I wasn't planning on writing about it, but the talk and the pieces have stuck with me.
The design is classic cartoon without being cliché. The artist brings his own touch to 50s styling.
He says he tries to keep the "same profile all of the time".
The animation, for one, is super. It's smooth and unusual. The characters move in funny ways that are intrinsic to their personalities and places in the story.
Much of the discussion revolved around the filmmaker's cross-dressing. The filmmaker offered some nice insights regarding animation and identity.
"...having this ability to identify with both the male and female sex my personality fits in both. Or maybe it doesn't fit in any."
"Animation can actually substitute for crossdressing".
"Some animators have made a career of doing female roles, it means they have an affinity for the other sex."