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John Clark Matthews

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John Clark Matthews
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BornPasadena, California, USA
Died
ResidenceCedar Glen, Lake Arrowhead, California, USA
NationalityAmerican
Other names
EducationPasadena High School Pasadena City College (Fine Arts, Music, Film)
Alma mater
OccupationAnimator, writer, director, producer, musician, voice actor
Years active  1982 - 2004
EmployerChurchill Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Agent
Known forStop-motion clay animation
Notable workCurious George (1984)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1987)

Runaway Ralph (1988)

Morris Goes to School (1989)

Stanley and the Dinosaurs (1989)

Ralph S. Mouse (1990)

Stuart Little (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Polar Express (2004)
Salary
Spouse(s)Niki Matthews (1976 - )
ChildrenNathan Matthews

Ryan Matthews

Nigel Matthews

John Matthews
Awards
Websitehttp://johnclarkmatthews.com/

John Clark Matthews is an American animator, writer, director, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is known for his work with Churchill Films in the 80s and early 90s, making stop-motion shorts based on popular children's books. Matthews also worked for Imageworks in the late 90s and early 2000s, working on films like The Polar Express and Stuart Little.

Biography[edit]

[1]John Clark Matthews was born in Pasadena, California (likely around the late 1940s). He attended Pasadena High School[2], and was always an artist, but after winning a house-designing contest his senior year, he ended up going on to major in architecture during his first year of attending Pasadena City College.When he found himself frequently "falling asleep at the drafting table", he decided to follow his passions and become and artist.

After his next two years, he graduated with Honors Extraordinaire in Fine Art. He spent two more years as a music major, and then two more as a film major (again graduating with Honors Extraordinaire). During his time studying film, he learned the skill of traditional animation. His early animations explored visual music, being inspired by Oskar Fischinger.

Matthews married his wife, Niki, November 20, 1976, and with together started making puppets, and became professional puppeteers. He discovered that "children are the most honest audiences ever invented". After many days of hard work, he decided to switch to stop-motion animation.

In 1980, he started working for Churchill Films in Hollywood, a gig that would twelve years. During this period, Matthews produced and directed twenty four stop-motion films, including Curious George, Frog and Toad, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Rotten Ralph, and Morris the Moose. While working for Churchill, he also won about 150 awards, including 5 emmy nominations, a George Foster Peabody Medal, and a Carnegie Medal.

In 1995, Matthews began working for Sony Pictures Imageworks, working on projects like Stuart Little, Hollow Man, The Austronaut's Wife, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Polar Express[3].

John Clark Matthews is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and ASCAP. He currently lives in the mountains near Cedar Glen, Lake Arrowhead, California, with his wife, Niki. They have four adult sons. Matthews interests include: sailing hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and diving. He also plays the piano and 5-string banjo, and enjoys writing songs in his small mountain studio.

Filmography[4][edit]

Year Title Credits Company(s) Runtime Notes
1982 Curious George Goes to the Hospital Director, animator, puppets, musical themes composer[5] Churchill Films 15:15 Based on Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966) by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey.
1984 Curious George Director, principle animator, original themes, puppets[6] 14:33 Based on Curious George (1941) by Margret Rey and H. A. Rey.
1985 Frog and Toad are Friends Director, principle animator, original themes, puppets[7] 17:54 Based on Frog and Toad are Friends (1970) by Arnold Lobel.
1985 Frog and Toad: Behind the Scenes Narrator, director[8] 9:23 Based on Frog and Toad are Friends (1985) by Churchill Films
1986 The Mouse and the Motorcyle Dimentional animation, producer, animator, cable control[9] 40:54 Based on The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1970) by Beverly Cleary
1987 Frog and Toad Together Director, principle animation, puppets, themes, lighting set-up[10] 17:34 Based on Frog and Toad Together 1970) by Arnold Lobel.
1988 Runaway Ralph "Ralph", producer, director of animation, cable control[11] 40:11 Based on Runaway Ralph (1970) by Beverly Cleary
1989 Morris Goes to School Songs, screenplay, director, character sculpture 14:37 Based on Morris Goes to School (1970) by Bernard Wiseman.
1989 Stanley and the Dinosaurs Director, screenplay, songs, character sculpture, magic cave paintings[12] 15:42 Based on Stanley (1962) by Syd Hoff.
1990 Ralph S. Mouse "Ralph", producer, director of animation, exercise song, production designer, mouse sculpture[13] 41:35 Based on Ralph S. Mouse (1982) by Beverly Cleary
1991 Uncle Elephant Producer, director, teleplay, songs, production design, character sculptures[14] 25:53 Based on Uncle Elephant (1981) by Arnold Lobel.

