Janet Perlman - Author/Illustrator
Janet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and director of short and funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes. She has worked extensively with the National Film Board of Canada, and now has her own production company.
She is also a writer and illustrator of children's books, some of which have been based on her animated films. Cinderella Penguin, The Emperor Penguin's New Clothes and The Penguin and the Pea are all "penguinized" versions of well-known fairy tales. Her latest book, The Delicious Bug, will be published in 2009, and is based on her award-winning film, Dinner For Two. It is not about penguins.
As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and animation, but as an art school student she found that what she liked to do most was tell stories and draw. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork on the computer.
Perlman has given workshops in animation all around the world, and has taught animation at Harvard and at the Rhode Island School of Design.