One of the most stylistically original and provocative writers in animation returns with this
informal sequel to his previous books on indie animation, Unsung Heroes of Animation and Animators Unearthed.
In this collection, award-winning writer Chris Robinson looks at a wide range of films and filmmakers, including cult favourites Don Hertzfeldt, Adam Elliot, Masaaki Yuasa, Wong Ping, Bruce Bickford, Jodie Mack, Rosto, Suzan Pitt, Clyde Henry and Cartoon Saloon.
Eclectic, opinionated, passionate and personal, Robinson’s writing will amuse, confuse, infuriate and enlighten while introducing readers to some of the most astonishing and important animation artists from around the world.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 ◾ Masaaki Yuasa Speaks in Many Colors
Chapter 2 ◾ 52 Films, 1 Year: Meet John Morena
Chapter 3 ◾ Passing on by Us: Clyde Peterson Talks Torrey Pines
Chapter 4 ◾ Marcel, the King of Tervuren
Chapter 5 ◾ "People Are Finally Listening": Indigenous Animation Rises Up
Chapter 6 ◾ Fight! Fight! Fight!: Malcolm Sutherland’s Bout
Chapter 7 ◾ Ghosts of a Different Dream: The Films of Mariusz Wilczynski
Chapter 8 ◾ Wondering Boy Poet: Bruce Bickford
Chapter 9 ◾ The Burden of Dreams
Chapter 10 ◾ Unity by Tobias Stretch
Chapter 11 ◾ Don Hertzfelt’s Beautiful Days
Chapter 12 ◾ Don Herzfeldt Talks World of Tomorrow II
Chapter 13 ◾ Joy Street: Remembering Suzan Pitt
Chapter 14 ◾ Nightlights in the Forest: Cartoon Saloon
Chapter 15 ◾ Beautiful Maladies: The Uncanny World of Rosto
Chapter 16 ◾ Špela Cˇadež’s Nighthawk
Chapter 17 ◾ Kaspar Jancis’ Motel of Fools
Chapter 18 ◾ The Moneygoround: Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day
Chapter 19 ◾ Clyde Henry Talks Gymnasia
Chapter 20 ◾ The Crushed Dreams of a Magnificent Cake
Chapter 21 ◾ The Frog, The Dog and The Devil: The Ballad of Bad Whiskey
Chapter 22 ◾ Consuming Chris Sullivan
Chapter 23 ◾ It’s a Good Life , If You Don’t Weaken: Luc Chamberland and Seth’s Dominion
Chapter 24 ◾ Yield by Caleb Wood
Chapter 25 ◾ Visiting Ville Neuve With Felix Dufour-Laperrière
Chapter 26 ◾ Where Is Here: Felix Dufour- Laperrière’s Archipelago
Chapter 27 ◾ Laughing at Chaos: Alex Boya Talks Turbine
Chapter 28 ◾ Banana Skins and Cigarette Butts: The Films of Adam Elliot
Chapter 29 ◾ Pineapple Calamari
Chapter 30 ◾ The Joys of Jodie Mack
Chapter 31 ◾ Moving on With Ainslie Henderson
Chapter 32 ◾ Peeping Wong Ping
Chapter 33 ◾ On the Weave of Construction: RISD Animation
Chapter 34 ◾ Lesley the Pony Has an A+ Day
Chris Robinson is a Canadian writer and author. He is also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and is a well-known figure in the animated film world and was recently given the 2020 award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies by the World Festival of Animation Film - Animafest Zagreb.
Robinson has been called "one of the stylistically most original and most provocative experts in the history of animation. He made a name for himself with a unique and eclectic magazine column Animation Pimp, which became a book of the same name (the column was later renamed into Cheer and Loathing in Animation).
Mastering different methods and styles in critical and scholarly approaches, Robinson covers a broad range of Canadian and global subject matters in his books Estonian Animation: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy, Unsung Heroes of Animation, Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen, Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin, Animators Unearthed, and Japanese Animation: Time out of Mind.
In addition to his writing on animation, Robinson also wrote the Award-winning animated short, Lipsett Diaries (2010) directed by Theodore Ushev.
Currently, Robinson is writing two books on animation and is working with German artist, Andreas Hykade on My Balls Are Killing Me, a graphic novel about his experience with cancer. He is also collaborating with Theodore Ushev on a live action feature film, Drivin’.