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|Other names||Locust Toybox|
|Occupation||Animator, writer, musician, actor, voice actor, filmmaker, video artist, broadcaster|
|Style||Black comedy, psychological horror, animation, surrealist, satire, absurdist humour|
David John Firth (born 23 January 1983, in Doncaster) is an English animator, writer, musician, actor, voice actor, filmmaker, video artist and broadcaster. Best known for his "chav" like hit comical character Ben Woodall aka Devvo. As a cartoonist, Firth's work is largely distributed via the Internet, most notably through the popular Adobe Flash animation website Newgrounds and his own personal websites. Several of his works in Flash animation, along with multiple music videos and works of video art, have garnered large followings. Since the demise of Flash, Firth now mainly uses After Effects.
Notable animation sequences from Firth include Salad Fingers, as well as the comedic Burnt Face Man series. A number of Firth's works have been featured by the BBC in the UK, and the BBC has hired Firth on several occasions. He also created a Flash animation series called Jerry Jackson in which a cartoon character claims to be a professional animator, even though the animation is intentionally poorly crafted. The character was based on Firth's perception of Internet users who would leave hateful comments on his videos.
Firth's work often contains a large amount of dark imagery and tends to explore topics of a disturbing or surreal nature, such as depression and mental illness. Firth has stated that it is not his intention to upset or offend. Some of his work may be described as dark humour, while much of it is simply experimental, using many different styles.
Firth has produced several animations for the BBC Comedy website, including his Musical Predictions 2009 and the Jerry Jackson series in 2009. In 2010, he created a new series for the BBC based on a character called Drillbithead.
One of Firth's most notable and productive projects has been Devvo aka Ben Woodall. The Devvo series has been described as "a pill-munching, northern scallie that seemed kind of like a documentary.. " but "...far too harrowing and depressing for the main character to ever be real." It is a common misconception that Firth is the actor who plays Devvo. Christian, who provides many of the voices in Firth's cartoons and co-writes the Salad Fingers series, plays the role of Devvo. Firth instead features as the cameraman and occasionally appears alongside Christian as DJ Shady Piez. Firth has also produced short films for "Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe", televised on BBC Four. As of 2012[update], Firth has been working on his first animated feature film under working title The Meadow Man.
On May 30, 2017, Firth released his new short film Cream on his YouTube channel. It was produced by Flying Lotus for his production company and record label Brainfeeder. It is sometimes shown as an opening short to Kuso, a surreal horror-comedy-drama movie directed by Flying Lotus. Firth contributed animation, writing, and a voice role to the movie.
Firth composes electronic music under the pseudonym of Locust Toybox, and has released twelve studio albums to date, most recently Drownscapes (2017), which was released through Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label . Firth is a fan of Aphex Twin, and has used his music in his work. Amongst other notable influences are Boards of Canada and Brian Eno. Firth has also created a videoclip for the Aphex Twin song "Milkman" from the Girl/Boy EP. Firth also releases music as Stegosaurus Trap , I'm The Manager, and is a part of English psychedelic pressure-pop band the Grape Digging Sharon Fruits . Most of his music are available as free downloads and have frequently soundtracked his animations.
All records are self-released except where noted:
- Old Pagger Ballads (2002)
- Dead Wasps (2003)
- A Kettle of Wealth (2004)
- Scribble Beats (2005)
- Powdered Brethrens EP (2005, Wyrd Skies)
- Mangled Tape Memories (2006)
- Felt Crayons (2007)
- Remixes & Other Crap (2008)
- Inkbrush (2009)
- Noon (2011)
- Stringland (2014)
- Lost Pop EP (2015)
- Drownscapes (2017, Brainfeeder)
- The Eyelid Recording (2019)
Grape Digging Sharon Fruits:
- Flower Festival (2003)
- The Insurance Band EP (2004)
- It's Way Past Your Bedtime (2008)
- Grappling Head Songs (2010)
I'm the Manager:
- The Manager's Files EP (2005)
- Miniature Maze (2009)
- Melt (2010)
- Trainwreck (2011)
- Invaders (2012)
Firth has voice acted as two of the antagonists in the indie psychological horror game, The Cat Lady, and its sequel, Lorelai. He was also a caller, Radio Doctor, on FlyLo FM, in the action-adventure game, Grand Theft Auto V.
Firth's most famous character Salad Fingers, has been featured in numerous video-games such as Newgrounds Rumble and Chaos Faction 2.
- "2005 In Review: Pop Culture." The San Francisco Chronicle. 25 December 2005.
- "BBC Comedy – Jerry Jackson @ Festivals". BBC. Archived from the original on 1 April 2013.
- Fat Pie FAQ "Do you purposely try to upset people?". Fat-pie.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
- "BBC Comedy – David Firth". BBC.
- "BBC Comedy – Musical Predictions 2009". BBC. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013.
- "BBC Comedy – Drillbithead and the New Best Friend". BBC.
- "Devvo's Videos". Fat-pie.com. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Shea, Matt (15 November 2012). "The Guy Behind Devvo and Salad Fingers Is Making a New Film | VICE | United Kingdom". VICE. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Doctor Firth saves Christmas". BBC. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
- The Meadow Man – A Fat-Pie Feature. Meadowman.blogspot.com. Retrieved on 2012-11-20.
- "Flying Lotus Shares Graphic Animated Video For "Ready Err Not"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Flying Lotus". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Firth, David. "I set up a Patreon. It feels like investing in a bomb shelter for the upcoming blitz my channel is going through". Twitter. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
- "Interview with Salad Fingers Creator David Firth."
- "Milkman Video."
- The Cat Lady, retrieved 6 May 2019
- Lorelai, retrieved 6 May 2019
- Fingers), David Firth (Salad (18 November 2014). "Anyone with the new version of Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4/XBONE) should listen to FlyloFM. You should listen carefully". @DAVID_FIRTH. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
- Official website
- "Devvo". Archived from the original on 19 March 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Interview with David Firth at Personal Halfquake
- BBC Comedy – David Firth animations
- Interview with David Firth on Red Bar Radio
- David Firth on IMDb
- Firth's work as Stegosaurus Trap
- Firth's work as Locust Toybox
- David Firth's Patreon Page