The Films of Sally Cruikshank
compiled by Jason Forrest with the aid of Sally Cruikshank
The Films of Sally Cruikshank is a Network Awesome original production
IF YOU LIKE THESE FILMS, THEN BUY THE DVD DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST! (Link above)
This cult cartoon follows two ducks and a pet robot at an amusement park in the future where time travel is exploited. Hugely popular in the 1970s, and available today on DVD at my website!
Sally Cruikshank's blog:
A self-taught artist born in Chatham, New Jersey, and educated at Smith College, Sally Cruikshank made her first animated short, "Ducky", while an undergraduate. In the 1970s she created a series of animated short films, some featuring regular characters Anita and Quasi, highly stylized anthropomorphic ducks. (She provided the voice for Anita). Cruikshank evolved a recognizable style with surrealistic and psychedelic elements. Her work also displays the influence of Max Fleischer. Critic Jerry Beck listed her Quasi at the Quackadero in his 1980 book 50 Greatest Cartoons. In 2009, Quasi at the Quackadero was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Her film "Face Like a Frog" (1987) bears a musical score by Danny Elfman, including his song "Don't Go in the Basement."
Cruikshank has contributed animation sequences to feature films, including Twilight Zone: The Movie (1982), Top Secret! (1984), Ruthless People (1986), Mannequin (1987), and Madhouse (1990). She has also worked in commercials and Web site design, and was the head of animation for Snazelle Films in San Francisco from 1972 to 1981. She worked on a feature film of her characters called Quasi's Cabaret, though financing problems prevented its completion.Everything2: Sally Cruikshank Cruikshank also animated and produced many music videos for Sesame Street from 1989-1999.
In 1986, Cruikshank won the initial Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists given by the American Film Institute, along with Stan Brakhage and Nam June Paik.