Mak the Horny Mac-Daddy by Ian Miller


I saw Ian Miller’s one-minute short last year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, when I was a member of the festival’s three-person short film jury. We gave it an honorable mention for the undergraduate animation category (it was created at UArts in Philly). Looking at it again, I remain impressed by the insane amount of graphic inventiveness that Ian fits into every frame of his animation. There is nothing cliche about the way anything moves in this film. The ideas flow straight out of Ian’s twisted mind onto the screen, and it’s loads of fun to watch.

(Thanks, Brian Lonano, for the link)


  • http://paperwalker.blogspot.com/ Florian Satzinger

    Crazed piece, indeed. It’s style reminds me of school magazine cartoons, but animated.

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

    This sort of reminds me of Jack Mac & Rad Boy Go, Wes Archer’s 1985 mad masterpiece.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4k6JPH34cg

  • http://rauchbrothers.com Mike Rauch

    Ian is an immensely talented, hard working, and all around good guy.

    He should really put more of his work online (there’s a lot of it!). He showed me some stop-motion he did when he was here in New York. The direction, composition, and color were great. And it had more of that off-the-wall exuberant energy.

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    Wonderfully hands on with great drawing ! Interesting that it reminds me of Peter Foldes work. . .

  • http://tekena1200.deviantart.com/ Niki

    That was messed up!

  • Scott

    BRILLIANT! Fantastic CHARACTER animation. Alive in every frame. And more “realistic” than any “mo-cap” could ever capture.

  • someguy

    thumbs up!

  • http://www.frankpanucci.com FP

    That was incredibly appealing. I watched it three times already.

    Looks like SUPERJAIL after five shots of magnesium citrate & Bacardi 151. Nice.

  • http://www.youtube.com/whataboutoddd Ariel

    Must have been fun to animate.. but what bad taste.

    I cringed when I saw it in Ottawa. But you’re right, looking “just” at the animation, it’s funny.

  • http://www.DUCK-WALK.com/ Marc D

    Haha WOW! Best cartoon take I’ve seen since in years!

  • http://kelseighn.blogspot.com/ Kelseigh

    Yeah, if I turn the sound off, it’s *almost* funny. Some good takes and the motion’s good, and the guy’s got a great sense for the bizarre. That said, I too cringed when I saw it in Ottawa.

  • http://www.fooksie.com Fooksie

    What a great piece of weird animation. It certainly does have that SUPERJAIL look to it.
    What I didn’t expect was the corny joke at the end. Nice work!

  • http://pixeltoon.com Gina Kamentsky

    I have the same opinion as Ariel, I felt like crawling under my seat when I saw this, I’m a PCA alum ( U arts used to be Philadelphia College of Art ) and a trans woman. I’ve seen this “reveal” joke so many times and it hurts every time I see something like this. It might seem funny to most people but personally, I wish I could see the subject/story be as innovative as the drawing animation technique.

  • http://aalong64.blogspot.com Aaron Long

    This is really great. You don’t see a much funny animation (as opposed to funny writing in animation) anymore. It’s inspiring to know that there are other young people who enjoy it.

  • doop

    Pretty cool! Had to watch it several times to catch all the details in the animation.

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    Go Ian Go!

  • Autumn

    The humor is filth and un-funny, but the animation was great.

  • http://twitter.com/facebrooks Brooks Michael Williams

    Absolutely awesome animation, has a really nice flair to it that I can’t get past! :D

    @Gina Kamentsky

    He accepts her for who she is in the short, though. He gets over it really quickly, revealing his own problem as well (also revealing that she cannot accept what he has going on in the least bit, so in a way the trans woman character is more narrow-minded than the guy himself)!

    I don’t see what the dilemma is here.

  • Donald C.

    Crude, filthy and repulsive.
    But wonderfully animated.

  • Anthony C.

    And here I am still nervous if people will find me blowing characters up weird..I applaud the animators with the bravery to create and present (to mass crowds) stuff like this…bravo!

  • Ian Miller

    Thanks everyone for the comments and views, and thanks to Cartoonbrew, Brian Lonano, the Rauch Bros, David O’Reilly, and anyone else who helped spread the word.
    I’m working on a new Mak cartoon too.

  • Curt Vile

    That’s pretty good! A lot of Fletcher Hanks in there!

  • Sketchees

    Hey guys, of COURSE young people will enjoy watching this over and over again. It’s SICK and disturbing (*It’s the new “IN” thing, didn’t you know?!)

    Seriously folks, maybe this should have been specifically shown in a NICHE market like Spike and Mikes Twisted festival. No need to put families through the agony of watching “niche” animated themes like this in Ottawa.

  • http://www.attackazoids.com Brian Lonano

    I think it’s great that Ottawa selected Mak and gave it an honorable mention. Ottawa was the first full animation festival I had ever been to and it showed such an incredible spectrum of works. As a filmmaker myself, I woudn’t want my work to be pigeonholed into a specific type of festival. I am glad that a prestigious fest like Ottawa recognized the horniness of Mak.

    Ian, I say submit to Cannes!

  • http://www.zdspark.com Victoria Cook

    Rock on, Ian— keep doing what you do!

  • Tom Pope

    Then count me as a young viewer. I’ve watched it at least twenty times.

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    To quote Guitar Wolf: “Love has no borders, nationalities, or genders!” Thank you for keeping the dream alive Ian – this is some of the most beautifully vulgar, disgusting character animation I’ve enjoyed in ages… this is high class smut here!

  • http://unclesilasblogspot.com dave follett

    reminds me of the Pander brothers when they drew for grendel and the badger- fantastic stuff!

  • http://frontlinestudio.blogspot.com/ Niq Gryphon

    The kid’s got skill. But, as a young animator I’m actually really saddened that the content of this could be so overlooked to the point where it received an ‘honorable mention’.

    Seriously. I’m a staunch proponent of anti-censorship. And a huge fan of Spike and Mike’s. But the fact that a piece like that uses the death of a trans woman for cheep laughs was actually one of the runner ups for the award for best undergraduate work is something I find really demoralizing and infuriating. More so, that the room full of people that I just watched this in groaned in disgust and laughed in all of the predictable places that I’m sure Ian was going for. Fuck.