Michael Sporn (1946 - 2014) was a New York-based independent animator & filmmaker who directed multiple segments & songs for SESAME STREET beginning in the 1980s & into the 90s. His work was often marked by strong lines suggestive of sketch illustrations. Most of the scripts & song lyrics were by Maxine Fisher.
Sporn directed a number of television specials based on children’s books, often for HBO, & his Abel’s Island aired on the PBS anthology Long Ago & Far Away. 1 of his earliest solo shorts, Doctor DeSotoreceived an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Subject in 1985. Sporn began his career working as an animator for others, including the Hubley’s Everybody Rides the Carousel & other projects & Richard Williams’ feature film Raggedy Ann & Andy. He also supplied animated sequences for the series Braingames, Reading RAINBOW, & Between the Lions.
In his own films, Sporn adapted Lewis Carroll for The Hunting of the Snark & Robert Louis Stevenson for A Child’s Garden of Verses. A later effort was the 2005 short The Man Who Walked Between Towers (narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal). In the 1980s, he created animated sequences for 2 Broadway musical versions of films, Woman of the Year (with Lauren Bacall) & Meet Me in St. Louis. 1 of his last projects was an unfinished animated feature based on the life & work of Edgar Allan Poe.
SESAME STREET FilmographyEdit
- Official site
- Michael Sporn on IMDb
- Michael Sporn on the Muppet Wiki
- Michael Sporn for the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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