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Heading to A.P.E.?

October 12th, 2010

Greetings from City by the Golden Gate San Francisco vintage postcard

Hey, if you’re going to the Alternative Press Expo this weekend in San Francisco and want to pitch your cartoon projects to a high-powered development executive, let me know, I’ll be glad to put you in touch with one. Ha ha ha. Seriously, though. If you’ve got ideas for cartoons - TV or features - I’ll be there to meet you. Email me at eric at frederator.com.

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Good Luck, Butch

October 1st, 2010

T.U.F.F. Puppy

Man, we’ve known Butch Hartman as a hotshot cartoon guy since 1822. Since then, he’s created TV shows, written features, and delivered babies in snowstorms on desert islands with two arms tied behind his back. Tomorrow, at 11:30 a.m. on Nickelodeon, Butch unleashes his latest cartoon series, T.U.F.F. Puppy. He and his cast and crew have worked incredibly hard on the series. As with everything Butch does, we wish him - along with everyone associated with the show - the very best of success.

– Eric

POSTPONED - The Battle of the Animation Bands

September 20th, 2010

Battle of the Animation Bands

Looks like your Saturday night is now open again, as Women in Animation is postponing its Battle of the Animation Bands. Here’s the lowdown, straight from WIA:

Women in Animation International’s co-presidents, Rita Street and Jan Nagel, regret to announce the Battle of the Animation Bands has been postponed. The event scheduled for Saturday, September 25 will not be held due to a lack of ticket sales. All ticket holders will be reimbursed.

Rita and Jan want to thank Bonsai Tribe, Groove Bazaar and Go-Go Global!, the three amazing contestants, DJ Krisz Klink and 6 Point Harness for the venue. WIA International is looking for another date in the very near future.

“We are just postponing this event. Watch for the next date,” said Rita Street.


‘Record Store Day’ Score

April 20th, 2010

Baroque n' Stones

So, what did you buy on Record Store Day this past Saturday? If you had as refined tastes as I, you’d be pleased with a few snares, most of all with this copy of Baroque n’ Stones by a group of studio musicians named the New Renaissance Society. Here are a few reasons why it goes in the hey-this-is-pretty-cool column:

Released in 1966, this is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, tribute albums to the Rolling Stones (the Rolling Stones was/is a rock and roll group from 2,000 light years ago; the band’s erstwhile bass player is now of the age where Taylor Swift could be his great-granddaughter and/or fourth wife). The liner notes claim the combination “of the Baroque form and the Rolling Stones songs is really a very logical development.” Well, I don’t know. To my ears, the arrangements here bare little resemblance to any Stones songs I’ve heard. However, if you’ve wondered [Read more…]

Maybe it’s the Socialist in Me…

February 7th, 2010

Natalie Portman

The Annie Awards have all been handed out. Congratulations to Guy Moon for the big win in the Music in a Television Production category for Wishology.

It’s really nice to see how the awards were spread around - Pixar, Disney, Fox, Nick, Dreamworks, Laika, and others were rewarded. All well deserved, if you ask me. Hats off to all the winners.

Next year? Let’s all hope Fanboy and Adventure Time will dominate the proceedings.

– Eric

P.S. ASIFA, you need to bring back Steve Marmel or Tom Kenny as host.

Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

January 8th, 2010

He-Man Invitation

Friends of Frederator Chogrin (whose work is above) and Jeaux Jaovsky and Cristina Paulos as well as dozens of other artists are presenting their spins on He-Man, with the opening reception tonight at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. For most of the evening, you’ll be able to find me across the street at Pink’s, waiting for the showroom’s lines to go down.

– Eric

Sated with Poutine and Maple Butter

October 19th, 2009

L'Homme a la Gordini
Images from Jean-Christophe Lie’s “L’Homme a la Gordini”

I’m back from the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Hats off to Chris Robinson, Kelly Neall, and the team behind the screens for organizing another fine festival. Also, thanks to Dave Levy who invited me to sit on a development panel along with Linda Simensky, Fran Krause, and Heather Kenyon. It went well, and I used two different dating analogies in answering questions.

It was a strong crop of shorts this year, I think. However, even though I took advantage of the screenings-on-demand, I still fell short of seeing all the animation I would’ve liked to have seen. Favorite films? Again, I didn’t see nearly everything (I missed the Student Screening, for example), but I’d give the blue ribbon to “L’Homme a la Gordini”, the first short film by Jean-Christophe Lie, and a cartoon I wished would’ve gone on longer. I also enjoyed pretty well Adam [Read more…]

“Call Me Bessie!” at the NYTF

September 24th, 2009

Fredertor Postcards Series 7.10: Call Me Bessie

Hey, remember that anthology we produced 700 years ago called Random! Cartoons? Well, one of those thirty-nine shorts - “Call Me Bessie!” - is being screened in this year’s New York Television Festival, “the industry’s first recognized independent television festival, providing a platform to elevate the work of artists creating for the small screen”. As part of of the festival’s family block, Bessie and Al can be seen this Friday (9/25) at 6:00 p.m., then again on Saturday (9/26) at 1:15 p.m. Both screenings will be at New World Stages located at 340 West 50th Street.

A big hats off to creators Diane Kredensor and Dana Galin along with their cast and crew on jobs well done. If I were in Manhattan, I’d be there with (cow)bells on.

– Eric

More Comic-Con Snapshots

July 25th, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con

From Thursday. Here’s the set.

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A Couple of Comic-Con Pictures

July 24th, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con

From yesterday. More here.

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