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Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Welcoming Davey Jarrell to the Board of Animation Resources

Director of Programming

Davey Jarrell has been working in the animation industry as a storyboard artist since 2017. He has worked on "Let’s Go Luna!" and "Dinosaur Train" for PBS, Warner Brothers’ Flintstones spinoff series, "Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!" and the adult animated shows "SuperMansion" and "Crossing Swords." Davey started volunteering at Animation Resources in 2015 when he was still a student at the University of Southern California. He credits much of his accomplishments in the industry to his time volunteering in the archive at Animation Resources.

Davey Jarrell serves as the Director of Programming. He is spearheading the Podcast Initiative.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The Officers, Board and Committees of Animation Resources

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Stephen Worth has worked as an animation producer for nearly forty years. He is the recipient of three Annie Awards, including the June Foray Lifetime Achievement Award for Benevolent Service to the Art of Animation. His credits include Alvin & the Chipmunks, Cool World, Yogi Bear, Ren & Stimpy, Bravest Warriors and Bee & Puppycat. He is a well known figure in the Hollywood animation community, having produced the first animated cartoon series created exclusively for the internet, as an authority on vintage animation art, and as the person responsible for establishing the Animation Archive, a digital reference library that serves animation professionals and students, as well as cartoonists and illustrators.

Stephen oversees the day to day operation of Animation Resources, and is chairman of the committee that oversees the Animation Archive.

Secretary / Treasurer

Joseph “JoJo” Baptista is an animator from San Diego, California. He has worked for John Kricfalusi, Ralph Bakshi, Cartoon Network, Wild Brain, Frederator Studios and Wild Canary as an animator, designer and storyboard artist. When JoJo was in college, he volunteered and studied at Animation Resources, where he found its treasures were invaluable. He has much to thank Animation Resources for helping him break into the animation industry, and feels that it is important for him to help others as the head of the Education Committee.

Joseph oversees the financial operations of Animation Resources, as well as keeping records and serving on the Education Committee.

Vice President

Originally from Minnesota, Paul arrived in Southern California in 2006, with dreams of someday entering the animation industry. Unexpectedly, he soon found a niche working on the production side. Currently, he can be found working as an Associate Producer on several projects, both long and short form, across a variety of genres and styles. He also has experience in helping to produce CG content, stereoscopic 3D, live action, flash animation, and enhanced ebooks. He continues to develop his own art, both in classes at the Animation Guild, and in his own projects.

Paul is responsible for overseeing membership, taking meeting minutes, cataloging and coordinating tax records to comply with federal law, and distributing material to the rest of the board.

Director of Communications

David Hofmann, also known as “Pez”, has worked in the animation industry since 2006. At a very young age he developed a love of classic animation, leading to a career in hand drawn based television animation in Los Angeles. Pez has worked with Cartoon Network on Stan Bayou), Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants, The Patrick Star Show and Breadwinners and Warner Bros’ New Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo Guess Who and Wacky Races and Disney TVA’s Fire Buds, Chibiverse and Muppet Babies (at OddBot). Pez also passionately supports the preservation of classic works, so future artists can advance the art of animation for years to come.

David Hofmann serves as the Director of Communications. He is responsible for representing Animation Resources to the worldwide animation community.

Director of Programming

Davey Jarrell has been working in the animation industry as a storyboard artist since 2017. He has worked on The Patrick Star Show, Baby Shark’s Big Show!, Monster High and Rock, Paper, Scissors at Nickelodeon, Teen Titans Go!, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!, Beebo Saves Christmas and Taz: Quest for Burger at Warner Brothers, the PBS Kids shows Dinosaur Train and Let’s Go Luna! and the adult animated series Crossing Swords, Supermansion and Grimsburg. Davey started volunteering at Animation Resources in 2015 when he was still a student at the University of Southern California. He credits much of his accomplishments in the industry to his time volunteering in the archive at Animation Resources.

Davey Jarrell serves as the Director of Programming. He is spearheading the Podcast Initiative.

Director of Publications

David Eisman is a New York native who ventured to Los Angeles in pursuit of higher education and a career in the animation industry. He worked as a development intern at Frederator Studios for two years. At Frederator, David met Stephen Worth and began to volunteer and study at Animation Resources. David is passionate about editing, and he hopes to bring musical timing back into animation’s spotlight.

David Eisman serves as Director of Publications. He oversees adapting Animation Resources’ assets to new markets.



Ralph Bakshi is an American director of animated and live-action films. In the 1970s, he established an alternative to mainstream animation through independent and adult-oriented productions. Between 1972 and 1992, he directed nine theatrically released feature films, including “Heavy Traffic”, “Wizards”, “American Pop”, “Lord of the Rings” and “Fritz the Cat”, which upon release was the highest grossing animated feature to date. He has been involved in numerous television projects as director, writer, producer and animator.  He created and directed the “Mighty Heroes” TV show and produced “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, among others. Currently, he is living in New Mexico, drawing, painting and animating a personal film, “Last Days of Coney Island”. Link:


Award winning filmmaker David Chai, brings artistic excellence and technical know how to every project that he is involved in. David has been animating for over 14 years, on productions ranging from from educational software, animation for television and video, commercial advertising, to independent films. He is currently an Associate Professor of Animation and Illustration at San Jose State University in California. Link: House of Chai


