The Dirdy Birdy
John R. DilworthBiography:
Dilworth (born February 14, 1963), a.k.a. "Dilly", is an Academy Award Nominated American animator, director and actor. He is best known as the producer, director, writer, and creator of the animated television series Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Dilworth attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduation, Dilworth became an art director at Baldi, Bloom and Whelan Advertising, but continued to work on his own films in his spare time, providing much of his own funding. His animated short, The Chicken from Outer Space, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996. Cartoon Network later commissioned Dilworth to turn the short into a series, which eventually became Courage the Cowardly Dog. Dilworth is the president of Stretch Films, a New York-based design and animation studio, which he founded in 1991. He also worked on the original opening for Nicktoons and for the show Doug. Dilworth created the series of nine animated shorts for Sesame Street based on his independent film, "Noodles & Nedd". "Nedd" is named after the author Nedd Willard, a mentor.
Dilworth's short Angry Cabaret was also featured in MTV's 1994 Animation Weekend. His breakout film was The Dirdy Birdy, which aired on MTV's Cartoon Sushi and on Comedy Central. He was animation consultant of Gumby: The Movie, and was also one of the directors of Drew Carey's Green Screen Show.Filmography:
Festival(s) & Award(s)
- 1994: Ottawa International Film Festival
- 1994: Zinebi - International Festival of Documentary and Short Film
- 1995: ASIFA - San Francisco Film Festival
- 1995: Annecy International Animation Festival
- 1995: Sydney Film Festival
- 1995: Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival
- 1995: Lollapalooza Film Tent
- 1995: Hamptons International Film Festival
- 1996: STUTTGART International Festival of Animated Film
- 1997: Brussels International Film Festival
A dirty bird with a penchant for mooning falls in love with a hostile cat who sits in a tree.
- Runtimes: 8'
- Color(s): Colors
- Country(ies) of production: United States
- Audience: General Audiences
Artistic & Technical Crew
- Cinematographer: Ron Bleicher
- Sound: Tim Borquez, Michael Geisler
- Produced by: Stretch Films