Dad Budz

Jacob and Jake are struggling to be good dads when a volatile relative shows up and makes the job much harder.

  • John Jacob Myers
    Emojihead (Blumhouse), Dilemma of Desire,
  • Jacob Ciocci
    Paperrad, Problem Solvers, Extreme Animals
  • Jacob Ciocci
    Paperrad, Problem Solvers, Extreme Animals
  • Jake Myers
    Emojihead, Dilemma of Desire
  • Jennifer Mills
    Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Late Night with Stephen Colbert
  • Connor Ratliff
    Key Cast
    Search Party (HBO), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The George Lucas Talk Show,
  • Alex Song-Xia
    Key Cast
    Rick and Morty, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, High Maintenance (HBO)
  • Shannon O'Neill
    Key Cast
    High Maintenance, Broad City, The Other Two
  • Jesse Kendall
    Key Cast
    Utopia, Love Dump,
  • Alexandra Dickson
    Key Cast
    ASSSSCAT/ UCB, Chris Gethard Presents, College Humor Originals,
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Television
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  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Jacob Myers, Jacob Ciocci

Jacob Ciocci is a dad, artist, and animation professor at DePaul University. He is best known as 1/3rd of the Paper Rad art collective and ½ of the electronic musical group Extreme Animals.

Jake Myers is a dad, writer, director, animator, and volleyball coach living in LA. He is best known for the horror short, Emojihead, on Blumhouse’s CryptTV.

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Director Statement

Becoming a parent for the first time is a psychedelic experience that completely reshapes your understanding of the world and your place in it. In Dad Budz, we also wanted to show the psychedelic experience toddlers must go through while acquiring visual and verbal language as a way to understand the chaos around them.