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Mercury lands Bob Jaques for Studio Director position

image courtesy of Mark Mayerson

Well, the word on the street has been confirmed, Bob Jaques, formerly a partner at Carbunkle Cartoons, is the new studio director at Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa.

Here’s Bob’s very short bio from his blog:

Hardcore Popeye cartoon and Fleischer fanatic. Animation producer, director, and co-owner of Carbunkle Cartoons. My partner Kelly Armstrong and I set the animation and timing style for The Ren and Stimpy Show.

I don’t know Bob myself, but I’m hoping to change that soon.  His blog is dedicated to identifying Fleischer Popeye animators, which is kinda specific and hardcore.  Mark Mayerson wrote a short bit about it when it launched, you can read that here.

From what I know, Bob’s a cartoon guy, through and through.  He’s credited as animation director on both the original Ren & Stimpy episodes, and Adult Cartoon Party, and John K swears by him often and with volume.  You can get an insight into his contributions to that show by reading John’s posts.

Bob’s resume is enviable, his IMDB listing cites El Superbeasto, Flapjack, LOTS of Ren & Stimpy, some Ewoks, Care Bears, and even Rock & Rule.  He seems to be one of those Cartoonist’s Cartoonists, who struggled through the bleary landscape of the eighties and found some room to really make cartoons when things shifted in the nineties.

This is great for Mercury, and great for Ottawa too.  The talent pool in Ottawa has always been strong, and there’s a whole generation of artists who got to learn at John’s elbow, now we’ve got Bob to teach the next batch.

I’m lining up an interview, so stay tuned.



  1. Mark Mayerson Mark Mayerson September 20, 2010

    Just so everybody knows, that photo of Bob is from 1982. Behind Bob on the left is Dan Haskett and on the right is Chris Armstrong, also animation veterans.

  2. Mike Valiquette Mike Valiquette Post author | September 20, 2010

    Thanks Mark. It’s the only picture I could find that clearly indicates it’s Bob. He certainly could rock the ‘stache.

  3. Don Perro Don Perro September 22, 2010

    Well that’s wild: Bob, my fellow (and perhaps former) instructor at Capilano is working for Jerry Popowich, my former student at Algonquin!

    Enjoy Ottawa Bob! It’s a great town, though the winters can get a little harsh!

  4. Clint Eland Clint Eland September 22, 2010

    We’re very excited for Bob to arrive and begin work. He’ll be leading the team on one of Disney’s most anticipated new series while working on some top secret development stuff. Well, semi-secret anyway. He should be here the first week of October and will be in circulation at the animation festival.

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