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By Eric Homan

A Good First Week for Frederator Toys From the Toys R Us in Burbank, ten out of the dozen Fanboy and Adventure Time items sold out (one Golden Sword of Battle and a couple of Fanboy walkie-talkies remain). August 26, 2011

August 30, 2011

A Good First Week for Frederator Toys
From the Toys R Us in Burbank, ten out of the dozen Fanboy and Adventure Time items sold out (one Golden Sword of Battle and a couple of Fanboy walkie-talkies remain).
August 26, 2011

A Good First Week for Frederator Toys

From the Toys R Us in Burbank, ten out of the dozen Fanboy and Adventure Time items sold out (one Golden Sword of Battle and a couple of Fanboy walkie-talkies remain).

August 26, 2011

Stussy T-shirts by JJ Villard That JJ Villard is one talented guy. In addition to making some of the most memorable cartoons you’ll ever see (I, at least, remember seeing his “Son of Satan” years ago like it was only last night) and always preparing for his endless art gallery events, JJ’s now designing T-shirts for Stussy. And if buying these shirts doesn’t fix your JJ jones (they’re part of the Stussy Summer 2011 Collection!), you can now stalk him on Facebook.

June 23, 2011

Stussy T-shirts by JJ Villard
That JJ Villard is one talented guy. In addition to making some of the most memorable cartoons you’ll ever see (I, at least, remember seeing his “Son of Satan” years ago like it was only last night) and always preparing for his endless art gallery events, JJ’s now designing T-shirts for Stussy. And if buying these shirts doesn’t fix your JJ jones (they’re part of the Stussy Summer 2011 Collection!), you can now stalk him on Facebook.

Stussy T-shirts by JJ Villard

That JJ Villard is one talented guy. In addition to making some of the most memorable cartoons you’ll ever see (I, at least, remember seeing his “Son of Satan” years ago like it was only last night) and always preparing for his endless art gallery events, JJ’s now designing T-shirts for Stussy. And if buying these shirts doesn’t fix your JJ jones (they’re part of the Stussy Summer 2011 Collection!), you can now stalk him on Facebook.

Stussy T-shirt by JJ Villard

Spongebob vs Phineas & Ferb

January 4, 2011

Confused
Confused

Help me out here. Yesterday’s Nickelodeon press release announcing more SpongeBobsare 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

Have a “Great and Grumpy” Holiday

December 25, 2010

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! episode #213a

– Eric

Doug: The Movie

November 11, 2010

-Eric

The Cartoon Medley (FreddeGredde)

October 27, 2010

I was facing grown-up problems by the time most of these shows were airing, but I still like pretty well Fredrik Larsson’s Cartoon Medley. If you were a kid in the ’80s, you’ll probably like it even more.

Thanks to the Daily What for posting this.

– Eric

Phineas and Ferb Take the Boys’ Market by Storm

October 22, 2010

Dan Povenmire and Jeff 'Swampy' Marsh
Phineas and Ferb creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh

This Fast Company article on Phineas and Ferb is interesting for a couple of reasons, not the least of which are the facts and figures how the show’s license and merchandising compares with SpongeBob’s. From Frederator’s point-of-view there’s an even bigger take-away. You might know we’re a cartoon company whose output has been (nearly) 100% creator based, meaning the folks, usually cartoonists, who come up with the idea are also the ones who run the show. So while there’s always that tendency for networks to veer in the opposite direction of how we like to work, it’s great to know this creator-based cartoon - at a network far from being known for its catering to the visions of creators - is now “the top cable animated series among 6- to 14-year-olds.” So, good for Disney for supporting the show, and a bigger congratulations to the cartoonists behind P & F, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh.

– Eric

Heading to A.P.E.?

October 14, 2010

Greetings from City by the Golden Gate San Francisco vintage postcard

Hey, if you’re going to the Alternative Press Expo this weekend in San Francisco and want to pitch your cartoon projects to a high-powered development executive, let me know, I’ll be glad to put you in touch with one. Ha ha ha. Seriously, though. If you’ve got ideas for cartoons - TV or features - I’ll be there to meet you. Email me at eric at frederator.com.

Alternative Press Expo

— Eric

Congratulations, T.U.F.F. Puppy

October 14, 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

NICKELODEON’S NEW PLANET SHEEN AND T.U.F.F. PUPPY TOP SATURDAY MORNING TIME PERIODS!
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
Planet Sheen, a new CG-animated comedy series from the creative minds of Steve Oedekerk and Keith Alcorn, drew 3.5 million total viewers (+38%) and averaged a 5.5/2.0 million K2-11 (+22%), 6.9/1.5 million K6-11 (+47%), and 5.3/1.1 million T9-14 (+121%). T.U.F.F. Puppy, a 2D animated comedy from Nicktoon hit-maker Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), drew 3.6 million total viewers (+29%) and averaged a 5.8/2.1 million K2-11 (+26%), 6.9/1.5 million K6-11 (+57%) and 5.2/1.1 million T9-14 (+108%).
The action-packed T.U.F.F. Puppy centers around Dudley Puppy (voiced by iCarly’s Jerry Trainor), a gung-ho, dim-witted dog who finds himself accidentally thrust into the role of secret agent when he’s recruited by the super-secret, crime-fighting organization, T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force). He partners with Kitty Katswell, a feline superspy who is an amazing kung-fu and weapons expert. Naturally, they don’t get along, but together they protect their hometown of Petropolis and the rest of the world against the evil animal organization, D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order of Mayhem).
Planet Sheen follows the intergalactic adventures of Sheen Guevera Estevez, the hyperactive kid from Nick’s hit TV series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Planet Sheen finds Sheen stranded in outer space after he accidentally “borrows” a rocket and crash lands on the planet Zeenu, a world of limited technology that is inhabited by not-too-bright creatures and ruled by an Emperor who becomes fascinated with Sheen.
T.U.F.F. Puppy airs regularly on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and Planet Sheen at 11:30 a.m.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years.

Good Luck, Butch

October 14, 2010

T.U.F.F. Puppy

Man, we’ve known Butch Hartman as a hotshot cartoon guy since 1822. Since then, he’s created TV shows, written features, and delivered babies in snowstorms on desert islands with two arms tied behind his back. Tomorrow, at 11:30 a.m. on Nickelodeon, Butch unleashes his latest cartoon series, T.U.F.F. Puppy. He and his cast and crew have worked incredibly hard on the series. As with everything Butch does, we wish him - along with everyone associated with the show - the very best of success.

— Eric