Return to the 1980s with the animated tale 1985-1986 which will be released on July 17, 2007 from Anhedenia Films!

1985-1986 is going to be available on DVD and as a digital download and rental from It will also be available to watch via TiVo. Described as Charles Schulz meets Larry Clark, Director Evan Jacobs wrote, directed, produced, animated, edited and scored this coming of age tale over a two year period from 2004 to 2006.

"I knew absolutely nothing about animation when I got started, I just wanted to document a portion of my life growing up in Orange County, California." Jacobs states. "I'd written this script when I was on tour in 1997 and I just wanted to see it made. Due to budget constraints animation was the only way."

Utilizing an old eMac, the animation program Toon Boom Studios, and other software applications like GarageBand and Soundtrack, Jacobs made this feature length film for basically the price of the software and a few 300 GB hard drives.

1985-1986 is a coming-of-age story about a 12-year-old boy named Erol who begins attending a new middle school in a rough neighborhood. His new environment is different from the safety of the suburbs he has always known. Erol ends up falling in with a bad crowd and is introduced to a world of smoking, alcohol, drugs and punk rock. Ultimately, Erol realizes that the best person he can be is himself.

"I wanted to pay homage to such films as The Outsiders, Suburbia, Rumble Fish, Brotherhood of Justice and all the other '80s films that made an impression on me. I drew in references to many films that influenced this one. From names on the walls, to writing on the shirts the characters are wearing, its my hope that people watch 1985-1986 multiple times and try to find all of them." Jacobs says.

Presented in Full Screen format with monaural audio, the 1985-1986 DVD will be available for $15.00 via

Cast & Filmmakers

Director: Evan Jacobs

Written By: Evan Jacobs

Music By: Jay Cee

Cast: Michael J. Vogelsang, Erin Lander, Chris Lohman, Andrew Jacobs, James Belisle, Isaac Golub, Brian Balchack, Angelique Flores, Paul Saitowitz, Mike Hartsfield, Joe Nelson, Tara Salinas and Lindy Russo

Technical Specs:

- Street Date: July 17, 2007

- Copyright: 2006 Anhedenia Films

- Price: $15.00 SRP

- Running Time: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

- Aspect Ratio: Full Screen (1.33:1)

- Rating: Not Rated

- Audio: English Mono

Anhedenia Films ( has been owned and operated by Writer/Director Evan Jacobs since 1995. The company has released seven feature films in addition to writing scripts and handling post production work for various companies in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Anhedenia Films is currently set to release the young adult novel My Summer Of Hate in late 2007. They are in preproduction on a spinoff, Internet/TV show based on the characters from 1985-1986 titled, The Best Days Of My Life, and the next feature length, animated project will be the first film in Jacobs', The Awesome Monster Bashers series.


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