Perry Chen, a prodigious eleven-year-old from San Diego, is quite the Hollywood darling. A natural with a pen and stylus, his freehand drawings populate the six-minute animation, Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest, which debuted at this year’s Comic-Con.
A little background for those who don’t know: Ingrid Pitt, who passed away last year at age 73, was a prolific horror film actress dubbed by the British press as the Queen of Scream. She also spent three years of her childhood in a concentration camp.
Perry told San Diego Jewish World that renowned animator Bill Plympton chose him to do the drawings because he’s about the same age as Ingrid Pitt was when she escaped from the Nazis and thought he could bring a kid’s perspective to the project.
When asked if he could he imagine himself in Pitt’s situation, Perry, who is Chinese descent responded, “Well yeah, if I was Jewish, maybe, it would be really scary.”
I don’t know when Beyond the Forest will be available to the general public, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout. Below is a short “behind-the-scenes” clip: