How to train your artist

If I’ve learned anything the past week, it’s this: Dreamworks Animation is to Medford as the large intestine is to the appendix.

I wish I could see your face right now.

Yes, I can explain my analogy. Cool it.

I’ve written two stories in the past five days related to Dreamworks, the company that released family superhits like “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek.”

The first story is about a group of local art students taking a trip to the studios at the end of this month. The other I just completed today. It’s about 25-year-old Jennifer Harlow, a former Medford resident who works as an animator at the studios, and how she just finished work on the soon-to-be-released caveman flick “The Croods”.

So basically, those who read into situations like these – myself included – could say there seems to be some mysterious connection between Medford and Dreamworks Animation, located in Redwood City, Calif. Why the connection? Who knows. Coincidence? Probably. Atheists would say there doesn’t have to be a reason for everything. What is sometimes just, well, is. The appendix is part of the large intestine. No definitive reason, but there you go.

Honestly though, I don’t care about trying to find reasons. Yes, there probably are none; beyond the fact that Medford – heck, this whole valley – has an astounding amount of artistic talent, enough to where we can ship off the occasional citizen to a place like Dreamworks Animation.

Maybe we just leave it at that.

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