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Who’s your Daddy?

December 19th, 2005

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You’ve all been asking me –and with good reason– “When are getting the new name for the shorts show formerly know as Oh Yeah! Cartoons?” And I can’t say as I blame you.

I mean, it has been since September 27 since we asked you all to come up with our new name.

Easy answer? Pass the buck to the network (ooooh, shake, shudder).

Slightly clearer answer: the network. Sure enough, it’s in their hands now. They’re considering the options, and I’m sure you’ll get your money in January.

Happy Holidays.

We All Die Alone.

December 10th, 2005

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Before Mark Newgarden invented the Garbage Pail Kidsgbk16hz.jpg
he was a funny artist who collected anything that would give him a cheap laff.081095599701_sclzzzzzzz_.jpg
Then he got smart and started drawing and publishing his own laffs. Which are being collected in his first retrospective book We All Die Alone (out in January, but available at a number of discriminating comic book shops).

I was lucky enough to work with Mark in the early 90s when he was the head writer for the performance art troop The Poster Boys in New York. He’s an amazing presence, and his collaborators are always lucky to work with him.

Youngest? John Reynolds.

December 6th, 2005

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Regarding our post on Alex Kirwan our loyal fan Stephen Levinson comments: “Is 16 the youngest age someone has been in the animation business?”

I can’t answer for the history of the animation business Stephen, but as for Frederator and Oh Yeah! Cartoons, believe it or not, the answer is an unequivocal “No!”

In 1998 Butch Hartman came into the office and introduced Larry Huber and me to 11 year old John Reynolds, a friend of a friend of the family, who had written his own cartoons. In and of itself that wasn’t too unusual, but the interesting part was that he also had worked out a complete storyboard and character designs. We were very impressed with Johnny’s initiative.

We liked his Terry & Chris best, and Butch agreed to supervise and direct the short. Johnny would become our creative consultant and come in Fridays after junior high in Simi Valley (and any other day he could squeeze it in). We finished John’s (and Butch’s) short in 1999, and it debuted in the second season of

So Stephen, there you you have it. John Reynolds, the youngest Frederator Studios creator.

Meet the Composer: Geoff Levin

December 2nd, 2005

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Here’s another of my irregularly appearing features on composers who are working in cartoons, one of the unsung (bad pun intended) areas in animated filmmaking.

Geoff Levin is the rare artist who’s made a career for himself in a multitude of areas. Of course, he’s composed for cartoons, but also for live action feature films, TV series, and documentaries. And he’s a songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist to boot. In fact, he’s scored the Academy Award nomiated animated short The Janitor as well as James Cameron’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic.

We first met Geoff on some projects at Hanna-Barbera in the 90s, and then again as the guitarist and mixer on our original seasons of Oh Yeah! Cartoons. And most recently he did over 20 episodes of the Bill Burnett & Larry Huber creation ChalkZone, where he worked overtime to compose each score with a completely unique style suited to the individual theme of an extremely diverse series (unusual by any standards of TV production).

Thanks Geoff, we look forward to hearing your work on our productions again.