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Back in 2012, Sean Malony entered the doors of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios as an intern with a passion for animation and a Bunyanesque work ethic. These days, you can find Sean working away on the animation stages as a full-fledged animator for such projects as WWE: Slam City, SuperMansion, and Robot Chicken. So, why is Sean receiving this award? It might have something to do with his marathon speed-animating stint on episode 10 of SuperMansion, where he logged an unbelievable 45 second shot in LESS THAN 2 DAYS! That’s not just fast, that’s Usain-Bolt-on-a-japanese-bullet-train-fast! In the words of fellow Buddy, Aaron Umetani (camera department), “They call him ‘The Midwife’…because he’s always delivering.”

So here’s to you, Mr. Midwife: Thank you for your hard work and for being a truly inspirational Buddy!

 

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Get ready to kick off Season 8 of Robot Chicken with the third installment DC Comics Special: Magical Friendship!!

This time around, Batman and Superman’s bromance takes a competitive turn and the fate of the universe somehow hangs in the balance! The all-star cast includes Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Alfred Molina, Nathan Fillion, Weird Al Yankovic, Alex Borstein, Giovanni Ribisi, Jonathan Banks, Mae Whitman, Hugh Davidson, Dee Bradley Baker, Zeb Wells, Kevin Shinick, plus Adam West and Burt Ward. And not to mention, the blood, sweat, and tears (of laughter) from our amazing, hard working crew at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!

Tune in each Sunday at midnight to
Adult Swim for new episodes!

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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios has partnered with Nerd Machine to bring you a night of charity to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Robot Chicken! Join us on October 24th at iam8bit for a night of Robot Chicken inspired art. All proceeds will go towards Operation Smile, an organization that provides reconstructive facial surgery to indigent children and young adults in 16 developing countries around the world.

RSVP @ HERE and learn more about this amazing charity at operationsmile.org. 

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The wait is over. Streaming LIVE on Crackle is the Stop-Motion Animated original series from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios: SuperMansion!!!

We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback so far, and could not be more proud of this series and the Buddies who worked on it. Check out the first three episodes NOW streaming on Crackle.com and stay tuned for new episodes each week!

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Look out, Netflix! Here comes Buddy Thunderstruck!

From American Greetings Entertainment with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Buddy Thunderstruck is an action-comedy, stop-motion extravaganza that follows the adventures of a semi-truck racing dog named Buddy and his albino ferret mechanic. It all goes down in race-obsessed Greasepit, a place chock full of larger-than-life characters and nitro-burning, gear-slamming, tire-squealing, fish-tailing good times. Buddy Thunderstruck will premiere worldwide exclusively on Netflix in 2017 with a 12 episode season.

Official press release HERE.

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Can’t wait until the October 8th premiere of SuperMansion? You don’t have to! On September 24th, ASIFA Hollywood is hosting a screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A with series creators Matthew Senreich and Zeb WellsHelder Sun, Director of Photography; Alex Kamer, Animation Director and Tennessee Reid Norton, Director of Character Fabrication.

 

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If you are an ASIFA member, RSVP today to reserve a spot! Interested in becoming a member or learning more about the organization, click here! Membership is open to professionals and animation lovers alike.

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Do you love stop-motion animation? Then you’ll love Gumby Fest – a three-day event beginning September 18th at the Citrus College in Glendora! The weekend will be filled with animation demos, panel discussions, and Gumby’s 60th birthday celebration!  Also in attendance will be several of our extremely talented crew members speaking on a variety of panels. Check out the schedule below and head over to Gumbyfest.net to purchase tickets and view a full schedule of the festivities!

 

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Saturday, September 19, 10:15- 11:15 am, PA 133

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Tommy Keiser, Director of Digital Design

 

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Sunday, September 20, 10:15-11:15am, Little Theatre

Nikki Rice Malki, Lead Puppet Fabricator

 

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“In 2015 a team of rag-tag celebrities and athletes came together on mission to help humanity win at everything.” Sounds like a good premise, right? Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is proud to announce our collaboration on our newest project: The Madden 16. In collaboration with EA Sports, Heat, and Big Picture, this action-packed web series is sure to make an impact this season!
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We’d like to thank our team for all their hard work and collaboration on this project. From digital designs, to puppet fabrication, costumes, 3-D printing, tiny wigs, and lots of football stuff, we really made a touchdown with this one!
Stay tuned for more episodes of The Madden 16 – watch it HERE!

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We’d like to introduce you to our Buddy, Jessica Rather. Jess is our Puppet Department Coordinator and the person responsible for ensuring all our character builds go off without a hitch as well as managing which characters are needed for each shot. You will often find her on the go, escorting our “talent” from workshop to the stages or in the Puppet Department, being awesome. Naturally, Jess is a talented artist herself with great design sensibility and some mad puppet fabrication skills!

It’s an honor to award Jess with the Spirit of the Stoodio Award. Congratulations and thanks for being a Buddy!!

 

Mark your calendars! SuperMansion airs its first three episodes on October 8th!

Bryan Cranston stars as the voice of Titanium Rex, leader of The League of Freedom, a motley band of super heroes that struggle to remain relevant in a world laden with caped guys. Robot Chicken’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios are behind the series. Seth Green, Keegan-Michael Key, Jillian Bell and Chris Pine also provide voices. Cranston serves as EP, alongside Green, John Harvatine, Eric Towner and James Degus.  Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells of Robot Chicken are creators, writers and EPs. Read the full article at Deadline.com!

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Check out this excellent article from 3D Printing Industry, featuring our own two resident 3D Printing all-stars: Tommy Keiser, Head of 3D Printing and Digital Design and the EnvisionTEC Perfactory 4 Series 3D printer.

 

 

Read about how 3D printing has revolutionized the character fabrication process for our team of artists, and the limitless possibilities for future projects.

 


Here’s another spectacular stop-motion animated project from your Buddies entitled, Toy Soldiers: War Chest! In collaboration with Ubisoft and Vibe Creative, this action-packed hybrid game trailer features a unique world where an ordinary office desk is transformed into an epic battle ground.  G.I. Joe, He-Man, Cobra Commander, and Assassin’s Creed’s Ezio come head to head as you’ve never seen them before, that is, unless you have a very vivid imagination and an impressive collection of classic toys.

 

 

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What can be said about our Buddy, Tom Smith: Spirit of the Stoodio Award Winner, talented artist, a good friend. Back in 2012, Tom Smith came to work at the Stoodio, and since then has gone from PA to Storyboard Artist and Animator. His Adult Swim short, “Beach Bros!“, was a sensational hit on the internet. He is very qualified at making awesome cartoons, surfing, skateboarding and being an all around good guy.

Here’s to you, Tom! Cheers!

In collaboration with Warner Bros and LEGO, we are SUPER excited to present LEGO Scooby-Doo!

This stop-motion animated web series will air weekly through October, and features your favorite team of mystery solvers, some ghoulish ghosts, and definitely lots of Scooby Snacks! Thank you to our hard working LEGO builders, animators, and the whole crew who helped put this awesome project together, piece by piece.
Find new episodes each week HERE and on the Official LEGO Scooby Doo Website and youtube page! Zoinks!
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We want to give a BIG congratulations to Animator and Buddy, Bradley Schaffer, on his Primetime Emmy Award!!

