A few weeks ago, I found some early work from Jim Reardon and I wanted to share.
Maybe you don’t know who Jim Reardon is. He’s the co-writer of one of my favorite movies ever, Wall-E. He was a writer on the 90s cartoon Tiny Toon Adventures. And he was also an animation director for The Simpsons for over 14 years (and still works as a storyboard consultant). He directed some of my all-time favorite episodes, including King-Size Homer, 22 Short Films about Springfield, Lemon of Troy, El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer), Mr. Plow and Lisa’s Wedding (among many others). In other words, this is a man I have a deep respect for.
Reardon made this little movie in 1983 when he was studing at CalArts. It’s not politically correct. It is violent and NSFW (also not for children or people offended by the maiming of beloved Peanuts characters), but it is also funny and contains elements that would later be found in his work on The Simpsons (it is very Itchy and Scratchy, to be sure). And I also love his little note at the end. Smart move, Reardon.
And in case you didn’t see it, one of my reviews was included in an article by LAMB (the Large Association of Movie Blogs). Take a look!