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Canadian Animation

Looking for a Place to Happen

By Chris Robinson

Publication date: 2008
Total pages: 264
ISBN: 9780 86196 688 2
Price: £ 16.99


In 2007, writer Chris Robinson traveled across Canada to meet with some of the country’s leading independent animation filmmakers. Along the way, Robinson muses about the animation art form in Canada and his own relationship to the scene and personalities, many of whom are friends and colleagues. As he travels from place to place he carries along his own private (and sometimes not-so private) struggles with insomnia, depression, identity, cab drivers, hobos and nobos and the shocking murder of animator Helen Hill, whose life and work embody many of the themes that colour these conversations.

With the intimate detail of a diary, Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen weaves together history, memoir and dream into a mesmerizing and candid portrait of Canadian animation, art, doing, drifting and dying.

Lavishly illustrated, the book’s cast includes award-winning animators Marv Newland (Bambi Meets Godzilla), Chris Landreth (Ryan), Chris Hinton (Nibbles), David Fine (Bob and Margaret, Ricky Sprocket), Wendy Tilby (When the Day Breaks), Anne-Marie Fleming, Torill Kove (The Danish Poet), Claude Cloutier (Sleeping Betty), Janet Perlman (Why Me?) and many more.


1- Introduction

2 - In the Beginning was the end and in the end was the beginning

3- Detour
Profound Moments with Rick Raxlen

4 - Vancouver
Bruce Alcock
Marilyn Cherenko
Gail Noonan
David Fine
Anne-Marie Fleming
Marv Newland

5 - Calgary
Kevin Kurytnik and Carol Beecher
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
Richard Reeves

6 - Halifax
Ed Beals
Halifax Animators
James McSwain

7 - Toronto
Patrick Jenkins
Jonathan Amitay
Eugene Federenko
John Straiton

8 - Montreal
Claude Cloutier
Janet Perlman
Theodore Ushev
Chris Hinton
Craig Welch
Chris Landreth

9 - Home
Nick Cross

10 - To Sleep


Chris Robinson is an Ottawa-based author and the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). A noted animation commentator, curator, and historian, Robinson is a leading expert on Canadian and international independent animation. His books include: Estonian Animation: Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy (2006), Unsung Heroes of Animation (2005), Stole This From a Hockey Card: A Philosophy of Hockey, Doug Harvey, Identity & Booze (2005), and The Animation Pimp (2007).

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