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Archive for July, 2005


Lotsa blogs.

July 29th, 2005

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Some days I’m not even sure why we’re doing all these blogs, but right now we’ve already got five of the new ones up, on our way to 39; one for each of the new shorts we’re doing as part of the new season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

(OK, so far only three of them are directly from our new creators [Kyle Carrozza, Andrew Dickman, and Adam Henry], plus our development colleague Melissa Wolfe, and this one. But you get the point.)

Anyhow, even though I’m leaving it to others to explain the point of our blogs, I’m thrilled we’ve got them. So far they’re all interesting, fun, and maybe informative. I hope you feel the same way, and over the next year or two you’ll stay with us while we blog our way through.

(And please, don’t forget the other Frederator production blogs that started this whole mess: My Life as a Teenage Robot and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy.)

Congratulations Adam! Oh Yeah!

July 25th, 2005

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Number 3! Step right up!

Adam Henry has joined up with the Frederator team for Oh Yeah! Cartoons with his cartoon (and our third short) Krunch & the Kid. Adam’s been in the business for a number of years (after growing up in my home town, New York City), and most recently was the supervising director on a series for PBS, as well as serving as an animator on the cult classic Iron Giant.

We’re lucky to have you Adam, and we’re looking forward to your cartoon (not to mention, your blog). Thanks.

Manny Galan & Alan Goodman. Oh Yeah!

July 25th, 2005

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Dateline: New York City. Frederator is seeing cartoon pitches for Oh Yeah! Cartoons from coast to coast.

Today, Manny Galan and Alan Goodman showed us their idea for Bones (starring Bronk [C.], Bongo[L.], and Gerald Generic[C.]). Manny’s the Nickelodeon in-house Director of Animation On-Air, where he’s created dozens -hundreds!- of network IDs, characters, and fun stuff. Alan and I were partners for many years; since then he’s been a very successful writer/producer (among other shows, he’s the creator of Nick’s The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo), and network branding consultant.

Thanks to Manny and Alan for kind permission to post Manny’s illustration of their characters.

Amid Amidi. Cartoon Brew.

July 22nd, 2005

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From the July 22 Cartoon Brew post:

“Oh Yeah! Blogs
“Posted by AMID at 02:27 PM

“Anybody can start one blog. Been there, done that. But it takes some fortitude to launch thirty-nine blogs. That’s right, thirty-nine blogs. That’s exactly what animation producer Fred Seibert is doing for the fourth season of OH YEAH! CARTOONS, the series that he’s exec producing for Nickelodeon. Seibert is encouraging every creator to start their own blog and document the production of their animated short. The first couple blogs are already up and running, and can be accessed from the main Frederator blog HERE. Seibert has been experimenting with blogs for the past year, first with the Teenage Roblog, a blog by the crew of MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT, and more recently with The Wubblog, a journal by Bob Boyle documenting the production of his forthcoming Nick Jr. series WUBBY WIDGET AND WALDEN.

“It’s great to have an enlightened animation producer who understands the grassroots value of connecting with audiences through blogs, and is now allowing the creators of all these shorts to share their creative experiences with the online community. Not only are blogs a common-sense way of creating and building a fanbase for tv shows, and distinguishing the series from the rest of the competition, but blogs can also help to demystify the animation process, allowing the average viewer an insight into how animated films are produced. That may not sound like a huge thing, but it seems like every other day that I meet a regular joe who is unable to distinguish between cg and hand-drawn animation and who doesn’t have the vaguest clue about how cartoons are produced. Educating audiences about the production process, and all the hard work and thought that goes into the making of an animated film, is perhaps the first step towards achieving the respect and recognition that this art form so very rarely receives.”

Thank you Amid.

Oh Yeah! Mike Gray & Eric Knutson.

July 20th, 2005

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From Melissa in our West Coast studio:

“I’ve never seen Kevin laugh so hard during a pitch.

