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Amy's cartoon comes to life

Amy wished to be in a cartoon

“This is Amy’s opportunity to be a part of the world that inspires her. ”

Waves of possessed toys move through the land of Udrogoth, wreaking havoc among the residents. Once again, the Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy has devised a plot – albeit adorable – to upset the kingdom. Silly Piggy’s mischief is familiar to any regular viewer of the animated Disney series, “Dave the Barbarian”.

The scene cuts away to a spectator unmoved by the stuffed masses. "They're destroying the land!" she squeals. "Isn't that cute?"

While brief, this pink-clad character’s debut marks the realization of Amy’s wish. Amy is fascinated by animation – it’s a limitless art that brings creativity to life. Cartoons offer a refuge away from the immovable reality of her cancer and chemotherapy treatments.

A Wish … and a New CharacterAmy wished to be in a cartoon

A year earlier, Disney’s Television Animation team was still in the middle of producing “Dave the Barbarian” when they heard of Amy’s wish to be in a cartoon.

They aren’t just going to feature her in a cartoon – they want to help a young animation fan understand the true nature of their craft. This is Amy’s opportunity to be a part of the world that inspires her.

Her wish day begins early with a full tour of the Disney studios, Disney archives and the Television Animation department. Jose Zelaya, animator and character designer for “Dave the Barbarian”, introduces Amy to the character based on her: Moky. “Amy was really impressed by everything,” he recalls. “It made me appreciate and remember why I do animation.”

Amy’s Avatar Comes to Life

Moky’s cheerful energy is a perfect representation of Amy. TheAmy wished to be in a cartoon name, Moky Varlet, is the re-arranged letters of her name. For the voice, Amy travels to the recording studio in Los Angeles. “She was a natural, no stage fright at all. She got into her character pretty quickly and nailed the line right away,” says Howy Parkins, director.

She leaves loaded with original sketches, posters, a personalized “Dave the Barbarian” nameplate and a collection of other treasures. Of course, Amy exits with her characteristic ear-to-ear grin and eager anticipation for the day Moky Varlet will star.

“This was her once-in-a-lifetime wish, and we felt we couldn’t do enough,” Howy remembers. "But after seeing her excitement, we knew we had been successful in our hopes to make it a great experience."

 

We just felt so honored that above anything she could have wished for … she chose animation …”

— Howy, director of Dave the Barbarian

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6 Comments

Jeff

That Dave the Barbarian segment rocks! Good Job!

August 04, 2007 - 9:06 AM

Blanca

Wow, that was a very good episode! My little sisters love Dave the barbarian! I'm glad u got your wish! GOD BLESS YOU!

November 19, 2007 - 10:50 AM

Paul

Sadly, Amy lost her battle with cancer on September 12th, 2004, about a year after her wish came true. We are so happy that she lives on through the magic of Disney.

October 10, 2008 - 6:04 AM

Jessee

Amy was one of my closest friends. I miss her dearly.

November 04, 2008 - 1:35 PM

Amanda

Amy was a great friend. I miss her dearly. I miss hanging out with her in Field Hockey and in the lunch room.. Miss you!

April 07, 2011 - 6:23 AM

Elyse

Rest in peace, Amy.

November 21, 2012 - 10:21 AM

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