Artist - Kurtis Scott

Kurtis Scott is a Toronto based writer/animator, who has spent the better part of the past decade learning all the stages of animation production from the fine folks at Smiley Guy Studios. When he is not at work, or out walking his stupid dog, he writes and animates shorts for his YouTube channel "KurtToons", such as the mildly popular series "Subway Thoughts".

What part of Canada are you from?
I was born and raised in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, but have lived in Toronto for almost 15 years now.

What roles do you play in the creation of animation?
By day, I perform a variety of tasks at Smiley Guy Studios but primarily animation, though I am currently enjoying Storyboard duties. By night, (and often weekends) I write, design and animate shorts for my YouTube channel "KurtToons".

KurtToons - Like cartoons, only better

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
I'm proud of the work I've done on my series "Subway Thoughts". It's the first of my projects to find a bit of an audience and it's satisfying to hear that people enjoy it.

Subway Thoughts

What inspired you to create animation?
I always liked to write, and I spent many years making live action shorts and sketches. At the same time, I thought that "The Simpsons" was the funniest thing around (in the early days) and I really wanted to write cartoons like that. So, I figured the best way to get to write cartoons was to learn to make my own cartoons.

George Lucas rides a Taun Taun in Kurt's behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars Episode VII

Kurt animated on this great show from Smiley Guy Studios - Warren United

Kurt loves cheesy popcorn

Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
I missed out on a proper animation education, so I'm not very familiar with most of our great animators. Can I say Todd McFarlane? I grew up on his comic books, which made me first want to draw.

Todd McFarlane - New York Comic Con, October 15, 2011
(Photo Credit: © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia)

What is one of your favourite animation books?
It pains me to admit that I am very unfamiliar with animation books, so it's hard to recommend one. The only animation book I can actually recall reading thoroughly was "How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way", when I was about 16 years old. I never really did get the hang the Marvel way.

Amazon Link - How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
At Smiley Guy Studios I work with this guy Aaron Hong, and I am constantly blown away by his fantastic designs. Everyone should check him out.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
Nope. I'm practically a shut-in, and organizations would involve meeting and stuff.

What animation awards or milestones have you achieved?
The only award that I have won in my time as an animator is the trophy to my Fantasy Football league. Actually, looking back, I won the league and then bought the trophy, so that might not count. My YouTube channel has almost 2 million views, and that's a number that makes me happy.


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"Subway Thoughts - Eye To Eye" by Kurtis Scott