Our Buddies at Netflix are taking Buddy Thunderstruck into the 4th dimension (if you think the 4th dimension is your ability to CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE)! An ALL-NEW episode of Buddy Thunderstruck is hitting Netflix that let’s YOU choose what Buddy and Darnell get up to all over Greasepit!

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In the episode, you get to tell Buddy and Darnell what to do AND THEY HAVE TO DO IT! And then you get to WATCH them do it!

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You can read ALL about the special episode AND Netflix’s other interactive projects right here! And before you watch the interactive episode, make sure you catch up on every episode of Buddy Thunderstruck on Netflix RIGHT NOW!

Prepare for the upcoming BLOCKBUSTER Wonder Woman film with this incredible stop-motion trailer. Trailer is a strong word, this is more of a sketch. It’s a funny commercial. Look, I don’t know what this is, but it’s funny and it’ll get you SO PSYCHED to watch Wonder Woman. It was written, built, and animated right here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, so thank you to all of our talented Buddies for making it happen!

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This month, we celebrate long-time buddy, Whitney Loveall as she accepts the Spirit of the Stoodio award for her constant vigilance in her role as an associate producer, keeping countless productions moving along smoothly. Whitney is currently working on many projects, some of them TOP SECRET, so let’s just say that she is as efficient as a ROBOT and is no CHICKEN when it comes to tackling any kind of production hurdle…something something (SEASON 9)

The whole Stoodio is incredibly grateful for everything Whitney does, and to honor her wonderful achievements, she of course gets to hold the magical Spirit of the Stoodio totem pole for a whole month, but she ALSO gets to, nay, HAS TO hear this lovely ceremonial poem, written in her honor.

Hard-working, dedicated, and sweet as a song

One buddy demonstrates these qualities ALL DANG DAY LONG

She gets things done, and she gets them done quick

And you can see her wander the halls with her trusty sidekick

She keeps production moving fast and smooth, like a bullet out of a gun

And in the interest of time, she probably wants this poem to be done.

So it is.

Give it up for Whitney Loveall!

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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is no stranger to LEGO. It’s, arguably, our favorite toy. In fact, no argument, LEGO is the best toy ever, and we love working with it. From the end credits of The LEGO Movie to a the LEGO Scooby-Doo web shorts, to countless Robot Chicken sketches, we thought we’d done just about everything you could do with LEGO. But then, LEGO Batman came along, and to celebrate it’s digital release, we have teamed up with LEGO, Warner Bros., and the geniuses at iTunes to help stage a LEGO TAKEOVER of the iTunes store!

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For a limited time, some of your favorite movies in the iTunes store have been LEGO-ized! And these beautiful movie posters were built, photographed, and VFX’d right here at the Stoodio by our incredibly talented crew! This is just a sampling of what titles have been affected by the LEGO virus. Go to the iTunes store yourself and see if you can find any more.

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Guess which humanoid/automotive alien robots are back for more stop-motion action? That’s right! TRANSFORMERS! We teamed up with our Buddies at Hasbro once again to bring you some action-packed, laugh-filled shorts featuring the actual toy versions of your favorite Autobots and Decepticons. Optimus Prime? You better believe he’s in there. Grimlock? Yeah, he’s back. SQUEAKS? Yes! He’s hidden in there somewhere!

Prepare yourself for the upcoming summer blockbuster TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT by rolling out and watching the shorts below! Enjoy.

 

If it wasn’t already evident from 8 seasons of Robot Chicken, we here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios LOVE playing with toys. That’s why we were so honored when our Buddies at the vinyl toy juggernaut Kidrobot decided to immortalize some of our classic characters in their line of Adult Swim Vinyl Mini Figures.

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The collection features many iconic Adult Swim characters from such shows and specials as Rick and Morty, The Venture Bros., Samurai Jack, Squidbillies, Fish Center, Too Many Cooks, Robot Unicorn Attack, and OF COURSE Robot Chicken. With so many great characters to choose from, your favorites are BOUND to show up, but since each toy comes shrouded in a mysterious dark box, you never know who you’re going to get. Robot Chicken fans in particular may want to keep a special X-Ray eye out for these two:

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1 out of every 12 boxes contains a Bitch Pudding figure, while the much more rare and exciting Cyborg Scientist (AKA Fritz Huhnmordor*) can be found in 1 out of every 24 boxes.

On the day these toys were released, fans were treated to an amazing free signing event at 3D Retro (a local toy store/vinyl toy collector’s dream dungeon) featuring many of the creators of these famous characters, including our very own Matt Senreich and Seth Green (pictured here with “Rick and Morty” creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon and another guy in the background)!

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If you care to press your luck and want to score these sweet Robot Chicken collectibles, head over to the kidrobot store by clicking the image below! GOOD LUCK! And let us know who you get!

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*Fun Fact: “Huhnmordor” is supposedly German for “Chicken Murderer.” Neat, right? Also, why don’t more asterisk annotations lead to fun facts like this one?! Food for thought…

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This month, we celebrate Lauren Siller, our new Development Coordinator and former Executive Assistant. Lauren worked double-duty for a long time, holding down BOTH of those grueling positions while she was training a replacement, and THAT IS NO SMALL FEAT! Lauren was previously responsible for organizing all of the Spirit of the Stoodio festivities and, through sheer generosity and humility, never once appointed the award to herself. That’s class.

Lauren is truly a treasure at this Stoodio, and her infectious smile and tenacity are an inspiration to everyone AND EVERYTHING that crosses her path. That’s right. We’ve seen traffic cones get inspired to help out around the Stoodio when Lauren walks by. She’s that good. To truly honor this great buddy, let us all now take a moment to stand, take off our hats, shut up for a second, and read the ceremonial Spirit of the Stoodio poem:

Upstairs dwells a special buddy

Who’s smile and laugh will make your day sunny

She’s got brains and skills that we should all covet

When we ask her for everything, she’s never above it

She’s had very many nights of working very late

Balancing two positions and still being great

The majesty of Wonder Woman and strength of the Terminator

That’s what it takes to be a great Development Coordinator

She should have won this award sooner, without a doubt

But you can’t win the award, if you’re the one planning it out

But now she’s moved up, so let’s raise our Millers

This month’s Spirit of the Stoodio goes to Ms. Lauren Siller

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Gather your robot friends around the TV, because Mystery Science Theater 3000 is BACK on Netflix with an all-new season. After 18 long, dark years, the cult series is finally seeing a revival, which we were already thrilled to hear about. BUT THEN, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was tapped to build the miniatures for the new series, and that’s when we fell right off the edge of our movie theater seats, overwhelmed with excitement and honor! Now that the show has premiered (under the name Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, in case you have trouble searching for it), we get to show you all the cool miniatures that were built and filmed right here at the Stoodio.

First off, there are some iconic MST3K miniatures that we got to rebuild for the new series, including a gorgeous recreation of The Satellite of Love:

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(Pictured below as a cardboard work-in-progress with an actual Gizmonic Institute employee.)

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A new Gizmonic Institute, built from the ground up out of cardboard and glue and other stuff:

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A new and improved (depending on who you talk to) MST3K logo moon:

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And, of course, an all-new, completely streamlined and reimagined countdown hallway to ease you in to each horrendous movie:

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(Pictured below as a cardboard work-in-progress getting its glue on.)

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It was truly an honor to bring these classic props back to the streaming screen, but we also built new editions to the reincarnated show, such as the cargo ship piloted by the host, Jonah:

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(Pictured below being dragged around on a dolly to create the illusion of movement.)

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The moon base where the aforementioned Jonah gets captured by the yet-to-be-mentioned baddies:

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And the liquid movie chamber:

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Fun fact about that chamber: THAT’S REAL GOOP IN THE TUBE! All of these sets were built (mostly out of cardboard) in our art department, and then lit and filmed in our Stoodio space. Through some Hollywood magic, the live-action actors filmed elsewhere, and then all of the footage was composited together to make the final product that you see on Netflix. NEAT, RIGHT?!

You can check out all of these miniatures AND MORE when you stream Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return on Netflix RIGHT NOW! Thank you to all of the excruciatingly talented Buddies in our art department, our production department, and in our camera and lighting department (all pictured below as cardboard works-in-progress with MST3K creator Joel Hodgson) for making these things look amazing.

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In gearing up for the long-awaited 3rd season of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim has released some promos featuring live-action, eerily-detailed, and uncomfortably life-like puppets of all your favorite Rick and Morty characters. Well GUESS WHAT? Those puppets were designed and built right here at the Stoodio in our intrepid Buddy Builds department!

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These spots mark yet another collaboration between Stoopid Buddy and director Cat Solen. All of the spots are available for your horrified viewing pleasure on youtube, but if you’re very good, you can find them embedded at the end of this post. These spots are occasionally graphic, so viewer discretion is not only advised, but mandatory. Enjoy!

 

Flo, the incredibly recognizable face of Progressive Insurance, has gotten the Robot Chicken treatment!

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Our seasoned Robot Chicken team collaborated with Adult Swim and Progressive to shrink Flo and her friends down to action-figure size and animate the latest ad spots for Progressive Insurance. In these stop-motion animated spots, you’ll see Flo as you’ve never seen her before! Slam-dunking? RAPPING? YEAH! It’s all in there! Watch the spots below and keep an eye out for more new spots from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

 

 

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Jessica Shobe is our trusty post production coordinator who, by gum, has worked on maybe 5 trillion projects here at the Stoodio. Everything we do here goes through her before it finally airs. Jessica has proven, time and time again, that there is no problem she can’t solve, no e-mail she cannot answer, and no amount of extremely important (but annoyingly granular) numerical data that she cannot conquer. Jessica’s positive attitude and ability to take on mountains of work without even flinching is what makes her this month’s Spirit of the Stoodio, and OF COURSE that honor comes with a ceremonial shoddy but heartfelt poem.

There’s a Buddy among us who’s hard work gives us pause

and whose dedication is worth a billion hands worth of applause

But this Buddy has plenty of reasons to boast

Because she won this award out of the 10,000 people in post.

She’s kind and conscientious, she’s good for goodness sake

And you wouldn’t know it from looking at her, but SHE HAS A PET SNAKE!

You’ll find no one cooler on this entire globe,

This month’s Spirit of the Stoodio is Jessica Shobe!

THIS IS IT! Buddy Thunderstruck, the stop-motion animated series that we’ve made with our Buddies at American Greetings is FINALLY HERE and streaming on Netflix!

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Created by Ryan Wiesbrock, Buddy Thunderstruck follows the adventures of Buddy, a truck-racing dog, in the vibrant town of Greasepit. Buddy and his best pal and ferret confidant, Darnell, leave Greasepit in the dust as they race around in the Rabble Rouser, Buddy’s famed, souped-up, state-of-the-art racing truck. Being a winner, though, is not as easy as it sounds, and Buddy and Darnell find themselves having to outsmart bad guys, outrun the law, and out-awesome themselves.

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All of our animators, fabricators, writers, directors, and creators are immensely proud of their work on this project, and we’re so excited to see what you all think, so head over to Netflix and give it a watch! Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll give you a shoutout!

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It’s finally back! SuperMansion has returned to Crackle for its second glorious season, and so far, our fans are loving it! Collider.com calls it “Uproariously funny…amazing to watch,” and say that “It might just be your new favorite superhero series.” The New York Times called it “Smart and deliriously unpredictable.” THE LIST GOES ON! Take a look at the latest episode (WARNING: CONTAINS BLEEPED GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

The first 2 episodes are ready to stream AS WE TYPE THIS and new episodes premiere every Thursday. Get on the bandwagon now and follow The League of Freedom for the rest of the season, and we promise you…there are thing in this season…that will SHOCK you. And that’s not even including THIS horror show:

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That’s just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG of this season’s craziness, so go see what all the fuss is about!

