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Celebrity Teen Animator, Film Critic Perry Chen A Hit At Women’s Club

Published on: 22nd January, 2014

Perry Chen Speaking at Wednesday Etc. Women's Club, Bernardo Heights Country Club (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen Speaking at Wednesday Etc. Women’s Club, Bernardo Heights Country Club (photo by Zhu Shen)


Jan. 16, 2014

Perry S. Chen, a 13-year-old celebrity award-winning animator and film/entertainment critic was a major hit and the youngest speaker at Wednesday Etc., a top social women’s club in North San Diego at its monthly luncheon on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, held at the scenic Bernardo Heights Country Club. Perry’s humorous and moving speech about his 5-year budding career in the world of movies, animation, and filmmaking made him a popular speaker at the women’s club. The audience was especially touched by Perry’s first animation film about a young Holocaust survivor, “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” in collaboration with two-time Oscar-nominee, animation legend Bill Plympton, directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, co-produced by Perry’s mom Dr. Zhu Shen.

Perry Chen with his awards, and Hollywood film event photos (by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen with his awards, and Hollywood film event photos (by Zhu Shen)

Rosemarie Bergdahl, a board member of the women’s club, introduced Perry, who shared his story about how his mom and 3rd-grade teacher’s early encouragement helped him kickstart his career in movie review in 2009, how a chance meeting with Bill Plympton and Kevin Sean Michaels at 2009 Comic-Con led to his first paid job the following year as the sole animator for “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” which became a critically-acclaimed, multiple awards winner at film festivals, and eventually an Oscar-qualifying film in 2011.

Standing ovation for "Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest" and its animator Perry Chen (photo by Zhu Shen)

Standing ovation for “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” and its animator Perry Chen (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry’s 6-minute animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” received standing ovation from members of Wednesday Etc. Perry dazzled the ladies with live demonstration of his tin foil animal sculpture and computer animation using Toon Boom Animation software and a Wacom digital tablet. Toon Boom and Wacom are also corporate sponsors to Perry and his animation films since 2010.  At the end of his presentation, Perry showed a trailer of his new animation short about his late father “Changyou’s Journey”, his 4th and most personal film to date, which he will write, animate, and direct, with his mom Dr. Zhu Shen as producer. Perry and Zhu were delighted to receive donation to their film “Changyou’s Journey” on the spot by a member from Wednesday Etc.

For more information, watch trailer, and donate to Perry’s new animation “Changyou’s Journey,” visit: (film trailer)

(Donation link)

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Perry Chen tin foil animal sculpture demo with Rosemarie Bergdahl (by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen and mom Zhu Shen setting up animation demo

Perry Chen and mom Zhu Shen setting up animation demo

Perry Chen enjoying lunch at Wednesday Etc. Women's Club (by Zhu Shen)

Perry Chen enjoying lunch at Wednesday Etc. Women’s Club (by Zhu Shen)

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1-15-14 Perry talking to Wednesday Etc. member Joan Al Nasser nice

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About Wednesday Etc.

Wednesday Etc. is a social club founded in 1973 whose primary purpose is to provide opportunities for women to interact with other women for fun and friendship.  It is the top social women’s club in North San Diego with 203 active members and monthly events. The organization supports many community service projects during the year through various donations of food, clothing, time, and money. Wednesday Etc. was so named because it originally met on Wednesday. The tradition is maintained with a luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month.

More information is available on its website:

About Perry S. Chen

Perry S. Chen is a 13-year-old award-winning animator, artist, renowned film and entertainment critic, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 8th grade from San Diego.

Perry became the youngest animator at age 10 when he made his first critically acclaimed 6-minute animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” about a young Holocaust survivor, in collaboration with two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton who provided storyboard and character design.  The film went on to win three film festival awards and screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, and was an Oscar-qualifying film in 2011. The film is distributed by Shorts International, and available on iTunes in 54 countries. More info: (Official film website)


Perry started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and became a national sensation when he debuted on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as the youngest film critic in the country in May 2009.  He has since been featured in numerous regional, national and international media, including NPR, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, Animation Magazine, The Young Icons, Live Life & Win, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network (AWN), San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego Entertainer, The Carmel Valley Life, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog:


Perry won the inaugural “2nd Screen Global Con Junior Innovator of the Year Award” in 2013, “Excellence in Journalism Awards” from San Diego Press Club in 2010, 2011, and 2013 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, press junkets, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Wreck-it Ralph, Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Despicable Me.  Perry and his producer mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.  Perry-designed Thank-You cards with animal alphabet are currently sold at the gift shop of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.


For information about Perry Chen, media inquiries, and partnership opportunities, contact Dr. Zhu Shen, publisher of Perry’s Previews, email:,  858-761-7955.

For Perry Chen’s movie reviews, film project updates, visit:

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