adventure and absurdity in making an animated short

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Your Friend the Rat brings home an Annie!

What a great honor it is to win this beautiful award from ASIFA. I can't tell you what this means to me. The short is such a love letter to animation that I am so proud it was recognized by the animation community. I speak for the entire YFtR crew when I say.."Thank You". Oh, and Happy Year of The RAT!

Alex Mandel (yftr's composer) and I at UCLA Royce Hall


Blogger mnmears said...

CongRATulations on your team's very well-deserved victory.

Delightful, engaging, entertaining and informative ... "YFTR" is all that and more.

It's a shame it wasn't screened for Oscar consideration.

Anyway, just keep blowing audiences away with fantastic shorts and full-length features. The awards and peer recognition is great -- but so is the laughter and smiles from an audience.

9:33 PM  
Blogger JmC said...

well said mnmears . the only thing that matters is doing the work and having people enjoy the end result. thank you for your lovely comments.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Olivier Ladeuix said...

congrats and we want to see more behind the scenes ;-)

1:28 AM  
Blogger Ale said...

Long live Ratto!!! :D
Hi Jim, I was actually stopping by to say congratulatons for the award, and then I found the post ;)
As I told you already, I think you guys have made a fantastic job on that short, it's pure animation and you all really deserve the prize you got.
Keep the great work up!!!

Take care,

9:50 AM  
Blogger Ward Jenkins said...

Congrats to you and your crew on YFtR! Here's to many more like it!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Rikit said...


I just watched Ratatouille and Your Friend the Rat, and I loved them both. Excellent work, dude! Congratulations on the award. It was cool seeing you on the "First Day" segment, too.


12:01 PM  
Blogger Floyd Norman said...

Hey Jim!

We watched the short at Disney, and loved the heck out of it. You guys knocked our socks off. Great job!

As a guy who loved to hang around Ward Kimball's unit back in the fifties, I can tell you Ward would have loved your work.

Congratulations. Well deserved.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Sant Arellano said...

What??? Is this??? His blog???
Jim Capobianco's blog??? Really??'
But it says Leonardo at the top!

Ahhhh!!! It is!!! Great thing I stumbled upon your blog!

Congratulations on your award, I enjoy "Your friend the rat" a lot, there's always something new to see! Some cool design, great color compositions, its great!

Since there were a lot of different techniques involved, was the usual studio workflow affected?? How did it felt doing all those crafty indie procedures like the chalkboard scene?


2:33 PM  

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