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Wichobot on the Roblog.

July 23rd, 2006

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I’d like to introduce everyone to Luis (aka ‘wichobot’), our new blogger over at the My Life as a Teenage Robot blog (aka the Teenage Roblog). Since the show went out of production earlier in the year (didn’t stop us from our two Emmy nominations!) Rob, Alex, and the gang have been busy with other things (over at other studios) and have been posting less often. Luis is such a fan and missed the posts so much he started his own MLaaTR shadow blog.

Last week we asked Luis to start becoming an official poster, and he’s added the Roblog to his (and our) internet life.

Welcome Luis, welcome wichobot! Thanks for being such a big fan and being such a dedicated one too. Welcome to our cartoon family.

My favorites: Huck, Bugs, & Fred.

July 10th, 2006

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I’ve been asked hundreds of times about my favorite cartoons. Of course, it depends on what period of life we’re talking about. Reflected back on being a kid it would have to be Huckleberry Hound, Bugs Bunny, and The Flintstones.

I’m 54, so I got the best cartoons (and some of the crummiest) that early TV had to offer. Sure I enjoyed Crusader Rabbit, the classic Popeyes, the TV Felix’s, Courageous Cat (and Minute Mouse), and hundreds of others.

But hard as it is to see from 2006, Huck was the first made-for-TV rockstar cartoon, he really was Elvis. And The Flintstones made every baby boomer kid know that we were going to take over the adult world some day. And Bugs? Well, he was Bugs, wiseass supremo!

More from other animated life passages yet to come.

“An ad?” you say?

July 7th, 2006

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You might notice a banner ad at the top of the Channel Frederator site. And when Tuesday’s episode come out, they’ll be a video ad there too.

“Wassup?”

Since we launched our podcasts in November (not only Channel Frederator, but ReFrederator and The Wubbcast as well) we’ve been asked how the filmmakers are going to make any money. Our answer has always been that the promotion will sell their DVDs and introduce them to new commissions. And sure enough, that’s been the case. A number of animators have gotten new wrok and sold their existing work after exposure on the channel.

But we thought that advertising is probably the best way to get money to the producers, and so we’ve asked our submitting filmmakers to work with us to figure out a revenue sharing plan that will make everyone get value for their work. I’ll report back over the weeks and months what we’ve arrived at.

In the meanwhile, we’ll occasionally be experimenting with some open minded advertisers (like Sony Pictures this week) to prove to them that podcast commercials are valuable, because otherwise, they won’t be willing to pay fairly and we won’t be able to share with the filmmakers who won’t be able to pay their employees who won’t be able to pay their rent… You get the idea.

Let me know if you have any thoughts on the matter. We’d all appreciate it.