 

4 years ago, we teamed up with our Buddies at The Simpsons to bring you an unprecedented stop-motion Robot Chicken crossover couch gag. This historic combining of forces turned out to be too awesome for just one couch gag, so now the world has one more Robot Chicken/The Simpsons crossover! Here’s the ALL-NEW couch gag for your viewing pleasure:

We had a blast teaming up once again with our pals at The Simpsons, and it was a blast getting to do this one as a 2-D / stop-motion hybrid! We even got some cool time-lapse footage of animator Tom Smith (yes, THAT Tom Smith) working on the sequence:

We’re so very proud to be part of The Simpsons’ profound and historic television residency, and we cannot wait to see what the NEXT 28 seasons have in store!

Some huge news out of New York Toy Fair: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is teaming up with Super7, a toy and apparel company out of San Francisco, to develop an animated TV series based on Super7’s wildly popular action figure series “The Worst”.

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Our Buddies at Super7 first conceived of these eclectic evildoers in 2016 when they were released as a standalone toy line. From the official press release:

 

“The Worst” began with Super7 looking back historically at their favorite franchises and finding that the best (or worst) characters in any given series were usually the villains. With that in mind, “The Worst” grew into an all new line of characters that were the best of the worst, and became an overnight hit with collectors, immediately selling out limited run action figures within days of release.

 

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was immediately smitten with these figures, and we started collecting them like we were stock-piling food for a harsh winter, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with the mad geniuses at Super7 and are thrilled with this collaboration.

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So who are “The Worst”? From left to right in the picture above, we’re looking at Robot Reaper – Robot Harbinger of Death, Gas Phantom – Ethereal Specter of Evil, Snake Tut – Serpent God of Destruction, X-2 the Unknown – Mysterious Shadow Assassin, Black Falcon – Undead Warlord of Doom, and Batula – Bat Prince of Darkness. If the names ALONE don’t have you shaking in your shorts, we don’t know what will. We’re looking forward to bringing the worst villains imaginable to life and we cannot wait to show you, so keep your eyes on the blog for more news, and read the whole press release from Action Figure Insider right here.

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If this Stoodio was a car, where the directors are the drivers and the animators are the engine, our incredible production assistants are the gas. Production assistants make this whole thing go, and this month’s Spirit of the Stoodio, Devon Kreider, is premium, unleaded, high-octane rocket fuel. Devon has sprinted and printed and organized her way through back-to-back productions of Buddy Thunderstruck and SuperMansion and THERE’S JUST NO STOPPING HER! Devon is always a bright, shining star wherever she goes, and her positive attitude and unstoppable work ethic make her the perfect recipient of this ceremonial totem pole and OF COURSE…this ceremonial poem. Prologue: Devon is from Philadelphia.

There’s a buddy whose hard work affects everyone here,

We all need help, and when we do, this buddy is near.

Their ingenuity and commitment are right out of a dream,

it’s like having Ben Franklin on the production team!

Stoic as an eagle. A Wild One like Bobby Rydell

She’s the whiz on our cheesesteak, the crack in our bell.

(if you’re counting references to Philly, I think we’re up to seven)

Her last name’s tough to rhyme, but you all know her as DEVON!

IT’S HERE! Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and our Buddies at American Greetings are thrilled to finally show you what we’ve been up to with our new high-octane Netflix series Buddy Thunderstruck. The show follows a truck-racing dog named B–Y’KNOW WHAT, just watch the trailer below and see for yourself! It’s awesome!

The show premieres March 10th on Netflix, so strap in, mark your calendars, and find yourself a nice recipe for hot wings, because this one is gonna be a party!

This month, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios turns 5 years old! To celebrate, we’d like to look back at all the cool cats that we’ve held hands with over the past 5 years who have put their special stank on all of our exceptional animated endeavors (More specifically, we’ll be taking a look back at photos of said people).

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Behold! Our first ever crew photo from back in the year 2012. For anyone who doesn’t remember, that was the year that the Mars Curiosity rover landed on Mars, that Red Bull guy jumped out of a helium balloon from space and broke the sound barrier, and many of us were disappointed by the film Promotheus. At the Stoodio, though, we were working on Robot Chicken season 6, Mad’s Spy Vs. Spy, and Dinosaur Office.

The following year, we ditched the fisheye lens and crammed into the campground once more:
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AND LOOK! COORDINATED CREW SHIRTS! Of course, this was taken about a year later, so we were all still flying pretty high on that Mars rover news. At that point, though, we were well underway on Robot Chicken season 7, The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2, WWE Slam City, and Friendship All-Stars of Friendship.

Aaaaaaand then we didn’t take crew photos for a few years because we just couldn’t get everyone’s schedule to line up, but THEN in 2016, BOOM! We all gathered outside for this gem:

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And that, of course, was honestly not that long ago, so just check this very blog for everything we were up to around the time this picture was taken.

We’re so proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish in the past 5 years, but nothing excites us more than all of the things we’ll be able to accomplish in the next 5 years, or HECK, the next 10,000 years! Happy anniversary to ALL of our Buddies!

Here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, we love playing with LEGO. Remember The LEGO Movie end credits sequence that we did? And LEGO Scooby Doo? Well, here’s another LEGO jewel that we are thrilled to add to our LEGO crown: LEGO Batman! In anticipation of The LEGO Batman Movie (directed by Robot Chicken alum Chris McKay), we’ve buddied up with our friends at 72 and Sunny and Partizan Entertainment to bring you this butt-kicking Target spot. All of the animation was done right here on the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios stop-motion stages, while Partizan handled the live-action under the direction of Warren Fu. Enjoy!

Hey SuperMansion Super Fans, guess what? Season 2 is right around the corner so get REXcited! Starting February 16th, you’ll be able to stream the second season FOR FREE on Crackle.com. Get a sneak peek at the new season with this trailer:

The new season welcomes the voice talents of Yvette Nicole Brown, J.K. Simmons, and Dax Shepard to the cast, but you’ll have to watch to find out what they’re all up to. This new season will answer all of your burning questions from season 1, like “What happened to Brad?” “What’s the story with Black Saturn and The Groaner?” and “What is Cooch’s cat food made out of?” We can’t answer any of those questions right now as it is VERY confidential at the moment, but let’s just say…it’s good.

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We’re extremely proud to announce that our Stoopid Buddy Stoodios original show Blark and Son is now available on Instagram! This zany and sometimes visually horrifying show was brought to life by the creative director of our very own Buddy Builds department, Ben Bayouth and executive producer Adam Aseraf.

Follow @blarkandson on Instagram to watch the first episode, and then you’ll be the first to see every new, hilarious chapter in the lives of father Blark and his son, Son.

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Pretty creepily lifelike puppets, right? Learn all about how they were built and how the whole show was made in this wonderfully thorough behind-the-scenes featurette below:

Keep an eye out for more news on Blark and Son right here on the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios blog!

Have you heard the swell news? Our hit Crackle series SuperMansion is now airing on Adult Swim! Catch up on the adventures of the League of Freedom on Adult Swim EVERY SUNDAY at midnight.

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People have been saying for years that the flavor of Carl’s Jr. goes perfectly with the zany, adult, satirical comedy of Robot Chicken, and those people are now in for an incredible treat! At long last, the guys behind Robot Chicken and our Buddies at Carl’s Jr. have collaborated on a project, and it is a match made in juicy, charbroiled heaven. Enjoy this ad that will have you splitting your sides, licking your chops, and asking yourself “How on earth is Carl’s Jr. okay with this?”

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For the month of December, we celebrate Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’s own Alex Kamer! Alex has been a Buddy for a very long time (he worked on Robot Chicken Season 2! We’re on season 9 now! WHAT?) and along the way he’s helped shape DOZENS of Stoodio projects as an Animation Director. Throughout all of that, he’s built a legacy of quality and fun that this Stoodio is very grateful for. We congratulate Alex on receiving this award, which he is long overdue for, and as always we will celebrate him with this perfectly executed poem, sure to bring all of its readers to tears:

There’s a buddy round here, known across the nation

as a master of the art. A guru of animation.

He speaks to the puppets. With a camera, he takes aim.

In dozens of projects, he’s had a hand in each frame.

His work ethic makes the rest of us look like lazy old poo

and honoring him with this award is long overdue.

If this poem goes any longer, it will get a lot lamer,

so let’s cut it off and give it up for one Alex effing Kamer.

Your holiday shopping deadline is FAST approaching, and we’ve decided to help you out with an inspired gift idea that will surely stuff your stocking: SuperMansion season 1 on DVD!

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This beautiful piece of hardware is available wherever fine DVDs are sold and, take it from us, it’s got everything you’re looking for in a Digital Versatile Disk. Every season 1 episode UNCENSORED? Check! Optional English subtitles? Check! A beautiful 1.78:1 aspect ratio? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! You can buy it right here through Amazon where it currently has a 5-star review, so you KNOW it’s the best!

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So go ahead and give the gift that keeps on giving (for about 286 minutes, and then it gives the same thing again) to all the special people in your life who enjoy comedy, animation, superheroes, or any mixture of the 3! Happy Holidays from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!

Seasons greetings! We here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios love celebrating, and the end of the year is always a great excuse to do that. This year, your Buddies danced in the holidays with a Dingle Dangle Jingle Ball that was so fun it would make Santa himself blush EVEN MORE THAN HE ALREADY DOES! There’s not enough room in this (or any) blog to recap ALL the food (Cheeto mac and cheese and build your own sliders? YUP!), fun (Karaoke? UH HUH!), festive drinks (A Burbank Sunrise, and a Lex on the Beach, just to name A COUPLE), robots (FRICKING STOOP BOT SHOWED UP!), sweaters (there was an R2D2 one!), gifts (The annual gift exchange was better than EVER this year), lights, and love, so why don’t you enjoy this gallery of all our buddies having fun together? [NOTE: So, it seems we WERE able to recap a lot of the highlights, so you’re welcome for that, but just know that that was just the tip of the iceberg]

This gallery comes courtesy of the amazing photo booth that was set up and, as you will see, some very special guests came by to photo bomb everyone toward the end of the night.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios would like to wish all of our Buddies, fans, and ESPECIALLY our blog-readers a happy and healthy holiday and an unforgettable new year. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got lined up for 2017!

 

 

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This year, Santa got us exactly what we wanted: an AWESOME new SuperMansion Christmas special. SuperMansion: War on Christmas is now streaming for FREE on Crackle.com.

We’ve been working hard on this new holiday CLASSIC, and if you don’t believe us, check out this timelapse footage of animator Kelsey Stillmaker animating a shot:

We’re very happy with how this turned out and we hope you and the family (so long as everyone is age 17+) enjoy it too! Happy holidays, from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!

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This month, we honor a key member of the camera and lighting department, the incomparable Susie Shircliff (not pictured), with the Spirit of the Stoodio Award. Susie is a happy, hard-working buddy who spreads cheer wherever she goes and strives to make everything on our animation stages run at peak efficiency. Susie is also beloved for REGULARLY treating her crew to snacks! Susie knows all the best donut, bagel, and empenada places in town, and everyone has gained a lot of weight because of it. Beyond her accomplishments at the Stoodio, Susie is also a vocal volunteer of the The Animal Protectorates in Burbank, fostering multiple shelter dogs a week (one of which, Gerber, is pictured above) and giving them a good temporary home. You can follow Susie’s lead and help these animals in need by donating to The Animal Protectorates here. Susie deserves so more than just an award and a blog post and a poem for all of her outstanding efforts, so we’re gonna have to make this poem EXTRA good…here we go!

