Animated Shorts by George Griffin

George Griffin is one of the stalwarts of the New York indie scene, a filmmaker with an inspiring DIY approach who has been making films of every stripe continuously since 1969. His work hasn’t been readily available online, which is why I was excited to learn that he’s recently been uploading a selection of his films onto Vimeo. A more extensive collection of Griffin’s shorts can be purchased through his website.

If you’re unfamiliar with his work, you will want to read this 1997 interview on AWN in which he discusses his personal and artistic history, and why he values the idea of “doing my own thing.” Below are a few of his works that are currently online.

Flying Fur (1981), an “animated love song to the cartoon chase” set to Scott Bradley’s score from the Tom and Jerry short Puttin’ on the Dog.

Ko-Ko (1988), a collage-animation film that explores the visual equivalent to the aural improvisations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

New Fangled (1990) is rooted in Griffin’s experiences working in advertising and pillories the nonsensical jargon used by ad agency “creatives.”


  • Pedro Nakama

    Ko-Ko was awesome!

  • beamish13

    What a thrill to finally watch these films! I’ve only seen stills of them in animation books from the 1980′s.

  • http://www.Segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    George Griffin has been consistently one of our best independent animators. My favorite of his works is Lineage, a look at his process and progress (available on his DVD).

  • http://allofmyheroes.blogspot.com/ Jeaux Janovsky

    Great work! Thanks for the heads up Amid!

  • Bugsmer

    “New Fangled” was one weird short. I had never heard of this man before. Thanks for the info, Amid.