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“Replacement Dog” with Casey Safron and Garrett Koeppicus

April 8th, 2010


“Replacement Dog” comes to Channel Frederator this week from Casey Safron, supreme ruler and creator of Animation Block Party, and Garrett Koeppicus, who you might remember as the voice of the little frog in Chris Conforti’s “Frog” on Cartoon Hangover. Below, Casey and Garrett tell us more about the film, and what they’re up to next.

Channel Frederator: Where did you study animation?

Garrett Koeppicus: School of Visual Arts, 2002 - 2006.

Casey Safron: I was an American Studies major at Brandeis University, but drew the comic for my college paper and then started learning animation at an NYC studio called the Ink Tank at my first post grad job.

CF: Where are you making people study animation now?

GK: As far as I know, KC or myself aren’t making anyone study animation. I would hate to make anyone study anything they didn’t want to.

CS: I have been managing the School of Visual Arts BFA Animation Department since 2001, where I met Garrett, but I didn’t make him study, although apparently he did anyways.

CF: Who are you favorite artists and animators?

GK: Richard Serra, Andy Goldsworthy, Osamu Tezuka, Tove Jannson, Mark Rothko, Paul Klee, Edward Gorey, Eric Monasterio, Kay Nielsen, Taiyou Matsumoto, Kawase Hasui, Kandinsky, Calder. Animators… Miyazaki Hayao, always inspirational.

Studio 4C, their work is always a ton of fun. Most notably their film Mind Game, which is one of the most mind-blowing films I’ve seen. Graham Annable, his stuff always cracks me up. Frédéric Back too, the first time I saw The Man Who Planted Trees I was moved and wanted to be like Bouffier.


CF: What inspired the story for “Replacement Dog”?

CS: I have commitment phobic friend who got a dog a week after dumping someone, thought it would make a cute short and coined the phrase “replacement dog.” After doing the thumbnails on the subway, I hired my buddy Garrett K. to draw the film. We had worked together before on a zombie cartoon that was animated in my style.

I wanted “Replacement Dog” to have a different look, so Garrett not only animated, but also designed the characters, backgrounds, etc.


CF: How awesome is Animation Block Party, on a scale of 1-10?

GK: Like 8 million or some shit. I don’t know.

CS: Yeah, in 2004 - I founded a film festival called Animation Block Party, this July 30-August 1 will mark our seventh annual festival.

CF: Are you working on anything new you can tell us about?

GK: My girlfriend Charlotte and I are working on a very brief short involving some hair monsters. Her character designs are pretty sweet, should be a lot of fun.

CS: Organizing ABP 2010 and producing some cartoons, including a new “Cooking 420 with Chef Barry” that launches on My Damn Channel on 4/13/2010.

CF: We will certainly check it out! Thanks for the interview, guys!

Check out “Replacement Dog” right here on Channel Frederator!

-Bailee DesRocher

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