Brad’s win came in the Individual Achievement category for his Character Animation work on our Robot Chicken Bitch Pudding Special. The special features impressive stop-motion animation and one sugary-sweet lady with a bad attitude. BLAM!

 

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We are thrilled to announce that the Denny’s Grand Slam Webisodes have been awarded Gold at this year’s American Advertising Awards Galla as well as the award for Best Short Form Video Series at the 2015 Content Marketing Awards!

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Being a part of the creation of this project has given us the opportunity to help transform everyday breakfast foods into hilarious, lovable, and most of all memorable characters that have truly made a lasting impression on their viewers. Thank you, and congratulations to Erwin Penland, Radical Media, and Denny’s for this amazing achievement! And congrats to Pancake, Sausage, and Egg too – all those long hours on set really paid off!

 

 

The Bratz are finally here! Check out the first episode in the web series – “Selfie”!  When the Bratz aren’t able to take the perfect selfie, Sasha leads the crew into building a selfie photo booth, accessorized with their individual personalities and creativity. Stay tuned for more adventures with the Bratz and look for episodes every week!

And don’t forget to stop by the Bratz website to meet all the characters, and explore the colorful world of the of Bratz!

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BLAM! Get your Robot Chicken Season 7 DVD today!

This baby contains over one hour of bonus footage including exclusive interviews, cut sketches, and commentary on all 20 episodes!! It’s the perfect addition to your home video collection, or an excellent gift for that special someone in your life (who is aged 17 & up)!

Get your copy HERE!

 

The Bratz are back! In collaboration with our good Buddies at MGA Entertainment, we are SUPER excited to introduce you to the colorful, fun, and creative world of The Bratz! Stay tuned for the full web series, and follow the 5 Bratz as they come to life in amazing stop-motion animation!

And don’t forget… It’s good to be yourself. It’s good to be a Bratz.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our entire hardworking crew on two Emmy Award nominations! The Robot Chicken Season 7 episode entitled “Chipotle Miserables” had been nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, as well as Seth Green for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance. We couldn’t be more proud of the work coming out of our Stoodio, and the Buddies who make it all happen!

 

Check out a clip from the episode: Chipotle Miserables

 

 

We are so excited to have been a part of the creation and design of these Rick and Morty Action Figures! A special thanks goes out to our Digital Design and 3D Printing Department for giving kids (and adults) everywhere the opportunity to bring some of their most beloved characters to life!

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We’ve made a new friend at San Diego Comic Con this year who goes by the name “Colonel Sanders”. Maybe you’ve heard of him? For the first time ever, the man behind the chicken teams up with the… literal Robot Chicken. This multi-platform, action packed campaign  will include an original three-part web series, life size Colonel Statues throughout the convention that act as digital hubs to access exclusive online content and giveaways, and a comic book series.

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This series is a great addition to our studio’s growing commercial and branded entertainment division, which includes The Grand Slams web series for Denny’s along with commercials for Goldfish Crackers and Chex Mix.

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So if you’re at SDCC this year, keep an eye out for the big guy in white– there will be seven statues total, six of which will feature eclectic cosplay attire including a vampire, a unicorn, a Martian, a werewolf, an anime character, and a furry. And don’t forget to post a photo of yourself with the Colonel under the hashtag #colonelsanders to enter to win a free Robot Chicken T Shirt!

 

Tune into www.adultswim.com/KFC for the first installment of the three-part series, “The Colonel’s  Chronicles”, coming Friday, July 10th!

 

 

 

The Grand Slams are BACK!

After a freak microwaving accident, the Slams obtain slightly incredible super powers and become the Slamtastic 4. Tune in to see if our delicious heroes can work together and save the booth from Evil Toast. More to come at thegrandslams.com!

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Heading to San Diego Comic Con this year?? Check out where to find your Buddies for panels, signings, and high fives!

 

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THURSDAY
1:00pm: SuperMansion Comic Book signing @ Boom Studios Booth #TBC

SuperMansion voice talent and executive producers Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Matthew Senreich (“Robot Chicken”), and Zeb Wells (“Robot Chicken”) will sign the exclusive comic book at the BOOM! Studios Booth (#2229) at the San Diego Convention Center.
5:00pm: SuperMansion Panel @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

Crackle, the television streaming network, makes its San Diego Comic-Con debut with an exclusive first look at the new stop-motion animated comedy series, “SuperMansion” from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.  The cast* — voiced by Emmy®-Award winner Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Seth Green (“Family Guy”), Tucker Gilmore (“Frozen”), Heidi Gardner, Tom Root and Matthew Senreich and Zeb Wells(“Robot Chicken”) — will take the stage as they discuss the world of superheroes and more. “SuperMansion”  follows Titanium Rex who leads a “seen-better-days” group of super heroes, “The League of Freedom,” in their increasingly difficult struggle to remain relevant.
6:30pm: SuperMansion NerdHQ Panel @ The New Children’s Museum

Conversation for a Cause with Supermansion cast, featuring Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, Keegan Michael Key, Jillian Bell, Matt Senreich, Zeb Wells, Heidi Gardner, Tucher Gilmore, and Tom Root.

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8:30pm: Adult Swim Fan Event @ On the Green

Featuring the world premiere of The Colonel’s Chronicles, free Robot Chicken T-Shirts, and free FOOD!!

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FRIDAY
3:15pm: Robot Chicken Panel @ Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront

Co-creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, executive producer/co-head writer Tom Root, and actor/writer Breckin Meyer discuss their Emmy-winning series, which returns for its eighth season this fall on Adult Swim. DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns will also be joining the panel for an early look at the upcoming third Robot Chicken DC Comics Special.

SATURDAY
4:00pm: Robot Chicken signing @ Adult Swim booth #3721

 

Check out the Official SDCC Website for the full schedule!

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Welcome to the Digital Design and 3D Printing Department! We’d like to introduce you to our Director of Digital Design, Tommy Keiser, and take a peek into the behind the scenes of 3D printing at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!

Introduce us to yourself! Who are you, what do you do at the Stoodio?

My name is Tommy Keiser,  Director of Digital Design at the Stoodio. I lead the incredible Digital Design Team here. We digitally sculpt characters and all of their different components which we then print out on our 3D printers! The future is now!!

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Introduce us to the 3D Printers!

We have two high resolution 3D printers! Our team started out with a small printer about the size of a coffee maker called the Projet 1200 by 3D Systems. It prints smaller objects at a very high resolution. This printer is mainly used in the jewelry and dental industries, but it’s also a perfect fit for our puppet’s hands, certain costume elements, and sometimes even our smaller characters. We printed some of the characters from the Frooti commercial on our small machine.  After realizing the benefits of having a printer in house we decided to get a larger machine as well. The large machine is a Perfactory 4XL by Envisiontec. The Perfactory can print entire puppets, bodies and all!

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How do they work?

Our printers are SLA printers which can capture very fine details. They print objects out of a photosensitive material, a liquid goo, which is cured by a projector from below, layer by layer, as a build tray moves incrementally out of the liquid goo. It’s like something out of Terminator.