Some Buddies work hard, others work even harder

This Buddy works the hardest, and does so with ardor

Their attitude is positive, their smile, inviting

They bring a je ne sais quoi to camera and lighting

Their kindness is unparalleled. It truly knows no bounds.

They even care for other species, just go ask the pound

Yes, people have pets, but she goes 10 steps further.

And if you want to adopt a dog, talk to her about Gerber.

For the month of November, the competition was stiff,

But this award was no contest for Susie Shircliff!

 

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This Thanksgiving, as is Stoodio tradition, all the Buddies in the Stoodio sat down to a warm and wonderful meal together to reflect on the year that has gone by and to give thanks for all the neat stuff that’s happened. The meal was provided by dozens of Buddies who poured love into every appetizer, entree, and dessert, and BOY OH BOY was it delicious!

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Our home cooks also had the option to nominate themselves for the annual Thanksgiving Buddy Bake-off, and this year was a barn burner! Of all the delectable meats and breads and veggies and desserts, though, only 3 foods could walk away with the title of best (and second best) (and third best) food of the day. Here to announce the winners is the Stoodio’s own Spirit of Thanksgiving: John Sumner. John…

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Thanks for the introduction, Blog! Gooble gobble!

  • In third place, we’d like to honor Jack Hamilton for his sweet potato home fries. Nice job, Jack. I ate them all and saved none for anyone else in the stoodio!
  • Earning the prestigious second place prize: Alicia Ellsworth for her stuffing. Mm mm yummy. I accidentally ate the paper plate because I was so into that stuffing. My primary care physician reprimanded me for that.
  • And finally, we bow down to Page Moore for taking home the top prize with his unbelievable bread pudding. Whispers of bread pudding this good have been on the lips of humanity for centuries, but until I tried yours, I thought they were merely myths. Now that I’ve experienced the real deal, I’ve decided to change my religion to Page’s Bread Pudding, because a greater salvation I cannot imagine.

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…Thank you, Sumner. And so ends another successful feast! We’d like to thank all of our home cooks for participating in the potluck lunch, and we’d like to GIVE THANKS to our amazing crew who make this Stoodio a fun and exciting place to work every day! THANKS, BUDDIES!

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We recently teamed up with Loot Crate, the VERY popular pop-culture merch subscription box service, to put together an EXCLUSIVE, one-of-a-kind Stoopid Buddy Stoodios crate for one lucky contest winner! That lucky winner: Megan from Miami! Megan has been a Robot Chicken superfan since season 1, so we were THRILLED to reward her loyalty with a crate full of Stoopid Buddy loot.

Loot Crate’s theme for this particular month was “SPEED,” so when Megan won the contest, we jam-packed the crate with memorabilia and collectibles from our high-octane stop-motion short Micro Mayhem!

First off, let’s take a look at the Micro Mayhem short because, frankly, we can’t watch it enough times…

So what memorabilia from this short could the lucky winner POSSIBLY receive? Oh, only THE F***ING HERO CAR and a CUSTOM-MADE DISPLAY BOX to make it all look pretty!

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And that’s JUST the Micro Mayhem Stuff! The crate also contained limited edition swag from Robot Chicken, SuperMansion, and some crew-exclusive Stoodio merch. This included [and let’s take a deep breath here]…*INHALE*…A Robot Chicken season 7 DVD (signed by the director, all the executive producers, writers and just a bunch of people), a SuperMansion season 1 DVD, a League of Buddies crew T-shirt, a Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II “Sexx Luthor” crew t-shirt, a Robot Chicken season 7 “Bitch Puddin'” crew t-shirt, a Robot Chicken season 6 commemorative crew coin, an “I’m with Stoopid” arrowhead patch, a “Buddy Round-Up” cowboy boot patch, an “Official Buddy” crew patch, a couple of Robot Chicken pins, a Stoopid Buddy Stoodios lanyard, and THIS beautiful piece:

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That’s a signed photo of all the Stoodio owners, Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Eric Towner, and John Harvatine IV. A collector’s DREAM.

So if there is any lesson to be learned here, it’s to keep an eye out for sweepstakes like this one if you ever want to be happy. Stay tuned to the Blog, because you never know when you’ll get the next big scoop!

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For the month of October, the distinct honor of the Spirit of the Stoodio award goes to Nick Hoskins, the fearless leader of the Operations Department, which literally keeps the entire Stoodio running on a daily basis. When it comes to working hard, Nick has worked his fingers to the marrow. He puts his nose to the grindstone so hard that the grindstone begs for mercy. He brushes his teeth with elbow grease. He…look he works hard, is the point. Join us now as we celebrate this delightful and hard-working man with the customary Spirit of the Stoodio clumsy poem:

Attention! Attention! For now is the time,

To name a new SOS, with some very bad rhymes.

This buddy is someone that we all adore.

A good apple, straight to the core.

This happy camper is reliable and kind.

There isn’t a Burbank restaurant he hasn’t dined

No task is too big, no task is too small,

BUT WATCH OUT, he just might shoot you in the hall!

With a smile on his face and the curl of his hair,

He’s got the heart of a lion and spirit of a bear.

For those that know him, this won’t be shockin

Get on up here, our buddy, Nick Hoskins!!

Close up the Necronomicon, because another successful Bloody Round-Up is in the books for the FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW! For one ghoulish night, Spooky Buddy Stoodios was a haunted, hair-raising Halloween hofbrau!

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All hallows eve was not the only thing on people’s BRAINS that night, as we put the final nail in the coffin of production on our newest creation: Buddy Thunderstruck! The stop-motion kids program will lurch onto your Netflix queues in 2017, and we promise it will put a spell on you.

All of our Buddies were adorned with outrageous costumes ranging from the incredibly time-intensive to the abysmally I’m-not-sure-exactly-who-you’re-supposed-to-be-but-Happy-Halloween-anyway-I-guess. Only one body was destined to walk away with the BEST COSTUME trophy at the end of the night, though, and that body belonged to John Sumner and his fortune-teller machine-inspired SUMNAR costume.

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Runner up costume contest winners included Kelsey Stillmaker, who was honored not just for her stellar Skeletor costume, but for winning the Stoodio-wide pumpkin carving contest!

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And if you want to see exactly what it takes to win a pumpkin carving contest look no further than the little fella that’s the second from the right in the photo below.

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And finally, the best Buddy costume went to Brandon Lake and Mike Spitzmiller for their tag team duo: Surf and Turf!

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The rest of the night was filled with dancing, death, drinks, and delight as well as a few blood-curdling screams that some people say can still be heard on the streets of Burbank on a moonless night when the wind is just right…

Check out more fun photos below and until next year, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

Our Puppets Department has been going through a major facelift in the past few months. You may remember the memory tree that was installed into the Puppets Department entryway a while back, but now the facade of the department has been redone and it’s time to feast your eyes on the all new Puppets Playhouse!

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Heavily inspired by the mad design of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the remodel combined the efforts of every member of the Puppets Department to create an eye-popping and super-fun environment. Even the letters in the word “Clubhouse” were all custom-made by fabricators who brought their unique styles and techniques to each letter.

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The entryway is even decorated with some actual Robot Chicken and SuperMansion puppets and puppet parts to greet guests of the Stoodio with famous familiar faces (AND LIMBS AND STUFF!).

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For more updates on the beautification of the Stoodio, stay tuned to this very blog!

 

If you missed New York Comic Con this year and are kicking yourself in the head for making such an epic error in judgement, STOP IT! And have no fear! We’re here to tell you all about the sweet surprises that Stoopid Buddy Stoodios left for our fans on the convention floor and everywhere else. Bandage up that head of yours, because we’re going back to the con!

First up, SuperMansion’s own Titanium Rex was spotted all around the convention, glad-handing the citizens of NYC and preventing convention catastrophes. Were it not for him, this actual tyrannosaurus rex could’ve caused some serious damage.

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Just look at the relieved faces of the crowd!

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But all the real scoops came out of the Hammerstein Ballroom where Crackle’s SuperMansion panel floored con-goers with surprise after super surprise! Show creators Matt Senreich and Zeb Wells were joined by Heidi Gardner (voice of Cooch), Breckin Meyer (voice of Johnny Scanlon and others) and Keegan-Michael Key (voice of American Ranger)…OH AND THEN SANTA CLAUS CAME TO TOWN! Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks, Malcolm in the Middle), who will be the voice of Santa Claus in the upcoming “SuperMansion: War on Christmas” Christmas special, magically appeared on stage in full Saint Nick attire!

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The panel then answered audience questions and delivered some exclusive news about season 2, SUCH AS:

  • Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple) will be joining SuperMansion season 2 as a cast member.
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) plays a villainous imp in the upcoming SuperMansion Christmas special.
  • The “SuperMansion: War on Christmas” Christmas special will stream free on Crackle starting December 8th.
  • Official Stoodio Buddy Breckin Meyer will play “a giant douche” in SuperMansion season 2 (according to Zeb Wells).

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The cast and creators also interacted with the fans mano a mano in an autograph signing, where con-goers not only got to meet their heroes, but they got gifts from Santa Claus himself! In this case, it was still our pal Gary Anthony Williams in a Santa suit, but boy did he commit.

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We had a blast in NYC and it was humbling and thrilling to see such a huge throng of fans all at once! Thank you to everyone who turned out and we can’t wait to see you next year!

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Hey all you artists, animators, and all-around talented people interested in working in the stop-motion animation industry, now’s your chance to show Stoopid Buddy Stoodios what you’ve got!

Meet up with some Buddies this November 17-20 at the CTN Expo! Held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Convention Center in California, CTN is an opportunity for animation talent, employers, and enthusiasts to mingle, network, and forge lifelong friendships. Stop by table 501 to chat and hang out, and feel free to drop off a copy of your portfolio or card with an online link!

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We’re looking for buddies interested in:

2D and stop-motion animation

puppet fabrication

costume fabrication

production

visual effects

video editing

3D modeling

set and prop building

stage lighting and camera

storyboarding

robotic fowl wrangling and Nerf combat strategy.

We’ll only be conducting interviews and portfolio reviews through Raise the Bar, for which you can sign up here with a qualifying pass. Please note that we will be unable to provide personal feedback on portfolios received at our table, and that physical portfolios will not be returned.

See you there!

Not long ago, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and iam8bit celebrated the heroic release of the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship with a brave and bold art gallery full of Buddy and fan-made works of art. Among the leagues of Robot Chicken and DC Comics-related material, one series really stood out: a legion of one-of-a-kind Robot Chicken Nerd busts.

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Each bust was molded from a sculpt that was made in-house by the keen titans of our puppet department.

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From there, they were customized by several different artists who all brought an entirely unique spin to their super statuary, making for a herd of nerds ranging from the beautiful to the terrifying.

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Many of the busts were bought up in a flash by attendees to the art show, and a lot of them found their way back to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, where they could be displayed alongside their nerd brothers and sisters, the way they were meant to be enjoyed. Enjoy this gallery of the Stoodio residents in their natural habitat and, if you have the (Ra’s Al) GALL, see if you can find all of the DC Comics puns hidden in this post*!

(*This challenge also goes for anyone with a whole bunch of free time.)

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Tom Sheppard is what we like to call an all-star here at the Stoodio. He’s a writer, director, actor, SINGER, and, from the looks of it, a total nightmare to work with. Watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes spot we put together for the Creative Arts Emmys and see for yourself!

Starring [in order of appearance]: Tom Sheppard, Zeb Wells, Nikki Rice Malki, Eric Towner, Jen Stavish, A Seth Green Puppet, Matt Senreich, and Seth Green.

