Each April, New York City shuts down Greenwich Street in Tribeca to put on one of it's largest and most anticipated street festivals.
The festival happens during the famous TriBeCa film festival, and draws crowds of 200,000 plus from all over the world. For the past four years we have had the privilege to be invited to participate in helping kids learn the art of animation. Peter, Steve, and Amy at Tribeca set us up in an amazing double tent venue with three 65 inch flat screen monitors so the 300+ kids can make and screen their very own animated movie.
This year was particularly special, for two reasons:
First, we officially launched our online animation school, Animating Kids! Each young animator made a 4-5 second scene out of a clay animal according to the animation formulas and secret recipes featured in Animating Kids!
Second, it was a unique year because we had the pleasure of working with authors Craig, Juliana, and Isabella Hatkoff to promote Cecil's Pride: The True Story of a Lion King, a brand new book launched at the film festival which honors the life of Cecil, the tragically killed lion. The young animators in our tent brought lions to life in their animations, which were animated on backgrounds from the photos in Cecil's Pride.
We deputized some very able Animation Sous Chefs for the day, who proudly wore their mustaches as they created many new animators and future movie makers. We are so grateful to the sponsors and crew at the Tribeca Film Festival for giving us a chance to further our mission to have media and filmmaking taught to every elementary school child in the Youtube generation.