★ New York Times Critic’s Pick ★ Best Documentary, Nashville Film Festival; Audience Award, Warsaw Film Festival
Tomi Ungerer is an artist who created some of the worlds best known children^s books in the 1960s and 1970s, but his erotic art eventually got him banned from New York^s publishing industry. He was far out, eccentric, uninhibited and, as fellow illustrator Maurice Sendak claims, “No one, I dare say, no one was as original.” In all, Ungerer authored 140 childrens books, and has received France^s highest award for culture, the Legion d’Honneur, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration. He also designed the original poster for Stanley Kubrik^s film, Dr. Strangelove and numerous political posters against the Vietnam War. This documentary, including first ever animations of much of Tomi^s work, is the story of his groundbreaking art and his rollercoaster life. In children^s books, advertising, sculpture and even architectural design, he was a superstar, but he also burned bridges and stirred controversy. Now Tomi, with a devilish grin, gets to tell this story in his own words.