episode 55 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we’re joined by special guest Paul Driessen. Presently based in France, the Dutch-Canadian animation director began his career on George Dunning’s iconic 1968 feature Yellow Submarine and has been consistently prolific in the world of animated shorts since the early seventies.
Initially developing his style at the National Film Board of Canada,
Paul has subsequently produced over twenty-five films both in Canada
and the Netherlands. Amongst these are such acclaimed works as An Old Box, Cat’s Cradle, The Killing of an Egg and the Oscar-nominated 3 Misses. His recent NFB film Cat Meets Dog
– produced by Marcy Page and Maral Mohammadian and co-produced in The
Netherlands and Belgium – embraces several traits of Paul’s signature
style, depicting interweaving narratives and realities through use of
split screen and manipulating time in a manner evocative of prior work
such as The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg and Oedipus.
The film has screened internationally at festivals including HAFF, NFF, Sitges and Animatou, with an upcoming screening at the prestigious Hiroshima International Animation Festival this August.
Also discussed in this episode – Pokémon GO (of course), how Ghostbusters
fans ruined their own childhoods, the artifice of progressive subject
matter in animated film and television and San Diego Comic Con animation
news for Steven Universe, Rick and Morty, The Lego Batman Movie and Batman: The Killing Joke. Stream below, subscribe or direct download: