Sally Cruikshank

Animator Sally Cruikshank's eye-opening, mind-bending shorts earned her the admiration of cartoon fans and professionals alike, as well as work on features and television and even inclusion in the National Film ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1948 in Chatham, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (5)

Animated Self-Portraits 1990 (Movie)

(USA) (Director)

Face Like a Frog 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Make Me Psychic 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Chow Fun 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Quasi at the Quackadero 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Visual Effects & Animation (5)

Smiley Face 2007 (Movie)

Main Title Design (Titles)

Madhouse 1990 (Movie)

title animator (Animator)

Loverboy 1989 (Movie)

animated titles (Titles)

Mannequin 1987 (Movie)

animation sequence producer (Animator)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

animation sequence producer (Animator)
Executive (1)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

cartoon supervisor("It's a Good Life") (Supervisor)

Biography

Animator Sally Cruikshank's eye-opening, mind-bending shorts earned her the admiration of cartoon fans and professionals alike, as well as work on features and television and even inclusion in the National Film Registry. Her best efforts, like "Quasi at the Quackadero" (1975), echoed the garish, anarchic antics of Felix the Cat and Betty Boop in their blend of '20s-style sound and characterizations and underground/New Wave energy. The success of "Quasi" and other efforts led to contributions for "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (1982) and "Sesame Street" (PBS 1969- ), as well as guaranteed immortality for "Quasi" when it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation. Though perhaps not well as known as many of her animation peers, Sally Cruikshank's work stood out from the vast array of cartoon shorts, features and series by the sheer, unfettered creativity of her best efforts.

Relationships

Jon Davidson Production Accountant

Husband

EDUCATION

Smith College

developed her own animation special studies program while there.

AFI Conservatory

1982

School of Fine Arts, Yale University

won a scholarship through her teacher, Elliott Offner.

Milestones

2009

"Quasi" selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry

1988

Contributes numerous animated shorts for "Sesame Street"

1982

Creates cartoon sequence for "Twilight Zone: The Movie"

1980

Produces three-minute sample, "Quasi's Cabaret," for a proposed animated feature

1975

Releases her breakout project, "Quasi at the Quackadero"

1970

First animated short, "Ducky"

Bonus Trivia

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Her duck characters are loosely based on Carl Banks' iconic "Donald Duck" and "Scrooge McDuck" comic strips and books

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Cruikshank's cartoons were screened at the Museum of Modern Art in 2012.

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Attempted to sell a television series based around three-minute shorts that featured many of her recurring characters

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Won the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award, given to video artists and independent filmmakers, in 1986.

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Contributed animated sequences to Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker's "Top Secret!" (194) and "Ruthless People" (1986); she was married to the filmmakers' longtime producer Jon Davison.

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