Brown Bag Films Toronto producer Alley Crawford has been an animation aficionado since she was just a wee tyke! She chatted with us about her experience producing the fresh and funny, goofball comedy, 3 Amigonauts!
Read the full interview below and find out Alley’s favourite episode and which Amigonaut she identifies with most!
To get started I always ask for a favourite life motto or quote?
Integrity is crucial.
How did you get started in your career?
I fell in love with animation watching Saturday morning cartoons with my sister - Looney Tunes, Smurfs, He-Man, Astro-boy, Animaniacs, Ninja Turtles… After pursuing a double Bachelor’s degree in Film Production and Fine Arts, making the career change to Animation seemed like a natural and progressive direction.
What does a day in the life of an animation producer look like?
Day to day as an Animation Producer is a balance between logistical, technical and creative. Basic rule is to support the creative while maintaining the schedule, budget and crew.
What did you love most about working on Season 1 of 3 Amigonauts?
There are many things that I loved about working on the ‘3 Amigonauts’, but I would have to say that the unique stories and incredible art really stand out for me. I also have a soft spot for the music from the amazingly talented Kid Koala, DJ Vekked and Patrick Cooke.
What do you think makes 3 Amigonauts one of the best new shows in the galaxy?
I have not seen another show that looks like ‘3 Amigonauts’ on Canadian television. It makes no apologies with the neon arcade-colours, graphic beauty shots and almost rudimentary animation style.
Without spoiling too much, what is one of your favourite moments from the show?
Favorite show moment is probably the ‘fart-battle’ between Kirbie and the Shaman of Stink. It’s ridiculously explosive.
What is your number one reason why everyone needs to watch the 3 Amigonauts?
Some of the best dialogue was improvised and the cast are hilarious!
Which Amigonaut are you most like and why?
I feel like I am closest to Herby. As series producer, I must be a leader. Like Herby, things don’t always go my way or end up how I intended, but that just makes me strive higher. This is where creativity is key.
Anything you would like to share – like funny behind-the-scenes moments, interesting tid-bits about the making of the show that people might like to know?
We often recorded Herby (Annick Obonsawin), Kirbie (Julie Sype) and Burt (Doug Hadders) as an ensemble and it really made a difference nurturing the relationships between their characters. Recording Donnie (Cory Doran) was always a riot because he is possibly the funniest man alive!
Learn more about Alley’s career in animation here!
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