the animation process

Toys (2016)

A father wants a son, but he gets a little girl. When he tries to toughen up his daughter by giving her toys intended for boys, his efforts backfire when she proves a little too capable for comfort.

Directed & Animated by Amanda Quaid
Based on a poem by Peggy Pope

Made using hand-crafted stop-motion collage animation, Toys tells the autobiographical father-daughter story of actress Peggy Pope. 2 minutes.

Awards: LUNAFEST (Prize Winner), DC Shorts (Best Animation), Boston International Kids Film Festival (Best of Fest, shared)

Official Selection: Oberhausen, BAMkids, Hamptons International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Cleveland International Film Festival, LA Shorts, DC International Film Festival, DC Shorts, REDCAT, San Jose International Short Film Festival, Children's Film Festival Seattle, Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, Artemis Women in Action, Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, Providence Children's Film Festival, KidsFilmFest, Gesticulation, Animation Chico, Cinekid Screening Club

"A genderqueer marvel of stop-action animation...a delightful and thought-provoking exploration of gender roles." - The Washington Blade

"Poignant stop-motion animation...a memorable coming of age film" - The Desert Sun

"Toys comes in at less than two minutes, but makes its arrow-sharp point with economy." - Washington City Paper