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I Want To Be Like You

I Want To Be Like You

I Want to be Like You” was my master’s thesis film made in the Experimental Animation program at California Institute of the Arts. It won a FOCUS national student film competition award and a silver medal at a German film festival.

Stone Sculpture

I don’t think stone sculpture was even a gleam in my eye at this very early time.  Although I always picked up stones when I went hiking.  I had a box labeled “Odds and Ends of Rocks and Gourds”.  Hmmm . . . 

However, I see a link now between the little guy in this film and Disney and my sculpture.  There is a climax in “I Want To Be Like You” where the character self-destructs and loses his pencil lines.  This was fun for me because I wanted to know how many lines could be missing from the character and still be able to see the action.  

At Disney I studied lots of classic animation frame by frame.  I noticed that the girl rabbit in “Bambi” had almost no interior lines.  Yet her action still read.  And, she was soft.  In my new career as a stone sculptor I wanted to see if I could make hard stone feel soft to the eye.  This was one of the inspirations for my snowshoe hare sculpture, “Big Feet“.  I confess the finish on “Big Feet” is superlative and the stone actually feels soft along with looking soft.

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