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Sep 142012
 

Story: Liz Ohanesian

Photos: Shannon Cottrell

The first thing you’ll see when you walk into the lobby of  Stoopid Buddy Stoodios are the chickens. There are two fowl figures at the front desk, one large, one small, both with mechanical appendages. Just as Disney is forever associated with the Mouse, so will Stoopid Buddy have an eternal connection to the chicken, that is, the Robot Chicken.

Housed in two large buildings on the same Burbank block, Stoopid Buddy is an animation studio founded by Seth Green and Matt Senreich, creators of Robot Chicken and the production company Stoopid Monkey, along with John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner of the animation team, Buddy Systems. They opened last February, but are already making a lot of cartoons here, including some of the “Spy vs. Spy” bits for Cartoon Network’s animated MAD series, and the College Humor show Dinosaur Office.

Robot Chicken is the cornerstone of this company, occupying a good 16 or 17 of the 25 animation stages available in the building. Season six of the hit series, which premieres Sunday, is actually the first season of Robot Chicken to be made by Stoopid Buddy. However, many of the 9-to-5 inhabitants of this animation compound are familiar faces. It is, after all, owned by the show’s creators and two of its former animators. Many of the 70 people on staff here have been with the show for several seasons. Stoopid Buddy is ready for business and it’s all because of a few guys who are really into toys.
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Sep 122012
 

Photo by Shannon Cottrell

Have you ever wondered how Adult Swim’s Emmy and Annie-winning hit series Robot Chicken is made? Hard Road to Rad correspondents Liz and Shannon did, so they headed down to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios last week  to learn more. Stay tuned because this Friday, Hard Road to Rad goes behind-the-scenes of Robot Chicken.

 

Aug 132012
 

Story: Liz Ohanesian

Photos: Shannon Cottrell

It’s the Wednesday after San Diego Comic-Con and dozens of people are filtering in and out of Meltdown Comics. The events of the past weekend creep into one conversation after the next. In the back of the shop, author/editor Robb Pearlman and I are recounting annual convention– Firefly, Adventure Time, and a few nostalgic nerd moments.

“Every year there’s this one booth and their tablecloth is the Superman sheets I had as a kid,” says Pearlman. “Every year I take the same picture of it and it’s comforting and heartwarming.”

An SDCC regularly, Pearlman goes to the convention primarily for work. He’s an editor for Rizzoli and also heads up the New York publishing house’s calendar division. He goes to SDCC in part to see how people are reacting to certain media franchises, particularly Rizzoli’s licensors. (They’ve released calendars for Game of Thrones and True Blood.) But, he’s also there to check out stuff he personally likes, such as “really cool action figures.”
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