Subject:
Rich Arons

*Birth*
He was born in 1958.

*Occupation/Title*
Mr. Arons has had a lot of titles over the course of his career.

The one he likes...well the two he likes the most are: Producer and Director.

He's also been an Animator, Storyboard Artist, Timing Director, Writer, and Character Designer just to name a few.

*Bio Summary*
For a man of such great talent, there is very little on the subject of his biography. I suspect he is like me in that manner, where personal life should remain personal and only the fun stuff of animation, story telling, and works of art should be told. From what I've gathered, Mr. Arons was born in the year 1958 and grew up in New York. At an early age he was introduced to the character Bugs Bunny. He was enthralled by Bugs Bunny and found his slap stick to be extremely humorous.

It was pretty obvious to Mr. Arons that he wanted to become an animator and so he went and attended the Disney School at the California Institute of the Arts. By 1978, Arons was working within the Animation Industry. His talents only grew from there. Eventually he'd go and help create timeless cartoons such as Animaniacs and Tiny Toons. He works mostly in the TV area of animation, but he has helped developed stories for film such as Space Jam and Ice Age.

Developing a knack for storytelling over the years, Mr. Arons now writes children's stories that he gets published. The main character of his series of stories is Turbie, the Turbo Duck.

*Early Life/Family*
He grew up in New York and was introduced to Bugs Bunny at an early age.

*Education/Training*
He was a student of Traditional Drawing studying at the Disney school at the California Institute of the Arts.

*Career Outline*
He started working in the Animation industry back in 1978. He produced and directed many animations and series for Steven Spielberg. He has created some memorable cartoons such as the Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and Freakazoid. He's dabbled a bit in the film industry as well. He assisted in the story of Space Jam and worked a bit on Ice Age's story.

*Comments On Style*
In terms of character design, a lot of Mr. Arons' characters seem to be a cross between Disney and the work of Chuck Jones and Tex Avery. This isn't a surprise since the group of them influenced Mr. Arons love of animation. The type of slap stick humor found in Mr. Arons work is reminiscent of the type of gags Bugs Bunny would pull off.

*Influences*
He was heavily influenced by the Disney Animators, Walt Disney, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery. The character that most influenced Mr. Arons was Bugs Bunny.

*Personality*
He seems very helpful and kind. He seems to be lighthearted, fun, and a child at heart. He seems somewhat reserved...he reminds me a lot of my own personality actually. He clearly loves what he does and has fun doing it.

*Anecdotes*
Back when he was attending the Disney School, Mr. Arons got to study under Ben Washam for free! Mr. Washam was doing animation lessons out of his garage and so Arons attended those lessons. Super crazy!

One of the most difficult times Mr. Arons had was when animating began to get outsourced. This was a blow to him since he loves to animate. Not only that, but he had a wife and child to support at the time. He had little time to think. He quickly got back into layouts and storyboarding as to maintain a flow of income. It was not a good time in Mr. Arons' life.

*Miscellaneous*
He's fascinated in the film making process. He enjoys the CG process, but traditional drawing seems to be closer to his heart. He loves Adobe Flash, however, he says it makes animating so much easier.

*Filmography*
1983 - “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (TV Series – Animator)
1985 - “He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special” (TV Movie – Animator)
1986 - “Ghostbusters” (TV Series – Animator)
1987 - “Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night” (Assistant Animator)
1985-1987 - “She-Ra: Princess of Power” (TV Series – Animator)
1987-1988 - “BraveStarr” (TV Series – Animator)
1988 - “BraveStarr: The Legend” (Animator)
1988 - “Beany and Cecil” (TV Series – Layout Artist)
1988 - “Hound Town” (TV Movie – Layout Artist)
1989 - “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!” (TV Series – Character Designer)
1990-1992 - “Tiny Toon Adventures” (TV Series – Character Layout Artist/Model Designer/Timing Director/Animation Posing Artist/Director/Storyboard Artist/Writer)
1992 - “Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation” (Video – Timing Director/Sequence Director/Storyboard Artist)
1992 - “The Plucky Duck Show” (TV Movie – Director/Writer)
1993-1998 - “Animaniacs” (TV Series – Animator/Sheet Timer/Slugger/Director/Storyboard Artist/Producer/Associate Producer/Series Director/Storyboard Artist)
1994 - “Yakko's World: An Animaniacs Singalong” (Video – Producer)
1994 - “Tiny Toons Spring Break” (TV Movie – Producer/Director)
1994 - “I'm Mad” (Short – Director)
1995 - “Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery (TV Movie – Slugger/Director/Storyboard Artist/Writer)
1995 - “Balto” (Associate Producer)
1996 - “Space Jam” (Storyboard Artist)
1996-1997 - “Freakazoid!” (TV Series – Producer/Director)
2000 - “Casper's Huanted Christmas” (Video – Storyboard Artist)
2004 - “Dave the Barbarian” (TV Series – Timing Director)
2005 - “Son of the Mask” (TV Series – Animation Supervisor)
2006 - “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (TV Series – Animation Timing Director)
2006 - “Legend of the Dragon” (TV Series – Director)
2006 - “Drawn to the Final Frontier” (Video Documentary – Special Thanks)
2006-2007 - “Biker Mice from Mars” (TV Series – Director)
2007 - “They Can't Help if If They're Cute, They're Just Drawn That Way” (Video Short – Self-Produced)
2007-2008 - “Random! Cartoons” (TV Series – Title Card Designer/Director)
2008 - “Animating 'The Real Ghostbusters'” (Video Documentary – Self-Produced)
2008 - “He Slimed Me! The Green World of Slimer and 'The Real Ghostbusters'” (Video Documentary – Self-Produced)
2012 - “The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes” (TV Series – Sheet Timer)
2012-2013 - “Axe Cop” (TV Series – Animator)
2013-2015 - “Golan the Insatiable” (TV Series – Animator)
2014 - “Lost Treasure Hunt” (TV Movie – Storyboard Artist)
2015 - “Major Lazer” (TV Series – Animator)

*Honors*
(1991) Nominated for Primetime Emmy – Tiny Toons Adventures
(1992) Nominated for Daytime Emmy – Tiny Toons Adventures
(1993) Won Daytime Emmy – Tiny Toons Adventures
(1993) Won a George Foster Peabody Award
(1994) Nominated for Daytime Emmy – Animaniacs
(1995) Nominated for Primetime Emmy – Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery
(1995) Nominated for Daytime Emmy – Animaniacs
(1997) Won Daytime Emmy – Freakazoid!
(???) Won a Cartoons on the Bay Award

*Related Links*
Mr. Rich Arons' Website: http://richarons.com/
Another website of Mr. Rich Arons: http://twostupidrobots.com/

*Bibliographic References*
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0036946/
http://richarons.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/richarons
http://twostupidrobots.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Arons/e/B00JE928TE
http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/rich-arons-57351969/
https://vimeo.com/45421544
http://www.g7animation.com/G7/Rich_Arons.htm
l https://www.youtube.com/user/richarons?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/5VsU7XM-6pQ
http://www.animationinsider.com/2011/04/rich-arons/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0036946/awards
http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/movies/principal/0,,2069211,00.html
http://animaniacs.wikia.com/wiki/Rich_Arons

*Contributors To This Listing*
Brandon Morales
Richard Arons

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