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Eric Robles in the Interview Chair

April 30th, 2010

Fanboy Art from big news
Fan art from big news

Animation Insider has just put online an in-depth interview with your hero and mine, Eric Robles. Conducted by Aaron H. Bynum, the piece covers all things Robles as he gabs about the past, present, and future of Fanboy and Chum Chum.

[W]hat are you most proud of so far, with the first season?

The whole thing. [laughs]

I think the thing I’m really proud of is everything that I’ve learned. A lot of times, for a lot of new creators of shows, sometimes if they’re straight out of school or if it’s their first kind of job, it’s a lot to take in, you know? And one of the key things of having this position is really learning to work with people.

You’ve gotta be open for ideas and open to changes. You can’t be one of those guys who just says, “This is my art…. and it [Read more…]

Fanboy and Chum Chum: Breaking the TV CG Mold

November 10th, 2009

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Rick DeMott has posted his lengthy interview with Eric over on Animation World Network. Thanks, Rick.

Nickelodeon debuted its latest CG series from Frederator Studios, Fanboy and Chum Chum, on Friday, Nov. 6th. Only following the latest SpongeBob special, the series debut posted huge numbers, ranking as the #2 basic cable program of the week. The series began as part of the shorts series, Random Cartoons, which Frederator Studios produces as well.

The series centers on a fearless, comic book-loving 10-year old named Fanboy and his best friend and trusty sidekick, Chum Chum, whose wide-eyed acceptance of the bizarre is the perfect complement to his friend’s hyper imagination. I recently had the opportunity to speak with creator Eric Robles about his first off-the-wall series.

Rick DeMott: What inspired the series?

Eric Robles: What inspired the series for me was just wanting to tell stories about being a kid. Basically, I’m a latchkey kid. I grew up at [Read more…]

A bit of the Eric Robles story.

October 29th, 2009

Eric Robles at Nickeldeon from fredseibert on Vimeo.

Creator Eric Robles and head writer/executive producer Steve Tompkins were in New York today visiting Nickelodeon HQ and spending them with the dozens of people who take up a show after it’s produced. Programmers, marketers, press and promo folks all gathered together to tell us more about what they’re doing to let America know about “Fanboy & Chum Chum.”

Anne Mullen, Nickelodeon promotion honcho, saw on the PR sheet that Eric’s story was a possible pitch to newspapers and magazines, and wondered exactly what his “story” was anyway. So, as Eric was telling them his path into the biz I started up my crappy phone video. The quality’s not too good so I’ll transcribe it below.

Eric drew his first fan drawings of Superman for friends in the first grade in a not so good neighborhood in Los Angeles. The son of Mexican immigrants, he lived in one room [Read more…]

Meet Shaun Cashman

April 10th, 2009

Shaun Cashman
Shaun Cashman

I distinctly remember sitting with Fred at the Annie Awards a few years ago and watching Shaun Cashman and Phil Cummings win the TV directing award for their work on Billy & Mandy (”Attack of the Clowns”). Fred said then how great it would be to work with those guys. Well, we haven’t had the chance to be in business with Phil, yet, but we’re incredibly lucky to have Shaun as the supervising producer on Fanboy and Chum Chum. He took a break from the craziness of production to answer a couple of questions for the blog.

Frederator: Where did you grow up?

Shaun: I grew up in Middletown, Connecticut. Situated along the Connecticut River and home to Wesleyan University, it’s a town of about 45,000 people and it has one of those wide classic Main Streets that runs from one end of town to the other. It’s called the “Forest City”: because it’s nestled in the [Read more…]

Meet Danielle Digrado

April 2nd, 2009

Danielle Digrado
Danielle Digrado

The Fanboy crew interview this time around moves down a flight of stairs to the second floor and the CG department, where we tracked down coordinator Danielle Digrado to answer a handful of questions for the blog.

Frederator: Where did you grow up?

Danielle: I grew up in sunny Orange, California.

Frederator: What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?

Danielle: I don’t think that I had one favorite. I was a huge fan of the old Warner Bros Cartoons (I loved the Roadrunner and Bugs Bunny) as well as the old Disney animated shorts. I was also really big on Animaniacs and everything that was on The Disney Afternoon, as well as classic Nickelodeon shows like Rugrats.

