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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