see also > Roger Ramjet: 20 June, 9.00pm (G
> Roger Ramjet: 24 June, 4.15pm
Crippen & Roger Ramjet
Where to begin? Fred Crippen is a legend….well, to true
animation geeks he is. Being welcomed into the tiny, low ceiling
studio filled to near bursting with the evidence of 50 years
animating is little short of a pilgrimage. But it is probably
his most famous creation – Roger Ramjet – that
cuts the most ice with the wider world. And fair enough –
Roger Ramjet is an icon; a beacon illuminating what can be
achieved on minimal budget but with an iron clad determination
to remain independent to the last and a near bottomless reservoir
of good ideas. Fred was one of the original maestro’s
that made UPA the powerhouse of originality that it became.
So, yes UPA. Yes, Roger Ramjet. But what can one say about
a career that traverses wonderful kids segments for Sesame
Street and fruity animated limericks for the Playboy Channel;
public service messages about hygene and a film depicting
the best 48 ways to use the “f” word. In the face
of this challenge, MIAF goes to default mode…. Yep,
we’re showing the lot!
Fred Crippen Retrospective (sans Roger)
When we sat down with Fred in his cluttered, memory clogged
studio in LA, we promised Fred he could curate his own retrospective.
And this collection is what he came up with. Fred is his own
man, his films illustrate an artist who can ‘reset the
clock’ with each project that comes through the door.
In common, though, they are films made by an artist with a
determined, intimate knowledge of every single aspect of the