I hit a McDonalds the other day to check-out the “Bee Movie” toys and boy did I get a surprise. The character I got was a pollenjock named…Jackson! I didn’t even realize that one of the pollenjocks in the movie was named Jackson. This is the first time that I can remember that an animated character has been named Jackson and certainly the first Jackson figure I’ve ever gotten. For those of you with popular character names (like Shrek, Remy and Mater) this may not seem like a big deal. But for me this is huge! Now I’m hoping that they make a “Bee Movie” sequel so maybe pollenjock Jackson can have a bigger part next time. Maybe a spin-off about Jackson. Who do I call?
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic in 2006 at the age of 7. To date, Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases and, in total, has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9. And in 2011, Jackson was inducted into the Broadcast Film Critics Association as their youngest member. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Currently, Jackson can be heard every Friday morning on WGNA-FM and his reviews are also posted on his website, YouTube channel and Cultjer.com. He is also a contributor to AnimationScoop.com, run by animation historian Jerry Beck. And Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE”, along with “The LCJ Q&A Podcast”, on which he interviews celebrities and filmmakers.