Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stephen Hillenburg at Anima Mundi

One of the most anticipated meetings in this year's festival was the Animated Chat with Stephen Hillenburg, held at the Animated Square in the penultimate day of the festival in Rio. The inspired creator of SpongeBob shared with the audience a little of the trajectory of one of the most successful animated series of all time. And apparently the source could not be different: it all started in the sea.

Graduated in marine biology in the 80s, Stephen has created an educational comic book called The Intertidal Zone, where life in the oceans was presented by... a sea-sponge! Later, he joined CalArts, where he completed master's degree in experimental animation in 1992, and directed two short films which run festivals around the world: the political satire The Green Beret and the abstract Wormholes, with insights inspired by Albert Einstein's the theory of relativity.

Stephen presenting his Wormholes

His early work has served as an entrance to work at Nickelodeon, where he joined the production crew of Rocco's Modern Life. It was there that his colleague Martin Olson discovered Hillenburgs's and suggested the biologist and animator to create a series of marine animals. The result is a blockbuster that won Emmys and Annies in several seasons in the last 10 years.

Whenever asked about what is autobiographical in character SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen, although denying any conscious intention, revealed: he showed a picture of a child and put it side by side with his famous creation.

About his direct influences, the animator recalled adult characters with child personality such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. According Hillenburg, the dynamics between Laurel and Hardy is a pillar of this kind of humor.

At the end of the screenings, Hillenburg also answered some questions from the audience, mostly made by small fans of the series. And he could not avoid one of the most insidious: what is the secret recipe of Crab Burger. And the animator ran way: "I don't not know , it's is a secret even to me. But nice try!"

Anima Mundi Web & Cel: the winners

The winners of the Web & Cel contest were were also announced São Paulo, check it out:

Popular Jury

DINGBATS - Henrique Kopke - Brazil. Watch here

Professional Jury Award

COLORFUL EU) - Peter Vadocz - Hungary. Watch here

18th anniversary Award

There's Bliss in the Kiss - Melanie Beisswenger - Germany; Singapure - Watch here

Anima Mundi 2010: São Paulo awards

Check out the films chosen by the public in São Paulo:


1. DER KLEINE UND DAS BIEST - Johannes Weiland; Uwe Heidschötter - Germany
2. LA DAMA Y LA MUERTE - Javier Recio Gracia - Spain
3. LOGORAMA - François Alaux; Hervé de Crécy; Ludovic Houplain - France


1. IMAGINE UMA MENINA COM CABELOS DE BRASIL... - Alexandre Bersot - Brazil
2. POMBINHA BRANCA - Fernando Augusto Dias da Silva - Brazil
3. EU QUERIA SER UM MONSTRO - Marão - Brazil


1. MARY E MAX - UMA AMIZADE DIFERENTE - Adam Elliot - Australia
2. BOOGIE EL ACEITOSO - Gustavo Cova - Argentina
3. THE APPLE & THE WORM - Anders Morgenthaler - Denmark


1. DER PRAEZISE PETER - Martin Schmidt - Germany
2. MOBILE - Verena Fels - Germany
3. FORMIC - Roman Kaelin; Florian Wittmann - Germany


1. O GRÚFALO (THE GRUFFALO) - Jakob Schuh; Max Lang - UK
2. SIM, VIRGINIA (YES, VIRGINIA) - Pete Circuitt; Bitstate - USA
3. POMBINHA BRANCA - Fernando Augusto Dias da Silva - Brazil


MADAGASCAR, CARNET DE VOYAGE - Bastien Dubois - France


POMBINHA BRANCA - Fernando Augusto Dias da Silva - Brazil

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sao Paulo Awards and more...

Ufff...! One more edition is over, everything was a total sucess, a new record in the audience attendance (114 thousand people!)!
Now our team is happy and exhausted, but you can know who were the winners in Rio and Sao Paulo by clicking here.
We'll be back soon with more retrospective posts about this unforgettable Anima Mundi 18 years edition!