Saturday, November 20, 2004

The Nicktoons Film Festival

October 22, 2004

The Nicktoons Film Festival
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My first job on an animated film (composing and producing the soundtrack) came right out of college, when my friend Alan Goodman introduced me to David Bruce, a student filmmaker.

I was hooked.

Looking back over the 1000 films since (commercials and network identifications for MTV, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, and Comedy Central, cartoons for Hanna-Barbera, Nickelodeon, and Frederator) it occurred to me that most of the filmmakers were virtually first-timers, and the thrill of discovery was a great part of the excitement.

That's why it was a dream come true for Frederator Studios to create a brand new film festival for the wildly successful new Nicktoons digital channel.

The Nicktoons Film Festival has its first week's screening Sunday night at 10pm EST.

The festival has received an overwhelming response from filmmakers all around the world. We received over 400 films, and festival programmers Eric Homan and Rita Street guided our co-producers from Animation Magazine to narrow the field to almost 100 animations. Over the next 4 months our esteemed judges Gabor Csupo, John Kricfalusi, and Eric Goldberg will pick the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner.

I hope you enjoy discovering these new animated filmmakers as much as we do (and if you're convinced one of them's going to be a big hit, let me know so we can sign them up).

Fred Seibert

The Nicktoons Film Festival

Sundays 10pm EST on the Nicktoons network

Festival programmers/Producers: Eric Homan & Rita Street

Associate producer/Production management: Alan Kaufman

Associate producer/Business affairs: Roy Langbord

Logo design: Poster designed by INTERspectacular

Music: TimbreLab/Bruce Kapler & Art Labriola

Packaging & bumpers: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Burbank

Executive in charge of production for Nicktoons: Christina Vann

Festival director/Executive Producer: Fred Seibert

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH ANIMATION MAGAZINE ........................................................


October 12, 2004


a supplement to

Our friend Joe Bevilacqua is a voice actor, NPR reporter, and all around comedy enthusiast and historian. One of his great life passions has been fueled by the time he was mentored by the amazing voice actor Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound (my personal favorite), Cap'n Crunch, and hundreds of others.

Now Joe has published an authorized biography, co-authored with historian Ben Ohmart, about Daws' surprising and charmed life.

Buy it. It'll be a great way to feel happy.

The Frederator Studios crew.

A Robot Emmy

September 17, 2004
A Robot Emmy

Another three months, and another newsletter from your friends at Frederator Studios. But wait! There’s a theme here. Can you guess what it is?

Robot hats off to My Life as a Teenage Robot’s Seonna Hong, brand-new Emmy-winner in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation – Background Styling. We couldn’t be happier or more fortunate to have this talented artist on the Robot team. The award ceremony is being aired on E! this Saturday night (9/18). While you can see Seonna’s beautiful work at, we’ve included a Seonna background from the episode for which she won – The Wonderful World of Wizzly – here.
robot bg seonna
Well, we’re finally on the schedule. After months of no new episodes, the second-season Teenage Robot premiere is slated for its Nickelodeon debut Friday, October 1. Entitled “Victim of Fashion”, it’s a very special half-hour episode full of fashion, victims, and robots. Check your local listing for showtimes. It’s going to be Robot-riffic.

Jenny Wakeman, you’re going to Canada! That’s right, the very prestigious Ottawa International Film Festival has nominated My Life as a Teenage Robot in the Television Series for Children category. The specific episode up for the prize is “Speak No Evil” (the one where Jenny can speak nothing but Japanese – oh, and that’s Janice Kawaye who supplies Jenny’s regular voice doing all the Japanese dialog, too), directed by creator Rob Renzetti and Tim Walker. Thankfully, the festival’s not until next weekend, so there’s still time to brush up on our Canadian, eh.

Finally, Robot buzz on the Web is increasing and increasing like, um, those things which proverbially increase and increase. If you’re looking for the inside scoop, you must visit the Teenage Roblog created and maintained by the phantom “XJ-Writer”. Sorry, but we’re sworn to secrecy as to the identity of this mystery person. (It’s really Robot’s story editor, Scott Peterson.)

Thanks for reading. Look for our next harassing sometime in the winter.
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Friday, November 19, 2004

" of those delightful Frederator Studios Newsletters"

MAY 27 04

Hi, Frederator Fans.

If there's one question we get asked most at our many lucrative personal appearances, it's gotta be “Hey, we're dying to read another one of those delightful Frederator Studios Newsletters updating us on the goings-on at Frederator!” To which we reply, “That's not a question.” But here you go...

ChalkZone Breaks Top Ten We're very proud and jazzed that ChalkZone in its regular Sunday morning Nick slot has made the jump into the top ten most-watched shows for kids between the ages of 6 and 11. Hats off to the crew for a job well-done.

There’s a terrific article by Dennis Cass on entitled ‘Adult Entertainment.’ Like Mr. Cass says, “It's refreshing to see a show that acknowledges the truth that even those who have it all can't have it all.” It's our feeling this piece gets to the heart of the show in a way that hasn't been mentioned before in the press, and we hope you'll agree.

Sont des mots qui vont tre’s bien ensemble: Cosmo and Wanda, you’re going to France! Speaking of The Fairly OddParents, the episode ‘Pipe Down!’ is up for the Best TV Series award at this year’s Annecy Film Festival. The Sarah Frost-directed short -- the same one which has earned an Annie Award for Dave Thomas and his storyboard work -- is one of only two films from the U.S. in this year’s roster of 29 nominees. The festival’s next month, so best of luck to the FOP gang.

Fan sites for My Life as a Teenage Robot continue to launch around the Web. You can see one here and here. We’re glad to see the show’s more tech-oriented fans are putting their free time to good use.

Finally, we wrap up our spring update with a really cool piece of original Teenage Robot production art. It’s part of an instructional pack created by art director Alex Kirwan for new crew members learning the do’s and don’ts when it comes to drawing XJ-9. Thanks, Alex.
how to XJ9

Thanks for reading. Look for our next harassing sometime in the summer.
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