Dave Anderson (cartoon writer)

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Dave Anderson (born 1963 in Coventry) is a British writer and creator of cartoons and animations including Bastard Bunny and the BAFTA nominated animation shorts, The Terribles.[1] He is a founder and director of London-based animation production company 12Foot6, whose credits include animating the first series of Modern Toss for UK TV's Channel 4.

Early life and Bastard Bunny era[edit]

After graduating from Durham University in 1985, Anderson lived briefly in Charlotte, North Carolina where he shared a house with Danna Pentes, bass player in the then up-and-coming band Fetchin Bones. Returning to the UK he worked in advertising while making ventures into cartoon writing; in 1990 Bastard Bunny appeared in his own comic. Described as "the coolest, drug-snorting, violent, club-going, psychotic rabbit in the world",[2] Bastard Bunny became a cult icon of the early 1990s London club scene.[3] Bastard Bunny's stylishly simple initial incarnation was drawn by Jiouxliegh Jacobs[4] but by 1992, Anderson's new collaborator Martyn Smith had given the weed-loving GBH-rabbit a more fieresome visual persona,[5] it was the latter incarnation which became an ever more common sight on T-shirts and 'lop ear hats' at the Sabresonic Club.[6] At this time, Bastard Bunny "became aligned" with Andy Weatherall's Sabres of Paradise label.[7] Bastard Bunny later appeared in Deadline magazine (along with Tank Girl co-created by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett[8]) and, from 1994, in the New Musical Express. The collected Bastard Bunny collection was published by Virgin Books in 1998 as Don't You Know Who I am?! – The Collected Works.[9] Bastard Bunny reappeared in 2013 after some "enforced gardening leave"[10] in a new, heavyweight on-line persona using the strap-line "He's Fat, He's Forty and He Ain't Happy".[11]


For much of the 1990s Anderson contributed to Future Shocks;[12] in 2000, with Tom Mortimer, he co-founded 12Foot6 which has since been the creative crucible for many successful cartoon and animation projects.[13] These include Andrew Kelleher's Dog Judo which originated as an advertising campaign for Virgin Mobile,[14] The Sensibles and a series of wordless animated shorts that were nominated for a BAFTA award in 2007.[1] He also been involved in creating short animated histories as part of the BBC Two programme Dara Ó Briain's Science Club,[15] which includes a sequence in Episode 1 called The Story of Inheritance, one in Episode 2 called The Story of Physics, one in Episode 3 called A Dodo's Guide to Extinction, one in Episode 4 called The Story of Exploration, one in Episode 5 called The Story of the Brain and one in Episode 6 called The Story of Music.


  1. ^ a b "Bafta Nominations listing". Bafta.org. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amazon review of the collected ''Bastard Bunny'' album". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Clubbing history at OCC
  4. ^ "Cover of an original ''Bastard Bunny'' comic (issue 2) and t-shirt designs showing old and new BB looks". Imwan.com. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Compare version 1 drawn by Jiouxliegh Jacobs with version 2 (1992) drawn by Martyn Smith". Bugpowder.com. 20 July 1997. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Cartoon & club history
  7. ^ Sabres of Paradise 'arms' featuring a Bastard Bunny head motif Archived 10 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Short if partial history of Bastard Bunny
  9. ^ "Amazon.co.uk". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  10. ^ Bastard Bunny 2013
  11. ^ BB Site
  12. ^ "Selection of contributions creditted to 'David' Anderson". 2000ad.org. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Numerous 12Foot6 animation shorts viewable online
  14. ^ "Drawn Pictures 12Foot6 page". Drawpictures.co.uk. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Animated sequences created by 12Foot6 showing the story of science". Folksonomy.co. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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