Made with WGBH Educational Foundation

1992 Mouse Soup Teleplay, producer, director, cartoon animation, production design, lighting, songs[15] 25:48 Based on Mouse Soup (1977) by Arnold Lobel.
1993 Commander Toad in Space Producer, director, production designer, sculptor[16] 23:21 Based on Commander Toad in Space (1980) by Jane Yolen
1993 Morris Has a Cold Producer, director, teleplay, computer animation, song lyrics, production design, lighting[17] 13:39 Based on Morris Has a Cold (1977) by Bernard Wiseman
1994 Three Little Pigs Sing a Gig Writer, producer, director, music and songs, production design, lighting[18] Golden Book Video

(Western Publishing)

22:58
1994 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing Their Little Bitty Hearts Out Writer, producer, director, animator, music and songs, production design, lighting[19] 24:34
1995 Pocahontas: The Girl Who Lived in Two Worlds Writer, director, music and songs, production design[20] Treat Entertainment 28:05
1995 Curious George Checks Out The Label 6 PSA's produced for the FDA promoting the new food label.[4]
1995 Rotten Ralph: The Taming of the Ralph Writer, producer, director, music (writer and performer), production design, lighting[21] Italtoons Corportation - Matthews Productions 26:49 in association with The Disney Channel

based on the Rotten Ralph books by Jack Gantos and Nicole Rubel

1996 Rotten Ralph: Not So Rotten Ralph Writer, producer, director, music 27:08
Jurupa[22] Sony Pictures Imageworks 1:51
1999 The Astronaut's Wife Character animator[23] 1h 50m
1999 Stuart Little Lead CG character animator: SPI[24] 1h 32m
2000 Peter Rabit Screen Test: Bad Habit Rabbit Created[1] 1:03
2000 Hollow Man 1h 59m
Alley Oop (development) Created[1] 0:49
Quiet as a... (Dodge commercial) 0:34
Papa Nogood Producer, director, creator[1] 4:35
2001 Up to No Good: The Making of Papa Nogood[25] Himself 3:47
2002 Stuart Little 2 Character animator[26] 1h 28m
2003 Stuart Little (series) Animation supervisor[27], wrap arounds[1] Various
2003 The Matrix Reloaded CG Character Animator[23] 2h 18m
2004 The Polar Express Lead character animator[28] 1h 40m

Music[edit]

John Clark Matthews wrote the songs for many of his stop-motion films. This includes the following[29]:

"Toad's Dream" from Frog and Toad Together (1987)

"It's My Lucky Day" from Morris Goes to School (1989)

"I Wonder Why" from Stanley and the Dinosaurs (1989)

"Wake Up, Stop Your Sleeping" from Stanley and the Dinosaurs (1989)

"Count to Ten" from Uncle Elephant (1991)

"Do-Di-Da-Dingo" from Mouse Soup (1992)

"Stone's Song" from Mouse Soup (1992)

"Got' a Boo Boo" from Mouse Soup (1992)

"Feeling Good" from Mouse Soup (1992)

"Hey Did" from Three Little Pigs Sing a Gig (1994)

"Little Baby Does Mambo" from Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing Their Little Bitty Hearts Out (1994)

"Goldilocks Solo" from Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing Their Little Bitty Hearts Out (1994)

Matthews has also made an independent album called "Dream of Flying and Dying", released in 2012. He wrote and performed the music and lyrics himself.

Dream of Flying and Dying Track Listing[30]
No. Title Length
1 Second Wind 2:12
2 I Hate Love 3:47
3 I Lift the Bottle 2:58
4 God's Nap 2:48
5 Summer's Gone Again 3:36
6 The Argument 1:36
7 Ice On the Road 3:44
8 The Flight 3:25
9 Bikini Lady 2:24
10 I'm Not Sorry 2:25
11 Dark Ghosts 4:17
12 I Hate My Baby 2:36
13 The Limit 2:12
14 Hot Kiss 2:48
15 Devil Wind 4:19
16 Incident On State Street 2:14
17 Vivo Con Brio 1:37
18 Without You Nothing Makes Sense 4:06
19 A Time 3:09
20 Dream of Flying and Dying 3:42

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