Somebody NEEDS You!

When the idea for Somebody NEEDS You, came to me, I knew what had to be done: Put together pre-production storyboards, then cast the voices for the show. But who would do the voices?


Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon and June Foray in 2013. Sadly, our dear June passed on at 99 years young.

 I was thrilled when June Foray was happy to help. At only 95 years of age, June Foray (famous as the voice of Rocky and Natasha from ROCKY and BULLWINKLE) volunteered to perform all 4 voices for my story, SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU! 

Then I searched for volunteers who would help with backgrounds, character design, animation and final production.

I was so excited when Fine Artist Dominique Ovalle-Kongsli volunteered to paint backgrounds, and young animation maverick Nicholas Mastrangelo to work on preliminary animation studies in Flash. Here we are at lunch with June:

Ruth, June, Dominique and Nicholas after pre-production of “Somebody NEEDS You!”


Then along came Dani Bowman, a remarkable individual with Autism, who volunteered to add her considerable expertise in Toon Boom animation. Dani has been creating cartoons since the age of 11! She became the major force of operations as she not only did a lion’s share of animation, but also put everything together in Final Cut. Animation friend and student Zack Miller contributed his talents as well.

Matt Miller’s creative alter-ego!

In addition, Matt Miller, animator since the age of 10, who earned his BFA in Animation/New Media, added his amazing character designs to the mix!

Along with these artists, Sandra Vielma and Patrick Eidemiller gave generously of their time for the nuts and bolts of production.

toonboomIt’s one thing to get all these talented people to volunteer, it’s another thing entirely to get a major software company like Toonboom to donate their product to the project. But that’s what happened for us!  

What a work of love. When it was ready, we submitted it to the Annie Awards and premiered it at Comic-Con!

Dani Bowman, June Foray & Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon

Before the Annie Awards, Dani and I presented June with a copy of the poster and DVD from the movie showcasing her voiceover talent. 

Now YOU can watch what we did for yourself!

Click on the pic to see it on YouTube!
Click on the pic to watch “Somebody NEEDS You” on YouTube!

“While raising my seven children and working in the animation industry, it was always my dream to help children’s character through the arts and media. After retiring, I started the non profit Edu Designs to do just that.” ~Ruth Elliott

Inspiring children is what we do. Our volunteers have provided art workshops, books, videos and assemblies to kids in schools since 2007. We are supported solely by the goodwill donations of people who care. The rewards are “out of this world” as we teach BIG lessons that kids ‘get’.

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Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Founder and Director of EDU DESIGNS

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