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We lose track of some folks, and then discover the lost track will be forever derailed. I met Ed Counts at an animation retreat in 1998 where we swapped techniques and tapes.
We had some nice conversations after that about his experience getting Stephen Webber as a composer for his (then) latest project, the mysterious recording process at a remote Skywalker Sound studio, how he aged his print - and how exhausted his dot matrix printer *and* his daughter as his enlisted colorist.
The result was "Zoetrobics," and until I can find my VHS copy of his work (Joey Learns to Fly, some Sesame Street clips), this youtube link will have to suffice. I discovered today that Ed apparently passed away in 2009, at the age of 63. He had been instructing animation courses at Western Kentucky University.
Here is "Zoetrobics," from 1998:
The Kreb Cycle was so convoluted for finals week, I typed this instead, with a 20 year old's obsession with the Marx Brothers and their (then) recent biography by Joe Adamson. It may have been printed somewhere, but if so, they had the good sense not to digitize it for future review by Russian trolls.