A surreal and bizzaro animated take on the haunted house sub-genre, Sally Cruikshank’s “Face Like a Frog” displays an exceptional imagination and talent. Made in 1987 and shown in several festivals, it was unknown until it was aired regularly on MTV’s “Liquid Televison” and it’s later posting on YouTube around the late 2000’s. It’s notable not just for it’s exaggerated visuals, but for it’s musical involvement by then unknown film composer, Danny Elfman. A suite of his music (not including the “Don’t Go in the Basement” song) is available on a compilation CD of his lesser known film and TV involvements, “Music for a Darkened Theater”. —The Forbidden Douchebag
Sally Cruikshank (born June 1949) is an American cartoonist and animator whose work includes animation for the Children’s Television Workshop program Sesame Street, and whose short “Quasi at the Quackadero” (1975) was inducted into the United States National Film Registry.
Early life and education
Sally Cruikshank was born in Chatham, New Jersey, the daughter of parents Rose and Ernest. Her parents were both Southerners, with her father, an accountant who worked in nearby New York City, New York, holding a Phi Beta Kappa key from Duke University, in North Carolina. Ernest’s mother had been the president of the boarding school formerly known as St. Mary’s College in that state. Cruikshank has a brother, and had a sister, Carol, who died in 1991. Their maternal aunt, Bea, was a painter from the 1910s to the 1940s, whose work included a portrait commission by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Cruikshank studied art at Smith College, where in her junior year art teacher… read more