Michael Jackson, Grease and an Artsy Childhood: Rashida Jones Recalls 70s L.A. for Google Play

Actress Narrates Latest Delightful 'California Inspires Me' Film

Published On
Sep 03, 2015

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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.


Sep 04, 2015
Agency :
BBH-Los Angeles
Brand :
Google Play
Client :
Google Play
Director :
Jack Cunningham
Animation :
Jack Cunningham
Animation :
James Hatley
Animation :
Joe Sparrow
Music :
Shannon Ferguson
Sound Production :
Mooj Zadie
Sound Recording :
Gideon Brower
Executive Creative Director :
Pelle Sjoenell
Creative Director :
Josh Webman
Creative Director :
Peter Albores
Design Director :
Florencio Zavala
Associate Creative Director :
Kristian Grove Moller
Producer :
Derek Fagerstrom
Project Manager :
Whitney Lynn
Front-End Developer :
Lyndel Thomas

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