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What can you make with a 3D Printer, and what is the process like?

The cool thing about 3D printing is we can make pretty much anything! The thing we focus on the most is creating the characters you see in our shows and commercials! The process begins with design sessions. After receiving the concept art we meet with the Directors and discuss the character’s back story. We also go over what the character will have to achieve in animation, which is where the engineering of the puppet begins. We spend time in front of a white board hashing out how the puppet should function and solving design challenges. After we feel we have a handle on the design the next step in the process is digital sculpting in ZBrush and modeling in a variety of other 3D software. After we complete the character in 3D we create renders for the final approval process. Then it’s off to the printers! We create parts with support structure or little ladders which hold the parts of the puppet to the printing tray as it is printed. After a few hours, the character you just created on the computer is now a tangible thing in your hands with all the details! It’s like magic!

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How can 3D Printing be an asset beyond creating characters and props for Stop-Motion Animation?

Lately we have been involved in a variety of toy and product designs as well as creating the stop motion puppets for our shows and commercials here at the stoodio. It’s exciting working with clients to help make their visions a reality. Seeing concepts evolve into a final product is incredibly rewarding. We continue to grow in the services that we offer. Our talented team has shown great competence in delivering quality assets for film and television, creating character maquettes and statuettes, and promotional displays for marketing campaigns. The sky is the limit.  We are excited for the opportunity to bring your ideas to life!

 

We are proud to present our latest Buddy Spot for General Mills; another mesmerizing commercial collaboration with our Buddy PES! Behold Chex Party Mix as you have never seen it before.

Creative Director – PES
Director –  Buddy System Studios and Harry Chaskin
Director of Photography – Tarin Anderson
Agency – McCann NYC
Co- Production Company – Reset Content

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Introducing our lovely new studio addition– The Lodge!

 

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The Lodge is our home for the Buddy Spots division– a space where clients and creatives can work and relax under one roof. We wanted to create a space that is both functional and accessible for our commercial projects, with full support from our on-hand Production, Art, and Camera crews onsite. The Lodge is home to three animation stages, as well as a green screen stage, ample work space, and an actual “lodge” built up in the main room. Located just down the street from our main studio space, The Lodge is a welcome addition to our little corner of Burbank, California.

 

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We are thrilled to announce our partnership with MGAE, a leader in the world wide toy industry, on the global reintroduction of their iconic Bratz brand. We’ll have more details and some amazing content to share very soon, but for now, check out the official press release HERE!

 

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The weirdest remake of Annie you will ever see.

Coming to theaters… soon?

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There he is – Paul G. He’s this month’s winner of the Spirit of the Stoodio Award, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board as a Buddy! As a seasoned camera and lighting technician, Paul has the ability to transform any old stop-motion set into a multi-dimensional, realistic (or completely unrealistic depending on the project) world of light and color. He’s a really nice guy to boot! Thank you, Paul, for all your hard work!

Presenting a cool new project we did for Ford Italy! Check out these clever stop-motion animated Vines, each a play-on-words brought to life by every day objects. More to come shortly– follow Ford Italy on Vine! Game, Set, Match!

 

 

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Here’s another great article from Business Insider, taking a look behind the making of the Lego Movie End Credits! This super cool Stop-Motion sequence took two months to create, and of course, thousands upon thousands of legos. Check it out HERE!

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Congratulations to our recipient Jack Hamilton for winning the Spirit of the Stoodio Award this month. As VFX Supervisor, he spends his days kicking BUTT in the Post Department and inspiring his team with his positive attitude, love for specific sports teams, and his ability to make objects disappear in thin air. He’s been our Buddy for three years now, and we think this award is long overdue! Thanks for all your hard work, Jack! We love you!

 

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Want to learn about how one of the most popular late-night animated TV shows is made? Check out this article from Business Insider’s interview with our Buddies Matt, Seth, Harv, and Towner and take a peak behind the scenes of Robot Chicken! HERE (or click the big picture above!)

 

We post a lot of videos of the animations we make, but here’s a look at what happens behind the scenes at our Stoodio!

 

 

We are super excited to present to you the first of many KRE-O Transformers webisodes! Special thanks to our Buddies at Hasbro for giving us the opportunity to make these cool little films with some of our favorite toys!

In this episode, Optimus tries to live the simple life as a hibachi chef, but will the Decepticons let him serve anything BESIDES justice? Stay tuned for more at www.hasbro.com!

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We are pleased to announce that Robot Chicken Season 7, Episode 20,  has been chosen as an Official Selection in the 2015 Annecy International Film Festival!!! You may remember this episode as one of the highlights of this past season, featuring the evil Mad Scientist’s even more evil Mad Son, a new Robot Chicken called “Dark Meat”, and lots of other robots and lasers and presidential hostages. Good luck, Buddies!!!

Take a look behind the scenes of our latest Buddy Spot for Frooti! This teeny tiny commercial took a LOT of hard work! We had a great time working with 1stAveMachineSagmeister & Walsh and SpecialGuest and hope you enjoy this taste of the “Frooti Life”.

 

 


Bold Coffee is BOLD. So bold in fact, that the rest of the Grand Slams think it’s about time he CHILLS OUT. Check out the latest episode, and stay tuned at thegrandslams.com for more great Slams to come!

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What can we say about our Buddy, Nikki Rice? Well, she’s an incredibly talented Puppet Fabricator, Designer, Head of our Safety Department, and an Instructor in the Character Fabrication course offered here at the Stoodio! We are honored to give Nikki the Spirit of the Stoodio Award this month, and couldn’t be happier to call her our Buddy!

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Want to look and feel as cool as our Buddy, Todd, in this new and exclusive Official League of Buddies T-Shirt?? Keep an eye out for our new Buddy Shop, coming soon to an internet near you!

 

In the latest installment of The Grand Slams, Pancake is on a mission to get in SHAPE. As his obsession with Slam Fit takes over, the rest of the Slams are starting to get a little worried– after all, how fit can a pancake made of carbs really get?

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On this exact day, ten years ago, a star was born. This star was not actually a star, but the television show Robot Chicken. Today our Buddies Matt & Seth have compiled a top-ten list of their all-time favorite sketches in this video-packed interview, brought to you by WIRED. Check out the article HERE and brace yourself for Apocalyptic Ponies and self-cannibalistic gummy bears.

 

Can’t get enough of those cute little Goldfish? Check out the making of Goldfish in the Car, and see how this delicious stop-motion magic was made!

 

And be sure to check out the latest happenings with our favorite fishes at goldfishsmiles.com!

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Teaming up with the great folks at Pepperidge Farm, Radical Media, and Y&R, we are pleased to present this tale of five happy Goldfish on their adventure to Grandma’s house. It was such a pleasure to work with the  most-smiley actors to ever grace the stages of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios – and they are delicious too!

Check out the video and a peek behind the scenes at goldfishsmiles.com 🙂

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What’s the hottest new trend for 2015? Robot Chicken Season 7 Crew Hoodies. Duh!

Check out how effortlessly cool the crew looks while sporting this sleek, yet casual, sweatshirt around the stoodio–

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100% cotton, 500% awesome.

