Monday, February 8, 2016

LEGO MY KIDS NEXT DOOR


I think it's a well known fact that
EVERYONE
loves Legos.

And I think it's a well known fact that I
LOVE
seeing the Kids Next Door built with Legos.

Especially these by MrMinifig:





Here's a How-To video he made:


And 77legocreator
TOTALLY
rocked these
Galactic: KND
minifigs:


GAH!

SO MUCH LEGO TO LOVE!






Thursday, February 4, 2016

ALL IN
(a film by Aidan Smith)

Sometimes a director happens upon a time 
when there isn't a single 
actor available on the entire planet.
Not one.
That's when the director gets desperate.
Such was the case with
legendary 7th grade auteur 
Aidan Smith.
Often hailed as the 
"Scorsese of Valley Village",
Aiden had just assembled a 
star-studded cast of local talent
for his latest film.
But alas,
he still needed one more actor.
That's when he got desperate.
And that's when he hired me.
Fortunately, his work is too strong
for even me to ruin.
But don't take my word for it.
See for yourself:
 
Way to go, Aidan!
This is the ninth film created by AIDAN SMITH at the 
Cinematic Arts Academy (CAAM) of Millikan Middle School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
 Aidan is a 13-year-old seventh grader.

Monday, February 1, 2016

SOMETHING WILLEMS THIS WAY CAME


It takes a special kind of person to run
TOWARDS 
Mo Willems
when he's in town.

I always do.
But I'm a glutton for punishment.

I don't know what's wrong with the
 rest of these guys, though:


From left to right there's




The handsomest man in the world



With this many sooper talented people
in attendance
(and me)
I just HAD to start passing around the pen and paper:


And I gotta tell you...
Getting to sit and talk with these hyper creative people is
truly one of the best parts of knowing such hyper creative people.

I'm a lucky guy.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

OLD, ULGY RESUME ALERT


Oof...

Here's an old school resume 
from when I was only a year or two into the business:


Kinda blah.
And that drawing makes me wish I was 
wearing a turtleneck  to
cringe into right now.

Evidently I didn't
follow the advice from my future self over

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

107 KIDS NEXT DOOR FACTS

How much do I 
LOVE
LOVE
LOVE
 that
Channel Frederator
just posted this video with
107 KIDS NEXT DOOR FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW?!

More than you know!

And even if you're not interested in the facts,
it's a great trip though
my Facebook photo stream!

Take a look:


This obviously took forever to put together 
and I'm honored they took the time to dig up
so many fun facts!

Although some of them might need a 
minor correction here or there:

#3 = that's not my manga/anime library pictured.
But I wish it was!

#5 = Actually, the friend mentioned
(Linda Simensky)
moved to Atlanta
to become a big shot at 
Cartoon Network,
not LA.

Also,
it's pronounced UH-sifa east.
Not ASS-ifa.

#9 - It's not that the individual KND
weren't intended to have fixed names.
It was that their GROUP name would constantly change.
One day they'd be
The Deep Fryer Five
the next they'd be
The Apple Brown Betty Bunch.

Their name would alter depending on what kind of
 trouble they were intending to get Kenny into.

#11 - I didn't originally WANT 
Mark Hamill to play Professor XXXL.

But I was THRILLED when I saw he was on the
 list to audition for the part.

And I was TOTALLY disappointed when he didn't
 appear to be the right person to play the character.
But he was ABSOLUTELY the right guy to play
Stickybeard.

#17 - Just to clarify, the Beatles were nicknamed
The Fab Four.
Hence, Numbuh Four's name.

#18 - I don't think I ever intended Hoagie Gilligan's 
last name as a reference to Gilligan's Island.
As I recall, I just liked the name.

#19 - Oops.
It's Ben Diskin.
Not Driskin.

#32 - I don't recall it being said anywhere 
that Numbuh One's mom
(aka Numbuh 999)
was the first female operative in the 
modern KND.
If so, I'd say that was planted by evil adults.

#34 - I'm also not so sure
Number One was ever on the Decommissioning Squad.
Was he?

#43 - That's definitely not Steve Rucker in the picture.
Also, Tom Chase shared music duties
 for a good portion of the series.

#44 - Correction:
The song is called
The Private Pain Of Techno Destructo.
Not Destruction.

#49 - Rainbow Munchies.
Not Rainbow Crunchies.
Although they sound delicious, too.

#72 - I love nothing better than mispronouncing Mo's name.
But I'm legally bound to let people know that it's
WILLEMS.
Not Williams.

And he left AFTER season four.
To many tears.
Some of joy,
but most of sorrow.

#74 - While I'd love to take credit for placing Ash and Yugi in
the show, it was actually the character designers,
and sometimes the colorists that turned them into those characters.
Much to my delight, of course.

#81 - I think it's generous to say that 
Operation: KNOT was the ONLY episode of KND
that ran too long before getting locked to time.
There were certainly many more, especially in the first season.
But KNOT was a particularly egregious example.

#95 - The KND Splinter Cell and their mission 
of eradicating all adults
was a ruse to distract people from finding out about the 
Galactic Kids Next Door.
They don't actually exist.

#98 - 1000 Times No was only made as a short film for Nick Jr.
Not a series.
But the original idea was to do a series of books like
1000 Times Thank You,
1000 Times I Love You
and
1000 Times I Want Waffles.

#100 - Technically, I wasn't ASKED to do 
a piece for the TVA art show.
You just do one if you want to.
Those are the ones I caught.

Maybe there are more.
But honestly,
WHO CARES?!

I just love that they made this!
THANK YOU
CHANNEL FREDERATOR
for putting this together.

You rock.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A LIGHT DUSTING OF KND PILOT STORYBOARD PAGES


Check it!
After a particularly gihoogic pile of crates 
collapsed on me in the 
Indiana Jones-like
warburtonlabs archive,
I found some old,
original pages from
the KND pilot,
NO P IN THE OOL.

Most of them were cut from the episode,
or altered a bit.
But there's some fun stuff here:










Yes...
you can really see how much the characters 
changed when the show went to series.




SOOPER ADDED BONUS
PICTURE:

Here's when I was printing out the 
final draft of the sooper very first
pitch booklet of 
Kids Next Door
before I sent it to Cartoon Network!
That's back when I lived on 3rd street in NYC
(across from the Hells Angels Headquarters)
ten million years ago!