John Korty (born July 22, 1936) is an American film director and animator, best known for the television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?, as well as the theatrical animated feature Twice Upon a Time. He has won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (for Who Are the DeBolts?) and several other major awards. He is described by the film critic Leonard Maltin as “a principled filmmaker who has worked both outside and within the mainstream, attempting to find projects that support his humanistic beliefs”.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, he began making amateur films while still in his teens. He took a liberal arts education at Antioch College in Ohio and obtained work as an animator for television commercials while still in school. He graduated in 1959. In a 1963 article he wrote for the Bolex Reporter he notes that he first took an interest in animation during his second year at Antioch… read more
I watched the film based on Andrew Stanton's recommendation on filmspotting. I'm glad I did because the animation is beautiful and very cool. The story is funny without pandering to kids too. Nice to see some early work from director greats like Henry Selick and David Fincher as well who contribute their talents to animation sequence work and general visual effects, respectively. Highly recommended.