 

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The Power Glove– made in the 80’s to help make video games cooler, but only succeeded in making it’s owner look cool while wearing it. Today, one of our favorite Buddies Dillon Markey, has re-imagined this once trendy, now archaic Nintendo accessory into the ultimate stop-motion animation tool. To see it is to believe it. Check out the documentary “Playing with Power”, directed by Ava Benjamin.

 

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Thanks to all our Buddies who worked on the Intel spot! Let this one-of-a-kind Gumby patch be forever emblazoned on your crew shirt, and worn with pride and dignity. More new project patches to come soon!

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We hope all our Buddies out there had a happy and healthy holiday season! To close the year off right, we hosted our annual holiday gathering, “A Crystal View Christmas” at one of Burbank’s most iconic establishments. It was a night filled with laughter, dancing, ukelele strumming, sparkly Christmas trees, and Buddies as far as the eye could see. And of course a photo booth!

 

 

Cheers to 2015! It’s gonna be a GREAT one!

 

 

 

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Hey Buddies, next time you stop by the Stoodio make sure to pick up one of these!!

 

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We had the pleasure of collaborating with 1stAveMachine and director Karim Zariffa to create a couple of really cool spots for Target!

Check out “Baby Digs” and see some life-size stop-motion animation at work!

 

 

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Vimeo On Demand and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios are thrilled to present to you “Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Camp”! Based on our 8 week hands-on Character Animation Course, this online tutorial provides all the fundamentals of stop-motion character animation along with insider tricks and tips from the award-winning team behind “Robot Chicken”.

Head on over to vimeo.com to rent or purchase this one-of-a-kind instructional video and start animating today!

 

 

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The 2015 expedition team going to the International Space Station will be sporting a mission patch designed by Seth Green.  Sporting yellow and blue as a shout out to Battlestar Galactica, these astronauts are going to space in style! Check out the interview below:

 

Tis the Season!

 Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is proud to be a part of the 2014 Artmor Charity Project to raise money for Toys for Tots this holiday season!

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The Artmor project is a re-imagining of the Mandalorian Armor made famous by the Star Wars characters Boba Fett and Jango Fett.

Three of our talented artists worked hard to submit some beautiful one-of-a-kind sets of armor to be auctioned off online, with all the proceeds going toward the annual NeoZAZ.com and Star Wars in Character podcast Toys for Tots fundraiser benefiting the Philadelphia and Orlando-area Toys for Tots.

Dillon Markey, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animator, did this awesome hand-painted set, titled “Man O Fett” featuring a black background with hand lettered and textured gold accents and a gloss finish.

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Character Fabricator Jennifer Hogan created this beautiful hand-crafted pop art piece. Her meticulous 3D artwork shows Han Solo and Princess Leia moments before their first infamous kiss.

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And Huy Vu, Production Designer at the Stoodio, took a Mandalorian twist on the classic World War 2 Aircraft Nose Art. The background image features a Jango Fett helmet color scheme with hand paint simulated rusted rived metal panels. The “Mandalorian Girl” features her own custom armor two piece swimwear and helmet. The edges of the plates are hand aged to give a vintage feel to the entire piece.

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The auction begins Sunday December 7th at 6:10pm EST at thebigtoyauction.com – don’t miss your opportunity to own one of these amazing artworks and benefit a great cause!

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This November, our Buddy Eric Towner was invited to speak at the PIXELvienna Conference in– you guessed it– Vienna Austria!

PIXELvienna is the Annual Austrian Computer Graphics and Animation Conference, held in the majestic Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Eric’s talk, titled, “Animation isn’t Just for Kids Anymore” was about creating animated content for adults, environments that encourage pushing artistic boundaries, and how to play with puppets and accidentally find success.

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It was an honor to have our Stoodio represented at such an amazing event and meet folks from all areas of the world who share our passion for animation! Thank you to our new Buddies at PIXEL, and we hope to see you all again soon

Check out PIXELvienna’s website for more info!

 

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Congratulations to our Buddies for the Annie Award Nomination of Citizen M: “Swan Song”, for Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial! Directed by PES, and produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, PES Films, and RESET– this might just be the most epic towel-swan commercial in the history of television.

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Additionally, cheers to Seth Green for his nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for the Robot Chicken Nerd! Way to go, Buddies!

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Cheers to all our Buddies who helped make this year’s Thanksgiving Potluck another wonderful success!

We couldn’t be more grateful for our fantastic crew, and all of the exciting opportunities the future holds for us!

Here’s to all our Buddies, near and far; have a Happy Thanksgiving, and Black Friday if you’re into that kind of thing!

 

Also, congratulations to “Hot-Stuff-in” for winning the Stuff-Off Challenge… ’til next year.

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Every year the Stoodio hosts a Thanksgiving Potluck. The entire crew brings food, gives thanks, and makes memories together while stuffing their faces. And also, there is a tasting contest for whoever makes the best dish. Any dish can enter the taste contest, but everyone knows only one dish reigns supreme on Thanksgiving– the STUFFING.

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We’d like you to meet our contenders in the 2014 Stuff-Off Challenge:

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Katie’s AMERICAN STUFFING “America always wins.”

Jack’s VICTORY STUFFING “I’m serving up a nice steamy plate of Victory.”

Leigh’s HOT-STUFF-IN’ “I got your hot-stuffin’ right here.”

 

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Who will win the 2014 Stuff-Off Challenge? Stay tuned, BUDDIES!

 

 

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special Robot Chicken fan in your life?

We’ve got you covered! Pick up your copy on November 18th!

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If you’ve ever visited Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, you’ve definitely met this Buddy… She’s hard to avoid since she sits at the front desk and wows everyone with her vast knowledge of everything Stoopid!

Q: What do you do at the Stoodio?

A: I’m the Receptionist, a.k.a. Lord of Everything. I have daily tasks that are anything from answering the phones, responding to emails and greeting visitors as they come in. I am also in charge of our awesome internship program, so I’ve got my hands on a little bit of everything!

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Q: What is it like being at the front desk and getting to see a dose of everything?

A: I absolutely love it. I like being able to witness it all and being the ‘go-to’ person for everyone in the Stoodio. You could basically call me ‘the Almanac” of the Stoodio because I’m involved with everything that goes on here. I know everyone at the Stoodio so it makes coming to work that much more enjoyable.

 

Q: Describe working at the stoodio in three words.

A: TONS OF FUN. I didn’t even have to think about it. Honestly, there’s no other way to describe it!

 

Q: You get to see a lot of different people working at the front desk. Who have you been most excited to see?

A: It’s not that often I get starstruck anymore just because I’ve seen so many people come through, but I will definitely never forget meeting George R. R. Martin. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan so being introduced to him was definitely memorable.

 

Q: So Stoop-Bot stands right next to your desk in the lobby, is he ever too much of a distraction?

A: Well, we do have a secret relationship that no one really knows about….. until now I guess… I do my best to get my work done without letting him distract me, but sometimes it’s just so hard to resist!

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Happy Halloween!

 

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ATTENTION: Red Vine candy found on kitchen floor. If you or someone you know lost a Red Vine in the last 24 hours, please contact the front desk immediately.

