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"Spike & Mike have the incredible ability to recognize talent and films that entertain and they put on an amazing show!"  - John Lasseter, Director Toy Story, Disney Pixar Chief Creative Officer

"I lost 40 Pounds watching Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation!" - Pete Docter, Director of Monsters Inc. & Up.

"Spike & Mike's Festival is a fun and irreverent one of a kind festival.  It provides a wonderful opportunity for animators to strut their stuff." - George Lucas, Idustrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm LTD

"And on the 13th day, God created Spike and Mike, so sayeth the D."  - Jack Black of Tenacious D, Actor

"Spike & Mike were really the match makers directly for John Lasseter and I finding out about one another."  - Andrew Stanton, Director Finding Nemo

"Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animation Festival is like Disney with Tits!" - Robin Williams, Actor

"Spike & Mike gave Wallace & Gromit the launch they needed and the lunch I needed!" - Nick Park, Director of Wallace & Gromit, 4 time Oscar Winner

"Do NOT buy their Sick & Twisted DVD!   You're only encouraging them for crying out loud!"  - 'Weird Al' Yankovic

"Spike & Mike's Festival keeps animated short subjects alive and well on the big screen.  Long may it thrive!"  -  Leonard Maltin, Film Critic & Historian

"Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival ruined my life!"  - Jonathan Davis, Korn

"Thank you Spike & Mike, I wish there was a thousand of you!" - Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn

"You guys really blazed the trail for independent animation and showed me there was a market for my bizarre, perverted scribblings."  - Bill Plympton

"Dubbed the kings of tasteless toons by animation industry giants!"  - Trevor Groth, Program Director Sundance Film Festival

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"I was so knocked out that there was animation like that, and all collected under one banner.  That's why I fell in love with Spike & Mike."  -  Seth Green, Actor, Producer

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"I always new that Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation festival was cutting edge! 'Ren and Stimpy' was showcased many years ago when NO ONE even knew what is was!
I was glad to be part of it then,and glad to be part of it now. I had the pleasure of hosting an evening with Spike and loved every bit of the menu of mind bending animated stuff from the many different artists!  Get the DVD's and it will show how nutty cartoons can be!!!!!"  -  Billy West, Voice Actor 'Futurama', 'Ren & Stimpy', 'The Red M&M' and more.

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"The Spike N Mike Festival is the last bastion of independent 'creator-driven' and subversive animation. I had a blast participating in the 20th anniversary. I had to look away a couple times though!"  - John K., creator of 'Ren & Stimpy'

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"Spike and Mike have been providing a unique and exciting program of outstanding animation for several decades. Along with entertaining audiences with the experience of seeing these great films at a theater, they've given many prominent filmmakers their first start. Flock to the Festival of Animation sez I -- flock!!"

-David Silverman, Director, Producer, The Simpsons.

 

Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. was founded by Craig ‘Spike’ Decker and Mike Gribble, popularly known as “Spike & Mike®.” Mellow Manor is named after the famed Victorian house in Riverside where Spike, Mike and many others lived in a communal setting. This was an ‘Animal House‘ before National Lampoon made theirs famous. Although Mike Gribble passed away in August of 1994, Spike continues to produce touring theatrical festivals of animated short film collections with the highest standards of artistic and subversive excellence.


The original mission of Mellow Manor Productions was to promote underground bands with retro animated short films. In the early 70’s Spike and Mike began promoting local band “Sterno and the Flames,” a band in which Spike sang bass vocals. Later, they presented special shows such as all-night horror-thons, an evening of Star Trek bloopers and Midnight rock & roll films such as Jimmy Plays Berkeley and Quadraphenia. They would also present full-length films like Slaughterhouse 5 and King of Hearts. At those shows, they would open with Betty Boop and Superman animated shorts. They also picked up other shorts that became cult favorites such as Bambi Meets Godzilla by Marv Newland. The demand to see the shorts soon eclipsed the popularity of the band and the other films. Spike and Mike knew they were onto an unfulfilled niche and in 1977 they began promoting animated shorts full-time.


Spike and Mike premiered works in the Classic Festival of Animation by Tim Burton (Vincent), John Lasseter of Pixar & Disney (First screened his student films Lady and the Lamp and Nightmare.  Additional Pixar titles screened include Luxo Jr., Red’s Dream, Nick Nack, Tin Toy, Geri’s Game, For the Birds, The Adventures of Andre & Wally B.), Nick Park (A Close Shave, Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out), Will Vinton (Closed Mondays) David Fine and Allison Snowden (Bob’s Birthday), Bill Plympton (Nose Hair, Your Face) and many others. Spike and Mike produced the student films of Pixar’s Pete Docter (Monster’s Inc., Toy Story I & II) We produced & premiered the first 3 films (Winter, Next Door & Palm Springs), and Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc., Toy Story I & II and A Bug’s Life) We produced his 1st 2 films (A Story & Somewhere in the Arctic), we screened Brad Bird’s Family Dog, Frederic Back’s Crac, Chris Wedges (Ice Age) Bunny, Mike Johnson (Corpse Bride) The Devil went down to Georgia, Danny Antonucci (Ed, Ed & Eddie) Lupo The Butcher and Marv Newland’s Bambi Meets Godzilla.


       The Sick and Twisted Festival began in 1990 as a home for animated pieces which are simply too revolting or adult in nature for the prestigious and tasteful Classic show. The Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation is the birthplace of Beavis and Butthead (Mike Judge, creator of King of the Hill) - Spike and Mike also produced the first two Beavis and Butthead shorts long before the characters debuted on MTV. Spike and Mike also theatrically premiered Spirit of Christmas, the original uncensored South Park short by Matt Stone and


Trey Parker and Mutilator by Eric Fogel (creator of MTV’s Celebrity Death match) as well as Whoop Ass Stew by Craig McCracken, the first short film featuring the Powerpuff Girls (No Neck Joe is a staple of the show) we also premiered Na Na & Lil puss from DNA studios the people responsible for Jimmy Neutron.  Least we forget Breehn Burns & Jason Johnson’s Beyond Grandpa, Dr. Tran & Roybertito’s as well as Happy Tree Friends by Mondo Media.

 

        The Sundance Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Australia’s Flickerfest Short Film Festival, and the International Festival of Animation in Annecy, France, Slamdance and San Diego Comic-Con have hosted Spike and Mike shows over the past years. In the spring of 2000, Spike and Mike’s Sick & Twisted animations were featured on tour with the rock band KORN. Abrams Books have recently released an in- depth book on the history and evolution of Spike and Mike entitled “Outlaw Animation: Cutting-Edge Cartoons from the Spike and Mike Festivals” by Jerry Beck, now available in bookstores. Spike and Mike have teamed up with Shout Factory to release “Full Frontal” and “Unprotected”, two brand new DVD’s now available, featuring the very best ‘toons of the 2001, 2002 and 2003 festivals. Contagious (2006) is another edition to the Spike & Mike collection and Caught in the Act (2005) just came out a few months before.  Recently released were Repulsive (2010), Depraved (2010), Immoral (2010) and Blow Me Down (2011), Slash and Burn (2012) & The 30th Anniversary DVD (2013).  Currently, Spike and Mike’s premieres a new Sick and Twisted show every summer at the San Diego Comic-Con. Each Festival plays in over 150 cities across the United States and Canada.

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