Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets Animations by Michel Gagné

Michel Gagné is an accomplished animator who has worked for Don Bluth Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and contributed to twenty feature films including The Iron Giant, Osmosis Jones and Ratatouille.

“Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets” is a series of interstitial animations that Gagné created for Nickelodeon’s “Halloween Shriekin Weekend” in 2005. He has posted the “Director’s Cuts” of these animations (they are not necessarily the ones shown on the network.

Creator, Producer and Director
Michel Gagné
Mike Hogue
Jayson Thiessen
Sound Engineer
Andrew Scott

One of the original animation ideas was deemed too scary for the show by Nickelodeon–he has put up the storyboards & soundtrack of this version on his site, so you can see why.

Gagné’s diverse creative work also includes writing and drawing an incredibly cute fox named Rex:


Actor, nerd, poet, producer, writer mikl-em made his name short so you wouldn't have to. In addition to his blog you can find his writing in "Hi Fructose" magazine and witness him almost life-sized in various plays at The Dark Room Theater in SF's Mission district.

He tends to write about theater, humor, San Francisco culture and history, and stuff that's just plain weird. He thanks Scott for sharing the keys to the Laughing Squid virtual HQ and promises to uphold whatever it is that the mirthful cephalopod would prefer to be uplifted.