Meet Dan Drooper. He’s a talented animator working at a major cartoon studio in the turbulent sixties. Dan’s life is pretty unstable as well. He drinks too much, smokes four packs a day and is busily trying to save his second marriage. Dan’s home life is not pretty and his teen age daughter can’t stand him. Unfortunately, she caught him making out with one of the Ink & Paint girls and now she wants nothing to do with her talented but flawed dad.
However, Dan shines on the job and is respected by his peers for his stellar animation and drawing ability. His scenes often catch the attention of the “Old Man,” a demanding movie boss who runs the company with a singleminded vision. Dan has hopes of one day running the company and he certainly has the chops to do so. Although Dan remains a major talent at the studio, he can’t seem to get a handle on his reckless behavior and time is beginning to run out. Even Dan’s key assistant, a lovely young woman who manages to make his animated scenes sparkle is beginning to loose patience with her irresponsible boss. She’s growing tired of living in Dan’s shadow and dreams of animating on her own. She’s got the ability and the ruthlessness to make it in the animation business. After all, she learned most of that from Dan.
This season, Dan makes one last attempt to save his troubled marriage, but things don’t look good. Worse, he remains on the outs with his former studio, and returning there is not an option. While they love his work, the talented animator is still too much of a loose cannon and now the studio considers him more liability than an asset. While on the flight home, Dan has an unexpected conversation with a woman who was also married to an animator. And yes, he had a drinking problem as well. In fact, it was the booze that eventually took his life. Sobering thoughts for animator, Dan Drooper as he considers his future in the cartoon business.