Happy 80th, Tomi Ungerer: Far Out Isn't Far Enough

 Youtube Direkttomi, Danke Ruben!

Tomi Ungerer wird heute 80 Jahre alt. Der Mann ist legendärer Autor subversiver Kinderbücher („The Children have to be faced to the absurd, because the world is absurd“), Weltenbummler, politischer Aktivist, Gestalter von Filmplakaten für Kubriks Dr. Seltsam und Otto, hat 1972 für Willy Brandts Kanzlerkandidatur gezeichnet, seine Bücher wurden in England wegen Obszönität verboten und er vom FBI beschattet, lebte dann als Farmer in Kanada und seit ein paar Jahren in Irland als Schafzüchter. Künstler, Anarchist, Aktivist. Ich mag das. Wenn ich groß bin, will ich auch mal so 'ne Biographie vorweisen können und ich liebe seine Attitüde, auch wenn mir seine Arbeiten stilistisch nicht so ganz zusagen. Aber das Bild der drei Räuber werde ich dennoch im Leben nicht mehr vergessen.

Jedenfalls: Der Mann wird heute 80 Jahre alt, Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Und: Die neue Doku „Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story“ sammelt grade per Kickstarter Gelder um die Rechte an Illustrationen (von Dritten) und Musik zu bezahlen. Der Trailer oben sieht großartig aus, Snip von der Kickstarter-Seite dazu:

One afternoon almost four years ago I was perusing the New York Times and on the front page of the Arts section was an article entitled "Watch the Children, That Subversive Is Back." The article was mesmerizing; it detailed the incredible story of an Alsatian artist named Tomi Ungerer who had an epic life: suffering under Nazi occupation in France in the early 1940's, making millions on Madison Ave. in America in the 1960's, creating timeless children's books, and illustrating iconic imagery supporting civil rights and the Vietnam war protests in the 1960's. He was the King of graphic design and an artistic trailblazer during America's most creative and tumultuous decade.

And then, one day, he disappeared. Gone, never to be heard from again in the U.S. How the hell was that possible?! What happened?

After reading the NYTimes article I got online and began snooping around. It wasn't long before I realized I recognized his artwork almost subconsciously--as a native New Yorker, I had grown up with his anti-war images, his advertising campaigns in the Village Voice and the NYTimes, and with his children's books. But despite recognizing the imagery, his name and story escaped me. As it did my family, my friends, and colleagues.

No one remembered this guy. But he had an amazing story that needed to be told. And so I set my mind to go about telling it.

Eventually I reached out to Tomi through his museum in Strasbourg, France, and a few months later, received a positive response back. Our journey commenced.