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More Characters from “Go with Me”

The Adventure Time Blog

April 1st, 2011

Jake & Lady Rainicorn with Rims - Kissing - Special Pose

The lead designer on “Go with Me” was Phil Rynda. Natasha Allegri and Andy Ristaino were designers. The character clean-up artist was Alex Campos. Ron Russell and Simon Simmonds were the color stylists. Nick Jennings is the show’s art director. The episode’s creative directors were Pat McHale and Cole Sanchez.

Elder Wolf with Rims
Banana Guard
Marceline with Tentacles - Special Pose
Hot Dog Man & Popcorn Guy on Movie Screen
Drive In Crowd - Kissing - Special Pose

– Eric

“Go with Me” Characters

The Adventure Time Blog

March 31st, 2011

Finn Foaming at the Mouth with Rims

The lead designer on “Go with Me” was Phil Rynda. Natasha Allegri and Andy Ristaino were designers. The character clean-up artist was Alex Campos. Ron Russell and Simon Simmonds were the color stylists. Nick Jennings is the show’s art director. The episode’s creative directors were Pat McHale and Cole Sanchez.

Princess Bubblegum in New Dress
Marceline with Mohawk - Scary Face - Special Pose
Finn in Lute Suit
Jake as Royal Chair
Jake as Royal Chair Strumming Lute - Special Pose

– Eric

Butch! Cosmo! Wanda! Timmy!

Fred Seibert’s Blog

March 31st, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but it was 10 years ago tonight at 8:30ET (which was a Friday in 2001) that I told my oldest son he could stay up late to watch a new Frederator production (”But I don’t like anything on Nickelodeon!” I got my wish and he soon changed his tune. Thanks to the Oddparents he completely switch off his CN loyalties.).

Creator extraordinaire Butch Hartman and I started working together a few years before. He was already a veteran of the Hanna-Barbera art department, contributing to a lot of the studio’s comedies; the first one in my office pitching a short for our What A Cartoon! incubator of big ideas. Four shorts later, we almost had to pry him off his writing/directing gig on Johnny Bravo to be the last creator in the first Oh Yeah! Cartoons season, starting up FOP towards the end of 1997.

There really isn’t anyone else like Butch in the cartoon business, as evidenced by his three hit series over the past decade, which, if I’m not mistaken, is an unparalleled track record of success in our industry.  Talented, dedicated, and motivated, he’s the animated hardest working man in show business.

Most importantly, he’s accomplished all this while being part of an amazing family. Butch, his wife Julieann, and their two teenage daughters have set Hartman House, a non profit organization dedicated to helping people the world over, to improve the lives of children and families throughout the world who suffer from poverty and hopelessness by building homes and providing food, education, and spiritual growth. They’ve built two homes for families in Guatemala, fed nearly 7200 families with Thanksgiving meals in the U.S., and are in the midst of funding a school in Africa. (Now that I think of it, if you’re a fan of any of Butch’s hits, why don’t you show him directly, and donate a little something to Hartman House.)

I’m really honored to have had such a long history with someone like Butch Hartman. And, at the rate we’re going, it’ll be going on for decades to come.

Congratulations on the anniversary bud, you’re one of a kind. My sincere best to your family.

Butch Hartman
Young Butch Hartman’s 1998 Oh Yeah! Cartoons press photo

“Belly of the Beast” Animatic, Featuring Andy Samberg

The Adventure Time Blog

March 30th, 2011

“Belly of the Beast” premieres Monday night. Jeremy Shada as Finn, and Andy Samberg as Party Pat.

– Eric

Adventure Time’s First Gallery Event

The Adventure Time Blog

March 30th, 2011

Revised Promo Art
Revised promo art by Phil Rynda

If you’re not like me, you probably won’t be doing your taxes on Saturday, April 16. That means you can hoof it out to Alhambra, CA, for the opening reception of Gallery Nucleus’s Adventure Time exhibit. It’s an all-ages event featuring not only production work from the series but also personal art by the show’s stellar crew, folks including Pen Ward, Ako Castuero, Tom Herpich, Jesse Moynihan, Kent Osborne, Andy Ristaino, Phil Rynda, Rebecca Sugar, and Bert Youn. Oh, and of course you can meet the artists in person. Hopefully I’ll be boring the stuff out of you over the next two weeks leading up to the night as I get some teaser art. In any case, make sure you put it on your calendar now. They’ll have refreshments, too! (Quick, someone make up a some kind of fancy Adventure Time drink). The exhibit will be open till May 6, but the big opening reception is on 4/16.

– Eric

Happy Anniversary, Fairly OddParents

The Fairly Odd-Blog

March 30th, 2011

The Big Problem!

Can you believe it’s been ten years to the day since The Fairly OddParents premiered on Nickelodeon? Me, neither. Now, that’s not including the handful of FOP shorts made for the earlier Oh Yeah! anthology. But it was Friday night, March 30, 2001, when Nickelodeon debuted the series with “The Big Problem!” That was a decade ago, and Butch Hartman is still working on Fairly OddParents cartoons and live-action specials (among many other non-FOP projects, that busy guy). Who knows what the future holds in store for the series, but for 2011 at least, the network has a few FOP events up its sleeve. So congratulations to Butch and everyone who’s contributed to the show over the years, way back since the property’s inception in 1997 or so (and we can only imagine how many hundreds of folks that is).

For your trip down memory lane, here’s a link to Steve Marmel’s script for “The Big Problem!” along with a bunch of backgrounds from the program’s opening titles.

“The Big Problem” Script(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(”script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src=”http://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js”; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(”script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();
Ext. Overview of Town
Int. School Bus
Int. Stairway in Timmy's House
Int. Timmy's Room
Piano Keys/Train Tracks
Beetnic Scene
Cake/Burger/Fries/Soda
Marquee

– Eric

Exclusive WonderCon T-shirt

The Adventure Time Blog

March 30th, 2011

Exclusive WonderCon 2011 T-shirt

What’s the best thing for an Adventure Time fan at this weekend’s WonderCon in San Francisco? I mean, besides meeting Pen Ward? Why, it’s the opportunity to purchase one of these exclusive Adventure Time T-shirts from the good folks at Mighty Fine. While they run just $20 a pop, the more economically savvy of you will take advantage of the two for $35 deal. And don’t forget to submit pictures to the Tumblr page of you wearing yours.

– Eric

Pen & James

The Adventure Time Blog

March 30th, 2011

Pen Ward and James Kochalka
Pen Ward and James Kochalka

If you’re wondering why the posts around here have been light this week, Vermont’s Comic Laureate, James Kochalka, is in town. We’ve been making the rounds with the Johnny Boo creator, trying to get sold a top-secret animation project. James did have time, though, to pop by Cartoon Network yesterday to spend some time with Pen.

– Eric

Tom’s “Go with Me” Promo Art

The Adventure Time Blog

March 27th, 2011

Storyboard artist Tom Herpich’s promo art for tomorrow night’s episode, “Go with Me,” boarded by him and Ako Castuera.

– Eric

“Go with Me” Title Card

The Adventure Time Blog

March 25th, 2011

Phil Rynda and Martin Ansolabehere’s title card for “Go with Me,” premiering Monday night on Cartoon Network.

– Eric