"A Crankbunny is very magical type of fish - an aquatic being that inhabits particular waters only found in a handful locations in the world. This type of fish only responds to subtle movement, delicious odors, creative bursts of freedom, and copious amounts of slumbering sleep.”

Some things in life are slick, hip, polished and blatantly obvious. But for Norma V. Toraya, who’s known as Crankbunny, these are exactly the things she shies away from. Instead, she is more inclined to explore storytelling through curiosity and timeless concepts while working as an animation director and paper artist.

I am an animator, director and unconventional paper artist. People hire me to make them commercials, tv intros, music videos, concert projections, etc. I also work on my own personal films, build mechanical paper puppets, and run a small business creating paper art goods.
I’ve lived in a bunch of different large cities. I’ve directed commercial spots, TV intros, music videos and documentary film shorts for Nike, ING, Nestle, Darkhorse, Holt Renfrew, the band Rush, Etsy, W Network, MuchMusic, United Airlines and other similar lovely folks. My animated short “Animals Will Leave Us First” is part of the Museum of Modern Art New York permanent collection.
I have gone to fancy schools for years and years of fine arts / film training / animation studies - yet in the famous words of a few old men, “I’d rather be fishing.”
I’m a big fan of instinct. My friends and family all share the same frustration of not being able to reach me. Don’t be surprised when I can’t say captain, Massachusetts, thyme and hearth correctly - English isn’t my first language.