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John Reynolds Is In the Building!

May 31st, 2006


This morning I was fortunate enough to meet John Reynolds, cartoon wunderkind, who happens to be the youngest creator Frederator has ever had (he was 12 when he created “Terry and Chris!” for Oh Yeah! Cartoons Season 3). This short was directed by Butch Hartman, who has been a very encouraging presence in John’s career as an artist.

Now a whopping 19 years old, John is going to the Art Institute of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Campus, and continues to come up with original ideas to pitch to the likes of Frederator. I thought his art on this panel of his board was particularly outstanding.

Thanks so much for stopping by, John! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Welcome, Pat Ventura!

March 21st, 2006


Yesterday, the newly named Random Cartoons welcomed Pat Ventura into the mix. He ran us through his board, “The Dangerous Duck Brothers”, which is about a couple of ducks out to do their family proud and break the record for speed in their rocket ship. Yeah. There’s a lot of hurt involved.

Pat is no stranger to being a short film creator. He has created two shorts for the past season of “Oh Yeah! Cartoons”. One called Jamal the Funny Frog and the other called The Semprini Triplets. He has also directed and storyboarded for Chalk Zone co-created by Random Cartoons Executive Producer Larry Huber, and Dr.Froyd’s Bill Burnett.

Welcome aboard Pat!

Welcome Bill Burnett and Jaime Diaz!

January 18th, 2006


This week, Bill Burnett and Jaime Diaz start production on their Oh Yeah! short called, “Dr. Freud’s Funny Farm”. Bill Burnett, the writer and co-creator for “Dr. Freud”, was also the co-creator of the hit Nickelodeon series, “Chalk Zone” (which had it’s beginnings as an Oh Yeah! Cartoon.) Bill is also writing music for the short. Jaime Diaz has had a long career in animation, directing Chalk Zone, The Fairly OddParents, and Duckman, and also working on countless other animated series.

Congratulations guys! We’re looking forward to seeing all of this come together.

“The Tiki Show” Pitched to Oh Yeah!

December 14th, 2005

This afternoon, Creator Jennifer Muro (Editor on Diego), pitched us her short called “The Tiki Show” about a mischievous Tiki God, and his watchful friend, Chameleon. Jay Shultz (BG/Layout on Diego) was the uber-talented artist who boarded Jennifer’s script, and who is also hankering to direct it.

Great job, you two!

Pitch O Rama

December 9th, 2005

We saw a ton of great pitches when Fred Seibert was in town this week, and I wanted to share a few of them with you.


First up, “Too Hairless Friends”, pitched by Oh Yeah! Cartoon’s Executive Producer Larry Huber, and created by a Korean director named Youngtaek Choi. (Artwork by David Feiss.)

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7 minutes too short

November 23rd, 2005


So–how long is a 7 minute short? Well, truthfully, it’s 6 minutes and 40 seconds (we need time for title cards and credits!) Fred Seibert is flexible on many many things when it comes to the production of an Oh Yeah! short, but the length of the cartoon is something he will not bend on! If we get a pitch board that takes up all four walls of our room, and takes 30 minutes to pitch, chances are it’s longer than 7 minutes. The trick to knowing if your board is to length? Time the dialogue. If you were to stopwatch only the lines of your characters, it should time out to no more than 5 minutes. This leaves room for action, expressions, etc.

The past couple of days we have seen a few production board re-pitches from “Handycat”, “Mind the Kitty”, Teapot, and “Hero Heights”. After the short has been greenlit, and [Read more…]

Welcome, Mike Gray and Erik Knutson!

November 14th, 2005

It’s official:

Mike Gray

and Erik Knutson are up and running.
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Guess Who’s Pitching a Winner?

November 10th, 2005


Welcome Adam Henry! Again! Adam has greenlit his second Oh Yeah! short called Tiffany about a brash doll named Tiffany and her human sidekick, Peggy. We are thrilled to have him back, for nothing other than his wife’s fabulous cheesecake and the “Quote of the Day” sheet he keeps the door of his office.

In case you’re a stranger to the world that is Adam Henry, he has just wrapped up his first short, “Krunch and the Kid”, for this season of Oh Yeah. Terrific work. It’s great to have you around again!

Welcome, Raul and Bill!

November 4th, 2005


This week has been huge for new shows starting up, and Bill Ho and Raul Aguirre are no exception. After countless (and by countless, I mean at least six or seven) pitches, they hit an Oh Yeah! greenlight with their short, “Hero Heights”. If these guys don’t define persistence, I don’t know what does. Well, I could think of a few things, but I won’t go into them.

Bill Ho worked as a character layout artist on a little known cartoon called “The Simpsons”. He is also a storyboard artist on another little known show called “Family Guy”. Raul worked in the feature department of small company called Disney for 8 or 9 years, animating on films from Pocahontas, all the way up through Home on the Range. He also worked closely with Glen Keane on Treasure Planet.

You guys are impressive. Watching your pitches get better and better was so inspiring, not to mention, [Read more…]

Welcome, Niki Yang!

November 3rd, 2005


Well! Here she is. The incredible Niki Yang. A storyboard artist on “Family Guy”, and now, during her haiatus, an Oh Yeah! creator! Don’t be frightened. She doesn’t bite or sting. I must say that I enjoy her short, “The Two Witch Sisters”, more and more every time I see it. It’s got witches, hungry rabbit pirates, and out of control bumble bees. I wish you could all see Niki pitch. It’s going to be difficult for me to envision anyone else doing the voices for her witch sisters! Congrats, Niki. We’re very glad to have you here. Buzz Buzz!