Crime: The animated series

Crime: The Animated Series

Created by: Alix Lambert and Sam Chou

Alix Lambert’s ongoing investigation into the world of crime includes hundreds of collected interviews she has conducted with criminals, law enforcement, victims, and observers of crime in the world we live in. Using excerpted audio from these interviews and teaming up with animator Sam Chou of Style5tv In Toronto, Lambert and Chou have developed a series of short animated episodes, which through a variety of voices, illuminate the criminal world and paint a complex portrait of who we are as people.

From bank robbers to cops to victims to observers, Crime: The Animated Series explores how crime affects us all. The series is dark, compelling, heartbreaking, and yes – sometimes funny. Each episode is approximately 3 minutes and features the work of a different animator/designer who brings their own personal style to the series, while the series as a whole maintains a cohesive look through it’s limited red, black and white color palette.

Always surprising and intimate Crime presents a collection of unique perspectives on a subject that has captivated though-out time.

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Alix Lambert

  1. Alix Lambert
    Alix Lambert says:

    Hello, As Lee says above – please let me emphasize that these episodes are NOT intended for children. They are for adults. I believe that by exploring and presenting the very serious subject of crime from numerous different viewpoints and presented in different ways, we can begin to have serious and productive conversations.

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    E.S. – These animated shorts are not intended for children. Instead, it’s a way for adults to see true crime through dfferent media outlet.

  3. E.S. Abramson
    E.S. Abramson says:

    In the 1980’s Peggy Charrin headed a group that tried to eliminate violence in children’s television programs. Her group was so powerful that she got congress to consider passing legislation requiring that all programs directed at children be sanitized to eliminate any violent content. While she was at the helm of this group Saturday morning cartoon producers toned down the violent content in their children’s programs and books because they did not want her to come after them. The moment Peggy turned the reins of this group over to another person, one who did not command the power she did, violent content was put back into children’s programming. While I am against censorship, I feel that violent programming is harmful to young minds. Studies have shown that many children and young adults have learned how to commit crimes by watching Saturday morning cartoons. Death, dismemberment, and other horrors are not taken seriously by children because they see the hero or the villain get killed one week and be back on the program the next week just as if nothing ever happened to him/her. Those studies appeared in toy, licensing, and movie industry magazines read by the head honchos of the companies who produced the content and products for the children’s and young adult markets. At industry trade shows the talk was always “my content is harmless”. It was always the other guy who was responsible for it. The point I am trying to make is that cartoons are extremely powerful. They should not be viewed by children too young to understand that when people get hurt it is not fun and games, that there are serious consequences that result from these acts.