SXSW Film Festival Premieres Animation Short Featuring 5th-Grade Animator & Film Critic Perry Chen

5th-grade award-winning film critic, animator, entertainment personality Perry Chen is the youngest of 75 animators who created “Guard Dog Global Jam,” premiering at SXSW Film Festival, based on Bill Plympton’s Oscar-nominated “Guard Dog.”
By: Perry's Previews
March 18, 2011 - PRLog -- In 2010, renowned animation master Bill Plympton decided to remake via the internet his 2005 wildly popular Oscar-nominated animated short, "Guard Dog" about an over-protective pug who imagines every flora and fauna is out to kill his beloved master.  Perry Chen is among over 70 artists from around the world invited to make “Guard Dog Global Jam,” each with different levels of expertise, recreating each shot of the film in their own style.  The global team represents animators from Canada, the UK, Scotland, Ireland, France, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, and the U.S.

Plympton is the storyboard artist on “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” an animation short about a young Holocaust survivor, in collaboration with Perry Chen, the sole animator of this film, sponsored by Toon Boom Animation, the leading 2D animation software company; and Wacom, the leading computer tablet company for the animation industry.  “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is in post-production and will be ready for film festivals starting April 201: (preview)

In November 2010, Perry created scene 41 (bull thinks of hamburger) in “Guard Dog Global Jam” using Toon Boom Studio 5.0 and Wacom Intuos when he was 10 years old.  “I am thrilled to see our film finally making it to SXSW!  I have learned so much about create animation using Toon Boom software for this film.  It is magical to see things moving on the computer screen from my own creation.” said Perry. “I created 35 drawings on my computer for the 7-second scene 41 by watching Bill Plympton’s original Guard Dog again and again.  With my mom’s help, the help of Toon Boom’s wonderful technical support team and other local animators, I was able to finish the scene within one month and by the deadline.”

“Guard Dog Global Jam” had its world premiere at 9:30 pm on March 11, 2011, the opening night of the South by Southwest (SXSW Film Festival and Conference, March 11-20, 2011): (Perry Chen’s scene #41, Guard Dog Global Jam) (Guard Dog Global Jam video clip)

“Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest” is a 5-minute animated short told through the eyes of a young Jewish girl, Ingrid Pitt, who survived the Holocaust after being in various concentration camps in Poland with her mother from age 5 to 8.  Pitt eventually became a film and TV star and appeared in the classic World War II film “Where Eagles Dare” with Clint Eastwood.  The film is already accepted to screen at the Burbank International Film Festival September 10-17, 2011.

Perry’s Previews is an online resource for kids, teens, parents, educators, and movie lovers of all ages to read and comment on family-friendly movie reviews from a kid’s perspective. To date, over 50 reviews are listed on a multi-media platform, including TV, radio, print, and web. In addition, Perry’s Previews features Perry’s art and animation videos. Reader participation is encouraged through and via Perry’s website, Facebook fan page:

( and Perry’s twitter feed @PerrysPreviews.

About Perry Chen – Gifted with a keen eye from a young age, Perry began writing movie reviews for his website “Perry’s Previews” at age 8. Characterized by his starfish rating system, his “Perrific™” favorite movies, and his family-friendly movie choices, Perry is often regarded as one of the great up-and-coming movie critics. The youngest honoree at the recent San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, Perry also serves as the resident movie critic for the Amazing Kids! Magazine (, film critic and blogger on Animation World Network, a leading professional animation industry publication; a movie panelist for the San Diego Union Tribune with over a million weekly readers; and the San Diego Entertainer Magazine’s youngest columnist and entertainment critic, reviewing films, restaurants, and entertainment events.

Perry has been featured in numerous publications and television interviews, including a recent (October 22, 2010) article in Variety, which spotlighted the top 3 up-and-coming young movie reviewers; and The Young Icons, a nationally-syndicated TV show.  In May 2009, Perry made his national television debut on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and in March 2010, he appeared in his first national radio interview on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen. Perry’s hobbies outside of film reviews include drawing, reading, folding origami, exploring nature, and gardening. Perry is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood; and Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego.

For Perry Chen’s movie reviews, film project updates, visit:

For information about Perry Chen, media & business inquiries, contact:

Zhu Shen,
CEO, Perry’s Previews
Co-producer, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,”
email: bioforesight at gmail dot com

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