While working full-time on "Pee Wee's Playhouse" first season as director of photography for "Life in the Fridge", I occasionally got the opportunity to work on other parts of the program. The "Penny" cartoons were begun by Nick Park and David Sproxton of England's Aardman Animation. They set up the initial custom down-shooter rig for doing their unique style of low-relief clay animation. After completing the first several cartoons they had to return to England and I was asked to create duplicate down-shooter rigs so NY animators could complete the series of cartoons. On one day when my lighting and camera duties for Fridge were complete and one of the Penny animators called in sick, I asked if I could jump in and animate Penny. This was the first time I had ever done lip-sync animation in stop motion. This Penny episode involved 2 or 3 animators in addition to myself, including David Daniels and Bill Wright, and the original clay model fabrication was done by Tim Young. In the beginning of the cartoon two of the boys in the front row that transform into babies are characters of the two owners of the production company, Broadcast Arts. Voice of Penny: Anna Seidman.

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