Written and Directed by Ted Nitschke.

WE DID IT! The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios family is thrilled to announce that “The Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United” has won an Emmy award for Outstanding Short Form Animation Program! We are so incredibly grateful to all of the Buddies that worked so hard and dedicated so much time and talent to this past season of Robot Chicken. This award would not have been possible without you, so thank you!

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Today, the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios blog is proud to celebrate beloved animator Scott DaRos for earning one of the highest achievements imaginable for an animator or for ANYONE IN THE WORLD! Scott was awarded the Emmy for individual achievement in animation for his character animation in the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship. Here’s a clip of just one of the epic sequences that Scott worked so hard on for the special:

Scott is a long-time Buddy and it is our honor to walk in his presence everyday. A sincere thank you to Scott DaRos for all of his hard work, and thanks to The Television Academy for recognizing such a tremendous talent.

Our wildly imaginative puppet and costume departments celebrated Silly Hat Day recently and it would be a shame if we did not showcase all of the amazing headgear for all of the internet to see!

First up, the costume department donned a wonderful burger bonnet and a snake sombrero!

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And check out this tiny tea topper and…green wig (which has sparked some pretty serious controversy over whether a wig is really a hat).

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And this buccaneer’s bowler!

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And finally, this, uh…this furry fedora that’s…hungry for skulls.

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So let these pictures be an inspiration to any aspiring haberdashers out there, and MAD props to everyone who participated! Your talents never cease to amaze and impress!

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This month, the Spirit of the Stoodio totem pole was awarded to David Hunter, maybe the hardest working man in all of show business. David is the IT Manager for the ENTIRE STOODIO, which means he has to make sure every computer and every phone on every animation stage and every desk works properly AND make sure that the internal server network and wireless network and all the hardware and software and firmware in between is in full working order. The wonderful man even stays late and comes in on weekends to facilitate network upgrades and fixes during off hours, THAT’S HOW GOOD HE IS! So everyone please stand wherever you are and put your right hand over your heart as you read (ALOUD) David Hunter’s commemorative Spirit of the Stoodio poem:

 

Hey Buddies, won’t you gather round

For a new SOS is about to be crowned

Without this buddy, things would power down

When you’re in need, he’s always around.

He is able to manage all our data

While simultaneously ignoring the hatas

He helps us communicate via email and phone

He makes sure Chester never feels alone.

He keeps us all connected and was recently elected

the Viceroy of Burbank, a role he perfected.

Get on up here, you data confronter

Three Cheers for David Hunter!

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Our newest Goldfish Crackers spot, “Goldfish on a School Day,” has debuted, filling out a Goldfish Trilogy with our previous two Goldfish spots Goldfish in the Car and Goldfish on a Snow Day!

As you can tell, the ad features tons of hand-crafted miniatures, gorgeous stop-motion animation, and an all-star cast of real, fresh-out-the-box Goldfish actors. To top it all off, we’ve got a bevy of behind-the-scenes videos for all you animation addicts, DIY devotees, and Goldfish…guys to get a glimpse of how we did it.

Learn how to build entire worlds out of everyday materials from our prop fabricators Melody Palisoc and Jeff Cross:

Learn how to bring a Goldfish Cracker to life from our Goldfish rigger, Johnny McHone:

Learn how to capture the essence of fall from our art director, Alexis Deprey:

And finally, learn how to bring all of these elements together to make your vision a reality with directors John Harvatine IV and Ethan Marak:

Now that you’ve got the expertise, get to work on making something that YOU love and keep an eye on the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Blog for more tips.

The pet-lovers among you will be THRILLED to know that the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios offices are dog-friendly, and that makes for a daily parade of precious pooches that put smiles on all our Buddies’ faces. Now, for the first time ever, you blog-readers get an exclusive look at our stunning array of K-9 companions.

First up, the digital design department does double dog duty with Bob and Evee. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The previous sentence may contain clumsy syntax, but it was worth it to the proprietors of this blog to get a bangin’ septuple “D” alliteration.) 

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Here’s Bob the shi tsu, hanging out in front of his favorite source of heat, the very noisy and VERY expensive EnvisionTEC 3D printer! Bob is docile, quiet, and doesn’t care whether you live or die. You could scream that you’re on fire and ACTUALLY BE ON FIRE and Bob would either a) keep napping or b) saunter off in a random direction.

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Also in the digital design department is Evee, a corgi/somethin mix. Evee loves to nap and if you’re wondering if Evee and Bob get along and play and have fun, GUESS WHAT?! THEY DON’T! It’s unclear if they’ve even made eye contact at this point, and they’ve lived in the same room for months now.

In another wing of the Stoodio, the production office is occupied by the infamous little black chihuahua, Toto, who rules all production employees with an iron fist.

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The clatter of his tiny paws on the hard Stoodio floors send chills down the spines of our crew because it usually means that he has escaped the production office and is sniffing and eating stuff that he should not eat. He’s so notorious, he’s got a wanted poster hanging on the crew photo board.

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The set shop, which houses a rotating cast of dogs, is currently home to Pez.

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Pez is a basenji/shiba inu mix, so her heritage SPANS CONTINENTS and she is very proud of that fact.

This is not NEARLY an exhaustive list of all the dogs that roll through this Stoodio on a daily basis, so keep an eye on this blog as we add more poochie profiles on all of our favorite mutts!

We just got back from a whirlwind tour of Comic Con in San Diego and BOY IS OUR TARDIS TIRED! Thank you to everyone who came out to our various panels and signings, it was a true thrill to see and interact with all of our die-hard fans, YOU’RE THE WHOLE REASON THAT WE EXIST! For any of you bummed that you could not attend, FEAR NOT! The full recap of our sweaty, hairy, bespectacled Comic Con journey is below, so slap on that cosplay and get into character because WE’RE TAKING YOU TO THE CON*!

(*With descriptive language in the form of a blog post, this is not an invitation, the convention is over, you missed it, I’m sorry.)

We kicked things off on Thursday and Friday when our amazing general manager Marge Dean participated in TWO panels with Women in Animation, an outstanding organization dedicated to advancing women in the animation industry.

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Also on Friday, our Robot Chicken all-stars took the stage at the Indigo Ballroom for the Adult Swim Robot Chicken Panel with special guests Donald Faison and Breckin Meyer (with an EXTRA special appearance from Seth Green via FaceTime).

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And throughout the day, our best and brightest gave interviews all around the town, including this raucous one with Entertainment Weekly where the guys shed some light on the upcoming Walking Dead special for Robot Chicken.

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Then Saturday came around and, with the convention in full swing, we kept the Robot Chicken train rolling by PLOWING through Zachary Levi’s Nerd HQ with a Robot Chicken Q&A, and you can watch the thing RIGHT HERE:

Ticket sales from this Q&A benefitted Operation Smile, a non-profit organization dedicated to fixing cleft palates in under-privileged children around the world, so a TREMENDOUS thank you to all of our generous fans for coming out to that.

And we closed out Saturday with a signing at the legendary Adult Swim booth on the convention hall floor. It was an opportunity for the fans to get unprecedented, one-on-one access to Robot Chicken writers, creators, and performers Breckin Meyer, Tom Sheppard, Matt Senreich, and Tom Root.

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And now the convention is OVER and you’re tired and you smell like sweat and nacho cheese, so get some rest! We’ll see you next year, San Diego!

For several years, a dark and mysterious cavity inside the walls of our Stoodio remained untouched and UNSEEN by human eyes. The mythical place has often been the topic of whispers in our hallways, but nobody truly knew what lay hidden in the forbidden space or if the space even existed. Until a few weeks ago, that is, when our Buddy archaeology team (AKA the operations department) set out to uncover the truth.

Take a look at this archival photo of our campground area near the animation stages. The red circle below indicates a truly unremarkable bare wall in a dark corner. It’s a wall so unremarkable, in fact, that we sifted through the behind-the-scenes archives and this old photo from 2012 is the best view of the wall that we could find.

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Throw in the fact that this wall covers up the empty space underneath the stairs, and it becomes a lot more remarkable. Rumors start to swirl. What’s behind this wall?? “I heard it’s a solid concrete tomb.” “I heard it’s a secret garden.” “I heard it’s an elevator to an underground tunnel that leads right to city hall…ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO’S CITY HALL.”

Well, the operations department just uncovered the horrifying truth: there’s nothing back there. It was just a dark room with a slanted roof where the stairs go above it. But NOW IT’S EVEN MORE REMARKABLE! They’ve given the weird dark room a complete makeover, and now it’s the all-new Puppet Hospital: a place where worn down puppets from the animation stages go to get fixed up, beautified, and prepped for their close-ups.

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Affectionately called “The Cupboard Under The Stairs,” this new satellite location of the puppet department is a Harry Potter fantasy come to life. Home to resident puppet surgeon, Nadine, the Puppet Hospital comes complete with a mystical stone entryway, rustic brick walls, and even a Harry Potter-themed Owl Post mailbox.

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So, while the truth of what lay hidden behind the wall was a little disappointing, our operations department turned it into something truly magical. But is there still magic left to find? When asked if anything strange or unexplainable had occurred in the puppet hospital during her time there, Nadine paused for a bit before saying, “Eh…no.”

But, y’know…that could mean a lot of things…

 

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Congratulations to the puppet department’s own Andrea Rawson & Marissa Lamour on receiving the Spirit of the Stoodio award this month! Andrea and Marissa are always working their fingers to the bone to keep the puppet department running smoothly and they deserve this award JUST FOR THAT! BUT WHAT IF I TOLD YOU that in addition to doing their jobs with spectacular enthusiasm and panache, these two also embarked on a wonderful and thoughtful endeavor to beautify the puppet department? Would you even believe me? WELL FEAST YOUR EYES:

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This is the all-new puppet department playhouse memory wall and Marissa and Andrea donated hours of their time to paint it, hang photos, and make it as precious as can be. So thank you BOTH for your hard work and dedication to the Stoodio, and OF COURSE, to honor your achievement, the ceremonial Spirit of the Stoodio super special double haiku:

Two Loyal Buddies
Calling the Stoodio home
Then making it one
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Artists and dreamers
Making Puppets Great Again
Giving birth…TO SMILES!

There are a number of CONGRATULATIONS in order around the Stoodio as some of our precious projects have been nominated for EMMY AWARDS!

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That’s right. ROBOT CHICKEN and SUPERMANSION are both in the running for awards in the 68th annual Emmys: Robot Chicken for Outstanding Short Form Animation Program, and voice actors Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Pine are nominated for their Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performances in SuperMansion!

If you can’t wait for the Emmys and you’ve just GOT to see a barrage of clips of the nominees, you can check out this clip from the hilarious episode that was submitted for the Robot Chicken nomination: The Robot Chicken Christmas Special: X-Mas United.

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AND MORE CLIPS showing off some exquisite performances from Keegan-Michael Key (American Ranger, Sgt. Agony) and Chris Pine (Dr. Devizo, Robo-Dino) in SuperMansion!

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An immense, sincere thank you to everyone who worked incredibly hard and dedicated huge chunks of their lives to make these projects amazing. We are so proud of our Stoopid family and we cannot wait to make 1,000 more projects with all of you!

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As #NewPatchJune comes to a close, we’d like to look back at all the rad new patches that our Buddies received this month for all of their hard work on a ton of great projects. First up was the LONG-AWAITED SuperMansion season 1 crew patch, adorned with a very artsy Jewbot-approved portrait of everyone’s favorite Jewish robot. (And you can watch that VERY season in it’s entirety FOR FREE right here.)

