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“Distraxion” with Dreamworks’ Mike Stern

May 3rd, 2010


This week’s Channel Frederator film “Distraxion” comes to us from Mike Stern, who is currently working at Dreamworks Animation and is an instructor at and was kind enough to do a quick interview.

Channel Frederator: Where did you study animation?

Mike Stern: I went to NYU to study digital imaging and design. This is where I got my start in general 3D. Towards the end of my studies there I decided to specialize in animation. As luck would have it AnimationMentor was just opening its doors and I signed up to be part of their first class.

CF: Who are your favorite artists?

MS: Right now hanging up around my cube I’ve got some work by Hylton Warburton and Yoshitomo Nara.

CF: What gave you the idea for “Distraxion”?

MS: The idea actually came from a real life experience. Some co-workers and I went to lunch at an outdoor restaurant and we were seated right next to these [Read more…]

Chickens, Robots & Dinosaurs! Oh, My!

April 26th, 2010

What a WEEK we have planned for you, Channel Frederator friends! Chickens! Robots! Dinosaurs! ALL IN ONE WEEK. Can you handle it?! Yes. Yes you can, and you will love every second of it. Cluck Cluck, wizz clank, ROOOAAARRR!

MONDAY Channel Frederator - “Chicken Cowboy” by Stephen Neary : A humble chicken learns to be brave in the face of bullies, bullets, and toast.

WEDNESDAY Fredbits - “Robot Dance Wars” by Toby Dale: Because the best way to settle a score is to just dance it out.

FRIDAY Cartoon Hangover - “Dino Rider” by Mikkel Siercke: A boy uses a dinosaur to exact revenge on his enemies (in lieu of dancing out his anger, it would seem).

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“Elk Hair Caddis” from Peter Smith and Magnus Møller

April 17th, 2010


Animators Peter Smith and Magnus Møller (along with fellow students Alice Holme and Anders Brogaard) submitted their outstanding multimedia treat-for-the-eyeballs “Elk Hair Caddis” and Channel Frederator was more than thrilled to show it! Below, Peter speaks on behalf of the creative team and gives us some in depth info on the filmmaking process. Check out the production team’s ‘making of’ videos here.

Channel Frederator: Where did you you study animation?

Peter Smith: The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark 2006 - 2010

CF: Who are your favorite artists?

PS: Well, I can mention a few: Rodin, Michelangelo, Krøyer, Rubens, Tintoretto, Tex Avery, Hanna Barbera.

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“Chair Amie” with Pierre Adrien

April 17th, 2010


Pierre Adrien is the creator of this week’s featured Cartoon Hangover film, “Chair Amie”, a nightmarish take on the ‘morning after’. The film has incited extreme responses from CH viewers and understandably so - it is graphic, raw, surreal and frightening. Read on to learn more about Pierre and be sure to check out his blog and take a look at his sketches and concept art. A-stonishing stuff.

Cartoon Hangover: Where did you study animation?

Pierre Adrien: In the school Emile Cohl, in Lyon (France)

CH: Who are your favorite artists?


Filmmakers : Bill Plympton, David Cronenberg
Illustrators : Stéphane Blanquet, Moebius, Lee Conklin
Painter : Jerome Bosch, Francis Bacon

CH: What gave you the idea for “Chair Amie”?

PA: The influence of my favorite artists and my dependence on my coffee maker.

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Talkin’ with Trevor Jones

April 12th, 2010


You have 48 hours to create a short film, top to bottom. What do you do? Why, make a music video about a tokin’ Sasquatch. Doy. This week on Cartoon Hangover we’re featuring “Talkin’ Sasquatch Blues” created at the 2009 CalArts 48 hour film festival by Trevor Jones featuring music by Ten Mile Tide. Below, Trevor tells us more about the ‘toon, but most importantly, decides the winner in a Yeti vs. Sasquatch scenario.

Cartoon Hangover: Where did you study animation?

Trevor Jones: I’m in my second year at Calarts, but I studied a bit at my community college in Albuquerque and at my high school’s Career Enrichment Center before that.

CH: Who are your favorite artists?

TJ: I like a lot of artist.s I like Teddy Newton, Lou Romano, Shane Prigmore, and Shannon Tindle. Lori D’s stuff is pretty cool. But I also take a lot of inspiration from the amazing talent I [Read more…]

“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 [Read more…]

Adventure Time Video Special this Wednesday!

March 29th, 2010

I was recently allowed to see the first couple episodes of Adventure Time, the new cartoon series premiering on Cartoon Network April 5th. I was a huge fan of the original short film and I was worried…worried that it might not translate into a television series.

After viewing the first couple episodes in a high security vault. I emerged from Cartoon Network’s headquarters elated. Folks: the show is absolutely amazing. In fact, if Adventure Time doesn’t become the new Spongebob Squarepants I’d be really shocked. It’s that good.

So, imagine my geek-out levels when I was told I could interview creator Pen Ward for an exclusive Adventure Time special for…we also secured exclusive never-before-seen footage from the upcoming show.


Did things just get a little TOO mathematical up in here?

Subscribe to our youtube page now and be the first to see it premiere this Wednesday, March 31st!

-Bobby Miller

“The Head” With Dante Zaballa & Matias Vigliano

March 29th, 2010


“The Head” by Dante Zaballa and Matias Vigliano is a trippy tribute to old-school ‘toons! Here, Dante speaks on behalf of the creative duo and tells us a little more about the film.

Channel Frederator: Where did you study animation?

Dante Zaballa: Matias came from the motion graphics land, he studied Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and I studied traditional animation in Club Cartoon, also in BA. This video came from the crazy idea of making a piece of hand drawn cartoon without knowing how to face all the problems on the way, all made by ourselves and always on the rush… we’re really happy to finally have made it!

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Mighty Fudge!!!

March 26th, 2010


This weeks Cartoon Hangover joint is from Patrick and Kimberly Mallek at Mighty Fudge Studios. Because of the nature of the film, and the increasing number of children tooling around the Channel Frederator blog, I will be *ing anything that might seem… unseemly. Below is an interview with Patrick about the Schoolhouse Rock-ish “My First B*ner”

Cartoon Hangover: Where did you study animation, if at all?

Patrick Mallek: In a van down by the r*ver.

CH: What gave you the idea for “My First B*ner”?

PM: I w*ke up with it. No. Seriously.

CH: “My First B*ner” is credited to you and your w*fe, Kim - is it weird working on b*ner cartoons with your spouse or is it business as usual?

PM: Animated b*ners, crime solving str*ppers, talking gen*talia. Just another day’s work here at Mighty Fudge.

CH: Why is the Sun $%*king a cigar?

PM: I wanted him to look like a creepy pervert, but since he didn’t have legs, I [Read more…]

“Vegeterrible” with Henrik Sonniksen & Benjamin Neilsen

March 24th, 2010


This week’s Cartoon Hangover ‘toon “Vegeterrible” by Henrik Sonniksen and Benjamin Neilsen is about good food… gone bad. Am I right? Get it? HA! Here, Henrik speaks on behalf the creative team and lets us know a little more about the film.

Cartoon Hangover: Where did you guys study animation?

Henrik Sonniksen: We studied animation at The Animation Workshop in Viborg. We started school back in 2006 and graduated with “Vegeterrible” in January this year.

CH: Who are your favorite artists/animators?

HS: For Vegeterrible we looked at a lot of artwork form French students at Gobelins and at some of the amazing movies from the Japanese animation studio; Studio 4C, who made films like Tekkonkinkreet and Mind Game.

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