A couple of years before I was hired at Stan Phillips & Associates, a Denver-based commercial/industrial film production company, Stan had teamed with Denver Post editorial cartoonist Pat Oliphant to produce this live action/animated short on the subject of drinking and driving (1971). As opposed to the usual hectoring lecture on the evils of alcohol, this seven-minute film takes what for me is Stan's signature approach of using entertainment and pantomime to draw an audience in and make his point, complete with a final shot that wordlessly reveals and encapsulates what has gone before. You can see this same technique developed more fully in the film "Choice Stakes", also on Vimeo.
Checking the listings of his credits on IMDb, you will find mostly the TV series Stan worked on or produced for Marvel, DIC, and Disney in the 80s and 90s (the "Madeline" series and feature film were, I think, his favorites), but when I worked with him, starting in 1973, his passion was focused on producing animated films that embodied an environmental ethic, the desire to shift cultural values toward conservation of water and energy.
Stan Phillips passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, after a long career that encompassed nearly every aspect of the film business. He was my mentor, my teacher, and my friend; and, thanks to the invention of a medium we could barely even imagine in the 70s, the legacy of this earlier work can live on.
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