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Next, our cryptic but beautiful homage to Grunkle Stan’s fex from the Gravity Falls bumper that we built and animated for Disney XD (NOT TO BE CONFUSED with the patch for our Goldfish spots, which features the likeness of a similarly colored and proportioned fish).

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Watch the bumper below!

Then we had the DOUBLE DOSE of Robot Chicken patches for Robot Chicken season 8, and the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship. For more on those, you can read all about the Robot Chicken Round-Up in a previous blog post.

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AND THE PATCHES KEEP ON COMING! In addition to these project-based patches, we also got a few limited edition patches made for the true, discerning patch collector. There’s one special patch that’s reserved for people in leadership positions at the Stoodio.

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And, for anyone willing to burn a few buddy bucks, one that commemorates that long-standing tradition of Buddy Round-Up with a tried and true Texas Butt-Kicker (aka a cowboy boot).

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So there you have it. A summer of swell patches for the Buddy in all of us! Now get sewing!

 

With the second season of SuperMansion underway, we here at the Stoodio are getting nostalgic for the old days (i.e. like a year ago) when we were working on season 1. To celebrate that magical time, we’d like to share with you this mind-blowing behind-the-scenes reel of how our VFX department made SuperMansion season 1 come to life and look absolutely gorgeous. If there were ever any doubts that we have the hardest working VFX team in the business, let this reel put those doubts to rest. Our intrepid crew, lead by VFX supervisor Jack Hamilton, pulled out all the stops for this show, and hopefully this reel will illuminate to the world just how much work goes into EVERY SINGLE SHOT!

(WARNING: Contains season 1 spoilers! If you haven’t yet seen season 1, you can start watching the whole thing RIGHT NOW for FREE on Crackle!)

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This month’s Spirit of the Stoodio Award ceremony was a special one, and not just because the award (for only the second time in HISTORY) went to 2 Buddies at once, but because the Buddies who earned it have been working on something very new, exciting, and SPECTACULAR for the Stoodio. Award deservers Eben Zboch and Bri Frazier have been working tirelessly to bring an actual Stoopid Buddy Stoodios-themed arcade cabinet to life, complete with entirely playable Robot Chicken games, a Richard-Nixon’s-head-shaped joystick, and all sorts of wonderful digital surprises! Eben and Bri are breaking new ground at this Stoodio by diving into the world of interactive entertainment, and we cannot thank them enough for their hard work, ingenuity, and pioneer spirit! Keep an eye out for more on the super wicked arcade cabinet (the thing is so gorgeous it deserves its own SERIES of blog posts), but in the meantime, help us celebrate our Spirits of the Stoodio by reading the ceremonial 3-stanza S.O.S. poem, written in their honor.

Listen here buddies, for tonight we’ve got another unique roundup.

See we’ve got TWO buddies this week, who deserve to stand up

That’s right, you heard correct, it’s another one for the books

These two buddies have it all-the talent, initiative, and dare we say… good looks.

Did you see that explosion? Or that babbling brook?

These wizzes on the computer make our shows look off the hook.

Have you been through VFX & seen their claim to fame?

Because these Buddies created a Stoopid Buddy Arcade Game!!

We’ve got the code master, himself, whose programs run the fun

His partner, whose 8-bit skills are second to none!

They’re the unstoppable creators of all things that rock

Come on up here – Bri Frazier and Eben Zboch!!!!!

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Our animated pilot TOASTY TALES is now streaming on Amazon! And the best part about it? YOU get to decide the fate of this show! Amazon has released a bunch of new pilots, and based on audience reviews, Amazon will decide which ones get picked up to series.

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So click HERE to watch the magic FOR FREE! From the outrageous minds of Thomas Borowski and Caroline Foley, Toasty Tales is sure to capture your imagination. It is a gorgeous blend of 2D animation and wonderful, semi-animated practical sets that were built and filmed right here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Gather round the campfire and prepare to be dazzled by the adventure of a lifetime!

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Robot Chicken Season 8 has come to a close and the Stoodio celebrated in typical cowboy fashion with a Robot Chicken-centric Round-Up! At the event, all of those Buddies that helped with Robot Chicken season 8 in any way were treated with a SLEW of customized Robot Chicken crew merch! First up, the long-awaited crew hoodie, which features a beautiful line-drawing depiction of the eponymous Robot Chicken on the back:

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And on the front, a tribute to the glorious season alongside a foul-mouthed children’s toy named after a mean dessert:

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And if anyone wants to trick out their brand-new season 8 crew hoodie, they were ALSO gifted with the official (and unpredictably cute) Robot Chicken season 8 Buddy Patch:

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Apart from all the gift-giving, the evening was full of laughter and camaraderie. The crew enjoyed a screening of Robot Chicken head writer Tom Root’s favorite sketch from the season: Screwhead (which you can view and enjoy here), and all was well! You can still enjoy sketches and full episodes from the instantly legendary season 8 on Adult Swim’s youtube channel and adultswim.com.

 

 

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Jimmy Kimmel Live recently featured the cast of the original 1984 film Ghostbusters AND the cast of the Ghostbusters reboot, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was part of the magic! The Stoodio is, collectively, one big ol’ fan of the original movie, so we were THRILLED to take part in this reunion by building a walking replica costume of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man for Guillermo to wear!

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Ben Bayouth (above), the creative director of our Buddy Builds department, worked closely with Bill Bryan (above, as a marshmallow), the builder of the ORIGINAL Stay Puft costume, to bring the Marshmallow Man back to life! The team also consisted of George Troaster (face off) and Bill Bryan’s son Toby Brian. The all-star team was able to put together a costume that was structurally sound enough to last a solid 5 minutes on the LAPS of such legends as Bill Murray, Annie Potts, and Ernie Hudson.

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You can watch the costume in action in the video below, and if you missed our stellar Buddy Builds department’s earlier Star Wars-themed visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, read all about it here!

From the creators of such fan favorites as Friendship All-Stars of Friendship and the adult swim short “Manpire” comes a MONSTROUS new Stoopid Buddy Stoodios animated short: Monster Island! That’s right, Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert, and Justin Michael are back at the Stoodio with a VENGEANCE to bring you the tale of Zog and Java, two monsters imprisoned on a remote island with a diabolical plan…to put on one heck of a BBQ! Watch the short below, and be sure to stay tuned after it’s over to see some colossally interesting behind-the-scenes photos.

And be sure to revisit the whole series of Friendship All-Stars on Youtube!

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This month’s Spirit of the Stoodio Award winner is Kyrsti Schwarz for the incredible job that she has done as a line producer for Camp WWE! Kyrsti has been a powerful force in getting our entire brand-new 2D animation staff to produce a hilarious and awesome-looking finished product that we’re seriously proud of, so we thank her for all of her hard work. As is customary, we’ve composed a poem that fully encompasses everything about her to properly celebrate what a terrific, tenacious, and talented Buddy she is:

Now here is a buddy who gives us all a little hope
Who attacks her work by jumping off the top rope
Her work is always top notch and she walks at a clip
And let it never be said she doesn’t run a tight ship
She floats like a butterfly, and stings like a bee,
and yes that’s boxing, but close enough, she works on Camp WWE
She keeps the train on the track, managing the top brass
and even when she’s not working, she kicks buttloads of ass
So let’s give up this award, let’s not dilly dally,
let’s catch her before her next trip to the Coachella Valley
She deserves this award and awards of all sorts
Our new Spirit of the Stoodio: Krysti Schwarz!

 

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Our visual effects department is responsible for making all of our projects look SPECTACULAR. Through digital rendering, they create entire virtual sets, lighting effects, explosions, character effects, 2D animation, CG animation, and everything that makes the messy raw footage from the animation stages into pristine works of beautiful, airable material. Well, every week, the VFX department works on hundreds if not THOUSANDS of frames of animation, and at the end of the week, they exercise their democratic right by voting on the FRAME OF THE WEEK. This time-honored tradition results in the FOTW being printed, framed, and hung on the walls of the department. So what makes a frame worthy of this prestigious title? Past winners have included frames that legitimately showcase a beautiful array of the department’s efforts, like this VFX-heavy shot from SuperMansion:

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Other frames are born from happy accidents or flubs, like this other shot from SuperMansion (which also has the honor of being the very first FOTW):

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Most winning frames, though, are the result of a VFX artist “enhancing” an existing frame in order to gain the attention of the FOTW voters. Take this shot from Denny’s The Grand Slams that features all of your favorite slams possessed by “City of Angels” star Nicolas Cage:

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So enjoy some of these other Frames of the Week and appreciate them for what they truly are: works of art.

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Have you heard the news?! Our amazing stop-motion animated series SuperMansion will be coming back for a second season! Crackle, the show’s home on the internet, was at Sony’s upfronts event to announce the wonderful news along with creators Zeb Wells and Matt Senreich and star and executive producer Bryan Cranston.

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Production is currently underway, and you can look forward to seeing all your favorite ineffectual, bumbling superheroes in early 2017. So what’s in store for this new season? YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO KNOW YET! But, for now, here’s a picture of some Titanium Rex heads getting built. So I guess you know that HE will be back. BUT THAT’S ALL YOU GET TO KNOW.

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Keep an eye out on this blog and on our social media for more updates on this very exciting season. And if you haven’t watched SuperMansion yet, tune in to Crackle.com and watch the entire first season FOR FREE! WHAT?!

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If you’ve been following our social media, you probably already know about our Buddy Builds department’s most recent project: a giant walk-around costume of the ghastly and terrifying character THRESH from the even more terrifyingly popular video game League of Legends.

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Thresh just made his public debut at PAX east, a video game expo in Boston, MA, where convention-goers were able to pose with the imposing skeleton-spirit-shadow-spector-thing, take pictures, and even GET THEIR SOULS TRAPPED IN HIS TORTUROUS AND HORRIFYING LANTERN!

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Our Buddy Builds team worked impossibly hard to bring this Legend to life, and the results are truly spectacular. The costume stands at an improbable 13 feet tall over its victims, but because of the special lightweight materials chosen for every aspect of the costume to ensure comfort for the performer, it weighs in at less than 100 lbs.

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Our team was thrilled to partner up with our Buddies at 4 itchy Tasty! Cosplay for this amazing build, and they would like to thank everyone for waiting in line to spend some time with Thresh at Pax East. Check out more sweet photos from the build below!

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This month, the Stoodio honors Marta Da Costa for her achievement in being one heck, nay, one HELL of a coordinator for the puppet department. The Stoodios is currently in production on the still-very-under-wraps Buddy Thunderstruck, but we can say that there are a lot of brand new puppets in this show, and they’re unlike anything the Stoodio has made before, so Marta has worked tireless to create brand new systems of organization for the puppet department and has literally been everywhere at once to make sure puppets are getting completed and delivered to the stages quickly. We thank you, Marta, for your hard work, your positive attitude, and your delicious brain brilliant mind! Here’s the poem written for Marta that was recited at her tear-filled award ceremony (the tears were ours, not hers).

 

Hey all you fine, fine folks,

We’ve got a new SOS, and it’s no joke

For today, the day meant for foolery,

There is nobody cooler than she!

. . .

This buddy has been with us from the start

From intern to puppets, she’s shown a lot of heart.

She’s got a can-do attitude, positive vibes, and is super funny

This buddy is so cheery and bright; she’ll make a dark room seem sunny.

. . .

She sculpts, she jokes, she delivers Artichoke(s)

All the traits that make a great buddy, this gal evokes.

Like our very own superhero, she flies between buildings

Protecting our precious puppets from evil-doings

. . .

You all know her, you all love her, maybe more than pasta

Come on up here, Marta Da Costa

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’s first EVER 2D animated series, Camp WWE, is jumping off the top ropes and into your TVs on May 1st! So what even is it?!

