13. Januar 2024 Johannes Wolters

INDAC Interview: Dave Mullins & Brad Booker – „WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko“

Oscar-Shortlisted and Annie Award Nominated ( Best Animated Short] „WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko“ is a brilliant animated short about a exciting chessplay between players fighting a brutal war in real life. Funny, charming, terrifying and dark, this animated short tells a gripping story in a fantastic creative way, full of unforgettable moments with a runtime of only 11 minutes. A masterpiece.  Director Dave Mullins and Producer Brad Booker from ElectroLeague honored us with an interview about the brilliant film, which – already Oscar-shortlisted – received an Annie Nomination for Best Animated Short minutes before the interview.

WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko, is an 11-minute animated film, set in an alternate WWI reality where a senseless war rages on, two soldiers on opposite sides of the conflict play a game of chess. A heroic carrier pigeon delivers the soldiers’ chess moves over the battlefield as the fighting escalates. Neither soldier knows his opponent as the game and the war builds to its climatic final move. Whoever wins the game, one thing is for certain: there are no winners in war.




Dave Mullins is a distinguished American writer, director, and animator renowned for his significant contributions to storytelling and filmmaking. As the co-founder of ElectroLeague, he draws from a rich two-decade career at Pixar Animation Studios.

Best known for his directorial debut, the emotionally resonant short film „LOU,“ Dave earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Short Film. The film received acclaim at events such as SXSW® Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, earning nominations for Best Animated Short and Best Family Film, respectively.

During his tenure at Pixar, Dave played a pivotal role in overseeing animation for Academy Award®-winning masterpieces like „UP“ and „SOUL.“ His artistic contributions extended to other acclaimed projects, including the Academy Award®-nominated „INCREDIBLES 2“ and Golden Globe®-nominated films like „CARS 2“ and „THE GOOD DINOSAUR.“

Dave’s animation journey began in 1995 at Walt Disney Feature Animation, leading to notable roles at Sony Imageworks and Digital Domain. His credits include iconic films like „STUART LITTLE,“ „MONSTERS INC.,“ „FINDING NEMO,“ „CARS,“ „RATATOUILLE,“ „BRAVE,“ „INSIDE OUT,“ and „COCO.“

In addition to his creative pursuits, Dave studied computer science at Brown University and earned his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design. His technical expertise at Pixar is evident in four awarded patents, showcasing his vital role in developing groundbreaking animation tools for some of Pixar’s most successful films.


Brad Booker is a seasoned film producer and former animator with three decades of experience in the entertainment industry.

Fueled by a passion for dramatic storytelling, innovative technology, and a dedicated mission to maximize budgetary impact on the screen, he has seamlessly integrated these elements under one umbrella in the formation of ElectroLeague.

Prior to the inception of ElectroLeague, Brad significant contributions to the film landscape. His noteworthy productions include „RUMBLE“ (2020) for Paramount Pictures and „THE BOOK OF LIFE“ (2014) for 20th Century Fox. The latter garnered a nomination for „Best Animated Feature“ at prestigious events like the Golden Globes®, the Producers Guild of America, and The Critics‘ Choice Movie Awards but also secured 5 Annie Awards.

During his illustrious 15-year tenure at Reel FX Animation Studios, Brad served as a producer as well as spearheading film development, playing a pivotal role in bringing all three of the studio’s animated feature films to the big screen.

Before venturing into film production and development, Brad’s passion for gaming led him to Acclaim Game Studios, where he directed game cinematics for the hit title „RED STAR.“ His career commenced as an animator at renowned studios such as Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, and Weta FX, with animation credits that include iconic films like „IRON GIANT,“ „OSMOSIS JONES,“ „STUART LITTLE,“ „SPIDER-MAN,“ and „LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS.“


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