Animation

I (heart) Jack Lalanne: A Cartoon Memoir, animated documentary, RT 14:20, c. January 2022

Producers: LeAnn Erickson, Jake Rasmussen

Writer/Director/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

In this animated short documentary, the filmmaker, a lesbian, feminist baby boomer, investigates life’s touchstones via her 50+ year fascination with exercise guru Jack LaLanne.

Using a playful visual aesthetic, I (heart) Jack LaLanne: A Cartoon Memoir takes the viewer on a journey back and forth through time as it employs a variety of animation techniques and a humorous tone to tackle serious issues, including the impact of role models on children, coming out as gay in a less tolerant era, and dealing with a late-in-life disability.

Oracle, experimental animation. RT 1:10, c. May 2022

Producers/Directors: LeAnn Erickson and Jake Rasmussen

Tagline: I see you

Logline: The Priestess has read the signs and predicts that chaos will reign.

 My Bike, c. February 2003, 1:08, computer animation
Producer/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: It’s a beautiful day in the city. Jake has his helmet and his bike. Let’s see where the road takes him…

Fun Days with Jake, computer animation, 3:15, c. 2002
Producer/Director/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: It started out as such a nice day – then the red ball got loose. The adventures that ensued incorporate a jump rope, a video camera, and Jake’s stuffy nose. Will he ever catch that ball?

bees, a documentary, c. 2001, 36 seconds, computer animation
Producer/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: The life span of an average worker bee is two weeks. This documentary tells one bee’s life story in 36 seconds.

Bun Bun and Skippy go to NYC, c. 2001, 45 seconds
Producer/Animator/Editor: LeAnn Erickson

Description: BunBun, the rabbit and Skippy, the dog can’t agree on where to go while on vacation in New York City. Just when they arrive at a plan a pesky human interferes. Will they ever get to MoMA?

interference, c. 2005, 3:48, computer animation,
Producer/Director/Animator/Editor/Sound Design: LeAnn Erickson

Description: The ghost in the machine is talking again- this time to itself.  ‘interference’ utilizes classic animation and computer rotoscoping techniques to create a conversation between image, sound and space.