UGFTV Alum Stephen Neary Animag’s 2020 Rising Stars of Animation

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

Stephen Neary
Stephen Neary

The 14 women and men Animation Magazine profile in this year’s Rising Stars feature in Animation Magazine‘s April issue come from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines. What they share is a passion for the art and craft of animation and storytelling, deep respect for the trailblazers before them and a burning desire to make a difference in their specific field of expertise.

UGFTV Alum Stephen Neary is one of them. Creator, The Fungies, Cartoon Network/HBO Max

David the Gnome. Gumby. Batman: The Animated Series. Fraggle Rock. Animation creator Stephen Neary says he loved watching these four shows when he was a kid growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early ’90s. “Watching animation as a kid is a totally different experience,” he recalls. “Everything felt so saturated and warm. Later, Cartoon Network shows like Dexter’s Lab and The Powerpuff Girls were a huge influence: They were subversive and weird while still checking off all the boxes for a kid’s cartoon.”

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