Press Releases

May 5, 2009

News for Southwest Animation Convention and Expo 2009:

New guest Ralph Bakshi confirmed for SWACE 2009

Albuquerque, NM -- May 4, 2009 -- SWACE is proud to announce that Ralph Bakshi has confirmed as a guest!

Ralph Bakshi - Bakshi went to work for Terrytoons Animation Studio Practicing nights and weekends he quickly became an inker, and then directly to animator (by claiming an empty desk on the animators floor and, claiming that he was promoted to animator, asked for scenes to animate for characters such as Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, Deputy Dawg, Foofle & Lariat Sam. By 25 he was directing these shows as well as Sad Cat, James Hound and others. At 28 he created and directed The Mighty Heroes and was made Creative Director of the studio.

As the theatrical market abruptly stopped, the studio closed and Bakshi was hired by Steve Krantz Productions to go to Toronto to take over direction and production of Rocket Robinhood at Al Guest Studios. There he produced and directed Spiderman- bringing it to life for the first time out of it's comic book pages.

Bakshi is considered by many to be the father of adult American animation. By bringing adult stories and ideas to the fore front of his eye popping animations he is responsible for such classics as:

Fritz the Cat
Heavy Traffic
The Lord of the Rings
Hey, Good Looking
American Pop
Fire & Ice
Cool World