Birth: March 28, 1940 Los Angeles, Ca
Nick Bosustow is still alive, and currently resides in Oregon.
Animator producer - January 1969 to April 1998 - Studio Head
Volunteer for Peace Corps, Guatemala - 1998 to 2000
Country Director for Peace Corps, Suriname - 2004 to 2006
Recruiter for Peace Corps, San Francisco - 2006 to 2009
Retired as of 2009
Nick Bosustow was born in Los Angeles in March 28, 1940. Stephen Bosustow, Nick’s Dad, formed the United Productions of America. Under this company came about, Mr. Magoo, an animated TV series that received multiple Oscars. It’s no doubt that Nick’s dad inspired Nick to get into Animation. Nick originally received a degree in Business from Menlo College, and attained short stints in mail-room jobs in CBS and Universal pictures. Then Nick’s dad got him into producing. After 36 years of producing animation, Nick felt it was time to call it quits. He spent the rest of his work life as a Peace Corps volunteer, staff, and recruiter.
*Early Life/Family* His Dad was Stephen Bosustow, and his brother is Tee Bosustow. He married his wife, Julie Bosustow in 1971 and had two children, Jenny and Nicole Bosustow. He worked with his dad for years and helped run their studio. He later ran his own studio.
Business Degree at Menlo College
Once Nick attained a degree in Business, he started working for CBS and Universal Pictures in their respective mail-rooms. He started producing under his dad, and created solo efforts, such as “Is It Always Right, to Be Right?,” which garnered an Oscar. He focus then shifted onto producing short animation based off of children books such as “The Practical Princess,” and “The Reluctant Dragon.”
*Comments On Style*
His Animation takes the form of a book in a sense, with heavy narration. His work is mostly dominated by children books. Nick used an expressive style of animation were figures can be seen drawn in contour as in “Is it Always Right to Be Right?” A contrasting style can be seen in “The Reluctant Dragon” where characters are less expressive, dismiss narration and have music baked into the animation.
Stephen Bosustow, Nick’s Dad, was an animator and the one to push Nick to get into producing animation.
Judging by the work he has done in animation, which primarily catered to kids, it is safe to say that Nick was a guy who cared about future generations. His stints with CBS and Sesame Street give example to his innate love for kids. Although Nick was living a good life, it was clear he long for something more fulfilling: The Bosustows owned a charming house in tiny Pacific Palisades, outside Los Angeles, and Nick drove a Jaguar. But something was missing. "I was no longer doing anything," says Nick. "It was just deals. It was about money"(Peace Corps).
So in 1998, Nick made the biggest decision of his life, and revealing his most exuberant personality trait, being good humanitarian, “After 36 years in the film business including winning an Oscar and an Emmy, I got the biggest thrill of my life when I gave it all up to join the Peace Corps”(ESLFocus).
Nick and Julie Bosustow lived in a self-sustaining environment while serving in the Peace Corps. Warmed up water with a Mr. Coffee.
1987 Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt (video short) (associate producer)
1985 Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines (video) (producer)
1980-1983 CBS Library (TV series) (producer - 4 episodes)
– Wrong Way Kid (1983) (producer)
– A Tale of Four Wishes (1981) (producer)
– Misunderstood Monsters (1981) (producer)
– The Incredible Book Escape (1980) (producer)
1983 I'm Not Oscar's Friend Anymore (short) (producer)
1981 Beauty and the Beast (short) (producer)
1981 Creole (short) (producer)
1981 The Reluctant Dragon (short) (producer)
1981 Hug Me (short) (producer)
1981 The Silver Pony (short) (producer)
1980 The Furious Flycycle (short) (producer)
1980 The Practical Princess (short) (producer)
1980 The Ghost in the Shed (short) (producer)
1978 The Three Golden Hairs (short) (producer)
1978 The Youth Who Wanted to Shiver (short) (producer)
1978 Hans in Luck (short) (producer)
1978 Tom Thumb (short) (producer)
1978 The Fisherman and His Wife (short) (producer)
1974 The Legend of John Henry (short) (producer)
1974 Metric Meets the Inchworm (short) (producer)
1973 The Legend of Paul Bunyan (short) (producer)
1973 The Giving Tree (short) (producer)
1972 Why We Have Elections, or The Kings of Snark (short) (producer)
1972 Birds of a Feather (short) (producer)
1972 Why We Need Each Other, or The Animals' Picnic Day (short) (producer)
1972 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (short) (producer)
1971 Freedom River (short) (producer)
1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right? (short) (producer)
1970 Why We Use Money, or The Fisherman Who Needed a Knife (short)(producer)
1970 Why People Have Special Jobs, or The Man Who Made Spinning Tops (short) (producer)
1970 How the Whale Got His Throat (short) (producer)
1970 Why People Have Laws, or Shiver, Gobble & Snore (short) (producer)
1970 How the Elephant Got His Trunk (short) (producer)
1970 Why We Have Taxes, or The Town That Had No Policeman (short) (producer)
1970 How the First Letter Was Written (short) (producer)
"Is it Always Right to be Right" was awarded an Oscar.
"The Wrong Way Kid" was awarded an Emmy.
Bosustow, Nick. Teach Overseas with the Peace Corps. ESLFocus, 6 August 2009. Web. 13 October 2011.
Breaking Away; Nick and Julie Bosustow abandoned the good life in Hollywood for the uncharted adventure of a hitch in the Peace Corps. Peace Corps. Web. 19 October 2011.
Nick Bosustow. Internet Movie Database. Web. 13 October 2011.
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