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Smile! (more postcards from Frederator)

December 27th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 11
Frederator Postcards Series 11 [soundly rejected]

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We’ve been so incredibly busy this year, especially in the last couple of months, I completely forgot to post about the latest Frederator postcards, Series 11. Sorry about that. So instead of putting them up as they go (went) out, here’s the whole kit and caboodle, even the unpublished ones.

A new series timed with the official release of our title cards book will be out soon, chock full of cartoon images familiar to Frederator Blog readers, but for this one I was hoping to get at the essence of why we even make cartoons here. When people ask me about my work I pretty much tell the that my job’s the greatest in the world because we get to make people happy. What’s better? Really.

And to answer a question already received, no, none of these pix is me or my kids.

Be happy.

It’s time for summer vacation.

July 2nd, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 10.5
Frederator Postcards Series 10.5, mailed July 2, 2010 Limited edition of 200

Adapted from
Fritz Reiner conducting the RCA Victor Orchestra
Bizet and Debussy 45 EP
RCA Victor Records, New York

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This week’s card is the last in this postcard series of record labels, and it’s a departure from the other four in a few ways.

Most obviously, it’s red. Almost immediately after vinyl replaced shellac as the record manufacturing material, companies realized its flexibility allowed for color pressings, and for the next few decades they hoped the novelty could move a few extra units. And it’s a 45rpm EP, which RCA used to try and compete with Columbia Records‘ superior 12″ LP. This card is adapted from the classical repertoire rather than my more familiar soul, blues, and rock. Lastly, it’s from one of the world’s major recording labels of the 20th Century. I tried sticking to the indie approach, but the red was just so cool.

I’m sure record labels will crop up again in some future series, but for your sake, let’s hope its out of my system.

We’ll be releasing Frederator Postcard Series #11 in the autumn.

Obscure can be kinda cool.

June 25th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 10.4
Frederator Postcards Series 10.4, mailed June 25, 2010 Limited edition of 200

Adapted from
Pvt. Cecil Gant
The Grass is Getting Greener 78rpm
Gilt Edge Records
Hollywood, California

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There isn’t any information that can be found on the internets about Gilt Edge Records, other than Private Cecil Gant recorded for them in the 1940s. And I don’t really know all that much about Cecil other than that he wrote a neat song (”I’m a Good Man But a Poor Man“) I recorded on an obscure blues album in 1974.

But the label design is cool, obscure is fun, and I really loved the song we recorded.

Stax of wax.

June 18th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 10.3Frederator Postcards Series 10.3, mailed June 18, 2010 Limited edition of 200

Adapted from
The Mar-Keys Last Night 45rpm

Stax Records
Memphis, Tennessee

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Of the five record labels featured in this series I’ve probably had the most constant, long term relationship (as a listener, that is) with Stax Records. Starting with some amazing Sam & Dave and Otis Redding 45rpm singles in my teenage years, I continued scavenging their records (my friends and I loved finding the original Atlantic era “stacks of records” blue labels in the remainder bins years after the Gulf+Western era “finger snapping logo) until they went out of business in 1975. In 1977, I even wrote a 10 page plea to the president of Fantasy Records, Stax’s buyer after a scandalous bankruptcy, making the argument I was the ideal candidate to lead the reissue effort they were undertaking (I didn’t come close to persuading him).

Most importantly, I’m still really happy every time I listen to their music, which I do often. They assembled one of the greatest, most enviable rosters of writing, singing, and instrumental talent in history.

Stax blueStax finger snap

A bluesman.

June 11th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 10.1
Frederator Postcards Series 10.2, mailed June 11, 2010 Limited edition of 200
Adapted from
Chuck Berry
Blue Feeling 78rpm
Chess Records
Chicago, Illinois
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Chess Records was famous in the black community for their blues 78s before Chuck Berry exploded them across America’s consciousness with his mass appeal, seminal rock’n’roll records. But, he was a bluesman first.

A new postcard series: Record labels of mid-century America.

June 4th, 2010

Frederator Postcards Series 10.1
Frederator Postcards Series 10.1, mailed June 4, 2010 Limited edition of 200
Adapted from
The Wailers
Roadrunner 45rpm
Golden Crest Records

Huntington Station, NY

It’s probably my age, but I’ve always loved record labels (”records” are old school sound recording platforms, and by “labels” I mean the printed paper in the middle that identified the recording company, the artist, and the song), as anyone who follows our postcard output knows. Occasionally , it’s the graphic designs, sometimes it’s the artists involved, but often, I just like the stories behind the record companies. To subject you to more of my personal whimsy, Series 10 of Frederator postcards is dedicated exclusively to mid-20th century American independent labels’ 45s and 78s (that’s the speed that the vinyl records rotated at. Yes, seriously).

The first one in the series is a record company from my hometown that no one’s ever heard of. “No one” is a bit of an exaggeration, but, I thought I knew every indie label from the vinyl era, but I didn’t know Golden Crest Records, from Huntington Station, Long Island, in my own home town. And clearly, “no one” didn’t include one of the Western world’s coolest reissue labels, Ace Records, because they saw fit to release a 2-CD set of “The Best of Golden Crest.” That might have been influenced by the fact that John Broven, the Ace A&R executive, eventually married the daughter of Golden Crest’s founder, Clark Galehouse. It just goes to show you that I’m not as cool as I’d like to think.

Two partners and I started our own indie label out of Huntington in 1971, and if only we’d known there was a pressing plant right up the street, we would’ve been thrilled to manufacture there, and probably learn a little more about the business more quickly.

It was fitting to me that this series is inaugurated by Golden Crest. Thanks Clark.

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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.


From the postcard back:

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

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.

From the postcard back:

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

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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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.
From the postcard back:

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

History of Frederator Studios
Ape Escape Cartoons
Produced by Kevin Kolde

Series 9.11
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“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.
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