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David Firth
Born January 23, 1983 (1983-01-23) (age 27)
Doncaster, England, UK
Occupation animator and musician
Years active 1999-present

David Firth (born 23 January 1983 in Doncaster, England) is an English animator.[1] His most popular work is featured prominently on Newgrounds, and a number of specially commissioned short animations have been shown on British television. Notable animations from David Firth are Men from Up the Stairs, the Salad Fingers series, Health Reminder and Pulch: The Good Times. Many of his works have high acclaim on Newgrounds.com.

Firth's work often contains a large amount of abusive language and dark imagery and tends to explore topics of a disturbing or surreal nature, such as depression and mental illness; he also wrote and animated his Sock series based on his own dreams. Some of his work may be described as dark humour, while much of it is simply experimental, using many different styles.

Firth gained internet stardom after the third episode of his Salad Fingers series was featured on the front page of the well-known website, Newgrounds. He is also the creator of the faux documentary series "Devvo", which follows the day-to-day lifestyle of a stereotypical chav (played by Firth's longtime friend Christian "Crust" Pickup) in the UK. David Firth plays Devvo's friend and co-musician Shady Piez, who is commonly seen wearing a large beige coat with "MC DEVVO" drawn on the back. Other cartoon series include Burnt Face Man and the Jerry Jackson cartoons.

Firth is a fan of Aphex Twin, and has used references such as the song "Milkman" in a cartoon also titled "Milkman". Also, in the cartoon "Scribbler", an Aphex Twin poster can be seen. Firth has also used music by Aphex Twin in his more experimental, stop-motion films.

In addition to several broadcasts of "Devvo," David Firth has submitted short films for "Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe", televised on BBC Four.[2]

Firth composes electronic music under the pseudonym of Locust Toybox.

He is currently working on his first animated feature film, currently titled "The Meadow Man". Firth believes the title will eventually change.

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Fat-Pie episodes

Before his Salad Fingers debut, Firth worked on Online episodes of the 'Fat-pie' series, which follows the surreal misadventures a character, Jim, and his friends. Three full episodes were made, each one lasting roughly 15 minutes long and have plots based on the rise of a craze or theme. In 2004, Firth started work on episode 4, but about a quarter-way-through, aborted the project.

Characters

  • Jim(sy) - Is based on Firth's younger brother, James, he is the easily irritated, but sensible, leader of the group. He befriends the shopkeeper, Pelk(atron).
  • Freddie - Jim's best friend. He is Easliy exploited and has a tendency to make poor choices for friends.
  • Slowboy - A tough, rather dull figure who is badly wounded by a rouge beard in a fight with Jim's rival, Dishwasher Smith.
  • Pelk - Sometimes known as Pelkatron, He is the friendly, stammering shopkeeper who, in episode 3, is kidnapped by Big Turk but presumed dead by the police (who incidentally, are all Irish, pipe-smoking and mustachioed) after his shop is burnt down by a religious fanatic with six arms.
  • Dane - Dodgy second hand car dealer who is always attempting to rip-off his customers.
  • Pound-man - Business rival of Dane's, who employs Drug-addicts as his henchmen to try and scam people.
  • Spider - A large human-headed spider who works in Dane's shop. He is much better at finances than Dane.
  • Lazy-Lemon - A giant lemon that is the creator of the universe. He lives in a forest and is unable to move. He sends a six armed man to burn down Pelk's shop as an act of revenge on the faults of humanity.
  • Wet-wesley - A snake made of leather that does physical tasks for Lazy-Lemon.
  • Panathinaikos Bear - A TV star who later had his own spin-off series on Fat-pie.
  • Big Turk - Friendly Shop-keeper who runs a secret terrorist den in his basement.
  • Dishwasher Smith - Rival of Jim, who steals his Girlfriend, Leah.
  • Leah - Jim's Ex-girlfriend.
  • Wayne - Leader of a group of football Hooligans. Pioneer of facial-hair.
  • Un-named friend of Wayne's - Aggressive character, who dreams of being on Stars In Their Eyes.
  • Other Un-named friend of Wayne's - Dis-liker of beards.
  • Ethel the hag - Shop-keeper.
  • Barry - Talking Black-bird.
  • Godfrey Stickleweb - Appears to be a young gentleman, while in actuality, is a thief working for Pound-Man. He proves popular amongst Jim's friends, but Jim himself distrusts him. In the end, he is killed, along with the rest of those employed as con-men, by Pound-Man.
  • Harper - Character who is adored by Freddie, but despised by Jim.
  • Chavs/Smackheads - Hired by Pound-Man and Dane to do their criminal deeds. Such things as breaking cars and asking for money on the streets with excuses such as "Have y' got twenny P mate, I need it for t' bus." [sic] After being murdered by Pound-Man, they are sold as meat at a market.

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