‘You’ll Never Work in This Town Again!’

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You’ve been there. Your friends have been there. The guys at Ba­boon An­i­ma­tion have been there, too, once upon a time — the royal eff-up at work that you are sure will be your last.

Maybe it’s an in­no­cent joke told at a job in­ter­view that un­ex­pect­edly gets you a “Call se­cu­rity!” look from a se­nior staff mem­ber. Or a well-in­ten­tioned ges­ture of kind­ness at work takes a sud­den weird left turn and then heads off a cliff into a lake of hot poi­son. Or a bit of fun that, with­out warn­ing, has you run­ning in fear of your boss’s Hulk-like wrath. Game over, dude — no doubt about it. Or is it? What­ever your par­tic­u­lar story — and there are truck­loads of them out there — we’re here to tell you there’s hope! Lots of it, in fact — in our ex­pe­ri­ence (at least so far).

Just take th­ese ter­ri­ble true-life tales from three clods much like you, now some of Ba­boon An­i­ma­tion’s most-sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als. They, like many in the biz, some­how rode out their own mo­ments of near-epic hap­less­ness — and lived to tell the tale. You will, too!

Pizza Fail

Aron Dunn ( Camp Lake­bot­tom, Truck Town, Marco Polo)

Dur­ing one of my first gigs as a lowly exec as­sis­tant for a very de­mand­ing pro­ducer, I had to or­ga­nize a pizza lun­cheon where the EPs would make a ma­jor company an­nounce­ment. Party trays were or­dered and placed on the board­room ta­ble. The staff en­joyed the ’za and the EPs made their big an­nounce­ment. Mis­sion ac­com­plished. As I cleaned up, I no­ticed big, square, steam marks on the fancy board­room ta­ble — left by the hot pizza boxes. As­sum­ing the steam would dis­si­pate I gave them a wipe and went about my other du­ties. But a cou­ple of days later, they were as vis­i­ble as the day of the meet­ing. I had ru­ined a large, very ex­pen­sive piece of fur­ni­ture. Need­less to say, I was ter­ri­fied and im­me­di­ately set out to se­cret- ly call all over town for an overnight refin­isher at a rea­son­able price. Be­fore I could cover up my crime, the EP walked up to me and handed me a card for a fur­ni­ture-restora­tion company that he ac­tu­ally had a stand­ing ac­count with. Ap­par­ently I wasn’t the first per­son to ruin the fur­ni­ture there!

Bloody Ridicu­lous

Mike de Seve (

When I went to my first in­ter­view ever for a story ed­i­tor po­si­tion, it hap­pened to be the day after Hal­loween. There were rem­nants of my cos­tume from a party the night be­fore still in my bike bag that I had for­got­ten about. As it hap­pens, I fell off my bike on the way. I was fine, and made the in­ter­view on time, and it was go­ing fan­tas­ti­cally. When the mo­ment was right, I proudly reached in my bag and pulled out my pre­cious writ­ing sam­ples — there was a hor­ri­fied gasp — not the re­ac­tion I was ex­pect­ing. I looked down — they were cov­ered in vam­pire blood from some bro­ken fake-blood cap­sules in the bag.

A Good Match

Susan Kim

I had an in­ter­view — not the comfy, jeans-and-san­dals kind, but the uptight kind — at the net­work. So I dressed up and even car­ried a fancy hand­bag — some­thing I don’t nor­mally do. I was lean­ing for­ward, try­ing to be funny and pro­fes­sional, when I no­ticed the guy wrin­kling his nose. I smelled it too: Fire. We both looked around. Then I glanced down and saw smoke spilling out of the sides of my hand­bag. When I opened it, flames shot out. “Oh my God!” the guy screamed. It took me a mo­ment to re­al­ize that the match­books I had taken from restau­rants had rubbed to­gether and ig­nited as I rocked back and forth. I man­aged to beat out the flames out, and, no, I did not get the job. *** But that didn’t mean Susan didn’t get many more – some great ones at that, and that’s our point. Fear not if your in­ter­view or job goes up in flames, lit­er­ally or oth­er­wise. Take it from us: Even a planet-sized screw-up does not mean the end of the world. Ba­boon An­i­ma­tion is a U.S.-based col­lec­tive of Os­car-nom­i­nated, mul­ti­ple-Emmy-win­ning an­i­ma­tion writ­ers with cred­its on dozens of the most iconic an­i­mated shows.

Buzz and Jessie for the half-hour TV movie, joined by Ti­mothy Dal­ton (Mr. Prick­lepants), Don Rick­les (Mr. Potato Head), Kris­ten Schaal (Trixie), Wal­lace Shawn (Rex) and new­comer Carl Weath­ers (Com­bat Carl).

Pad­ding out the 21 min­utes of ter­ror are three Toy Story Toons — Hawai­ian Va­ca­tion, Small Fry and Par­tysaurus Rex; audio com­men­tary; Team of Spe­cial­ists be­hindthe-scenes with di­rec­tor An­gus Ma­cLane; three vin­tage toy com­mer­cials with di­rec-

Aron Dunn Mike de Seve Susan Kim

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