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This month, it is our pleasure to honor our Buddy Zach Manchester, with the Spirit of the Stoodio Award. Zach exemplifies the true Buddy Spirit not only in the fine craftsmanship of the sets he builds, but also in his work ethic, coolness, and can-do attitude. Zach (along with Buddy John Sumner) is currently getting “behind the wheel” of what may be his most-Buddy project to date: gutting and remodeling the interior of our beloved Winnebago, turning it into an office and gathering place for the entire studio to enjoy. Congratulations, Zach; thanks for being our Buddy!

 

We tend to get some AWESOME interns here at the Stoodio, and the Fall ones are no exception. Meet Taylor, Dylan, and John! Always wondered what it’s like being an intern at Stoopid Buddy? These three are giving some exclusive insider information on the magic behind the Stoopid Intern Program!

Do YOU want to be a Stoopid Intern?  The deadline to apply for our Spring session is October 31st.  If you’re a student, click here for more information and to apply!

Q: What does a typical day look like interning at Stoopid Buddy?

DYLAN: Arriving at 10, getting 8 different jobs from 3 different people, running a lot of things from one building to the other and back. Re-introducing yourself every time you walk into a new room.

 JOHN: Every day is different. Some days I’m working in production, other days I’m working with the VFX team, and other days I’m working in the design department, all of which have been an amazing experience so far. But every day starts off with some free snacks and coffee – which is always good.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Stoopid intern?

TAYLOR: Everyone in the Stoodio is here to help me learn the different aspects of production. They have me doing projects that pertain to my major and my hopeful future career, which is definitely a breath of fresh air!

JOHN: The behind the scenes action that no one really gets to experience. You would think knowing how something is made would make it lose all its magic and appeal, but it’s the opposite. I’ve seen about every step of the process and still in my head I’m thinking, “Nope..how are you going to do that? Nope… I still don’t know where you’re going with this,” and then all of a sudden it’s all complete, beautiful and awesome. I still don’t believe it.

 


Q: What have you learned since starting your internship?

DYLAN: How to work a copy machine, a coffee machine, the dilemma of having food available all the time vs. eating all of it. Also, small things, like how an animation studio works and how loud a dry ice bomb is.

TAYLOR: As cliché as it sounds…..TEAMWORK!  With the inclusion of us interns, working here has shown me how collaboration and communication are two of the most important aspects in order to get any job done.

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Q: What’s one thing you wish to accomplish during your time at Stoopid Buddy?

DYLAN: For someone to be sick one day and I take their office and pretend to be the new guy and everyone just goes along with it. Like in that 80’s movie. Either that or job experience.

TAYLOR: Taking a goofy picture in the photo booth, duh!

 

Q: If there was an apocalypse and you had to hide out in the Stoodio, where would it be?

JOHN:  Human Resources? Something just tells me “Apocolypse?” got to HR!

TAYLOR: Definitely the arcade.  Why not have some fun during all the chaos?

DYLAN:  Now that’s a tough one…  If it’s a socio-political apocalypse, I’d probably hide in the copy room so that if marauders come, I can prove that I have worth by making copies for them. If it’s your more run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse, I’d hide in the set shop because all the tools there would make good weapons. If it’s an alien apocalypse, I’d hide IN Stoop-Bot, so that I could use him like the loader in Aliens and fight them off.*

(*Theoretically)

 

Q: What advice do you have for someone wanting to be a Stoopid intern?

 JOHN: Apply!!! Stay calm. Be cool. You’re wonderful.

Check out the latest episode of Denny’s Grand Slams!

More episodes to come at thegrandslams.com!

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The Buddies are going international!

Read about it HERE!

 

We know. You guys over there on the East Coast are dying to know what those crazy cowboys Buddies on the West Coast are doing with all their sunshine animation all day long…

Well it’s time for you to find out!

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That’s right, The Buddies are headed to New York Comic-Con with not one, but two butt-kicking panels to give their friends on the other end of the country some sweet animated lovin’.

 

This Thursday October 9th they’ll be revealing a way to get your hands on some top-secret animation secrets in collaboration with Vimeo. Check it out from 3:00-3:45 pm in room 1A10.

And don’t miss them Friday from 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM in the IGN Theater to get up-close and personal with the geniuses behind Robot Chicken!

 

Head on over to the NYCC website at http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/ for more information – Can’t wait to see you there!

We are VERY excited to announce our collaboration with “Gravity Falls,” Alex Hirsch, and all the terrific folks over at Disney, on the upcoming episode, “Little Gift Shop of Horrors”! Tune in October 4th at 9pm on Disney Channel to see this spectacularly spooky stop-motion come to life!

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Introducing: The Grand Slams.

Brought to you by Denny’s and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in collaboration with Radical Media, get ready for the ultimate breakfast experience.

Starring a delicious cast of characters – Egg, Pancake, Sausage and Bacon – based on the brand’s most iconic dish, The Grand Slam™, the series follows the diner gang on their everyday adventures at the booth and beyond. Read more about the commercial campaign and upcoming episodes here!

Stay Tuned for the first episode, airing October 15th at thegrandslams.com

Have you ever wanted to meet some of your favorite Robot Chicken staff, but just didn’t know how? Well now’s your chance! Be sure to check out the Long Beach Comic-Con this weekend, September 27th and 28th, where three of Robot Chicken’s award-winning staff will be in attendance this Saturday only!

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Zeb Wells (writer and actor), John Harvatine IV (producer and director) and Tom Root (writer, producer, director and voice actor) will be heading the Robot Chicken panel on Saturday at 2PM in the Hero Complex Theater Room 104A.  Hang with the boys as they discuss their upcoming projects and what it’s like to be a part of the award-winning animation, Robot Chicken.

You think their work on television is ludicrous, just wait ’til you hear what they have to say at Comic-Con!

Don’t miss your chance to meet and mingle with some of comic books’ and pop cultures’ most captivating talent. The event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center beginning at 10 A.M. on both days.

For more information on the event go to:

http://longbeachcomiccon.com

Like us on Facebook and let us know what you thought!

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Please support veteran ILM effects artist Robbie Edwards in a time of need by bidding on some amazing items donated by scores of industry professionals.

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Robbie suffered a debilitating stroke in October of 2013 as his COBRA health plan had just ended. The auction will raise money to help with his medical expenses and recovery.  Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was happy to contribute to the cause, offering a few items including an all-access studio tour!

Click here for more info!

Click here to bid on our Stoodio Tour!

Have you ever wondered what Robot Chicken Head Writer Tom Root’s favorite color is?

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It’s blue.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 6.16.00 PMWe are thrilled to present our recent collaboration with our good friends, Gumby and Pokey. Thanks to the Clokey Family, we were able to (literally) get our hands on the world’s most beloved green clay guy, and create this cool commercial for Intel Pocket Avatars.

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Check it out here!

 

Everyone knows the Puppet Department at the Stoodio can make some pretty sweet puppets, but did you know they can act too??

Check out this trailer for Mean Budz, probably never coming soon to a theater near you:

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Nerd Machine and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios have combined forces to make… this AWESOME T SHIRT!!

Grab one for yourself today and, you too, can be a nerd.

CLICK HERE!

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 4.57.29 PMQ: What do you at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios?

