December 12, 2005
The eBay portion of the charity auction managed to raise some money for the Canadian Cancer Society, and you made it happen. As Emru mentioned, there are items in our silent auction, including the soundtracks, Corpse Bride posters and last-minute donations from Autodesk.
This is just one of many examples of how the animation community has organized itself to help others:
In November, Mo Willems, creator of Big Sheep in the City, held the Pigeon Auction (he also wrote the fantastic children's book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) to benefit the educational and children's programs in New Orleans. He gathered donations from Brad Bird (The Iron Giant and The Incredibles), Pete Docter (Monsters Inc.), Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo and A Bug's Life) of Pixar and Mr. Warburton, creator of Codename: Kids Next Door along with donations from prestigious writers and illustrators. The droolworthy items helped to benefit the Foundations for Recovery.
Animate Clay! is run by stop-motion animator Marc Spess, who is producing his own stop-mo film, Zombie Pirates, and donates 50% of the profits of the autographed edition of his how-to DVDs and CDs to raise money for the CITE fund, which benefits the Centre for Industrial Techonology and Enterprise in the Philippines. (Even though he'll tell you about CITE, you can also donate to Marc's film, which is self-financed).
Blue Sky Studios just began a charity auction that continues until December 19th, and it looks like it is gonna blow up, it has so much goodness in it, including original artwork from Ice Age and Robots.
All this to say that many people in the animation community have big hearts: The people who put together fundraising projects in their spare time, the sponsors who give items for a good cause, and the animation-lovers who each buy something, big or small, which ends up adding up to a whole lot. That's what makes the animation community just that: a community.