This film was completed about 14 years ago. It started a few years before that when I was working at Duck Soup Produckions, now just called DUCK. The owners proposed doing a short CG film, and solicited concepts. In about two days I created a storyboard for a film about a snowman who gets abducted by half-witted aliens who mistake it for an earthling. They believed it was held immobile by their “freeze ray.” We began work on it between commercial projects. After a few years of that, we hadn’t even gotten into animation, and I got an offer to go work at Industrial Light & Magic. I handed over the directing to Lane Nakamura, and two years later he phoned me up and told me it was done. However, they did change the ending considerably, and I wasn’t happy about that. Still, it achieved some success, showing in the Siggraph Electronic Theater, and was on the long list for Oscar nomination. I got a story credit. I designed the aliens, the snowman, and the spaceship interior.
I’ll be enjoying my holiday, and I hope you do too!