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No. “Meth” is his name.

April 30th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.9
Frederator Postcards Series 9.9, mailed April 30, 2010

My wife saw a cartoon of Dan Meth’s on the internet and urged me to get in touch; it was funny, so I did. Soon Dan was ensconced at Frederator/NY working on web commercials for his clients while we figured out something to do together. He started working on a segment for one of our Random! cartoons and he presented the idea of his own shorts show. After I said no ($10,000,000 for one creator?) he explained he wanted to do internet minutes, not seven minutes for television and we were a go. Even though he sat 20 feet away, I wanted to give him room to make his films so I didn’t see any finished pieces until he’d done about 10 or so. 50,000,000 views, and James Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sid Barrett, and Barry Jordan later, he clearly took great advantage of the room.

From the postcard back:

You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!

History of Frederator Studios
The Meth Minute 39
Created by Dan Meth

Series 9.9

©2010, Bellport Cartoon Company
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“…in New York back then, a lot of things could happen…”

April 29th, 2010

Fab 5 Freddy clip from fredseibert on Vimeo.

We’re working on a possible animated project about the history of hip-hop. Directors Jon Kane and Kevin Lofton got together in Red Hook with Fab 5 Freddy recently to record some background information. I loved this moment where FFF describes bringing Chris Stein and Debbie Harry of Blondie to a dance in the neighborhood for the first time in late 1970’s New York City.

Who knew? Don’t forget!

April 28th, 2010

By D.F. Shapinsky Photograph by D.F. Shapinsky for pingnews/Shapinsky MultiMedia.

Hello, posters.

April 27th, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00-8:30pm
Parnassus Cafe, University of Washington School Of Art

Mac Middleton @ Frederator/NY.

April 26th, 2010

MacGregor MiddletonI had the distinct pleasure of a rare New York visit from Fanboy & Chum Chum’s awesome line producer MacGregor Middleton. In the day to day of a show’s production we don’t often get a chance to sit down and get to actually know each other (especially with my home base being 2781 miles away), so I really enjoyed hearing his stories about his time during the heyday of Warner Bros. Animation. Come back soon Mac, and thanks for all your help on the show.

“Original Cartoon Posters from Frederator Studios”

April 26th, 2010

There’s no book release party this week, but nonetheless our poster book is available for sale over at Amazon.com.

I’ve had a lot of fun with our self promotion over the years, especially posters. It turns out I came of age during posters last great hurrah in the 60s, when every kid had day-glo posters pasted all over the bedroom walls, horrifying parents everywhere. But slowly over the years posters went from a commercial necessity to a collectible art item. I wanted in on the action, and sporadically commissioned posters in the 80s, often as promotion for my advertising agency, but it wasn’t until the cartoon biz my jones fired up in earnest.

Starting with What A Cartoon!, where I wanted to give our shorts creators their due, and continuing with Frederator’s launch, I’ve looked for a good excuse to litter some limited edition walls myself. Sporadically, we try to get an annual New Year’s release, and then something practical (usually budget) gets in the way. Certainly, we try and get something going for most of our new cartoons too.

So, keeping in the tradition the book collection of our first series of postcards, we collected 12 years of Frederator posters together for your viewing pleasure. As a bonus, there most of the HB What A Cartoon! posters too, plus a lot of one-off digitals for events you might or might not be aware of. And some Comic-Con collectibles too! “51 illustrations” in all, as it hypes on the back cover.

You might have seen the earlier digital download draft, but here’s the final, published version, if you want to take a quick, electronic gander.

Original Cartoon Posters from Frederator Studios

PS: Don’t forget to check out the cool Fanboy & Chum Chum and Adventure Time stuff that’s included.

It’s coming together.

April 25th, 2010

Lego Fredbot rough animation from fredseibert on Vimeo.

I introduced you to Nathan Sawaya a few months ago, showed you something from his New York gallery show in March, and gave you a quick snap of his Fredbot sculpture a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the next step, shot in a hot box studio on Saturday, animated by Daisy Edwards, produced by Carrie Miller, with some critical assistance by Erik Beck.

Dude! Random!

April 23rd, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.8
Frederator Postcards Series 9.8, mailed April 23, 2010

By 2005, it had been almost five years since the last round of Frederator shorts. We’d always been proud of our tradition of incubating and introducing new talent with big ideas, and certainly the results spoke for themselves. Nickelodeon’s Herb Scannell (along with Albie Hecht, Tom Freston, and Judy McGrath), our biggest network supporter felt the same way, and fast tracked what was becoming Random! Cartoons (neé Oh Yeah! Cartoons, Season 4).

From the postcard back:


You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!

History of Frederator Studios
Random! Cartoons
Created by Fred Seibert
Executive Producers: Larry Huber & Fred Seibert

Developed by Eric Homan
Supervising Producer: Kevin Kolde

Series 9.8

Postcard © 2010, Bellport Cartoon Company. Random! Cartoons ©2010, Viacom Intl. All rights reserved.
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Tumblr rocks on.

April 20th, 2010

Our friends at tumblr have worked incredibly hard and well deserve their next level, a third round of funding from their main venture capital partners.

I’ve been involved with founder David Karp since he came to Frederator/NY as a high school intern. He went on to build our first blogging platform and invent Channel Frederator before renting a corner of our office to build tumblr. I joined their board at its inception, and there no way for me to describe how great it feels to work with these folks.

Go tumblr!

Wow! The history continues.

April 16th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.7
Frederator Postcards Series 9.7, mailed April 16, 2010

We worked with Bob Boyle on two shorts at Oh Yeah! Cartoons, and when he was the art director and producer on The Fairly Oddparents. Eric Homan brought Bob in the door when we started thinking about picture books for pre-schoolers. One of them became a book last month, and the other? You’re looking at it.

From the postcard back:

You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!

History of Frederator Studios
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
2006 - ?
Created by Bob Boyle

Executive Producers: Bob Boyle, Susan Miller Lazar, Fred Seibert
A Bolder Media/Starz Production
Bolder Media, a joint venture of Frederator Studios & Mixed Media Group

Series 9.7

Postcard ©2010, Bellport Cartoon Company. Wow!Wow!Wubbzy! ©2010, Bolder Media and Starz. All rights reserved.

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