"Johnny, if Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?"
-James Lipton interviewing Johnny Depp, "Inside the Actor's Studio" (2002)
What is Johnny Kitties? It's Melissa's Kitties' tribute to the one and only Johnny Depp.
Why? It's for Johnny Depp, of course, who deserves a tribute just for being who he is. He's one of a kind and makes us all happy! (Thanks, Johnny!) Besides, it will be fun! It's all about joy and celebration. And, it's a perfect excuse for a fantastic film festival!
The Confession Origin: Everyone finds out pretty quickly that Johnny Depp is one of my most favorite people on the planet. I think it started in 1987, a year during which something must have been in the water because it seemed that I woke up some days obsessed with various people and things, all of which remain to this day.
Maybe "obsessed," with its negative connotation, is the wrong word since I mean no harm and am, in fact, very protective. But I'm sure my family and friends would not dispute it: After all, I did wallpaper my room at the time with his photos from every teen magazine available in Alliance, Ohio. (Is "hopelessly devoted" any better?)
Here's what The Kitties and I are doing:
The Objective: We're working our way through Johnny's filmography from the beginning, including the TV show. All drawings will star The Kitties, and we're aiming for one illustration per film/TV project--but who knows if Johnny's performance will spark more inspiration? It's been known to happen.
|Gordon borrows one |
of Johnny's hats.
- We plan to watch each film/TV project before starting an illustration.
Note: Since Tigerlily arrived last November, after preparation for this project already began, she couldn't participate in the tributes to Johnny's first few films. I told her that this was okay, since they all had "R" ratings, and she was underage at the time. She's a quick study, up to speed, excited (always), and ready to go! She will join us from 21 Jump Street onward.
Start Date: June 9, 2010. (It's Johnny's birthday, of course! Isn't that on your mental calendars too?) Be sure to follow the Johnny Kitties series, with a new post/film tribute published on Melissa's Kitties on the 9th of every month going forward until we're up to date!
Happy Birthday, Johnny!!! Enjoy!
First up is Film #1, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Let's get started! [See the first Johnny Kitties post here.]