Elizabeth Ito’s charming animated documentary, “Welcome to My Life”, chronicles the daily activities of a family of monsters and is super popular among Channel Frederator staff and fans. Elizabeth’s daily life looks likes it’s been pretty busy in ‘08 and will be equally jam-packed with projects in ‘09.
Channel Frederator: Whatcha been up to since we last spoke with you?
Elizabeth Ito: During the day I’ve been working on the Astro Boy animated feature, doing storyboards. It’s due out this year, and I’m really excited to see it. I think Imagi (the studio where I work) is a great place, and I look forward to celebrating with the crew once Astro Boy is complete!
During my free time I’ve been working on my side projects. Most of my energy is being focused on my handmade plushes, posters, art, and toys that I sell through my online store. If anyone wants to check it out, I can be found at Kikutowne. Also, on a day to day basis, you can see what I’m up to on my blog, Adventures on the Animation Rollercoaster.
CF: Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
EI: This year I will have a mass produced plush coming out called Baby Mister Monster, who I am making with Munky King, a vinyl toy and art store in Los Angeles. I really like working with them, and think they are probably one of my favorite bunch of toy people in LA. Also I’m working on an Open Mic short with Nickelodeon, that I’m not certain when it will be released, but probably also sometime this year. It’s been a blast to work on, as the people at Nick are really smart and fun to work with.
CF: What do you want to try to accomplish in 2009?
EI: I am definitely looking towards getting a children’s book out there, probably self-published, but you never know, sometimes the coolest opportunities come your way when you’re least expecting them. Also, to be honest, I really enjoy storyboarding, so I look forward to whatever cool projects come my way!
CF: Worse date: a monster who’s a really picky eater, or a human who always “forgets” their wallet?
EI: I think a monster who’s a really picky eater? I kind of wonder what picky would mean to a monster, though… hahaha…
I’d just like to thank Fred, Eric, and the whole Frederator team for including me in the Best of 08’, and wish you all the best in 2009!
Right back at you, Elizabeth! Thank you for the excellent work and Happy New Year!
You can check out Elizabeth’s “Welcome to My Life” here on Channel Frederator!
– Bailee DesRocher