A: I am the Costume Designer for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!  I’m also the giver of Sweets.  The Costume Shoppe is Candy Shoppe themed!  Of all the sugary-goodness I stock, the Swedish Fish is the Stoodio favorite, for sure!

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Q: Can you tell us a little about the process of creating a costume for a puppet?

A: Creating puppet-sized Costumes is similar to making human-sized clothing.  You drape fabric on the body, make a pattern, sew, cut, hem, all of that good stuff.  You just have to do it on a teeny tiny scale.  That means you need to squint and hunch a lot to see what you’re doing.  Your fabric choices must have a small weave so you aren’t giving away the scale.  And you have to find or make tiny buttons, zippers, and trims.

I like to think of the Costume as a secondary Puppet on top of a Puppet.  Not only does the Costume give the character a personality, it can sometimes have as much animation as the Puppet, depending on the action required. When the script calls for a flowing cape or a removable robe the Costume has to be wired for animation.

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Q: What is your most favorite costume you have made at the Stoodio? Least favorite?

A: I have favorite Costumes from every show we’ve made here at Stoopid Buddy.  My favorite on Friendship Allstars of Friendship was Porkman.  I made that puppet from snout to hoof; as in I sculpted his head, made his armature, and covered his little pork-butt with an adorable little orange suit and teeny red bowtie. I think it’s really important as a Costume Designer for Stop-Motion to have a good understanding of what the other departments at the Stoodio do!  I went to school for Animation, so I am able to think like an animator.  I’m also a Puppet Fabricator.  We all work together as a team to create these shows, so if we know how to help each other, we’ll be that much more successful!

I had so much fun designing the costumes for the RCDC2 special!  Although it was awesome designing the hero and villain bathing suits, my favorite puppet / costume I made on RCDC2 was definitely Sexx Luthor!  He showed off his costume on stage by shaking the wired dangly bits on his boots.

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Other Costumes I loved making: WWE Slam City’s Lucha Grandma, Mad Spy vs. Spy’s Jedis, Dinosaur Office’s Sheila Halloween costume, RC6’s Jareth from Labyrinth, and RC7’s Gotherella.

Do I have a least favorite?  No.  Even my disasters were learning experiences, so I love them just as much as the good ones.  😉

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 Due to the overwhelming popularity of the stop-motion animation classes, Stoopid Buddy is adding more classes in the fall!  Please email getclassy@leagueofbuddies.com if you’re interested in taking classes from the animation director of Robot Chicken.  Classes run for 8 weeks and includes tutorials, lectures and hands-on training in the lab.

As you know, the Winnebago is our stoodio’s official symbol, mascot, and some might even say, “spirit animal”. It represents adventure, comfort, and good times always right around the corner. We are really REALLY excited to present you with our miniature, portable, fold-up Winnebago!

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We’re passing out these little ‘bagos to all our friends around the studio and beyond, asking folks to share their road trip with us via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or whatever place they call home on the internet! Check out what’s been posted so far, and don’t forget to #bemybuddy to share your adventure with us.

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It’s that time again!

We are now accepting applications for internships for the Fall 2014 semester!

Are you looking for the perfect internship for your college credit?  Are you hard-working, eager, and passionate about animation?  Do you love gathering around the campground with Buddies who are as inspired as you are?

Then the Stoopid Internship Program is right up your alley!

If you or a buddy is interested in applying, click here for more info and to access the application.

Don’t delay – the Fall semester is starting SOON!

We’ve got our own form of currency around the Stoodio, known as the “Buddy Buck”.

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Once a month, everyone gets an allowance of Buddy Bucks, but there are other ways to earn this cold hard (blue) cash including:  participating in studio events, having a birthday, winning the monthly arcade challenge, carpooling, and going that extra mile to help your fellow crew members!

Buddies can buy movie tickets, donuts for their department, a pizza party lunch, and ultra exclusive Stoodio Swag!

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The more “Blue” you get, the more stuff you can buy!

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This past weekend, Buddies came from far and wide to gather round the ‘Bagos and witness the most intense Pinewood Derby race Burbank has ever seen.

We had 36 custom built cars entered in the race, some were fast, some were feathered, but all were FANTASTIC!

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They all raced on our custom-built Buddy Racetrack, constructed by the one-and-only John Sumner!

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Spectators were shocked to witness the outcome of the race!

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1st Most Fastest: “Poop” by Jason Oshman

2nd Most Fastest: “The Sneaky Tiki” by Tennessee Reid Norton

3rd Most Fastest: “No Shirt No Shoes No Mercy” by Katie Aldworth and Bri Frazier

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There were also trophies awarded in all kinds of unique categories, ranging from Cutest Ever, to Most Intimidating, to Sh*ttiest F*cking Car.

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There was live music, Derby Dogs, games, a photo booth, and tons of fun and memories to last a lifetime.

 

Until the next Jamboree…

See you on the racetrack in 2015!

 

 

 

 

The first ever Gumby Fest was held in Glendora CA this past weekend, in celebration of art, animation, and of course GUMBY!!

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The event featured film screenings, demonstrations, memorabilia, and lots of fun for the whole family. The Buddies were busy at work, running 5 interactive animation stations for kids to try their hands at a little stop-motion. There were also a number of panel discussions from some of the most talented folks in the stop-motion animation world.

 

You might have noticed some familiar faces on the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ panel, including John Harvatine IV, Alex Kamer, Harry Chaskin, Tennessee Reid Norton, and John Sumner.

 

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We’d like to extend a special thanks to Premavision, the City of Glendora and the Clokey family for all their hard work in keeping the spirit of everyone’s favorite little green guy alive and well in the world! We can’t wait for Gumby Fest next year!

 

 

YEAH BUDDIES!

Thanks to all the crew who worked on WWE Slam City– this patch is for you!

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You might recognize this face from WWE Slam City– The Finisher is the super evil villain who’s fired all the WWE Superstars from the ring and forced them into day jobs. Check out the Finisher’s own episode here, and tune in to www.wweslamcity.com for more episodes in the series!

We couldn’t be more excited to add this beautiful patch to our crew shirts.

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We’ve got quite the cast of characters working here at the studio. Today we’d like to introduce you to some of the buddies in our Character Fabrication Department:

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Tennessee Reid Norton – Director of Character Fabrication

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Lindsey Gilbert – Puppet Coordinator

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Chelsea Bayouth – Character Fabricator

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Melissa Bloom – Character Fabricator

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Max Shepard – Molding and Casting Technician

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Daisy May Edwards – Molding and Casting Technician

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Nikki Rice Malki –  Lead Character Fabricator & Safety Captain 

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Chris (42) Watson – Lead Molding and Casting Technician

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Jennifer Hogan – Puppet Fabricator

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Jennifer Stavish – Puppet Fabricator and Costumer

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Becky Van Cleve – Costume Designer

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Lauren Horoszewski – Lead Puppet Fabricator

 

 

More to come soon!

A lot is happening these days in WWE Slam City… Alberto Del Rio is working as a Barista, Sheamus is an usher at a movie theater, and the “World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry is a dancing, singing, pizza slinging, penguin??

We’ve had such a blast collaborating with the good folks over at Mattel, including Director Matt Danner, we couldn’t wait to share a peek behind the scenes with you. Check out one of our favorite episodes below and a little Q & A with our resident Director and long time Buddy, Harry Chaskin!