The Infinite Goliath was created by Mike Gray. Mike is an
illustrator/writer/stand-up comedian/Flash animator. Currently he produces Flash animation for an online gaming company in the Bay Area. He developed this idea with his brother Eric, an animator at Renegade Studios in Southern California.”

Thanks to Mike & Eric for kind permission to post some frames from their storyboard pitch to Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

Oh Yeah! Cartoonsのエピソードナンバー

July 20th, 2005

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I have no idea what this post from ReadMe!Girls!の日記 says. Hopefully, it’s nice. (David, you have any idea?)

Frederatorの公式ページにエピソードリストが載っているんだが、どーもこれ怪しいなあ。
第1シーズン、第2シーズンともに、最初はいいんだが後半がおかしい。

自分の記憶が確かなら、第一の最終は「Planet Kate」のはずだ。
なぜならこの回はスペシャル扱いになっていて、いつもは3本立てなのにこの回は2本立て。さらに、最後に「オーイェイ!」と丸枠からキャラが叫ぶパターンなのだが、この回はしっかりとしたエンドロールが流れる。

さらに第二シーズンの最終話は「My Neighbor is a Teenage Robot」のはずで、その後にミーナが放送されるのはどう考えてもおかしい。

現在日本のニックで放送されている(番組表に載ってる)エピソード番号は、この順になってるはず。仮にFrederatorのリストが本来の正式な番号だとしても、日本で視聴しているかぎり、このままでは見たいものがずれてくるのは必然。それは困る。
今まで、MNiaTRかミーナくらいしかまともにチェック&録画していなかったが、ちょっとここらでまともにチェックしておいておいたほうがいいかなあ。

They’re back. Postcards, Series 5.

July 19th, 2005

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If I’m reading our own blog archives correctly, we haven’t made a postcard entry in about six weeks. So, for those who’ve just joined us: Frederator Studios has been sending out promotional postcards since sometime in 1998. We began with the first season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, creating individual cards for each of the original 30+ cartoons we made that year.

Each card in our current 5th series is sent to 200 lucky individuals, and the three up above are about to go in the mail this week. If you’re keeping track of such things, Oblivion Records was the independent blues and jazz record label I founded in 1971 with Honest Tom Pomposello.

Click here to see all our Frederator card series.

Congratulations Andrew! Oh Yeah!

July 19th, 2005

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We’re off to the races. The second short for this season has begun, as well as the second creator blog.

Andrew Dickman’s Ivan the Unbearable seemed to create a lot of unwarranted controversy when we first mentioned his cartoon (though for the life of me I can’t understand why; we’ve mentioned virtually nothing about any pitch other than the creator(s) name(s) and one drawing. How anyone can come to any conclusions knowing nothing about characters or stories is beyond me.) Andrew’s got a great style and a wonderful ability to come up with funny characters and funny stories. He’s going to make a fantastic Oh Yeah! cartoon.

Welcome Andrew. Thanks for joining us.

Barry Yourgrau.

July 15th, 2005

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Today I had a wonderful lunch with writer and performer Barry Yourgrau. Several years ago I’d produced a performance art series for HA! The TV Comedy Network (now Comedy Central) and I fell in love with Barry’s skewed voice. Our mutual friend Jim Halpern thought it might be nice for us to reconnect; he rightly thought I might be interested in an off-center look at stories for Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

Barry’s got a new kids’ book (his first actually; all his others are decidedly adult), an “extravaganza of dark mischief,” called NASTYbook. It’s pretty twisted, and maybe we’ll discover some interesting characters we’d like to work on together.

Buddy Bolton & Chris Siemasko. Oh Yeah!

July 15th, 2005

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Oh Yeah! Cartoons is lucky to have talent like Buddy Bolton & Chris Siemasko come in to show us their cartoon ideas like Lonesome Duck. They were introduced to Frederator by our friends over at Nickelodeon. Buddy is a writer, producer, and stand-up comedian. Chris is an animator currently working in New York at Cartoon Pizza.

Thanks to Buddy & Chris for kind permission to post one of their images.