Animation

In my job at FableVision over the years, I’ve worked on many animated films and websites, expanding my interest in drawing and storytelling. Along the way I’ve also made a few short films of my own.


Page-A-Day Flipbook

One year I challenged myself to draw one page of animation each day in a flipbook, making it up as I went along. Here is the result.


Winter Greetings From Burrwood Forest

This animation is inspired by my comic Sticky Burr, and imagines what happens when the first snowfall comes to Burrwood Forest.


Sticky Burr Animated Theme Song

A song written by myself and my brother Tony Lechner, based on my books and webcomic about the inhabitants of Burrwood Forest


John Lechner Visits Burrwood Forest

This film was made for the Oregon Association of School Libraries when my book was awarded the 2010 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award. It combines animation and live action.


The Clever Stick – Book Trailer

I created this book trailer for my picture book The Clever Stick, published by Candlewick Press.


Mister Moon

A short animated film based on a song performed by my sister Amy Conley, a musician and music educator.


Cosmic Lobsters

An animated short film in collaboration with my brother Tony Lechner, who created the music and most of the voices. (Video coming soon!)

Cosmic Lobsters


He Was Me

A short film in collaboration with Peter H. Reynolds, about the inner child in all of us and following our dreams.


Other film credits

(all with FableVision Studios)

The North Star (Co-Director)
Produced by FableVision and Scholastic/Weston Woods

The Dot (Co-Director, animator)
Produced by FableVision and Scholastic/Weston Woods
Winner of the 2005 Carnegie Medal

Ish (Co-Director, animator)
Produced by FableVision and Scholastic/Weston Woods
ALA’s 2006 Notable Children’s Video Winner
2nd Prize, Animated Short Film or Video, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2006

The Blue Shoe (Co-Director, animator)
Produced by FableVision
ASIFA-East Award – Second place, Independent Film category

Living Forever (Co-Director)
Produced by FableVision
ASIFA-East Award – Third place, Independent Film category