Friday, February 11, 2005

Frederator Studios Locations. Postcards, Series 5.

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Frederator's been in a lot of locations since we set up shop in the late 90s.

Originally we were based in Hollywood, home of all good cartoons. So, what better image for a Southern Californian animation studio than an old McDonald's storefront? People could drive up, order a few drawings or walk cycles, and be on their way in no time.

When headquarters relocated to New York, we found ourselves missing the venerable Hanna-Barbera building where we started in 1992. After all, it's the most famous studio in the history of television cartoons, and the place we were able to develop our approach, the place where we launched Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Cow & Chicken, and a bunch of other hits. The fastest route to comfort? Re-creating that googie HB complex at 253 Fifth Avenue, where we stayed until we outgrew it at the end of 2004.

Incidentially, by my count, we've now sent out 33 postcards in Series 5. That leaves a few over 40 to go.

Click here to see all our Frederator card series from the past seven years.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wubby, Widget, and Walden

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It's tough to get going on a new cartoon, and after a few years of hard work, we're starting a new production this week in Hollywood.

Frederator has an exciting joint venture with Mixed Media Group in New York, called Bolder Media. Together we're launching a book imprint for young children called Bolder Books for Boys & Girls, and producing TV series and movies.

Our first TV series is for Nick Jr., and it's based on one of our first books, called Wubby, Widget, and Walden, created by Bob Boyle. We first met Bob on the first Frederator Studios' production, Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Bob created Olly & Frank and The Kid From S.C.H.O.O.L. (with Bill Riling), and worked on dozens of our other films. He went on to be the art director extraordinaire on Butch Hartman's The Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom.

Please congratulate Bob and follow his look at the production on The Wubblog.