On a whirlwind one day trip to Hollywood last week for a wrap party for Butch Hartman’s The Fairly Oddparents (the second successful spin-off series from Oh Yeah!), I had a chance to catch up with a new friend, and a couple of long timers.
Up next was the unique and talented ‘Pat’ Ventura, the first man I ever offered a short, and the person who convinced me the classic seven minute cartoon would become my format of choice. His love for Laurel & Hardy is contagious, as is his Dangerous Duck Brothers.
I started an international storyboard contest at Hanna-Barbera in the 90s. The first second prize winner was Dave Kirwan. The next year’s winner should have been his 16 year old son Alex, but, when we found out he was below our legal winning age, we hired him instead, as an apprentice on Johnny Bravo. Then he became our first creator in 1998’s Oh Yeah! Cartoons on Nickelodeon, and has since become one of the leading art directors (Frederator’s own My Life as a Teenage Robot and Call Me Bessie!) in the cartoon industry (all before he was 25 years old!). So, I guess we were forced to see Alex Kirwan’s pitch on Mike & the Kingdom of Petunia.
Thanks to Pat and Alex for their kind permission to post their artwork.