Posted On : 2/14/2013 by Nina Garin
It can be argued that if it weren’t for Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation, there wouldn’t be a “Beavis and Butt-Head” or even a “South Park.”
That’s because, for the last 30 years, the La Jolla-based festival has provided a place for young, creative animators to showcase their films.
Founders Craig “Spike” Decker and Mike Gribble (who died of cancer in 1994) produced the first “Beavis and Butt-Head” short when Mike Judge was a student at UC San Diego. And “South Park’s” Matt Stone and Trey Parker premiered “The Spirit of Christmas” at the festival.
And that’s not all.
“We’ve also premiered the first works of Tim Burton, John Lasseter (“Toy Story”), Nick Park (“Wallace & Gromit”), Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc” and “Up”), Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”) and others,” Decker said.
To honor its rich history, Spike & Mike will put on a 30th anniversary retrospective that will feature some of these early premieres. It will also welcome celebrity guests David Silverman, director and producer of “The Simpsons,” and Rich Moore, director of “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Here’s what to expect at the festival, which runs through March 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla:
Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation 30th Anniversary
When: 7:15 p.m. March 1 and 7 and 9:15 p.m. March 2 will feature Rich Moore. More showtimes on website.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla
Phone: (858) 459-8707
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