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