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Doug: The Movie

November 11th, 2010

– Eric

Congratulations, T.U.F.F. Puppy

October 5th, 2010

T.U.F.F. Puppy

Hats off to Butch and his cast and crew. You can read the good news (and for Planet Sheen, too) in the official Nickelodeon press release below, but if all those numbers hurt your head like they do mine, just know the T.U.F.F. Puppy premiere was Nick’s highest-rated cartoon of the week with kids aged six to eleven.

– Eric


Back-to-Back Premieres of New Nicktoons Bring in 3.6 Million Total Viewers to Saturday Morning Block

NEW YORK– Oct. 5, 2010–Nickelodeon’s back-to-back Saturday morning premieres of Planet Sheen (Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. ET/PT) and T.U.F.F. Puppy (11:30 a.m. ET/PT), topped basic cable in their respective time periods with kids 2-11, kids 6-11, tweens 9-14 and total viewers. The additions to Nick’s hit animation roster, averaged 3.6 million total viewers, boosting Nick’s Saturday morning block by double- and triple-digits over last year

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XJ-9 Maquette Lands In Burbank

October 15th, 2008

XJ-9 Maquette

Who’s the lucky guy? Fred is, as Alex Kirwan and Rob Renzetti present him with a very exclusive maquette of Jenny, model XJ-9, from Rob’s My Life as a Teenage Robot. It seems like yesterday Teenage Robot premiered on Nick, but it was really back in the summer of 2003. Meanwhile, you can see never-before-aired episodes of the series, Saturdays on Nicktoons Network.

As a “Where-Are-They-Now” note, these days, Alex is busy designing characters for Nick’s The Mighty B, while Rob is co-running a big shorts program with Craig McCracken over at Cartoon Network.

– Eric

Nicktoons Network Animation Festival 2008

October 4th, 2008

Nicktoons Network Animation Festival Event

This, year five, is the first season Frederator’s had nothing to do with the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival (other than Fred’s creator credit, course). I’m not sure, but maybe that could be why no one showed up for tonight’s live event at the Nick studio in Burbank (see above).

Ha ha ha. Actually, the event was more crowded than in that misleading picture - that shot was taken after the other six people went home.

Ha ha ha, again. Really, the event was fine and well-attended. Nick’s Brown Johnson interviewed Stan Lee, the highlight of highlights for an audience full of animators. Food, drinks, host Chris Hardwick, a live band, and - oh!- cartoons made for an all-around fun night. Thanks for the invitation.

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“Nick’s History Is As Good As Goo”

February 2nd, 2008


Click here to see a Washington Post review of the recently published book, Not just Cartoons: Nicktoons! by the ubiquitous Jerry Beck. The article mentions a couple of what Scott Moore calls the book’s highlights, including “A history of Oh Yeah, Cartoons! The series’ 120 shorts included the first appearances of future hits Chalk Zone, Fairly OddParents and My Life as a Teenage Robot” and “title pages of the first five years of Fairly OddParents.” It’s a Washington Post Book of the Week!

(Scott, Scott, Scott. They’re called title cards, not title pages. Sheesh.)

– Eric

Random! NYC Screening Wrap-Up

May 24th, 2007


If you missed Tuesday night’s ASIFA-East Random! Cartoons screening, you missed ten shorts and some talk with questions and answers. It was extra cool to see our New York City-based Random! creators. Thanks to all the filmmakers, ASIFA-East, SVA, Dave Levy, and the 100+ folks who turned out.

Three things that came up during the Q&A you might want to know: Frederator’s trying real hard to get another order of shorts; the latest from Nick is that this latest crop of cartoons will air toward to the end of the year; and Bill Plympton animated “Gary Guitar” by himself in about a month.

From left to right, the folks in the above shot are: Bill Plympton, Manny Galán, Dave Levy, Alan Goodman, Dana Galin, Tom Selleck, Fred Seibert, Diane Kredensor, (not in picture, but who were there: John Dilworth and Dan Meth).

Thanks to Ryan Sias for taking the picture.

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Another Friggin’ Blog

February 3rd, 2006


Artist/filmmaker Miles Thompson has been in and out of the Frederator world for more years than I want to add. I first met Miles last century at Hanna-Barbera where I think he was working on 2 Stupid Dogs. Since then he’s created a WAC! short and a pair of Oh Yeah! cartoons. If you’re one of the fortunate few to be on the mailing list, you’ll know we’ve used a couple of his paintings for postcard art. He’s now pretty much an artiste, and you can see his work in galleries and on the covers of kids books. However, he’s probaby most famous for his painting of Louise Brooks that’s hanging in my office. Well, now, along with his Website, he’s got his own blog. He’s a good guy to check up on frequently, because you never know what he’ll be into next; I guarantee you it’ll be something different and fantastic.

23 Shopping Days ‘Til Christmas

December 2nd, 2005


While the short she created, “Mind the Kitty”, is the 13th Oh Yeah! cartoon to go into production this season, Anne Walker is the 1st OY! creator to jump into the merchandise shop Fred has set up for us over at Cafe Press. Go here now to be the among the first to buy OY!4 buttons, stickers, and shirts (oh my). And be the envy of your friend(s).

Blogs Away

September 7th, 2005


So due to intense pressure from family, friends, and employers, I’m beginning my very own Frederator development blog right now. However, I’m fickle, and I may choose to pack it in at any moment. Just warning.

I reckoned my first art post would be an original cel set-up I stole — I mean, was awarded — from the second season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons! from way back in the last century, a time when such a thing as cels were used in cartooning. It’s from the Rob Renzetti short called “My Neighbor was a Teenage Robot” and shows XJ-9 as she looked so many years ago. Melissa scanned this for me so those are her fingerprints all over the art.