Thursday, September 25, 2008

Phone Interview for the Animation Show

On behalf of the Animation Show, Taylor Jessen and I chat about cranking out Psychotown. Click xxxx for transcript. 
Link to previous interview (2007)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Psychotown Reviews #1

Mike Judge's Animation Show 4  

Seattle Times - Commissioned from Australian animator Dave Carter, three one-minute "Psychotown" shorts are equally childish but irresistibly hilarious, using simple cutout figures in a staccato barrage of nonsensical dialogue and wanton absurdity.

San Francisco Chronicle - The Animation Show commissioned works for the first time. Their choices include a creative stop-motion piece ("Western Spaghetti"); "Psychotown," by talented Australian artist Dave Carter; and the funniest movie you'll ever see about pallbearers, "This Way Up," by the animation team Smith and Foulkes.

Los Angeles Times - It's worth noting that a number of the most vivid standouts -- including "This Way Up" by the team Smith & Foulkes, "Western Spaghetti" by PES and "Psychotown" by Dave Carter -- were commissioned specially for this collection.

San Fransico Weekly - Dave Carter, the congenitally irreverent Aussie creator of Psychotown, appear at the screenings July 5, ready to attest to Mike Judge’s taste in burgundy and Brioni.

The Daily News of LA - There really is something for everyone here, be it dry English humor (Matthew Walker's wry short about dialing up God with a pressing question) or Aussie Dave Carter's in-your-face `Psychotown'.

* 'Time Out New York' magazine clipping

Psychotown Reviews #2

St Louis Post-Dispatch - Nearest to Judge's heart seems to be three episodes of "Psychotown," an Australian version of the vile Terrance and Phillip on "South Park" who themselves are a version of "Beavis and Butt-Head.

Dallas Morning News - The shorts range from the innocuous but strange to the foulmouthed but hilarious offerings of Australian Dave Carter. Mr. Carter is the creator of the three short episodes of "Psychotown," which feature South Park-like crude figures who always have something shocking to contribute.

Detroit Metro Times - Despite a trio of predictable Claymation crotch-biting gags and the amusing but obviously destined-for-TV Psychotown, this year's Animation Show once again does a terrific job of introducing audiences to a wide palette of styles and storytelling.

Denver Film Society - Australian animator Dave Carter debuts three new commissioned shorts with the hilarious “Psychotown”. Dave continues his collaboration with the comedy team ‘The Nice Guys’ here for a blend of cut out and stop-motion animation.

Film Journal International - Among the standouts are Dave Carter’s “Psychotown” sketches, which one-up “South Park” with characters who use mind and word games in deadly battles of wits.

* Film Still appeared in New York Daily News

Psychotown Reviews #3

New York Sun - Dave Carter's "Psychotown," features two paper cutouts, both speaking with Australian accents, as they banter in a rapid-fire back-and-forth that is childish, vulgar, and hilarious.

Time Out New York 
- The fourth collection of animated shorts compiled by the indispensable Mike Judge is typically funny and violent—usually both at once. Some recurring bits, notably Dave Carter’s punchy “Psychotown” vignettes.

People - The Animation Show, short toons are often created with large production teams, and they run the gamut of animation styles, from the talking-cardboard feel of Dave Carter's "Psychotown" to the complex live-action animation from "Raymond."

New York Daily News - Dave Carter who directed a series of manic, hilarious episodes called "Psychotown," will be around for a Q&A after tonight's 8:20 screening.

* Wall Street Journal - Film Still in Datebook

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Animation Show 4 - New York Premiere Q&A

Photographs by Dustin Johnston 25/7/08

Above & Left: Myself with Trevor Jimenez, director of Key Lime Pie. Below left: With Animation Show honcho, co-producer, Robert May.