 90s.
Her work is not as visible now, but that is all the more reason to seek out her work, whether you have seen it before or not.
If you have never seen Laurie Keller‘s delightful, kooky and hilarious children’s books, (The Scrambled States of America, Arnie the Doughnut, Do Unto Otters) please check them out. Find a kid to read them to if you feel silly picking up a kids book for yourself, but that actually is not necessary.
Laurie Keller’s website. (which is great!), shows how to order all her products – books, games and videos.
Arlene Klasky is a co-founder of Klasky-Csupo animation studios (founded with her now ex-husband, they still run it together), an advocate for quality children’s programming, and a c0-creator of Rugrats.
Klasky-Csupo also famously produced the earlier episodes of The Simpsons.
Klasky was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Animation” by Animation Magazine in 1999.
Caroline Leaf (born 1946 in Seattle, WA) is a remarkable animator, illustrator and painter, with a career spanning five decades. Educated at Harvard, where she made her first animated film, she later moved to Canada, where she became a solid presence at the National Film Board of Canada in th 1980s. She also spent some time working on documentary film in the 1990s.
VideoWest was a great “punk influenced” video production company/television show based in San Francisco in the late 70s and early 80s. A lot of the VideoWest people moved on to MTV. I briefly did some volunteer work for them when I was in high school (answering phones, mostly). I have been waiting to see this episode-length video for ages.
So, presented in full, Special Edition Director’s Cut, from 1980, Written & Produced by Erik Nelson, Directed by Joe Dea.