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Friday, October 24, 2014

ReAnimania, Yerevan International Animation Film Festival

For those of you in Armenia, B&R will be playing at ReAnimania on October 27 at 11am and 7pm.

Screenings continue in Romania where the run seems to have been extended.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Recently I did some work for the superstars at Nathan Love.

I was responsible (with some other top folks) for the family shots at the end of each commercial.

Perdue "Never Imported" from Nathan Love on Vimeo.

Perdue "Getting Fresh" from Nathan Love on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Review time!

Another review of the Boxhead & Roundhead feature, from international animation supertar, Nancy Beiman.

Thanks Nancy B!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Life Hacks That You Probably Didn't Think Of Until Now.

1) See that roll of white paper next to the toilet? Try wiping your bum with it after you take a shit.
Stop wiping when there's no brown on the paper. No more bleeding rash!

2) Hungry? Put food in your mouth and chew it. Then swallow. Yum!

3) Need to get someplace? Try walking or driving or taking public transport. You'll get there eventually.

4) Tired? Yawning? Close your eyes for a while and see what happens. Crazy!

5) Full bladder? Make wee-wees! Do it wherever you like, just don't let anyone see your willy!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Review From Brian Sibley

Writer, broadcaster, middle earth reporter and all round super chap Brian Sibley wrote about The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead.

Be sure to visit Brian at his blogs here and here!

Or if you want to avoid Faceybook.

I have now caught up with Elliot Cowan's fantastic new animated feature: 'The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead'
Tirelessly inventive, it is sly, sharp, wildly funny and weirdly touching. The exceptional animation, in a style uniquely its own, is, by turn, dark and dazzling and always immersive.
What is it about? Living in cities, bureaucracy, art, industry, friendship, big monsters and pink and purple foxy animal-things! This is an outstanding achievement by a highly gifted animator...
If BH and RH come to a screen even remotely near you: go and see them! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Saturday, June 07, 2014


I was interviewed about my Boxhead and Roundhead feature for The Iris, an online arts and entertainment publication.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another Boxhead & Roundhead review! Wheeee!

Another lovely review of the Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead from our pals at Zippyframes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


A lovely review from Matthias Sundberg, director/editor at the Fred Rogers Company.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014

The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead will be playing at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and I'll be there!

We had a lovely review from the festival:
"...For his feature, Cowan has held onto the simple, graphic design of his two leads, but has rolled out a much more lush and intriguing range of backgrounds and environments. The writing is snappy, the voiceover work is pitch perfect and the look of the entire piece is graphically clever. This isn't a slick CG blockbuster. It instead musters the creative resources on hand to embody what an animated feature is supposed to be like".

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thank You

Last night we had our first proper public screening of the Boxhead & Roundhead feature.
I was weary and punch drunk and although I thanked some folks I didn't thank everyone.
So this is a thanks for everyone.
Huge thanks to Tom Chianti for recording the original voice tracks.
Massive, colossal thanks to JZ for all his sound design and music and endless hours through the night.
Lyla Ribot for all her Mr Urso and Officious Clerk animation.
Amanda Bautista for her Lars animation.
Shannon for her work that she was classy enough to let us redo.
Annelise Williams and Kara Sankus for graciously and quickly doing all the boring stuff like painting.
Anamaria Solis for her walk cycles and general awesomeness.
Michael J. Ruocco for jumping in and generously donating his animation time when he had to give it.
Julie Verlade for almost all the facial animation on B&R.
Katie Kirschner for her wonderful Mrs Worthington animation.
John Lustig who did some of the best run cycles ever.
Melissa Chilkotowsky who had a scene edited out but did nice work on both that she tackled.
Taisiya Zaretskaya for a couple of face scene.
Jeremy Beck who was a wonderful, funny Boxhead against my idiot cartoon voices.
Carl Doonan who voiced the Officious Clerk.
Boris Hiestand who voiced Lars.
Neil Ross, who donated his time and talent to my weird little project and made the film look 89 times better than it could have without him.
Mick Moriarty of The Gadflys whose songs brought something so special that it's impossible to use enough English words.
Nat Jencks who did our colour timing.
Richard O'Connor who was a calm and polite voice of reason amid all my cluckings and fussing.
And of course David Ginsberg who helped make the whole thing happen in the first place.
I couldn't have done with without you guys.
You are totally and utterly the best.
Thank you.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dr Karl and Kartoons...

Of the many sensible people on planet Earth one of my favourite is Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Many years ago on his JJJ radio show he was taking talkback questions from the punters and was asked, for the millionth time, about a perpetual motion machine. Patiently Dr Karl suggested it was a waste of time and that you'd be better off trying to make a self-tickling device. It's impossible to self generate the kind of reaction you get when someone else tickles you. So you might do the world and your bank account a favour by creating something fun and jolly like this. This has stuck with me and I've worked the idea into a gag in my Boxhead & Roundhead feature (which is nearly done, by the way). So, thanks Dr Karl. I suspect this isn't the first time you've had your toes dipped in animation and maybe it won't be the last.

You can find Dr Karl on his website, on Twitter, or try Googling him for more stuff.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Sad News

New York based animator Michael Sporn has died. I didn't know Michael well, but we corresponded on a semi regular basis. A few months back I wrote to tell him that there seemed to be considerably less than there was the last time I saw him. He brushed it off. He was hardly going to tell me his problems. Michael was a grumpy kind of guy but he was always supportive of my stuff which I appreciated. Goodbye Michael... Take the time to scour his blog and let's hope it remains online for as long as possible.

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