What inspired you to create animation?
I’ve always loved cartoons. Watching them! Drawing them!
Imagining living with them (umm… as a kid!). I’ve been hooked
as long as I can remember. Through grade school I couldn’t wait
to learn to animate so I could actually bring my drawings to
How would you describe your artistic style?
I never really considered myself to have a style of my own. I’m
always studying other artists’ styles, and the way they draw. If
I had to identify any similarities in my drawings, the majority
are soft and cartoony, with a certain amount of general
Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no
one has seen before?
What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Entertainment I’m usually involved with everything from the
concept, through storyboards, to final animation and
compositing. Professionally I’ve been employed as an animator,
sheet-timer, designer, storyboard artist, and layout
What’s the story behind Affolter Entertainment?
Affolter Entertainment is an independent production company I
founded with by three brothers (Jon, Heath and Thomas), who all
work in animation or film. From a young age, the 4 of us would
produce little videos, animations, live sketches or comic books
together. We liked to make each other laugh, as well as anyone
who would watch. We never planned to form a company when we
were kids, but kinda joked/dreamed about one day having our own
variety show or making films. Being the oldest, I went off
to VFS first, and I
think the other guys saw what I was doing and thought, “I wanna
do something like that.” Jon went to Capilano College to study
animation, and later Heath and Thomas went to study live-action
film making. Even while we were going to film school though we
never stopped bouncing ideas off each other and collaborating
on stuff, and once we had all graduated, we picked up where we
had left off and formed Affolter
Entertainment. We have a real respect for each other and
complete honesty. Though we have different ideas, we have
similar taste, and we always want the best for any project we
work on. Currently we’re producing web series for our
YouTube Channel, Comedy
Blender (starting with Food Flix), and developing
pitches for film, tv and the web.
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved
and Stimpy’s Adult Party Cartoon.’ I always loved the show
as a kid, so getting to animate those characters doing the
silly, disgusting and insane things they do was just pure glee.
Plus the crew at Carbunkle Cartoons Inc. was just a hoot, not
to mention it’s one of the only jobs I’ve ever done on paper,
(though my hand still hurts from the clean-up).
What projects are you working on now?
For Affolter Entertainment, my brothers and I are cooking up
our next web series to follow “Food Flix,” on our youtube
channel, Comedy Blender. Some animated, some live-action, but
all silly and fun. In addition to that, we’re developing
pitches for tv and film.
At DHX Media I’m a
layout supervisor on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” and I’ll soon
be doing the same on their new comedy, “Supernoobs”!
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?Richard
Williams must take the cake, and why goes without saying,
though I feel Canada can’t lay full claim since he did so much
of his work in London. I’ve always loved John K‘s
work for it’s comedy and wackiness. For “Ren and Stimpy” credit
is also due to the contribution of two other Canadian
Jaques and Kelly Armstrong (of
Carbunkle Cartoons Inc.), who gave them their eye-popping
animation style, which pushed the hilarity through the roof.
What is one of your favourite animation books?
I will probably never stop reading and drawing inspiration from
“Walt Stanchfield’s – Drawn to Life,” edited by the Don Hahn. I will
forever be in debt to those two great gentlemen, for supplying
me with all those pearls of wisdom. It’s just page after page
of mind-opening insight on drawing, observing, and
story-telling. This book not only covers the “how” of drawing,
but the “why,” which is even more important.
Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?
I don’t know if he counts as “relatively unknown,” but a friend
of mine, Mike Geiger will probably be running his own show one
day. His stuff is fresh, funny, charming, and always
entertaining! I had the pleasure of meeting him while we were
both students at VFS, and later we both worked at Carbunkle
Cartoons. He’s got some of his wacky endeavours on his website:
SUPER DUPER SUPER HERO –
EPISODE 4 from mike geiger
animation on Vimeo.
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
Have your films won any animation awards/accolades?For Affolter Entertainment’s stop-motion Big Rock beer
Big Rock Eddies Edmonton – WINNER: Best Commercial- 2008
Big Rock Eddies Calgary – WINNER: Third Place- 2008
For Affolter Entertainment’s live-action fantastical drama
International Film Festival of South Africa – WINNER: Best
Young Filmmaker Int’l – 2010
The Film Festival of Colorado – WINNER (tie): Audience Award
for Best Short Film- 2010
Heart of England Film Festival – WINNER: Best Short Film-
Indie Film Gathering – WINNER: Best Short Drama – 2010
Leo Awards – Nominee: Best Short Drama- 2010
Leo Awards – Nominee: Best Direction (Short Drama)- 2010
Space Golf from
Entertainment on Vimeo.
What are some of your animation milestones?
Well.. getting a job animating was pretty big! When I graduated
in 2001, there wasn’t a lot of work in town. Even some of my
teachers had a tough time and it was hard to tell if classical
animation would even stick around. Luckily, thanks to digital
software speeding up the process, and the demand for it in
film/tv/web/ads etc. the industry is bigger then ever.
But besides that, no milestone will ever top getting to animate
and direct my own creations with my brothers at Affolter
Entertainment. Even if it’s not a big successful film and
just my own little cartoon it always gets me excited to work on
it every day. Awards, acceptance to festivals, likes online,
will never give me as much satisfaction as just producing and
completing something I create and find entertaining. And that’s
why I’ll never stop.
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