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Camp WWE is an adult animated comedy on the WWE Network that features WWE superstars as kids and counselors at a summer camp that is run by WWE President, Chairman, and CEO Vince McMahon. Featuring the voice talents of such WWE greats as Ric Flair and Vince McMahon himself, the camp is populated by all of your favorite superstars including John Cena, Big Show, The Undertaker, Steve Austin, and The Rock as well as camp counselors Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.

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I hear what you’re saying, “But Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Blog, I’m a huge wrestling fan, what makes you think you’re the authority on making a show about this thing that I love? Do you know ANYTHING about wrestling?” FEAR NOT, you condescending hypothetical person! Head writer and producer of Camp WWE Aaron Blitzstein (Family Guy, The Late Show with David Letterman) is on record as saying that he considers himself a wrestling fan first and a human being second, so rest assured that the cartoonish portrayals of all your favorite wrestlers will be authentic and there will be A LOT of fun little in-jokes for all you WWE heads.

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So oil up those muscles of yours and get ready for PAIN, because this show is not just going to tickle your funny bone, it’s going to pile drive it into oblivion, and we could not be more excited about it! Camp WWE premieres May 1st on the WWE Network!

Not unlike the late, great Fred Flintstone attempting to attend his bowling league championship while simultaneously going on a drive-in movie date with Wilma, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios just pulled off the impossible: Being in two comic conventions at once!

That’s right. Your intrepid Buddies were doing panels and signing autographs at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) while SIMULTANEOUSLY schmoozing on the exhibition floor at the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC)! Chronologically by time-zone, C2E2 was first, where a hilarious Robot Chicken panel took place for thousands of awesome fans.

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The panel was made up of such Robot Chicken all-stars as writer/director Zeb Wells (above left), head writer/executive producer Tom Root (above middle), executive producer John Harvatine IV (above right), writer/director Tom Sheppard (below left), and creator/executive producer Matt Senreich (below middle).

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Following the panel, all of those stellar Buddies signed autographs, mingled with the fans, and had an all-around great time while 2,000 miles away, another comic convention was just getting started. In San Jose, CA, SVCC was invaded by Stoodio mascot and everyone’s favorite sentient winnebago: STOOP BOT!

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Stoop Bot was a crowd favorite on the exhibition floor, and made hundreds of new friends, big and small…and a little weird and scary.

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Elsewhere on the floor, fans were treated to Dillon Markey (animator/inventor/consummate Buddy) doing some stop-motion animation LIVE for anyone who wanted to watch the process! And if that weren’t impressive enough, he was improvising all of the animation! And if THAT weren’t impressive enough, he controlled the camera and the computer with a Nintento Power Glove that he repurposed to be a Bluetooth remote! If that’s a not a nerd-worthy event, I don’t know what is, AND NEITHER DO YOU!

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Thank you to all of the Buddies that made it out to these wonderful events to see us in person. It was a joy getting to play with all of you, and we can’t wait to see you again at whatever convention is happening next!

 

Have you ever watched an episode of Robot Chicken or SuperMansion or what-have-you and wondered what happens to those gorgeous sets and props when we’re done animating with them? We’re fully aware that the answer to that question is most likely “no,” but now that you’ve heard the question, aren’t you a little curious? We take great pride in our art department’s excruciatingly hard work on all of the props and sets that get built and painted for our projects, and a lot of times their work can be repurposed and re-used later on, so to answer that question that none of you were asking: WE KEEP EVERYTHING!

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Just look at all those different types of chairs! Having this enormous backlog of set pieces is very helpful to our set dressers and production designers, because if they’re working on filling a room and need, oh, I don’t know, a weird casual yellow chair with purple cushions to fill the scene, they don’t have to build one FROM SCRATCH! They can just pick it out from this huge variety of options. Furniture is a very common item needed for scenes, so there are plenty of tables and beds and bookcases to go along with these chairs, a lot of them frozen in time from whatever sketch or scene they were used in last. Just take a look at this photo (quarter used for scale):

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Click on the picture to zoom and see if you can spot some Robot Chicken easter eggs! Some of the super nerds reading this might recognize that green ant farm on the shelf on the right from its debut in the 2013 Robot Chicken “Born Again Virgin Christmas Special” as part of the Ant Farm Christmas sketch. Well now, as you can see, it’s been repurposed as set dressing for a kid’s room. And those other cool props? Why not watch all 27 or so hours of Robot Chicken that exists and see if you can spot where THEY debuted?! Fun game, huh?

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The set department storage area is very organized and contains little compartments for everything you can imagine. Yes, there’s an entire cubby filled with pizza. But for THE BEST selection of one particular tiny thing, look no further than the SWORD DRAWER!

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But everything we’ve discussed so far has been relatively small, what about the big stuff? The walls? The cars? The floors? We keep those too!

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Keep an eye out for all of this stuff in your favorite Stoopid Buddy Stoodios projects and keep an eye on this blog for more behind-the-scenes insights!

Much like U.S. DOLLARS (USD) are the official currency of the United States, BUDDY BUCKS (BB) are the official currency within the walls of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. Every Buddy is awarded 5 Buddy Bucks (the only denomination of BB currently in circulation) at the beginning of every month as an allowance, but they can also be earned as prizes and as rewards.

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So what can you do with Buddy Bucks? Besides making it rain and diving onto a bed covered in them to make yourself feel like a big shot, BB can be exchanged for some very exciting and EXCLUSIVE Stoodio merchandise and memorabilia. Want to keep the sun out of your eyes without looking like a caveman that uses his hand for shade? Look no further than this this handsome, Bago-emblazoned Buddy trucker hat!

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Tired of sitting in a well-lit room all day? For 15 BB, try sitting in a VERY DARK room for a few hours with the very popular AMC movie tickets!

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There are many more amazing things that Buddy Bucks can buy at the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios store. From pizza parties ALL THE WAY to bagel parties, the store has it all! “But Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Blog…” you’re asking yourself, “what about my rich, luxurious tastes? What can I buy with Buddy Bucks that will satiate my desire to live large and rub my success in the faces of lesser people?” Well, for a mere 50 BB, be the envy of everyone you’ve ever met with an extraordinarily rare 24(ish) carat gold bago patch.

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Keep your computer tuned to the blog for more behind-the-scenes peeks inside the Stoodio!

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This month, set dressers Anuardi Cantre and Sam Levy received the first TANDEM Spirit of the Stoodio Award in Stoodio history. Their gorgeous and inspired work on the props and sets for the currently in-production series Buddy Thunderstruck make them a brilliant bundle of Buddies that are perfect candidates for this great honor. Words cannot express how grateful the Stoodio is for all of their hard work and expertise, but we went ahead and tried to capture their greatness in the following poem for their award ceremony:


Take a deep breath, I beg you, before all of you freak
THIS Spirit of the Stoodio ceremony is going to be VERY unique…
This month will be one for future historians to study
Because the award will be going to more than one buddy
These recipients, though, should have no trouble sharing
As they’re known for being kind, hard-working, and caring
You can see their work in Robot, Buddy, and Mansion
They’re responsible for all of them looking so handsome.
They put in their blood and their tears and their sweat
when they’re masterfully, skillfully dressing the set.
So fire up your drills and pick up something heavy
to honor Anuardi Jose and Samantha Levy!

Thanks again, Anuardi and Sam! Your passion for your work is an inspiration to all of us!

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In order to produce and animate one of the Stoodio’s epic upcoming projects, Camp WWE, we’ve had to infiltrate a brand new building where the 2D animators, storyboard artists, editors, and producers can spread their wings. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at THE OUTPOST!

 

The Outpost has a lot of the same amenities that we’re used to in the Stoodio proper: a whimsical woodland theme, a hot wheels track, a repurposed Winnebago, and a 1/5 scale plastic figure of John Cena with 5 points of articulation.

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What REALLY sets this new building apart, though, is its offices. Each private or shared office is its own log cabin, complete with windows, wood paneling, vaulted ceilings, warm lighting, and the soothing atmosphere of a solitary mountain retreat.

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Remember to keep an eye out for Camp WWE, pile-driving its way onto the WWE Network very soon, and keep your eyes locked on the blog for more updates!

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The winner of the Spirit of the Stoodio Award this month is none other than visual effects superstar, Adam Ruckersfeldt. Through his consistently outstanding VFX skills, Martha-Stewart-like organization, and Captain-America-esque leadership, Adam embodies the Spirit of the Stoodio in everything he does. In an attempt to educate the masses on the existence of this magical man, the following biographical poem was recited at a recent Buddy Round-Up:

 

In everything we produce, this buddy steals the scene
and they do it all from behind two big ass computer screens.
When work gets you down and the week starts to feel long
this buddy brightens your day with a smile and a song.
 . . .
He’s worked on it all, from commercials to shows.
If we told him we loved him, he would say that he knows.
When you see good VFX, he’s most likely the source
with work so impeccable, you’d think he’s using The Force.
 . . .
He’d gladly be arrested if loving Star Wars was a crime
He’s seen Episode 7…10 goddamned times!
The shots he’s composited will make your face melt
He’s the spirit of the stoodio: Adam Ruckersfeldt.

Last week, we debuted our new Stoodio brochure, but what we didn’t show you was that the back of the brochure is covered with a beautifully illustrated map of the studio, designed by our immensely talented art director, Kyle Arneson. The map features awesome artful depictions of every single department in our wonderful woodland workplace. Click the image below to enlarge the map and get a nice, eagle eyed view of the Stoodio and really take in all the hidden little details!

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We are very excited to introduce our brand-new and wonderfully fun Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Brochure! Visitors to our Stoodio will now be able to find their way around with their very own Field Guide & Activity Book, complete with fun, games, and a beautiful artistic rendering of our wonderful workplace.

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Check back here next week when we’ll delve into some of the fun and games included in the activity book, and get a look at the gorgeous, hand-drawn Stoodio map on the back!

 

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We caught up with animator/director/writer/all-around-good-time Ashley Arechiga in our most recent edition of “Meet a Buddy,” and the interview was eye-opening! Ashley is as beloved in this studio as anything can be beloved anywhere, so we were thrilled that she took a minute out of her busy schedule to answer some of our notoriously hard-hitting questions:

SBS: What do you do here?

AA: [laughs] I make things…and then move them…

SBS: Who cares?

AA: Da bosses.

SBS: Do you ever get sad?

AA: Uuuh…no.

SBS: Any advice for aspiring physical therapists?

AA: Find animators, they’ll be the most recurring clientele. You’ll never break those knots. Calcified to steel…

SBS: Which “Sex and the City” lady are you, and why?

AA: Don’t watch it. Never seen it.

SBS: If you had to guess?

AA: Nope.

SBS: Okay…

AA: You could ask me which Ninja Turtle I am…

SBS: Okay, which Ninja Turtle are you?

AA: Leonardo.

SBS: Do you think it’s because…he loves shoes?

AA: No, it’s cuz my favorite color is blue.

SBS: What’s the last dream you can remember?

AA: Hiding under a ‘bago from a T-Rex during “Dino Office.”

SBS: What’s the most expensive thing in your house and where do you keep it?

AA: Oh, we have taco bell in the fridge…er…our cats. Cats. Our cats swallowed up more money than anything we own.

SBS: And where do you keep them?

AA: In our house. In boxes, usually. THEY LOVE THEM!

The city of Burbank was alive with laughter and fun during the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios recent holiday party, and good times were had by all.

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Your Buddies are back on the gridiron for a not-so-friendly game of pigskin. Click on the image above to check out the newest collaboration between Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and NFL on FOX. This stop-mo scenario pits Randy Moss against Champ Bailey. Who will come out on top? WATCH TO FIND OUT!

