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Jul 192011

My guest today is  Mark Kirkland



















Mark Kirkland Photographed by his Father




















Mark is a three time Emmy Award winning Director (The Simpsons).
Multi Award winning Filmmaker, Writer/Director/ Antique movie camera collector and cinematographer.

At 17 he entered The Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts where he learned from Golden Age  Animation Masters that include

Jules Engel

Filmmaker and revolutionary animator, Jules Engel talks about getting to know Walt Disney and reflects on the studio’s working atmosphere.



Ollie Johnston

On the left,  Frank Thomas chomping on Mickey. On the Right Ollie.

Part 1 of  a great 3 part bio on Ollie in fact the entire Disney Family Album series is fantastic!


Moe Gollub




If that wasn’t awesome enough, he and  classmate Richard Jeffries created an  animated film set to the EPIC David Bowie song  “Fame” which won  the  Student Academy Award for Animation!    They were the first Cal Arts students to have done so! Is it any wonder?

Mark began his professional animation career doing layout as Moe Gollub’s assistant  at Hanna Barbera  Studios while at the same time finishing his studies at Cal Arts!   Mark worked on many of the Saturday Morning Cartoons yours truly grew up with! Shows  like  Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear,  The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Challenge of the SuperFriends, and Godzilla! As a result of working on so many different kinds of shows  Mark became an ace at drawing in many different styles. This a very valuable skill in the animation business.

In 1990 he joined the Simpsons during season two, and currently holds the record for directing the most episodes.  As of the recording of the interview Mark was well into directing  his 69th Episode of the Simpsons!  He’s won three  Emmy s for his exceptional work on the Simpsons episodes:

Behind the Laughter


Three Gays of the Condo

Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind

Check out some more of Mark’s work at his Vimeo Channel!





Mark and Al Jean will be receiving the Pioneer In Television Animation Award at the Burbank International Film Festival Gala this Sept. 18th.

The fest will run from Sept. 14-18 in Burbank Town Center.

Mark and Al will join fellow honorees Roger Corman, Bill Plympton, and Lisa Nova.



Enjoy the podcast!



A last bit of news folks!

The Casita Del Pueblo Gallery is proud to present….

Ladies’ Night
A Solo Art Exhibition
Featuring the Fine Artworks of Artist, Animator, Writer, and  Director
Raul Aguirre Jr.

The entire exhibition consists of vibrant drawings sketches paintings that celebrate the grace and beauty of  women.

Raul has said that the reason he especially likes to draw and paint women is because they hold the answers to everything.

He cites his lovely and vivacious wife Horetencia as his main source of inspiration

Everyone is invited!

Saturday July 30th 2011
6:00 to 10:00 Pm

6738 Greenleaf Avenue Whittier CA 90601
562 693 2844



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