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It’s been a busy day.

June 26th, 2007

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Everyone at Frederator Studios has been busy with shorts, series, and now, movies.

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Lots of you know how much we admire Genndy Tartakovsky. He created Dexter’s Laboratory, the first series to come out of our first shorts program, before breathing life into The Powerpuff Girls and Clone Wars. And, of course, creating and directing the semial Samurai Jack. I’d always felt it would make an awesome movie, and thanks to the good graces of the folks at Cartoon Network, who saw clear to letting it into our careful hands, that awesome feature film might have a chance of seeing the light of day.

It’ll be written, directed, and creatively overseen by Genndy in glorious, un-PC, 2D.

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Doug TenNapel has been a powerful creative force in comics, videogames, and TV series, and Kevin Kolde, always the videogame fan, introduced us to the creative opportunities in Doug’s innovative (“wacky and quirky animation”) back-to-the-future claymation game The Neverhood.

Doug will be writing and directing.

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Dan Meth wrote a post about the movie he’s writing and directing based on the Seven Deadly Sins. What we hadn’t mentioned is the involvement of the inimitable Don King. In the year Dan’s been associated with Frederator he’s seen the release of his first big YouTube hit, and the first festival recognition of one of his productions. Seven Deadly Sins will be his first feature.

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Our logo’s been designed by Floyd Bishop though I’ve been too busy to get back to him to finish it and even to negotiate a fair price. Of course, he’s been busy having a new baby in his family and moving cross country. Please don’t mention it to him.

That’s it for now. It’s an honor that these world-class creative people would be interested in working with our company. I hope we can live up to their expectations. We’ll be posting more information as we’ve got it for you.

Here’s the full release:

Frederator Films Comes to Life in 2 Dimensions

FRED SEIBERT AND Producers KOLDE AND GARDNER OPEN FILM DIVISION; ANNOUNCE FIRST THREE FILMS IN PRODUCTION SLATE

LOS ANGELES, June 26 /PRNewswire/ — Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert announced plans today to launch Frederator Films, an animated feature film company with a mission to produce 2-D animated genre movies budgeted below $20 million. Seibert is launching the company with Kevin Kolde and Eric Gardner, with all three acting as producers on the projects.

Frederator Films has over a dozen projects on its initial development slate, the first three of which were announced today, each representing a different genre:

– A feature based on Samurai Jack, with original creator Genndy Tartakovsky attached to write and direct. The seminal, Emmy-Award winning, animated TV series aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 until 2004. The Russian-born American animator is also renowned for the series Dexter’s Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

– The Neverhood, a film based on the cult favorite claymation PC-based computer adventure game created by Doug TenNapel and released by Dreamworks Studios in 1996. TenNapel has signed on to write and direct the feature length film, which will be painstakingly shot in Claymation. TenNapel is an Eisner award-winning graphic novelist, has created a number of computer and video games including Earthworm Jim and Skullmonkeys, and the animated series Earthworm Jim and “Catscratch” for Nickelodeon.

– The Seven Deadly Sins is a hip-hop animated feature. The film will be written, designed, and directed by flash animator Dan Meth. Renowned personality and boxing promoter Don King is the first voice actor attached to the project.

Production on the first film, Seven Deadly Sins, is expected to commence in the fall of 2007. Frederator plans to produce two films a year.

Principal production will be located in Hollywood and New York.

“Our studio’s successes have been built on the best creative talents in the animation business. Genndy Tartakovsky, Doug TenNapel, and Dan Meth are continuing a tradition of original cartoons we began in 1998 and moving it
into feature films,” explains Seibert.

Gardner added, “Fred is the master at identifying voids in the
marketplace and filling them with paradigm-shifting content– there has been a dearth of both 2D and genre animated feature product which Frederator Films will be rectifying, much to the delight of young males everywhere.”

Frederator Films’ producers each bring a unique range of capabilities and experience to the company. Fred Seibert, the former president of Hanna-Barbera and the original creative director of MTV, opened Frederator Studios in 1998, an independent American animation studio producing original cartoons. Seibert’s debut production for Cartoon Network was What A Cartoon!, which spun off a number of hit series including Cow & Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Powerpuff Girls. Moving to Nickelodeon, he continued his streak with The Fairly OddParents, ChalkZone, and My Life as a Teenage Robot. Kevin Kolde is a veteran producer who ran Spumco, John Kricfalusi’s (”Ren & Stimpy”) company, for over a decade. Gardner is Chairman/CEO of Panacea Entertainment, a talent management and production company he founded 36 years ago, repping such diverse clients as Donny Osmond, Richard Belzer, Paul Shaffer, The Sex Pistols, Elvira, Timothy Leary, and members of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and The Who. He has produced over 100 hours of televsion and several features.

SOURCE Frederator Films

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Samurai Jack Movie + Frederator + Genndy = Happy Muks

 

Very cool.
Very cool indeed.
-JX!

 

So happy to hear the Samurai Jack feature is in capable hands!

 

AWESOME!! Welcome Back Samurai Jack!

 

MARVELLOUS!

 

Once again, I must say awesome-riffic!

 

Let me congradulate you guys on getting these movie deals! I knew this would happen one day and Samurai Jack as a movie is one of the dreams I had for years! Can’t wait!

 

Good News fo’ sure.

 

This is great! Can’t wait to pitch my movie idea!

 

Where can we go to pitch our movie ideas? Who do we contact?

 

Drop Eric Homan a line.. http://frederator.com/about.php#who

 

Wow! Congrats to Dan as well. That’s huge news!

 

Hmm… if I’m not mistaken you’re not TAKING movie pitches right? You’ve just GREENLIT three. Correct? OTOH, if you guys are taking movie pitches, you KNOW I have about 15 all ready to GO! ;-)

 

AHHAahA pitch away Mike! I wonder what good stuff you’re cookin! You can pitch to them still, if they love your idea and greenlight it they’ll just hold it off until the first 3 are done.

 

Don King.

 

Mr. Milo, and everyone, we’re always taking pitches for movies, series, shorts, Bazooka Joe comics. Always. Bring ‘em on!

 

Fantabulourific! I’m pitching in August! ;)

 

Great news Fred! I will definitely be in contact!

 

So long as Terry S. Taylor is composing the music for NEVERHOOD, it’ll be aaaaall good.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Scott_Taylor

 

The…The Neverhood?! *applauds wildly*

 

THEEEE NEEVEERRHÖÖÖÖÖÖD

 

This probably isn’t the place to ask, but is it possible to find a place on the SJ movie team?

Also, I have a movie pitch, but I’m waiting for my artist to create the images to go with it.

 

So looking forward to this. And have to shell out Galactibucks for the latest Samurai Jack series …

 

……well, it’s about time….genndy’s been bitchin’ for a while about not being able to get anyone to drop a measley 10 mil on a 2d feature (and with his talent and track record,this demonstrates,beyond any shadow of a doubt, just how far the collective heads of studio execs are jammed up their respective sphincters)……hats off to fred for making it happen, lookin’ for more good things in the future……

 

I’ve been waiting for a Neverh00d movie for years and years… the game was incredible! wonder what the movie will be about? any ideas?

 

I hope you don’t change a thing on the samurai jack movie. It should be based on the creativity of genndy.

 

We agree completely Luis. Genndy is the whole reason we wanted to make the movie at all.

 

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