Google Play's delightful California Inspires Me series continues with a film narrated by comedy actress Rashida Jones. Gorgeous animation by Jack Cunningham (who also directed), James Hatley, and Joe Sparrow accompanies Jones describing her childhood in seventies L.A. She paints a loving, humorous portrait of her artist and musician-filled home (her father is Quincy Jones, and Michael Jackson was a frequent visitor), and herself as a chubby, geeky teen wanting to become a judge. Yet despite trying to rebel against the entertainment industry, she was fascinated by "Saturday Night Live" and obsessively listened to "Grease." Jones ends by touching on the differences between Northern and Southern California, something the animation illustrates beautifully.
Other films in the series, by BBH L.A., include portraits of Brian Wilson, Jack Black and Kim Gordon. California Inspires Me was created in partnership with Pop-Up Magazine's California Sunday to show how the state shaped the lives of various artists.