Sherm Cohen has helped bring to life some of the biggest animation hits of the past twenty years: His storyboarding, writing and directing credits include SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold, Disney’s Phineas & Ferb, Fish Hooks, and Kick Buttowski (for which he received an Emmy nomination). Sherm is the creator of  “Storyboard Secrets”, a comprehensive university-level video course at


Will Finn is an animation director and animator. His work includes films by Disney and Don Bluth, such as The Secret of NIMH, Oliver & Company, and Pocahontas. His characters include Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Iago (Aladdin), and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast). Finn co-wrote and co-directed the 2004 film Home on the Range and did voice acting in Chicken Little. In 2006, Finn directed the computer animated short Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure, a spin-off of Over the Hedge. And in 2014, he directed Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Link: Will Finn Blog


As the director and creative force of J. J. Sedelmaier Productions, J. J. Sedelmaier oversees everything that is produced by the studio. He is known in the industry as an all-around expert on the history of film and cartoons, animation, graphic design and illustration. His forte is translating print/illustration into film, and over the years has collaborated with many of the country’s foremost illustrators and artists, including David Levine, Al Hirschfeld, Garry Trudeau, Alex Ross, Don Martin, Neal Adams, Douglas Fraser, Gary Baseman, and many others. His unique abilities have contributed, over the years, to the studio’s extraordinarily diverse and entertaining collection of work. Link: J. J. Sedelmaier Productions


Steve Stanchfield is an award winning character animator, educator, animation director and animation historian. His experience includes working for many of the major animation studios on projects that include television shows, commercials, educational programming, original short films, interactive games and feature animation. He is the co-owner of Thunderbean Animation, a studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that produces animation as well as compilations of classic animation on DVD. Link: Thunderbean Animation


Mike Van Eaton is the owner and gallery director of Van Eaton Galleries, a full service animation art gallery and resource center featuring production artwork, limited editions, sculpture, videos, and books. He has hosted many special events in the Los Angeles area, and his gallery is the a hub for the animation community. His gallery represents both established and up and coming artists, as well as a wide array of vintage artwork from all the major studios. Link: Van Eaton Galleries


Stephen Worth (Chair)
Mike Amato
Megan Simon

Taber Dunipace (Chair)
Stephen Worth

Joseph Baptista (Chair)
Taber Dunipace

David Hofmann (Chair)
Nicholas Pozega

David Hofmann (Chair)
Stephen Worth

Alex Vassilev (Chair)
Stephen Worth

Animation Resources Board

The Board of Directors of Animation Resources browses through the precious reference material donated to our digital library by Advisory Board Member Ralph Bakshi. Standing L to R: Stephen Worth (President), Taber Dunipace (Membership), David Hofmann (Public Relations), JoJo Baptista (Secretary/Treasurer), Seated L to R: Sherm Cohen (Advisory Board), Paul Anderson (Vice President), Michael Woodside (Board Member Emeritus).

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Monday, March 9th, 2020

Meta: Animation Resources’ Goals and Projects


Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the worldwide animation community. Through our various online and in-person projects, we educate and inspire professional animators, cartoonists, illustrators and students. If you are a creative person in animation or an allied field, you should be a member of Animation Resources!

The Goals of Animation Resources

  • To support and encourage animation education
  • To support the preservation and critical evaluation of animation history
  • To recognize the achievement of excellence in the art of animation
  • To increase public awareness of animation
  • To act as a liaison to encourage the free exchange of ideas within the animation community
  • To encourage journalism documenting current trends and activities in animation
  • To encourage the social interaction of professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts
  • To encourage the development and expression of all forms of animation


Animation Resources’ Projects


We are in the process of developing a database of material designed to educate and inspire artists working in the fields of animation, cartooning and illustration. Included in the collection are hundreds of thousands of high resolution scans of rare artwork and instructional material related to the subject, as well as thousands of digitized animated films and biographical data on great artists. All of this information is combined in a database where the collection can be sorted and searched in an incredibly flexible manner. Currently, the collection occupies dozens of hard drives and measures in the terabytes, but our eventual goal is to be able to house it on cloud servers and make the information available over the internet. More About the Animation Archive Project


The Creative League currently meets once a month for networking, informal discussion, screenings, friendly critique of work in progress, and guest speakers. The topics of the meetings cover the full spectrum of creativity- music, art, cartooning, dance, filmmaking, animation, comedy and drama. The purpose is to inspire and empower independent animation creators and build a community of independent artists in the Los Angeles area. More About the Animation Creative League


Animation Resources has embarked on an exciting podcasting project to expand our services to the worldwide animation community. We live stream our events to Facebook and present a wide range of interviews, lectures and screenings from our headquarters in Los Angeles. Our intent is to use state of the art technology to encourage communication between Animation Creative League chapters in other cities. More About the Animation Resources Podcasting Project


Our newest project involves Discord, a free chat platform that supports video, voice and text chat. On our Discord Server, we present programs, networking, lectures, lessons, panel discussions and screenings for both our membership and the general public. The goal is to create an online meeting space for the worldwide creative community. We are off to a great start. We encourage you to take a few moments to login to our Discord Server and introduce yourself. More About the Animation Resources Discord Server

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