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This month’s winner of the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios award is Chris “42” Watson! 42 is a crucial member of the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios family and the brilliance and dedication that he puts into his work as the molding and casting supervisor has been a corner stone of the puppet department for a long time now. We are incredibly proud to have a talent like 42’s in the Stoodio and we applaud him for all the amazing things he’s done here. Now, we invite you to applaud while you read this ceremonial Spirit of the Stoodio poem, inspired by the amazing and fascinating 42:

 

You all must hear the tale of this killer guy

Their work is so good, when you see it you’ll die

Always going above and beyond

Yoda would say, “More arms did he spawn?”

. . .

There are so many buddies and so much new space,

to not give this one credit would be a disgrace.

If the answer to everything in the universe is what you seek

in the puppet department is where you must peek

. . .

When saying his name, try not to blunder.

He doesn’t go by a name, he goes by a number.

So give a round of applause, or maybe a few.

For our buddy, Chris, AKA “42.”

 

Ring in the holidays with this brand-new CUSTOMIZABLE video from The Grand Slams and our Buddies at Denny’s. Visit jamwiththeslams.com and upload pictures of you and your friends to hang out with all of your favorite anthropomorphic breakfast foods. Or just watch Titanium Rex and the Robot Chicken Nerd duet in the video above and have your own private, creepy Stoopid Buddy Stoodios holiday party! WE’RE HAPPY WITH EITHER ONE!

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You have a lot to live up to when you share a name with Snoopy’s suave and mysterious alter-ego, but our Buddy, Joe Cool, did just that and more. As one of the flagship Production Assistant/Runners in our brand new operations department, Joe helped facilitate the Stoodio’s expansion into our two newest buildings, which meant constantly running between our main production hub and our new buildings and fixing them up with furniture, computers, stages, and basically anything that a workplace needs to be workable! You could always find him running to the rescue with his trademark red cape, and if anyone deserved to be wearing a cape this month, it was Joe. Thanks for all your hard work, Joe!

(Since receiving the Spirit of the Stoodio award, Joe waved goodbye to the Stoodio in oder to pursue a new, Cool life in Seattle. All of his Buddies wish him the best of luck 0n his new adventure!)

(It should also be noted that Joe is drinking iced coffee in the picture above. Joe Cool is drinking a cup of Joe, Cooled. That’s sort of interesting, right?)

There’s extra holiday cheer coming your way with the release of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ brand-new holiday spot for Chex Party Mix. Why is there EXTRA cheer, you ask? Because the spot has also just been nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial! Congratulations to everyone who helped bring this outstanding commercial to life. We could not have asked for a better gift than this prestigious nomination, and we thank everyone for all of their hard work. Now, grab a handful of Muddy Buddies and enjoy the thing, will ya?

The spot was directed by Buddy Systems and Kyle Arneson, with creative direction by PES.

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On the week of Thanksgiving, it’s Stoodio tradition for all of our staff to gather round the kitchen as a family of Buddies and share delicious food in the best of company, and this year will be a hard one to top! Within a half an hour of the festivities starting, most of the food items had been wiped out entirely, including 2 full catering trays of Shalonda’s award-winning mac and cheese.

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In the spirit of the season, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios would like to express that we are thankful for all of the awesome Buddies, in-studio and out, that have contributed to the huge list of incredible projects that we’ve been blessed with this year. From SuperMansion to Robot Chicken to Bratz to Goldfish to The Madden 16 to Chex to Denny’s to Lego Scooby to Frooti to NFL on Fox to KREO Transformers to Wander Over Yonder to The Night Before to Toy Soldiers: War Chest and ALL THE WAY BACK to those Ford Italia vines, we’ve had the chance to work and collaborate with some truly awesome folks, and we are sincerely thankful for all of their help and for the many friendships we’ve forged.

Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good…eating!

Santa’s little helpers at the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios workshop are excited to share our newest gift with the world! The characters in this all-puppet all-the-time trailer for The Night Before were created right here in our merry Stoodio exclusively for Adult Swim. Our brilliant Buddy Builds department made the bodies while the heads were sculpted and 3D-printed by the Digital Design department. Directed by the amazing Cat Solen, the trailer is above, so check it out! Get a good look at those beautiful puppets before they start vomiting all over themselves!

If you were ever curious about how Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was able to bring Bratz dolls to life in our animated shorts, BE CURIOUS NO MORE! Our awesome buddies at MGA Entertainment filmed a very insightful and fashionable “How It’s Made” video right here at our Stoodio. The video features exclusive interviews with series director Musa Brooker as well as all-star animators Melissa Shepherd, Brandon Lake, and Adina Cohen. So take a peek behind the curtain and give it a watch!

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In case you missed it, the Robot Chicken 10th anniversary art show at iam8bit occurred right here in Los Angeles, and the gallery on opening night was alive with color and fun! Stoopid Buddy Stoodios teamed up with our buddies at Nerd Machine to auction and sell Robot Chicken art pieces in order to raise money for Operation Smile, a charity that provides facial surgeries to children in need.

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The art show featured dozens of amazing and hilarious art pieces made by our extraordinarily talented Stoopid Buddy crew as well as some of our very generous buddies from Lucasfilm, Nerd Machine, and more. As soon as the doors to the gallery opened, the pieces were selling like something ten times tastier than “hot cakes,” and by the end of the night, we’d raised enough money for 34 smiles via Operation Smile!

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Did you miss the event and are you now feeling left out? WELL DON’T! We’ve got tons of photos from the show in the gallery below, and you can browse them and talk to yourself and pretend that you’re actually there. For those that DID make it to the event, thank you so much for supporting Operation Smile in such a fun, cool way and we look forward to seeing you at the next big thing!

 

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This year the Robot Chicken crew embarked on its first outing into the local and historic Prime Time Softball League. Founded in 1989, the PTSL is a recreational softball league whose teams consist of cast and crew members from different locally produced television shows. In their premiere season, the Robot Chicken team roster was a fierce one, and from animation to camera to post-production to puppet fabrication, EVERY department in The Stoodio was represented on the field.

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After their first few outings, the Robot Chicken team quickly gained a reputation among the league. “We’ve been told we’re the most fun team to play against,” says Allie Mills, captain of the team and awesome assistant editor for Robot Chicken, SuperMansion, and other projects. Allie organized the team after playing in the PTSL last season while working on the show Bones, “I play year-round so I was looking for another way to get a game going because I thought it’d be fun. I put out some feelers and people were interested, so we signed up.”

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The fun and games on the field, though, are not all fun and games. “The Robot Chicken team may potentially hold the league record for injuries this season,” says David Croomes, another one of the Stoodio’s stellar assistant editors and co-captain of the team. A black eye, a line drive ball to the shin, a pulled hamstring, and a scarred arm were just the tip of the iceberg of injuries sustained by this team in the past 10 weeks. But perhaps no injury was greater than the blow to the entire team’s pride when a 7-year-old playing for the Audience Network drama, Kingdom, batted in a run against a team full of able-bodied, competent adults. “Yeah, that was fun,” says Allie.

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The Stoodio is thrilled to be represented in the PTSL by such an awesome team of Buddies, and here’s to a fantastically fun season! Slide into the gallery below to see more of the team in action.

 

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Last night, Disney XD’s hilarious hit show Wander Over Yonder featured a 4th wall-busting foray into a live-action, 90’s-style cartoon commercial, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios was there to help! The full, minute-long commercial for Lord Hater’s H.A.T.E.R.V. (Hater’s Amazing Totally Excellent Rampage Vehicle) was filmed right here at our Lodge facility, and the props and puppets, including the toy itself, were 3-D printed and fabricated by our state-of-the-art digital design department and our incredible puppet department.

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On his tumblr page, Wander Over Yonder creator, Craig McCracken, had this to say:

We got to do a lot of amazingly stupid fun things this season but getting to work with STOOPID BUDDIES on the H.A.T.E.R.V commercial was one of the most stupid!! I love that so much study, care, and effort was put into something so wonderfully dumb.

Thanks to everyone involved in this project, especially Ethan, Dave, Alex, Janet, Ben, Keith, Frank, and Zabrina.

And thank YOU, Craig, for collaborating with us on such an awesomely wacky project! Keep an eye on the Stoopid Buddy Stoodios blog for a link to the action-packed commercial in an upcoming post.

 

Nature is a force to be reckoned with in this awesome new KREO Transformers spot that was assembled and animated right here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. ROLL OUT and watch the hi-jinx unfold in the video above.

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is THRILLED to once again collaborate with PES and our Buddies at McCANN and Reset to bring you another awesomely imaginative spot for Chex. In our last Chex spot, we beat the Summer heat with Honey Sriracha Chex Party Mix, but this time we’re tackling turkeys with a Pumpkin Spice Chex Party Mix for the Fall. Hunker down with your family and heat up some leftovers while you watch some awesome animation in the video above!

The frosty follow-up to “Goldfish In The Car,” (our 1st collaboration with Pepperidge Farm, Y&M, and Radical Media) “Goldfish On A Snow Day” is the gorgeous tale of a family of Goldfish and how they entertain themselves on a white, wintery day.

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Our buddies worked so hard to bring this winter wonderland to life and we couldn’t be prouder of the result. Give yourself an early Christmas present and watch the video above, and keep an eye out for these merry fishies in televised commercials this holiday season. Check out the gallery below to see your Buddies hard at work letting it snow on the Goldfish animation stages.

The Stoodio just held it’s 4th annual BLOODY ROUND-UP! It was a Halloween spectacular that featured tombs and tombs of frighteningly good food, fun, and bloody impressive costumes. The costume contest was conquered by the puppet department’s own Leah Olbrich, whose SuperMansion-themed Blazar costume had people rolling in their graves!

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Congratulations, Leah, on your stellar win! Other highlights included: the entire post production department dressed as dead pixels, some movie-quality Ghostbusters, a Colonial Marine getting mauled by face-huggers, and many more. Check out the gallery below to see more of the fine costume craftsmanship exhibited by your freaky friends at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

 

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All of the Buddies have been hard at work prepping for this Halloween season, but none more so than Ben Bayouth and his build team. Ben is the creative director of our Buddy Builds department, who recently endeavored to create some amazing Star Wars-themed Halloween costumes for Cleo and the Cletones, the house band for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Ben and his team, Jake Corrick, George Troester, and Kay Reghabi put together the spookily accurate costumes to fit real, full-sized people INSIDE of them! And you thought making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs was impressive! All told, the team constructed a full-sized Hand Solo frozen in carbonite, an R2D2 costume that can house a saxophone player, a Max Rebo costume for the keyboard player, and a cantina band face mask.

Come showtime, the Buddy Builds team could not have been more excited. Ben reported back that, “The show was great!” and that “the costumes were showcased the entire time and added a great bit of hilarity and flair. Harrison Ford even took a photo next to the Han Solo costume!” The Stoodio is incredibly proud of the Buddy Builds team for putting together such epic costumes and for making that late night band look as cool as the ice planet Hoth. Check out the gallery below for more behind-the-scenes photos of their outstanding work, and check out this article from deadline.com to see photos of the builds on-set!

 

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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ own director of digital design, Tommy Keiser, was recently invited to the Hong Kong Productivity Council’s 3D Printing Symposium to speak about the Stoodio’s integration of animation production and 3D printing technologies. Tommy was in good company, speaking alongside other titans of 3D printing from all over the world. Speakers ranged from Japan’s Dr. Sanshiro Kanazawa, who uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to print human bone for medical procedures, to the United Kingdom’s Christina Zheng, who’s company 3D prints delicious chocolates in ANY SHAPE YOU CAN IMAGINE! Imagine eating a chocolate shaped like a top hat or something! Or…you know…surviving a horrible medical condition because of life-saving bone printing technology, or whatever.

