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Spongebob vs Phineas & Ferb

January 4th, 2011


Help me out here. Yesterday’s Nickelodeon press release announcing more SpongeBobs are on the way gave us this bit of information:

“SpongeBob SquarePants will once again cap the year as the number-one animated show among kids 2-11 (followed by The Penguins of Madagascar) and kids 6-11 on broadcast and basic cable. The series is also basic cable’s top animated show with total viewers.”

But a Disney Channel press release dated November 5, 2010, had this to say:

“The Emmy Award-winning hit series “Phineas and Ferb” has ranked as TV’s #1 animated series among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 for two consecutive years. It is TV’s #1 animated series in fiscal 2010 among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, delivering 3.3 million Total Viewers on average.”

What’s the spin? So which is the #1 cartoon for kids 6-11?

– Eric

No Posts For A Few Days

June 22nd, 2010

Strayer's Business College

Hey, everyone. We’re going to be light in the posts for the next few days as our crack team of computer technologists (above) moves our blogging platform. This gives each and every one of us more time to enjoy the great outdoors a bit more than we have been.

Smell you later.

– Eric

Hey, you! Get out of my salmon bushes!

June 3rd, 2010

Rocko's Modern Life

You know, I’ve often wondered why Nickelodeon has never released the complete Rocko’s Modern Life on DVD. Besides being a huge influence on a generation of younger animators, the Joe Murray show gets an honorable mention if only for setting the creative stage for SpongeBob (going back seventeen years (!) now). More importantly, it’s really good. There’s now cause for celebration, though, as NetFlix has put up the first season’s twelve episodes, streaming right to your computer (or TV, if you’re that savvy). Frankly, I don’t know when these went up, but I’m glad I know now. For instant viewing, they’ve also got the first seasons of Angry Beavers, Real Monsters, Ren & Stimpy, and the Fairly OddParents (let’s hope ChalkZone and Teenage Robot aren’t far behind). Time for wallaby watching.

– Eric

Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It?

January 7th, 2009

As a high-powered animation executive, I’m often stopped by people on the street who ask me, “What was the very first single 45 record you ever bought?” The answer is, natch, Daddy Dewdrop’s “Chick-A-Boom” (I suspect the same goes for many of you). Now, what’s been nagging me is where I first heard the song. I mean nagging me for decades. For so many years, I knew it was on a Saturday morning cartoon show. While I assumed said show was Where Are You, Scooby-Doo!, something deep inside told me that just wasn’t right. Now, thanks to the Internet, I’ve now discovered the answer is not from Scooby, but rather from Sabrina and the Groovie Ghoolies. And now, for your complete and total edification and somewhat guilty pleasure, the good folks at the YouTubes have proffered the very Sabrina clip that led me on a long and winding road on my life-long [Read more…]

“Ivan the Unbearable”

December 8th, 2008

“Ivan the Unbearable”
Random! Cartoons
Created by Andrew Dickman
Directed by Gary Conrad
Premieres Saturday, December 13, at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT on Nicktoons Network
Frederator Postcards Series 7.7, mailed December 3, 2008

– Eric

Frederator Postcards Series 1, 1998
Frederator Postcards Series 2, 1999
Frederator Postcards Series 3, 2000
Frederator Postcards Series 4, 2003
Frederator Postcards Series 5, 2004-2005
Frederator Postcards Series 6, 2007-2008
Frederator Postcards Series 7, 2008-2009

Hats Off To Nicole Mitchell

May 2nd, 2008


Congratulations to Nicole Mitchell. Her CalArts hand-drawn cartoon, “Zoologic”, is one of eight films nominated in the animation category in this year’s Student Academy Awards. Frederator knows the film real well; it won Grand Prize in the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival last year (that’s Nicole with NNAF host Hal Sparks above). Winners of the Student Academy Awards are announced at a ceremony in Beverly Hills on June 7. Nicole, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for you.

– Eric

Meet The Wubb Girls

April 25th, 2008


My name suggestion of Wubbzy and the Pippettes didn’t fly.

– Eric

Watch “The Mighty B” This Saturday

April 24th, 2008


Watch the premiere of The Mighty B on Nickelodeon Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. or else! I’ve seen a couple of episodes, and the best of the many compliments I can pay it is I think it’s funny just looking at the video, and I think it’s funny just listening to the audio. (But you should do both.)

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Pico & Sepulveda (Where Nobody’s Dreams Come True)

April 16th, 2008

For you Angelenos out there, an animated verison of Felix Figueroa (aka Freddy Martin) and his Orchestra’s “Pico & Sepulveda” by SlushoSteve.

– Eric

Garlic Boy (And Disney Rarities) In Newport Beach

April 15th, 2008


A big congratulations to John Dilworth. His contribution to Random! Cartoons, “Garlic Boy”, is going to be screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California. If you want to see the boy of garlic with his tonic that’s “good for what ails ya”, you need to go to the Shorts for Shorties screening at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 4/26.

Oh, and you may also want to attend An Evening of Disney Animation Rarities with Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn, part of the festival on Wednesday night, April 30. From the festival website:

“Join noted filmmakers and Academy Award nominees Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn as they present an unforgettable evening of rarely seen Disney animated shorts and experimental films. Roy and Don will screen a collection of short animated films that had limited theatrical presentations, many of which are not available for viewing on DVD.”

– Eric