Meet Michael Sullivan, Robot Pornographer

Last week at an animation screening in New York, the MC of the event, Bill Plympton, invited a member of the audience to take the stage and introduced him as a New York animation legend. The suspender-wearing pot-bellied gentleman looked about the farthest thing from a legend. I’d seen him at screenings before and never knew who he was, but I was certainly familiar with his famous work-in-progress animated film. It was none other than Michael Sullivan, who’s been working for over a decade on a stop-motion robot porno epic The Sex Life of Robots.

Michael has had a long career in animation, working on sets and puppets for projects like Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Joe’s Apartment, and Bear in the Big Blue House,, but it’s the exquisitely crafted robot porn that he’s been making in his apartment that has captured the most attention. Now he’s about to become a lot more famous thanks to a short documentary–Meaning of Robots–that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The trailer is above, and it’s directed by Matt Lenski who describes it as such:

In the Spring of 2011, after years of hiring him to build miniature sets for my films I asked Mike Sullivan for his help on an art project — A doll-sized protest kit. During the process I got a peek into his world and discovered that it was anything but miniature.

What I found was a man dedicated, overwhelmed, slightly lost and happy to share it with honesty and a little humor. I also found thousands of Robots with wieners. This is a character exploration, a documentary, a Henry Darger-esque allegory set in one studio apartment on 27th street in New York City.

Sullivan has been profiled on multiple occasions in the past. Click after the jump for more videos about his animation work, with plenty of NSFW clips from his work-in-progress film.


  • hash

    i…i think im going to quit animation now

  • Yvette Kaplan

    Bravo Amid, bravo Bill, and bravo Matt Lenski! And of course a HUGE bravo and congrats to Mike! As a once-long-time member of the NY animation community, I’ve known of Mike’s Robots and way too secret brilliance and commitment for years. Finally, the moment many of us knew must come has arrived and it is joyous news. I can’t wait to hear the world GASP and APPLAUD!! Thank you for the preview!! xoxoxo, yvette

  • http://www.bencanfield.com Ben

    That is fucking hilarious. When the sperm stopped looking for an egg to start fucking each other I about lost it.

    I feel like this documentary will be better than his film.

    Whatever.

  • http://popyea.deviantart.com/ nick

    At first you kinda think he must be doing it for his own pleasure, but he’s actually doing it with a sense of humor thank god.

  • H.R. Giger

    I approve!

  • http://mattmaners.blogspot.com Matt Maners

    Michael Sullivan was also on the tv show “Oddities” a couple weeks ago looking for you guessed it robot looking stuff. I believe he bought some sort of robotic looking hand.

  • Inkan1969

    Is this the same Michael Sullivan that worked on Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin”?