While children today grow up watching pure crap, I grew up on a healthy dose of Looney Tunes. I've loved the show for as long as I can remember. It inspired my style of drawing and my childhood sense of humor. While other kids were out playing I was watching and drawing cartoons. I still love these classic shorts today as much as I did back then. They created a kid in me that I am unable to get rid of no matter how hard I try.
Trailer Park Boys
I first discovered the hit Canadian television show Trailer Park Boys in 2008 while at Family Video. I went to go rent a movie and stumbled upon the film based on the series. At first I wasn't too impressed, but after I downloaded and watched a few episodes of the show I fell in love with it. I began watching several episodes every night until I got through the whole series. Then I introduced Trailer Park Boys to my roommates and they fell in love with it as well. So I watched each episode all over again with them.
Charles M. Jones is my all-time favorite animation director. He created such cartoon characters as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin the Martian, and helped to define Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and the rest of the Looney Tunes. His artwork is superior to all others. Though I am nowhere near the artist he was, my drawing style was primarily influenced by his work. In my opinion, he directed all of the best Looney Tunes cartoons. His style, timing and gags were always perfect. I wish I could be half as good at art and animation as Chuck Jones. He is truly one of the most inspirational figures in my life.
Trey Parker & Matt Stone
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the other most inspirational figures in my life. They are not only responsible for South Park, but also my favorite movies "Cannibal! The Musical", "Orgazmo", "BASEketball", and "Team American: World Police". Trey and Matt's brand of humor really rubbed off on me, as well as their creative animation style. If it weren't for Trey and Matt I'd never have come up with The Wish Fish Family, whether you want to view that as a good or bad thing. I really got into writing scripts after South Park hit and leaned away from drawing. My writing can't compare with Trey and Matt's, but I can't deny that they helped model the person I am today.
Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are my favorite comedic actors. They are hilarious in pretty much every project they undertake. They star in some of my favorite movies, including "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", "Step Brothers", "Walk Hard", and "The Other Guys". John C. Reilly also takes on the role of TV's funniest fictional character Dr. Steve Brule on Check It Out! I got to see Will Ferrell in person when he appeared at the premiere of "The Other Guys" in St. Louis, Missouri. I stood less than a foot away from him and felt as if I was in the presence of an unworldly god-like creature. These two actors are truly the most divine of comedians.
I recently fell in love with The Beatles. I've always liked Oldies but I didn't realize how many of the songs they actually sang that I liked. At the moment they are my favorite band, especially considering I usually don't even care about bands. I typically just like certain songs. But The Beatles have so many songs I like that they are definitely special.