Published February 16, 2011

I am a huge fan of Brad Bird.  The director of such animated classics as The Incredibles and Ratatouille (not to mention a classic Amazing Stories episode called Family Dog – shown HERE on TheWordslinger in its entirety) is arguably one of the most creative filmmakers working today.  Those two aforementioned Pixar films could be textbook examples of how to inject movies with knee-slapping humor, genuine pathos, jaw-dropping visuals, and a kinetic pace.

Brad Bird is now in the middle of production on his first live action film, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, for producer J.J. Abrams.

At the recently held 38th annual Annie Awards (which is, as the Official Site says, animation’s highest honor), Brad Bird received the coveted Winsor McCay Award.  (Winsor McCay – who won great acclaim for his animated shorts in the first decade of the 20th century – is considered THE father of animation.)

Brad was not present at the Annie Awards as he is still abroad filming MI:4.  However, he did send along a little video tape explaining his absence.  The 7-minute tape, embedded below, offers a brief but very entertaining recap of Bird’s career, and then … segues off into what looks like an awkwardly staged, and stiffly read bit of business that seems oddly out of place.  At least until the hilarious punch line, but … oh, that would be giving too much away.

Have a look.

WORDSLINGER UPDATE 3/13/2017 – Video will no longer embed. Check it out HERE.