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The history so far.

May 28th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.13
Frederator Postcards Series 9.13, mailed May 28, 2010

When I started Frederator, the slogan “Original Cartoons since 1998″ was a bit of a joke (it was 1998, after all), but there weren’t too people who believed an indie cartoon company could survive with a mission to bring creators with true vision to the top of the pops. But I was pretty cocky from our experience at Hanna-Barbera with the first modern shorts incubator, What A Cartoon!, where the big ideas of 48 creators most people had never heard of exploded into the world. And, of course, today those kids are the backbone of the world-class cartoon business.

12 years later, I think we’ve been able to live up to our motto, where films like Adventure Time are reinventing the cartoon future all over again. I’m really lucky to have been able to put together a company team (please tip your hats to Eric, Kevin, and Carrie) that’s still working with the great creators.

Thanks everyone.

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From the postcard back:

Congratulations!
You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!
www.frederator.com

History of Frederator Studios
Adventure Time
A Random! Cartoons series
2010 - ?
Created by Pendleton Ward

Series 9.13

Postcard ©2010, Bellport Cartoon Company. Adventure Time ©2010, Cartoon Network. A Time Warner Company.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanboy_(disambiguation) & Chum Chum

May 21st, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.12
Frederator Postcards Series 9.12, mailed May 21, 2010

The conventional wisdom at the networks had just about given up on original cartoon hits. But that was before our trademark-applied-for Frederator Cartoon Shorts System™ came back with Random! Cartoons and launched this mega-hit.

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From the postcard back:

Congratulations!
You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!
www.frederator.com

History of Frederator Studios
Fanboy & Chum Chum
A Random! Cartoons series
2009 - ?
Created by Eric Robles

Series 9.12

Postcard ©2010, Bellport Cartoon Company. Fanboy & Chum Chum ©2010, Viacom Intl. All rights reserved.

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Hank Jones R.I.P.

May 18th, 2010

Hank Jones
“…one of the greatest piano players that we’ve ever had. He had a profile as a piano stylist in his own right and could do everything — stride, bebop, swing, serve as a great accompanist. He had such command of all the aspects of jazz piano. He was just remarkable until the very end.” –Dan Morgenstern

My friend Nick Moy pointed out this Washington Post obituary on jazz pianist Hank Jones. Partly because of the two records I produced in the 70s when Nick and I were roommates, but mainly because there were very few talents like Hank.

It must be said that Hank Jones being “produced” by a white kid from the New York suburbs is a complete overstatement, but it was an experience I’ll never forget. As is said about him almost everywhere, Hank was a gentleman to the core, with a soft but purposeful approach to life, which translated into his persuasive musicianship. A few hours spent with him translated into deep life lessons on many fronts.

Check out this half hour radio show, Piano Jazz Session on NPR’s Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, and you’ll not only get a taste of some great piano, but of a real man in a tough business.

サルゲッチュ

May 17th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.11
Frederator Postcards Series 9.11, mailed May 17, 2010

Our colleague Kevin Kolde is a videogame freak. He worked a lot of years to get the animation rights to Konmai’s Castlevania and then, Sony’s Ape Escape. Then, years more to put together our partners Hawaii Film Partners, Showcase Entertainment, and Konnie Kwakwith a great creative team. There are 38 two minute Ape Escape Cartoons shorts playing on the Nicktoons Network.
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From the postcard back:

Congratulations!
You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard!
www.frederator.com

History of Frederator Studios
Ape Escape Cartoons
2009
Produced by Kevin Kolde

Series 9.11
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Lift Nashville. They need your help.

May 16th, 2010


Throughout this decade, the tragedies seem to keep hitting some of America’s special cities. The latest, of course, is Nashville.

Some FOF’s are trying to help, but until they solidify their plans (hard to do when their city is literally drowning) here’s something you can do now. Like we suggested at the start of Hurricane Katrina, if you don’t have a regular charity you know about, try and buy a relief poster or two. The ones posted came to my attention at one of my favorite art poster sites, OMG Posters!, but there are plenty of others (just Google “Nashville relief posters”). The profits go to various city based organizations and you can be sure of the designers’ passions for helping.

Do what you can, this great American town needs your help.

Tonight! CalArts in North Hollywood!

May 14th, 2010

Mountain from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

From FOF Kirsten LePore:

Hi err’body!

You should come out to the CalArts Experimental Animation Showcase if you’re free tonight (Fri May 14th) at 8pm at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Leonard H. Goldenson Theater, 5220 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. It’s free and there will be some cool films, and a nice reception afterwards! My short piece “Mountain” will be screening in the program if you want to see that baby on the big screen.

Hope to see you there!!!

“Original Cartoons, Volume 2: The Frederator Studios Postcards 2006-2010

May 8th, 2010

Original Cartoons, Volume 2
It took a while to get the gallies right, but the second collection of Frederator’s postcards is available over at Amazon.com (the first one’s there too).

Eric Homan is our resident postcard collector, but that’s not the main reason he has an insightful interview here. Entertainment journalist Michael Goldman wanted to get the scoop on how Eric developed the last round of big ideas in our Random! Cartoons shorts incubator, including the background on Fanboy & Chum Chum and Adventure Time. Their cards, and all 39 of the original Random!s, are included in the book.
back
And that’s not all! The complete postcard series 6 through 9 are here, including the black & whites, and the History of Frederator set. And, the non-series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! collectibles that were made for the International Licensing Shows, and a bunch of stragglers that were produced here and there over the years. Plus, a preface by the guy we work for at Sony Pictures Animation, Bob Osher, and a short introduction from moi.

So, check it out. Broke? Too cheap? Here’s the free PDF download:

Original Cartoons, Volume 2: The Frederator Studios Postcards 2006 - 2010

It was 30 years ago today…

May 7th, 2010

The New Yorker
Well, actually, it was 30 years ago two days ago that I started in television, in cable television, to be precise.

I’d been unhappily working in country music radio in New York (not unhappy that it was country music; I just wasn’t that impressed by the boss and colleagues I had, so working there wasn’t too much fun) when unbeknownst to me my radio mentor, Dale Pon, suggested that Bob Pittman call me. Bob had just moved from a successful radio career into the then new media of cable TV and needed a promotion guy for The Movie Channel. I wanted to be a record producer (”I watch TV Bob, I don’t want to make it.”), but I agreed to a meeting. Bob was (still is) incredibly smart and persuasive, and after a insightful evening conversation with Alan Goodman during a jazz recording session I was supposed to be supervising, I turned in my resignation at WHN 1050, New York.

I reported for work at Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company on Monday, May 5, 1980. Brown Johnson (now Nickelodeon Animation prexxy, then Bob’s assistant, having been recruited from Conde Nast’s Mademoiselle magazine) picked me up at reception and the rest of my life began.

They only come out at nite.

May 7th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 9.10
Frederator Postcards Series 9.10, mailed May 7, 2010

The chronic bickersons Penalty and Lloyd had argued their way through a memorable short from The Meth Minute 39 and their show Nite Fite became a leading candidate for a series spin-off. The Digitas advertising agency’s John McCarus agreed, and rapidly found a major sponsor in MarsStarburst Candies, a first for Frederator Studios’ internet productions and distributor Next New Networks.

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From the postcard back:

Congratulations!

You are one of 200 people to receive this limited edition Frederator postcard
www.frederator.com

History of Frederator Studios
Nite Fite
A Meth Minute 39 series
2008
Created by Dan Meth

Series 9.10

©2010, Bellport Cartoon Company.
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