The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) and ECW Press will the animation and creativity of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the 1980s Saturday morning show and included cutting-edge stop-motion animation, as well as cartoons from Ub Iwerks, Dave Fleisher, Rudolf Isling, and others from the golden age of animation.
Punk artist Gary Panter lent his avant-garde sensibility to the overall artistic design of the show’s set and many of the puppets, both of which were like three-dimensional cartoons. On the 25th anniversary of the debut of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, MoCCA will host a panel discussion with several animators responsible for the show’s first season.
The panelists will include:
- Richard Goleszowski, known in the animating world simply as “Golly” from Aardman Studios, served as an animator of the Penny sequences of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking “Sledgehammer” music video. He remains a leading creative force at Aardman, the studio that gave the world Wallace and Grommit. He will appear via a prerecorded Skype interview from his London studio.
- Glenn Lazarro has directed award-winning campaigns for America’s highest-rated television networks. He began his career as a groundbreaking editor at National Video and is widely recognized as the creator of the “MTV editorial style.” He animated and edited three of the Magic Screen segments for the first season of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
- Robert Lyons is the owner and director of Interface Arts. He has designed, produced, and directed multimedia animation and special effects for television and theater, working for a host of commercial, educational, and independent clients, including Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He remains the only person to have ever received Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Film Animation from SUNY College at New Paltz.
- Steve Oakes was supervising producer and creative director of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. His demented mind was behind the original MTV animated logo treatments that are among the classics that still play today. He has directed several specials and pilots for Cinemax, HBO and Nickelodeon, and is the president of Curious Pictures, a mixed media animation studio based in Manhattan.
- Nick Park is an English filmmaker of stop-motion animation, who is best known for creating Wallace and Grommit and Shaun the Sheep with Aardman Studios. He has been nominated for an Academy Award six times and served as an animator of the Penny sequences of Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He will appear via a prerecorded Skype interview from his London studio.
- Timothy Young has worked in animation, television, publishing, and the toy industry. He is the author/illustrator of the award-winning children’s book I’m Looking for a Monster. He served as an animator during the first season of Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
The discussion will be moderated by Caseen Gaines, author of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon. His recently released book is complete with an episode guide for the series, biographical information about the cast and crew, never-before-told anecdotes and over 200 previously unpublished photos. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase immediately following the discussion.