Many people, curiously, have a certain image of American animators. These artists are often viewed as adults in body but adolescents in spirit, wacky and grinning yuksters adorned in fedoras and jeans. Random toys, sports gear and demi-musical instruments must fill their “work areas.” And whether they be ponytailed women with black glasses or goateed men with black glasses, they must favor either the loudest of Hawaiian shirts, or hoodies that reflect a simple fashion statement: “Eternal College Sophomore.”
Ah, but this is merely a trumped-up misperception — the height of caricature. Don’t be fooled by this mere cartoon of a cartoonist. We say: Let no animators be reduced to such a two-bit stereotype that they seem worthy of a silly nickname like “Grumpy,” “Catfish” or “Chub.”
And here to debunk that image today is our video guest: Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.
Marsh and fellow animator Dan Povenmire co-created Disney’s uber-popular kids’ show “Phineas & Ferb.” (the four-year-old cartoon that features a crimefighting platypus). And they are with us today to put the lie to the idea that the industry of animation is as engaging as a punning faux-rap song.
Just check out their new video — a “behind-the-scenes” look at a career in animation — and you’ll see what we mean.
Or perhaps not.
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