Media and Cultural Studies professor Derek Burrill and CHASS’s Director of Development Toni Lawrence have, after two years of effort, added the Spike and Mike’s Animation collection to UCRs housed library collections. Since Mike’s passing in August of 1994, Spike, has kept the festival going, but has grown concerned about the film reel collection he was storing and finding a place to store it permanently and safely. Lawrence and Burrill reached out to him, and secured the archiving of the archiving of the collection at UCR.
Mellow Manor Productions, Inc. was founded by Craig ‘Spike’ Decker and Mike Gribble, and is named after the house in Riverside where Spike, Mike and many others lived communally. Originally meant to promote underground bands in the 70s, Spike and Mike would play short animations at the beginning of their shows. This eventually transformed into their main focus. For more than 30 years, Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation toured internationally, and during 1990 the Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation was started to show the edgier and more controversial animations, such as Beavis and Butthead which gained its start at the festival. The animati