YOU DON'T HAVE TO DIE (1988) - Home Box Office special. Academy Award - Best Documentary Short. For this Oscar-winning documentary, Canemaker illustrated a young boy's experience with pediatric cancer. 1988 Academy Award - Best Achievement in Documentary Short Subject.

"John Canemaker, an animator whose credits include PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE and HBO's very pleasant adaptation of LYLE LYLE CROCODILE takes the book illustrations by Tim and Adam Gaes and expands upon them, adhering to the visual style but incorporating new ideas while fleshing out old ones. Consequently, the animated image of Jason's heaven is even more reassuring in the TV show than in the book. His self-image as a future doctor is much less formal. Even the concept of chemotherapy is helped greatly by Canemaker's witty techniques." New York Post, 5 December 1988. See also:

"Serious Fun," Millimeter, February 1989;

"Kids With Cansur," Post, Dec. 1988;

"John Canemaker Animates for HBO," Backstage, 11 Nov 1988;

"Cartoon Verite," Advertising Age, 5 Dec 1988;

"Animation Bug Bit Oscar Winner Early," Elmira Star-Gazette, 31 March 1989. © John Canemaker 2001, 2003. All Rights Reserved.