Website Full Circle Productions has posted an interview with Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi, who is now in his seventies, had an extremely diverse track record in animation, directing such cutting edge films as Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. In the latter stages of his career, he produced the cult show The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse for CBS. On that program, Bakshi gave such animation legends as John Kricfalusi (who went on to create Ren & Stimpy) and Andrew Stanton (who is now a director at Pixar) their start in the business.
Here Bakshi comments on working with a young Andrew Stanton (who’s most recent film as director was Wall*E):
“He was very dedicated to what he did. The guys I usually hire are very dedicated to what they do. They come to work with me because they’re not afraid of me. When you come to work at Bakshi Productions, there’s really no place to hide. In other words, the guys sit down and they draw, and they have to draw well. They have very little that I gave them because the budgets were so short. Stanton was a very serious, young cartoonist. Wonderful to work with! All the guys I worked with were wonderful to work with.”
Read the whole interview here.