Steve Segal

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Steve Segal (born in Richmond, Virginia in 1949)[1] is an American animator and filmmaker who collaborated with Phil Trumbo in the production of the cult classic Futuropolis, an avant garde space-travel film parody[2] which started in the mid-1970s as a nine-minute short but has been growing in size and impact ever since.[3] He teaches animation at the California College of the Arts [4] and has also been a professor in the animation department at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1972.[5]

Honors, awards, and community activity[edit]

Steve Segal has produced independent short films which have won awards at international film festivals, including Cannes International Film Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Sinking Creek Film Festival (now renamed Nashville Independent Film Fest), and the Los Angeles Animation Celebration film festival.

He worked on the 2014 CCA group project Domoic Acid Attack, which was made for the Marine Mammal Center in Sausolito, California to generate awareness of the problem of domoic acid (DA) affecting the food chain of sea lions. His performance piece Outside the Box won first place in the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.[6]

Segal attended and wrote a review of the Hiroshima International Film Festival in 2016.[7]

Animation and film production[edit]

Futuropolis, the creation of Steve Segal and Phil Trumbo, premiered in 1984 at the Biograph Theatre near Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Futuropolis is a combination of real film, imaginative clunky sets, live actors, and animation. NYT movie critic Janet Maslin has said that Futuropolis was "very legitimately billed as 'The World's Smallest Epic.'"[8] Both Segal and Trumbo were graduates of VCU and closely collaborated on early animation projects in Richmond.[9]

Steve Segal's reel 2010 is a video demonstration film reel available on YouTube[10] which shows excerpts of his animation work for Pixar films Toy Story and A Bug's Life. The demo reel also contains some commercials and titles Segal directed and his animation work for the television series Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

Toy Story (1995) was the first computer-animated feature film in Pixar's debut contract with Disney.[11] In 2015, movie writer Julia Zorthian said in TIME, "Children and adults flocked to theaters when Toy Story opened, making it the highest-selling film for three weeks in a row. As the first full-length, 3D computer-animated movie, it was a milestone for animation, possibly the most significant since the introduction of color."[12]


  1. ^ "In His Own Words: Steve Segal on Toy Story | Cartoon Research". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Steve Segal". IMDb. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Movie Review - - ANIMATED DUO -". (August 5, 1985). Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Steve Segal | California College of the Arts". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Steve Segal, Class of 1972 - Virgina Commonwealth University - Classmates". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Steve Segal | California College of the Arts". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  7. ^ Segal, Steve (21 September 2016). "Hiroshima International Animation Festival – Review". ASIFA International. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Movie Review - - ANIMATED DUO -". (August 5, 1985). Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ "20170930_MET_POD_mtvDONE-RIC0021765338". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Steve Segal reel 2010". 25 June 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Toy Story". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  12. ^ Zorthian, Julia. "How 'Toy Story' Changed Movie History". Time (November 19, 2015). Retrieved 4 May 2017.