TUGM Salutes Arguably The Academy’s Most Controversial Choice for an Oscar

The late animation director Ted Petok, whose worked graced Sesame Street and The Electric Company, stunned many when his short animated film “The Crunch Bird” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 1972. It competed against the slicker and more refined entries “Evolution” and “The Selfish Giant.”  With its crude artwork, hyperbolic voices and very old bawdy gag, “The Crunch Bird” is the quintessential film for sexploitation at the time. The Supreme Court ruling on obscenity in 1971 made it possible for even more explicit animation to make the big screen and eventually creep away from the underground.  I love this and I love that this won! And if you think this was bad, you haven’t seen the crudest until you’ve seen Once Upon a Girl, animated by folks who celled Hanna-Barbera’s “Josie and the Pussycats.”




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