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Do you have a favorite episode of WWE Slam City?

H: I really like the Perk E. Pizza episode with Mark Henry. The more demeaning the day jobs, the funnier the episodes play, and putting a 400 lb former Olympic weightlifter in a penguin costume is about as good as it gets. Plus, he’s fighting robots!

 

 

Who is your favorite WWE Superstar?

H: My favorite Superstar is probably Santino because he has a sock puppet. You don’t see too many sock puppets in pro wrestling these days. 

 

If you could pick any new “day job” for one of the Superstars to do, what would it be?

H: I’d like to see Mark Henry be a stop-motion animator. He seems like a patient guy.

 
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For each new project completed at the Stoodio, a unique and AWESOME patch is created and distributed to every crew member who worked on that project. We keep one fully decorated crew shirt out on display as a monument  of Stoodio pride.
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We had a couple talented Buddies on staff design our new project patches for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special and Robot Chicken Season 7. Check them out!
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Thanks to James Gibson for the RCDC2 patch design, and Lindsey Gilbert for that tough looking RC7 chicken patch! Now it’s time to get out the needle and thread…

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We are THRILLED to announce that in addition to our Stop-Motion Animation course, we will now be offering an Intro to Character Fabrication Class as well! Under the guidance of our seasoned and extremely talented staff, students will gain the tools and hands-on experience needed to design, build, and complete their own creations.

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Hey Buddies! We’re back again offering stop-motion character animation classes for aspiring animators! Last year’s class was such a huge success, we are expanding to multiple classes this term!

Email getclassy@leagueofbuddies.com for more info and spread the word to all your Buddies!
How cool is it to have a photo booth in your workplace? SUPER COOL! But here at the Stoodio, sometimes super cool just isn’t quite cool enough….
A couple months back we held a “Redesign the Photo Booth Contest” where Buddies were able to submit their ideas for how we should take the booth to the NEXT LEVEL! Enter John Sumner– an amazingly talented team member and jack of all trades; the creative and muscle behind our spectacular new…. TARDIS Photo Booth, inspired by Dr. Who!
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This project was quite the undertaking, but luckily Sumner had Buddy Zach Manchester to help. Together, they wheeled the photo booth over the shop, sanded off the outside veneer on the existing paint, built a door, window frames and plexi glass windows, “police box” sign, and gave it a slick new paint job in “Buddy Blue”.
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“Buddy Blue is a little lighter than what the actual TARDIS is painted, but as the TARDIS changes with each new Doctor, I felt it was appropriate that this TARDIS reflect the studio”.  -John Sumner
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After an extensive day of “aging” the booth, to make it look as though it had traveled through time and space, it was finally complete.
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Thank you Sumner and Zach– you have helped make our stoodio an even cooler place to be!

A new craze is sweeping the nation (of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios)…

 

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The Stoodio’s second annual BuddyFest was a HUGE success!

This year, the Buddies gathered ’round the ‘bagos to watch  some of our crew members’ VERY first attempts at animation on the big screen. The program was varied, to say the least, ranging from artistically inclined college student films, to action-figure home movies found on old VHS tapes. Awards were given in five categories:

Babiest Baby – Tennessee Reid Norton, “Cube of Death”

Natural Talent – Ari Grabb, “Daft Punk vs. Deadmau5”

Should Have Stopped There– Roy Wood, “Milk & Skinned to the Bone While Home Alone”

A-for-Effort– Jason Oshman, “1+1”

Best in Show– Scott DaRos, “1996 Demo Reel”

 

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We got up close and personal with the creator of the winner of the Best in Show film, Scott DaRos.

Check out the interview below!

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Q: Congratulations on winning Best in Show at BuddyFest 2014! Can you
tell us a little about your film?

A: Thanks. My film is a series of short animations I made when I was
eleven years old. My awesome parents gave me some bricks of Sculpey
for Christmas and I thanked them by recording over our precious family
memories to create the animations. Between the shots of clay guys
disfiguring themselves and GI Joes falling over, there’s some quick
clips of my brother playing high school basketball, a car show, and
some family holiday footage. I added ToeJam & Earl music before
submitting it to BuddyFest because that game rules!

Q: Is this the first film festival you have entered this piece into?

A: Absolutely. This film isn’t sophisticated enough for other
festivals. It fits right in at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, though.

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Q: Do you feel like this film has influenced your later works in any way?

A: Yes. I’m always striving to transcend my old ideas. Back then, all
I wanted to do was make things fight and stab each other. Nowadays I’m
focusing more on booger and poop jokes.

Q: What advice would you give to young aspiring animators these days
who want to put together a sick demo reel?

A: Use only your best work, keep it short, and if you want to use
music make sure it’s pleasant music. So basically the exact opposite
of my film.

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Our recent collaboration with Alma Mater on the Lego Movie end credits is getting a ton of attention!

Check out this great article that talks about the whole process from design through animation.  The entire animated sequence is featured at the top of the page!

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/the-lego-movie/

The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios YouTube Channel is OFFICIALLY LIVE!!

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Take a look at some of the live-action videos our talented Buddies have created for Buddy Round-Up!

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What’s Buddy Round-Up, you ask? Every Friday, the whole crew gathers ’round the ‘bago (that’s our 1973 Winnebago – it has a permanent home in our indoor campground!) to watch the amazing animation that’s been shot over the course of the week. It’s become a tradition to kick things off each Round-Up with a silly “Intro Video” starring members of the crew.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most likely you’ll be confused.

 check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/theleagueofbuddies  !

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Who are you and what are you doing at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!?

T: Well. My name is Todd. I’m a production assistant here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. My main job is to bridge the gap between the storyboard artists and all the other departments by formatting and printing storyboard binders. Beyond that, I set up meetings, do the dishes, close up the buildings, and I help make sure the weekly Buddy Round-Up goes semi-smoothly.

What is the BEST part about being a Buddy?

T: The best part about being a Buddy is getting to hang out with all the other buddies because literally everyone is interesting and awesome. Specifically, though, my favorite part of the day is walking around the animation stages at night when I’m closing up and just admiring each stage. The puppets and sets are frozen in time, and it’s awesome to see the result of everyone’s hard work laid out like an exhibit in a museum. Plus, typically, no one is around, so it feels like I broke into a museum and that makes things twice as fun because it feels illegal.

How do you kick back at the Stoodio? Arcade Time? Watching trains passing by? Writing in your LiveJournal?

T: I tend to kick back by playing Super Chexx Bubble Hockey in the arcade with a bunch of people at lunch. If nothing else, it’s fun simply coming up with tons of random team and player names (Dakota’s Fannys, Not On My Watch Buck-O, Unpredicta-Bill, just to name a few). And then I write in my LiveJournal about the train going by, yes.

 

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Have you ever secretly camped out in one of the ‘Bagos?

T: I honestly have never secretly camped out in the bagos, but I did attempt some grand theft auto with the big one once. The engine wouldn’t turn over, so I ended up stealing a glue gun stick just to keep my adrenaline up. Sometimes, feeling like you’ve broken into a museum isn’t enough, y’know?

