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Mmmmm Cheeseburgers…

February 26th, 2010


Do you love cows? I do… with special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.

If you love cows, animation, Bill Plympton, or BBQ in general, come out to Hill Country on Tuesday for the premiere of famed indie animator Bill Plympton’s new short, The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger.  The event will include live performances by famed musicians Nicole Renaud and Maureen McElheron. Everyone who comes receives a free Bill Plympton cow drawing.

The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger is a children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother’s love.  The style is sharpie with digital coloring and music by Nicole Renaud and Corey Jackson.

I hope all of you New Yorkers will come out to see this great new short. I’ll see you there! - Carrie

When: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010- 6-8pm
Location: Hill Country Barbecue Market - 30 [Read more…]

Precocious Partridge Presents…

April 20th, 2009

Harry Partridge, creator of the pitch-perfect parody “Saturday Morning Watchman” (up to 1,932,841 views on YouTube, as of this moment!) has posted his new reel. Harry is still in college and surely has quite a career ahead of him. He not only writes and animates his shorts; he also records all the voices solo and scores his own music.

The main Harry Partridge YouTube page is here. And his website is here.

Check out “Saturday Morning Watchman”, if you haven’t seen it. Or watch it again. Let’s push this puppy up past TWO MILLION VIEWS!

Anne D. Bernstein

Flat and Flashy

April 8th, 2009

This classic Jib Jab Passover short is an oldie but goodie. The rapper is Eric Schwartz, aka Smooth-E. In this interview, he shares the origin story of his viral video.

If we had just one, it would have been enough. But here are few more tributes to the thin stuff:

“Matzoh Man” from American Comedy Network:

“20 Things to Do With Matzoh” by Michelle Citrin and William Levin is live action, but just so great that I wanted to share it. Plus, the girl can sing!

Anne D. Bernstein

March Cartoon of the Month is Too Sweet!

March 23rd, 2009


It’s that time again! Time to announce our March Cartoon of the Month. We had a really great variety of films that were contenders this month - bears, cars, ghosts, goldfish, narwhals, cupcakes and more. Honestly, though, in the end we all know that cupcakes RULE! So it’s really no surprise that Kirsten Lepore is taking home the totally sweet $100 prize-pack of exclusive Cartoon of the Month Channel Frederator merchandise for her film, Sweet Dreams.
Kirsten was Channel Frederator’s first featured filmmaker in episode #166. Our very own Bailee DesRocher did an awesome two part interview with Kirsten where she tells all about this great film. Make sure you check it out here, and here.
I also asked Kirsten what kind of advice she has for any of you creative filmmakers out there that want to win the Cartoon of the Month prize yourself. She says:

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The Lucky Winner!

March 20th, 2009

We got such a boatload of submissions for Channel Frederator’s 2-Second Cartoon Contest and it really looks like everyone put a lot of work into their shorts. Thanks to everyone for submitting! I would love for everyone to to win, but we did promise a prize, and that prize goes to Jeff Gill for his short, “First Kiss”. Congratulations, Jeff!

I asked Jeff a few questions about himself and what inspired his 2-second short. Check out his answers below!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m originally from Seminole, FL, but after attending school in Savannah I moved out here to Los Angeles and have worked at a number of really fun studios, including Jib Jab and South Park. Currently we’re hard at work on the 13th season, but during our mid-season breaks I enjoy working on my own side projects including music videos, experimental films, and updating my daily art blog,

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Last Day for the 2-Second Cartoon Contest!

March 5th, 2009

That’s right folks! Just over 24 hours to upload your 2-second cartoon for our St. Patrick’s day contest. We’ve already gotten quite a few awesome entries and are looking forward to yours!
You could be taking home a brand-spanking-new Nintendo DSi (yes, that’s the new, fancy-pants, improved version of the Nintendo handheld device that is being released in April).
Make sure you visit the contest page here, and submit your film at: - Carrie

Krazy Goes For Broke

February 27th, 2009


The stock market is in the crapper, so it’s time to watch cartoons! Just like in the Great Depression! So mosey on over to one of my favorite blogs, Uncle John’s Crazy Town. Uncle John is gaga over the bouncy noodly style of 1930s animation, so it’s no wonder that he’s unearthed a timely gem called “Prosperity Blues” (Columbia/Mintz 1932). According to this visual tale, the key to economic recovery starts with obligatory smiling and synchronized dancing.

Click here to watch the cartoon in its entirety. Then click your heel twice and hope for the best.

PS: According to a New York Times article, “Prosperity Blues” was part of the 1992 “Cartoon Soup Kitchen” program, screened at Lincoln Center and curated by Greg Ford. The more things change…

Anne D. Bernstein

Win a Nintendo DSi!

February 26th, 2009

That’s right folks, we’re upping the ante on our St Patrick’s Day 2-Second Cartoon Contest! No second-best for you. The winner of our contest will now be receiving the new and improved version of Nintendo’s handheld device, the Nintendo DSi. This new model features a bigger screen but thinner body, two cameras and more!
BUT you can’t win unless you enter. Visit the contest page here for more details. Entries are due on March 6th. That’s only  8 days away, so get crackin’ on those toons! - Carrie

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Felipe Zuleta Eats Up the Cartoon of the Month Prize

February 19th, 2009


Congratulations to Felipe Zuleta! His film, Big Eater, takes home February’s Cartoon of the Month Prize! Featured in Channel Frederator episode 166, this film follows an epic eating battle. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might get a little bit hungry.
Felipe will be the recipient of an awesome $100 prize-pack of exclusive Channel Frederator merchandise. I asked Felipe if he had any advice for other budding filmmakers who want to win this prestigious award as well. Felipe’s adice was:

Well, do your best! put everything into your work so you can be proud of it and have no regrets, then bug, bug, and… bug everyone to go into Channel Frederator, see and rate your work! then pray (that’s what I did :P)

For more about Felipe and his film, check out the great interview that our very own Bailee DesRocher did with Felipe by clicking here. And don’t forget, your film could [Read more…]

Do You Want Bran Flakes With That?

February 13th, 2009

The Bran Flakes are an “experimental music project employing a variety of found samples and sounds”. You can also call their output sound collage, high-concept sampling, mighty fine mashup, or sweet musical melting pot. The primary members are Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt. (I used to know Otis Fodder’s real name, but I have completely forgotten it, so it shall remain a secret!)

These days, they are also producing odd animated videos to promote their new release I Have Hands (out and about February 24th.) The short above goes along with the song “Do You Want Salad With Your Taco?” Animation by Susan DeLint aka Plogo aka probably-some-other-amazing-pseudonyms.

Here’s a second colorful and trippy one called “What’s It All About?” (by Mildred Pitt).

For all their vids, past and present, see their YouTube page.

Anne D. Bernstein