Playboy says “Basement Gary,” an original animation co-created by New York animator Sean Donnelly and actor Alessandro Minoli, was named winner of its 2009 Animation Contest. Winners get $10,000 and bragging rights in the animation world.

Recently, Playboy had revealed the names of America’s 10 sexiest women on top.

Now, the winning animation tells the story of Basement Gary, a geeky inventor, who builds a “drug simulator,” which allows his landlord’s teenage son to experience drugs without actually doing them.

“The machine,” Gary explains, “gives you all the real effects and benefits of drugs without any of the health risks.” However, Gary’s invention, like all of his creations, is ultimately doomed for disaster, and hilarity ensues.

“Basement Gary” was written, animated, produced and voice acted by Donnelly and Minoli.

Playboy also announced that it is hosting a second competition. Animators are invited to enter their creations in the 2009 Playboy Animation Contest: Round 2. Entrants can submit their animation genius on or via snail mail by November 1, 2009.

“Basement Gary,” as well as other top contest contenders, can be viewed at


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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