 

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No matter if it’s the dead of winter or a sweltering summer’s day; any time is the right time for a Weenie Roast!

In true Buddy fashion (check out those crew shirts!) the stoodio took some time to kick back, do some grillin’, and share some laughs around the campground at our Second Annual Weenie Roast.
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Grill Masters Frank and Todd bring the heat!

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Hot Dog Enthusiast, Sean, can’t wait to dig in!

We would like to extend our congratulations to Bradley Schaffer and Eric Urban, two of our very own animators who have been nominated for the Annie Award for Best Character Animation in an animated television/broadcast production!

Both animators have had their hands (literally) on a number of projects here at the Stoodio, but are being recognized specifically for their AMAZING work on two projects from the past year.

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Eric’s nomination comes from his work on Übermansion; a pilot developed here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, created by Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich through Adult Swim. Check out our blog post HERE.

 

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Bradley’s nomination is for his superb stop-motion skills on the Friendship All-Stars of Friendship series, brought to you by LStudio.com. This comedy series, created by Harry Chaskin, Justin Michael, and Dan Lippert, follows oddly coupled celebrity roommates who live in a giant apartment building together.

 

We are SO excited and grateful to have such a talented crew working here at the Stoodio, and couldn’t be happier for our buddies to be recognized for their incredible skills and dedication!

Way to go Brad and Eric!!!

 

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One night each year the DEAD walk the Earth…

and go party at the BLOODY ROUND-UP!!!

Once again, the Buddies gathered ’round the bagos for a night of terror, treats, and a hauntingly good time! This was the stoodio’s second annual Bloody Round-Up– and it was a HUGE success!! Check out some of the amazing costumes from our undead-inspired photo booth!

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Ben won the prize for “Most Original Costume” with his homemade SNAKE ATTACK!!

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Chewy’s taking the back seat on this one– leave the action for Han Solo and The Man With No Name.

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Look’s like the winner of “Sh*ttiest Costume Ever” really made a KILLING that night!

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The Post Department knows how to Par-TAY!!!

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And the prizes for “BEST COSTUME EVERRRRRR” and “Funniest Costume” go to Sharknado and Dead Mufasa, respectively.

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And who could forget the giant creepy baby who won the prize for “Scariest Costume”??

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Life-size Taco meets life-size Breakfast Burrito… and all is right in the world.

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Woah! Is that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg from the early 1980’s?? We love your work!

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To me, my X-Men!

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Overall, it was a BONE-chillingly fun night!!

We celebrated Halloween with the first annual Bloody Round-Up; a spooky twist on our usual weeklies screening.

In addition to our normal Friday festivities, there was a Dance Party, a Costume Contest, and an appropriately BLOODY photo booth.

Check out some of the highlights below!

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As you can see, the house was packed for the big night!

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Towner, Harv, Alex, Helder, and Tennessee work the crowd.

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The hitchhiking ghosts stopped by for a spell. Hope they were able to find a ride home…

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Life finds a way… to party!

The Post Department packed into the booth for a group shot. Turns out these guys don’t need computers to make their creative visions come to life.

And now for some highlights from the Costume Contest!

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Puppet department sweethearts Tommy and Chelsea were the big winners of the night. They were awarded “Best Costume Everrrrr” for fabricating these freeky outfits.

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Dan won “Funniest Costume” with his washing machine. He also impressed on the dance floor with his signature move, “The Spin Cycle”.

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Sofia was the winner of the “NSFW Award”. Some of our guests that day thought Harv and Towner’s assistant always dressed like that!

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And last but not least, congratulations to the “Boo Brothers”, Helder and Alfonso. They really earned their “Shittiest Costume Ever” award.

There might be some cute strays that hang around Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, but none compare to these home kitties!

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Leo

 

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Barb

 

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Stabone

 

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Cleo & Ollie

 

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Koa

 

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Jasper & Nutmeg

 

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The key to good writing is sucking. For a long time.  Then, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, it will hopefully pay off.  Hey, nobody wants to write on spec in their mother’s basement forever, am I right?  Matthew Beans is our newly minted Robot Chicken writer, and he wants to give all of you young aspiring writers a few pointers as you make your way into the jungle.

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I haven’t been a professional writer very long but I’ve already noticed a new trend in how others perceive my work. These days I’m identified as a person who “made it” in a competitive field, so some aspiring writers have started asking me if I have any advice to give. I find this hilarious, ‘cuz while I have worked hard to get where I am, the fact is that I’ve also been given a significant leg up by circumstances outside of my control. You have heard the “right place, right time” cliché, right? Well, it’s true. Still, when I’m asked for advice, there is one thing I typically say: I try to encourage aspiring writers not to fear writing bad work.

See, I am a writing coward. Seriously. I’m not saying that to be funny.  It’s something I know about myself. I experience a ton of anxiety when I write because I view each assignment as a test of my ability. And I fear discovering that I suck at writing. Now before you laugh at me for this, consider how I got into this mindset. I have pursued the dream of professional writing for fifteen years and have made a lot of sacrifices to achieve it. For a decade and a half I have had to carve out hours and hours in my schedule to devote to the craft. That means getting up at the crack of dawn. That means not traveling very much. That means that on countless weekends, while other guys were out meeting girls, I stayed in and metaphorically made out with my laptop. I gave up all of these things and many others because I want to be a good writer. So I’m regularly haunted by the notion that if I fail to reach my goal, then all of my sacrifices were in vain, which makes me a single, thirty-something nobody who has to… I don’t know, become a telemarketer. Well, I don’t want to be a telemarketer. I fear being a telemarketer (sorry telemarketers; that job just seems like a real bummer to me). So every time I write – even now as I type out this blog – there is an insidious voice in my head that whispers, “Don’t fail. Don’t fail. Don’t fail.” I listen to that stupid voice all the time and guard myself against the failure it forebodes. Usually I do this by refusing to risk writing something bad, which means waiting to put any words on the page until I know, beyond a shadow of doubt, that they will be incredible. So I wait for great ideas. And wait. And wait.

The irony is that acting on my fear of failure contributes most to my failure, because writing is all about risk-taking. See, I realize now (especially from working on Robot Chicken) that good ideas never spring up, pristine, in my mind, before I begin. Instead, I actually have to take the risky leap of faith – to start the writing process, clutching an anvil of clichés and lame concepts, and hope that in the free fall my brain will make the observations and connections that will save me. Sometimes I succeed; sometimes I fail. But when I don’t take the risk, my success rate drops to zero.

Pablo Picasso once said, “Inspiration exists, but it must find us working,” and my experience confirms he was right. All the times that I spend fearing bad writing, I end up staring at my computer getting stressed out. But when I accept that the writing might suck and get started, I often come across a little nugget of inspiration that unlocks my creativity. Nothing happens until I start the process though, and I can’t do that until I stop being afraid that I might suck. That’s just the hard and beautiful truth of it.

So, to any aspiring writers out there, please give yourself permission to be bad at the craft. When you get worried that your ideas suck, start anyway. My experience tells me that that’s just the way it goes.

All right, I think I’ve pushed the boundaries of sincerity as far as a Robot Chicken blog can bear. I’m off to write poop jokes.

 -BEANS