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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Feb 172012
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02.17.2012 Brendan Hay, Seth Green, Zeb Wells, Dan Milano, & Heidi Gardner Present: Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, & Revenge!

Join notorious cartoon meanie Rascal Raccoon and author Brendan Hay for a hilarious reading from their new Oni Press graphic novel, Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, this Sunday, February 19th at Meltdown Comics in Los Angelese, CA. Featuring, live and onstage, the voice talents of Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken, Avenging Spider-man), Dan Milano (Greg the Bunny, Warren the Ape), and Heidi Gardner (Funny or Die); you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll eat cupcakes… no really, there’ll be cupcakes!

“I couldn’t be more excited about this event,” said writer Brendan Hay. “I’ve always been a fan of dramatic readings and the idea of doing one for Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge has been in my mind since the book was published. Being fortunate enough to have so many voice actors lend their talents to the event is the icing on the cupcake, so to speak.”

Hay has written for Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, The Mighty B!, and is currently head writer on a new project for Lucasfilm Animation. But his heart belongs to comics. Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge tells the tale of Toonie Terrace, home of the fun-loving Toonies and their jealous, bitter rivals, the Meanies. For all their shenanigans, no Meanie has ever murdered a Toonie… until now. After thousands of painful failed attempts, Rascal Raccoon has finally killed his arch-nemesis, the charming and adorable Jumpin’ Jackalope. Rascal is overjoyed, but there’s one problem: what does he do now?

“It’s deep philosophy disguised as slap-stick comedy,” said editor Jill Beaton in describing the graphic novel. “If you spent your entire existence striving for one thing and you finally got it, what then? Brendan’s writing is hilarious and Justin Wagner’s art brings everything to life. I can’t wait to see the panels on the screen and hear the actors portray these characters. It’s going to be amazing!”

Come for the reading, stay for the signing and the cupcakes. Best of all the whole event is FREE!

Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge is available now at all finer comic shops and booksellers.Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, and Revenge premiers Sunday 2/19 at 2pm in the Nerdist Theater and features a selected live reading of the new graphic novel by Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken, Avenging Spider-man), Dan Milano (Greg the Bunny, Warren the Ape), and Heidi Gardner (Funny or Die)

Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, and Revenge
February 19th, 2pm PST
Meltdown Comics, at Nerdist Theater!
7522 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7223

Jan 292012
 

Oni Press, Meltdown Comics, and Toonie Treats cartoons present:

Rascal Raccoon in Reading, Writing, & Revenge!

Join notorious cartoon meanie Rascal Raccoon and author Brendan Hay for a hilarious reading from their new graphic novel, Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, featuring the voice talents of Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy), Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken, Avenging Spider-man), Dan Milano (Greg the Bunny, Warren the Ape), and Heidi Gardner (Funny or Die).

Hay has written for Robot ChickenThe Simpsons, The Mighty B!, and is currently head writer on a new project for Lucasfilm Animation. But his heart belongs to comics.

Come for the reading, stay for the signing immediately afterward. Also, there will be cupcakes.

And it’s FREE!

EVENT TAKES PLACE INSIDE NERDIST THEATER!
7522 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046

(323) 851-7223