I first met Chris Wedge at an animation festival in Majorca, Spain. We spent a lovely afternoon on a beach with Bill Plympton and Shelly Page of DreamWorks swimming and eating fresh grilled squid. For someone who has made such an impact on animation, I found him modest and soft spoken. By impact, I mean that Chris and his partners had done something no one has been able to do since the days of Max and Dave Fleischer. They built an animation studio on the East Coast that evolved to a large studio that produces feature-length films. Chris has spent his career in the small towns of upstate New York and Connecticut, fashioning films that compete with the best of Hollywood.