Frederator: What was your education like?

Danielle: I received my degree in Entertainment Art/Animation from Cal State Fullerton in the fall of 2006. I originally wanted to head down the artist career path, but I had a production internship a few summers ago and [Read more…]

Meet Eric Horsted

March 30th, 2009

Eric Horsted
Eric Horsted

This week the arrow on the interview spinner points to staff writer Eric Horsted, who was kind of enough to stop making with the funny long enough to answer a few questions the blog.

Frederator: Where did you grow up?

Eric: In the vast suburbs of Houston, Texas.

Frederator: Did you not only sing, but dance just as good as you walk?

Eric: Absolutely. I was the funkiest white boy on the Texas Gulf coast. My bell bottoms could’ve housed all five Jacksons.

Frederator: What was your favorite cartoon growing up?

Eric: I loved all the old Warner Bros cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, etc. Hilarious and smart!

Frederator: Did you go to school for screenwriting?

Eric: I went to film school and focused more on production. The one screenwriting class I took was more about formatting than anything, so I favored creative writing and English classes.

Frederator: What was your first writing credit?

Eric: It was on a short-lived Delta Burke show [Read more…]

Meet Alan Chow

March 25th, 2009

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Alan Chow

I first met Alan Chow when he was working on Tak and the Power of Juju and I accused him of being the guy who never flushed in the men’s room. Turns out I was wrong. (Heh. Sorry, Alan.) Here are a few quick questions with Mr Chow, performing one of the most thankless jobs in the cartoon food chain.

Frederator: Where did you grow up?

Alan: Cerritos, California.

Frederator: What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?

Alan: Tom and Jerry.

Frederator: Where did you go to school and for what?

Alan: Cal State Fullerton. Major was Entertainment Art/Animation. So I’m fortunate enough to say that I’m working in the industry that I’ve always wanted to.

Frederator: How did you get your first job in the cartoon business?

Alan: My internship at Cartoon Network in summer of 2005 opened up a few doors for me. But I didn’t get a real job in the industry until January of 2007 at Film Roman. [Read more…]

Steve Lambe Interview, Part the Second

March 12th, 2009

Steve Lambe
LAMBE SMASH

This is the second half of the Pulitzer Prize-worthy interview with Mr Steve Lambe. If you haven’t read Part I, do that right now or you won’t be able to follow the plot here.

Frederator: You’re the character and prop designer on Fanboy. What’s the process of creating new designs?

Steve: Typically Eric and I go over the upcoming scripts and discuss what new characters are coming down the pipeline. I’m a little spoiled since Eric is a character designer himself. He’s always got a ton of ideas for characters, so it makes my job much easier to come up with something he enjoys.

With this being a 3d production, the amount of new characters is limited, so every new design is precious. In order to come up with the best character design possible, I try and do lots of character exploration and present Eric with multiple ideas and variations. From there, we [Read more…]

Meet Steve Lambe, Pt 1

March 11th, 2009

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Steve Lambe by Steve Lambe

This week’s interview victim is Mr Steve Lambe who pulls double duty as both character and prop designer on Fanboy and Chum Chum. This is the first of two parts with Steve.

Frederator: Where were you raised?

Steve: I grew up in Newfoundland, Canada. A long, long way from Burbank, California.

[Read more…]

Meet David Hornsby

February 26th, 2009

David Hornsby
David Hornsby

Mr David Hornsby’s lengthy resume includes acting gigs in the feature films Flags of Our Fathers and Christmas with the Kranks. On TV, he’s appeared on Six Feet Under and The Joe Schmo Show (he was ’the Asshole’). He’s played Matthew Mara on Eric Robles’s favorite show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a project on which he’s also been story editor and supervising producer. While he’s been busy lately on the new FOX pilot Boldly Going Nowhere, David’s destined to be best remembered as the voice of America’s most-beloved cartoon character, Fanboy. Here, we tried his patience with this brief but wildly informative interview.

Frederator: What’s the David Hornsby Story, in 150 words or less?

David: I’m a Southerner. I grew up going to private school in Houston, Texas where, in high school, we’d wear what we call a ‘Texas Tux’ to proms. (Top half tux, cummerbund, bottom half jeans and boots.) At one point when I [Read more…]