September 9, 2017

Vancouver Film School
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada

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Celebrating Independent Animation in Canada
September 9, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Spark CG Society is hosting a Special Series of monthly talks celebrating Independent Animation in Canada. Please join us as we celebrate Canadian animation.

Canada 150

Saturday - September 9, 1:30 PM
moderator: Keith Blackmore with Danny Antonucci

Vancouver Film School
420 Homer St (@ West Hastings St)
Vancouver, Canada

Danny Antonucci has made a career of drawing on his childhood influences of life on the Eastside of Vancouver. From the cult classic Lupo the Butcher to The Brothers Grunt and the longest running original Cartoon Network series, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Danny Antonucci continues to influence and inspire a generation of like-minded independents.

Danny Antonucci. All Rights Reserved.

© Danny Antonucci. All Rights Reserved.


Danny Antonucci
Director, Animator // A.K.A. Cartoon Inc.

DannyAt the age of 15, Danny’s path was set in stone creating and animated his first short film, The Adventures of Barfman. After attending Sheridan College Danny immediately started his career as a Key Animator on Scooby Doo, The Flintstones and the motion picture, Heavy Metal.

Shortly thereafter Danny headed back to Vancouver where he joined the small independent studio, International Rocketship Ltd. During this period, Antonucci animated, created and directed award-winning commercials for such clients as Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Levi’s and MTV Networks. Danny then shocked the world with his now cult classic, Lupo the Butcher. Lupo would go on to great acclaim at festivals and spawn a whole new genre of animation for adults. In fact, Guns N’ Roses would screen Lupo at the close of their concerts for 2 years on the Use Your Illusion tour.

On April 1st, 1994, Danny founded A.K.A. Cartoon Inc., an animation production studio with a mandate to preserve the passion of artist-driven, cartoon making. In it’s first year, the studio created and produced 45 seven-minute episodes of the now infamous television series, The Brothers Grunt for MTV Networks. Also Including, a string of award-winning commercials for such clients as Converse, MTV, and ESPN.

On a dare to create a kid’s TV show, Danny created, Ed, Edd n Eddy, (1999). Airing on Cartoon Network, it would become the network’s highest-rated, longest-running series with 130 episodes, 3 specials and a 90-minute television feature, seen in 180 countries with an audience of 30+ million households throughout the world.

Bloodied but unbowed, Danny Antonucci continues to push the boundaries of television animation.

Keith Blackmore
Educator // Vancouver Film School

KeithKeith Blackmore has been a passionate educator, cheerleader and a voice for all things animated in the Vancouver area for almost 30 years. As an active member of the local SIGGRAPH chapter and one of the producers of the SPARK Animation Festival, Keith has presented, interviewed and moderated at many festivals and studios. He has educated, entertained and inspired students in the history of animation and media studies at the Vancouver Film School for over 25 years. When he’s not teaching, talking or reading about animation, he’s watching it.

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