Creative Loafing ATL (July 17, 2013)
by Gabe Wardell
Excerpt: "Joanna Davidovich's Monkey Rag wipes up the competition" SCAD alum Joanna Davidovich's Monkey Rag, was my favorite film of the night. It also swept the festivities winning both "Best in Show" and "Audience Choice" honors. This is a vividly rendered homage to Warner Brothers' Merry Melodies or Max Fleisher's Betty Boop jams is ready for primetime. Monkey Rag, a personal project Davidovich developed over the course of four years, on nights and weekends, shows terrific promise. Cartoon Network execs take note: she's got chops. I can't wait to see what Davidovich does next.
Atlanta Film Festival (April 1, 2014)
Excerpt: I started Monkey Rag with the idea that it would just be something amusing to do during my downtime between freelance gigs. I had loved the music of the Asylum Street Spankers for years, and this song was a particular favorite. My favorite cartoons were always musical, like Friz Freleng's "Pigs in A Polka" or the Disney short "All The Cats Join In", and this song just suggested so much to me that I had most of the cartoon mapped out in my head before I even put pencil to paper
Cartoon Brew (May 23, 2014)
by Claude Edwards
Excerpt: "Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005.
Her animated short film Monkey Rag, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July. Last weekend, the film won the second place prize for Independent Film at the 45th ASIFA-EAST Animation Awards."
The Scene Magazine (June 11, 2014)
by Stefan Ellison
Excerpt: "Monkey Rag: Joanna Davidovich digs into her inner Fleischer Brothers fan for this wonderfully animated musical short. With characters bouncing up and down to a delightful little tune and the humour turned up to eleven, this is going to be one of those shorts that audiences might want to see replayed. If Betty Boop is ever revived for the modern age, Davidovich should be put in charge of that assignment. (Straight Up Toons: June 14 at 1:45 pm)"
Two Geeks Talking Podcast (June 4, 2014)
by Kurt Sasso
"What if you took four years of your life to create an animated music video that was your favourite song which was stuck in your head? Creator of Monkey Rag Joanna Davidovitch did that and here’s her story. Joanna Davidovich is an Animator that took four years to create an animated cartoon about her favourite song and entitled the short hand drawn animation “Monkey Rag” based on the same title of the same song. We talk about success, failure, the industry as it is now based on stories heard from how it once was."
Rogue Cinema (August 4, 2014)
by Phillip Smolen
Excerpt: "...And it’s so much fun that I think I’m going to write to the American Psychiatric Association and let them know that 'Monkey Rag' should be listed as a treatment for chronic depression."
Rogue Cinema (Sept 3, 2014)
by Phillip Smolen
Excerpt: "Joanna’s been developing her animator’s chops for a few years now and has started to make some headway in the industry, including working on the cult animated TV show “Ugly Americans.” I reached out to the Floridian native last month and she graciously agreed to answer my questions about her latest and greatest animated creation."
7/17/13 : Creative Loafing Review
N E W S
3/7/14 : Laurels
Atlanta Film Festival Interview
Cartoon Brew Interview
Scene Magazine Write-Up
Two Geeks Talking Podcast
8/04/14 & 9/03/2014