 

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Tommy, of course, was there to talk about the iterative design process during animation production. He brought along the very high-tech Blue Menace puppet from episode 1 of SuperMansion to show off how 3D printing has affected puppet fabrication and the different techniques that the studio uses to seamlessly integrate 3D printed parts and replacements into the production of cutting-edge stop-motion animation. We’re all proud of Tommy for advancing the 3D printing integration at the Stoodio to its full potential and we are thankful to the Hong Kong Productivity Council for including us in this awesome summit!

 

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Was anybody ready for some FOOTBALL ON SUNDAY?! Because if you were, you might’ve caught a glimpse of your Buddies at work in a stop-motion spot for the NFL on Fox. If you missed it, no problem! Watch it here:

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Well, there you have it.  Inspiration can come from anywhere, kids.

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Here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, we encourage our buddies to carve out their own space by personalizing their work stations.  Well, uh, we didn’t quite have this in mind when Robot Chicken writer Deirdre Devlin claimed the women’s restroom as her own but…we’ll just go with it!

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A John Cena action figure the size of a five-year-old child.  He’s our muscle and our muse.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 11.03.56 AMCat is out of the bag!  We’re excited to announce Hot Streets and OMG! Earth!  Check out the press release via The Hollywood Reporter.

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FBI Agent Mark Branski and his partner David French investigate supernatural phenomena such as alien invasions and monster infestations with the help of his niece and her cowardly dog, Chubbie Webbers. Created by Brian Wysol, Robot Chicken‘s Seth Green, Matt Senreich, John Harvatine IV, and Eric Towner. Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and Wysol exec produce the project from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

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A quarter-hour stop-motion animated comedy centered on plastic action figures going on adventures against the backdrop of all the classic adventure environments like the Old West, the deep blue sea and space. Created by John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner, Ashley Arechiga, and Bradley Schaffer, and exec produced by Harvatine, Towner, Seth Green and Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken). Arechiga and Schaffer also co-exec produce the project, produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

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Hoorah!  Our little soldiers finished some scripts early, which means Matt and Seth treated them to their favorite ice cream cake.  Yum!

Robot Chicken Season 8: unofficially sponsored by Cheetos.

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Nobody is safe.  Not even Taylor Swift.

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In case you missed New York Comic Con on Thursday, animators from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios have decided they want to teach YOU the ins and outs of stop motion animation!  That’s right — we’re offering a TWO HOUR instructional video in partnership with Vimeo, now available for pre-order!  Check out the trailer below and read more at Mashable!

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Meet our newest Buddy!

Found just outside our studio doors, this little guy was an instant superstar with staff members.

Besides coming out of his shell in the morning for a nibble on his favorite snack, store bought lettuce, he sleeps most of the day away.  His sassy attitude and noncooperation may prove to be a challenge during filming, but we have faith that our new buddy won’t let us down!

Our little friend will be featured in one of our upcoming projects so be sure to keep an eye out!

The struggle is real in the writer’s room today.   No amount of Sun Chips or string cheese can save these poor souls.  See below…

 

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On November 18th, all of the Robot Chicken Christmas Specials will be available on one DVD!  Just in time for the holidays, this will surely be a great stocking stuffer for grandma.

Here’s the official release:

Adult Swim’s Emmy Award-winning stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken returns on DVD this holiday season with Robot Chicken Christmas Specials! This DVD release features six Christmas special episodes from Robot Chickens hilariously outrageous 6 seasons, plus comes loaded with holiday themed bonus content like deleted scenes, deleted animatics, commentary, and more! This [adult swim] holiday release is available at a great value, and will be an instant holiday classic for fans and collectors.


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If you watched the Robot Chicken season finale this past Sunday, then you definitely witnessed the birth of #RoboHobo.  The mysterious, half man/half robot hobo has been the subject of much controversy since the premiere.  Who is #RoboHobo?  Where does he come from?  Can he take off his cyborg helmet?  What’s underneath?  Is his garb made from burlap or leather?  It all remains to be seen — but we can tell you that he’s been keeping a watchful eye on the Stoopid Buddy parking lot since the premiere.  Buddies, be warned!

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Robot Chicken was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, and Seth Green for RCDC2 in the category of Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.  We were delighted to see our long-time Buddy, Cameron Baity, take home the golden statue for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on RCDC2’s “Be Set Free” musical sketch.


Watch Cameron talk about his Emmy here!

It’s here! The much anticipated expansion of the Robot Chicken opening credits mythology! Find out what happens in the BREATHTAKING finale this Sunday at 11:30PM on Adult Swim! BUT FIRST! Here’s a sneak peak…

If you’ve been to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios then you know that we decorate our halls and staircases with epic, death defying hot wheels tracks, such as this one:


 

 

If you were at Comic Con and you got a hug from our buddy Stoop-Bot then you know exactly how it feels to be cheek to cheek with this good lookin’ grill.  Come check out this video and watch Stoop-Bot in action!

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You feel that?  It’s the post-Comic Con blues.  After a great weekend of panels, discussions, cosplay and life span reducing diets, SDCC14 has officially come to a close.  If you’re feeling the same way we are, this recap will surely pick you back up!

Stoopid Buddy kicked off Comic Con in a big way with the Nerd HQ panel, featuring all of your buddies plus Team Unicorn and legendary voice actor Alan Tudyk.  This was the first crowd to feast their eyes on a trailer for our upcoming Team Unicorn pilot and a teaser for the expansion of our Robot Chicken opening credits mythology.  It was a packed house and we gotta say Nerd Machine is certainly the best place to be at The Con.

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Speaking of Nerd Machine, did you get a chance to check out our animation stage?!  Robot Chicken animator Dillon Markey gave daily animation tutorials featuring a ton of iconic characters such as Ripley from Alien.

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Seth took part in moderating NASA’s Giant Leap panel in honor of the 45th anniversary moon landing.  The panel included the legendary real life superhero Buzz Aldrin, NASA’s director of planetary science Dr. Jim Green, astronaut Mike Fincke and JPL engineer Bobak Ferdowsi.  The inspirational discussion focused on plans for future space exploration and turned out to be a true gem of the Con. 

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Following the Nerd HQ panel, Robot Chicken cohorts Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Tom Root, Breckin Meyer,  Zeb Wells and moderator Keith Crofford took the Indigo Ballroom by storm and delivered another crowd pleasing look into the process of making Robot Chicken.  Nobody was spared in this one, not even Stevie Wonder.  Featuring the Bitch Pudding Special in its entirety, a sneak peak at the RC7 finale, and a trailer for Team Unicorn, this panel was packed with tons of exclusive silliness.

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And of course Stoop-Bot stopped by to greet Robot Chicken fans and the Stoopid Buddy crew!

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Later, at the Family Guy panel, Seth joined  fellow voice actor Mike Henry, as well as executive producers Rich AppelSteve CallaghanDanny Smith and co-executive producer Peter Shin to reveal a special five minute sneak peak at the Family Guy/Simpsons crossover episode titled “The Simpsons Guy.”

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Last but not least, Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root and Zeb Wells took to the Con floor for the Robot Chicken signing.  All was business as usual until Stoop-Bot showed up to greet the Robot Chicken fans waiting in line.  Many robot hugs and selfies took place, naturally.

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If you were able to stop by WWE, then you probably spotted original sets and characters from WWE Slam City!

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Don’t forget that if you got yourself a fold-up Bago, post it with #bemybuddy

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And that’s that!  Catch your Buddies and Stoop-Bot at The Con next year!

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Happy Comic Con from all of your Buddies!  We hope you packed comfortable shoes and an awesome costume because it’s shaping up to be yet another year of SDCC craaaaziness!  Here are all the deets:

PANELS

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Friday at 11:00am: Nerd HQ Panel @ Petco Park

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Friday at 3:15pm: Robot Chicken Panel @ Indigo Ballroom (Hilton Bayfront)

Saturday at 2:30pm: Robot Chicken signing at Adult Swim booth #3721

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NERD HQ ANIMATION STATION

Stop by our Animation Station at Nerd HQ to check out live Stop-Motion Animation!

Animation Hours: 12:00 noon- 6pm, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

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Pick up your Fold up Winnebago and share your road trip with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Friendster, Myspace, LiveJournal, Tinder, Grinder…whatever ya got!

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Keep an eye out for the Stoop Bot from Buddy Builds, making appearances at Nerd HQ, the Robot Chicken Panel and signing!  He’ll totally give you a hug!  Maybe even a little more…Heck!  It’s Comic Con!  Anything goes!

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Stalk us on all social media as we make our way to panels, signings and all other kinds of madness!

Twitter – @StoopidBuddy

Vine – @StoopidBuddyStoodios

Instagram – @StoopidBuddyStoodios

Matt Senreich – @WizMatts

Seth Green – @SethGreen

John Harvatine IV – @MajikMan89

Eric Towner – @TownerTime

Tom Root – @CyborgTurkey

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A girl gets more than she bargained for when she discovers her new school fields a dodgeball team, coached by the world’s last living samurai. Created by Dan Reeves and James Jefferies.



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We are SUPER excited to introduce all of you to our company mascot at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  While we can’t give the full reveal right now, you can follow Stoop-Bot creator Ben Bayouth on Instagram.  Follow him HERE, share with friends, and track his progress!

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Created by Robot Chicken VFX Director Cam Leeburg, Megarich tells the story of Rich, an average Japanese teenager who just wants to meet a girl and get lucky.  When a radioactive monster attacks his village Rich must decide between getting his rocks off or saving the planet!   Warning guys, this one is TV-MA!


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We want to send a HUGE congratulations to our entire Stoopid Buddy team for all of your hard work and dedication. Our “Born Again Virgin Christmas Special” was nominated for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program, and Seth Green for RCDC2 in the category of Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.  It is truly an honor to share this achievement with our crew and fellow nominees.  Thank you all for the continued support and we hope to keep bringing you silliness with Robot Chicken and beyond.

And now, we’d like to leave you with some educational safety material regarding Santa’s workshop:



 

It’s the wild west out here.  With each work station practically equipped with a nerf gun, you never know when your number will be called.


 

It happens to all of us at some point.  Even in the Fun Zone.


 

 

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Why don’t you take a break from roasting weenies and watching Independence Day – come check out FIST MAN: STRONGEST OF THE SLAB BODIED SLAB LORDS, created by Pete Levin and David F. Park! In an interdimensional fantasy world, heroes and villains alike must deal with everyday annoyances (and these annoyances are echoed through “found-footage” 1980’s toy commercials featuring these characters and situations).  Warning, this one is TVMA!


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I don’t know about you, guys – but we’re still feeling pretty stoked about the success of the 2014 Buddy Jamboree.  As mentioned in the recap post, a handful of people won specialized awards in a variety of categories, such as: Cutest Ever, to Most Intimidating, and Sh*ttiest F*cking Car.  Here’s a little behind the scenes of Robot Chicken animator Ashley Arechiga creating the custom awards!  Maybe you can take one home next year!


 

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Happy Friday!  Today we’re happy and excited to introduce ALFRED CHINCHILLAMAN!  Created by Trisha Gum and Dillon Markey, it follows a young girl’s adorable but lonely house pet with a sadistic streak, a drug addiction, and a dysfunctional relationship with a stuffed toy monkey.  Warning, this one is TV-MA!


Wil Wheaton dropped by our stoodio for a tour with Seth. It’s been featured on his awesome new Syfy show. Check it out below!

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Are you bored of selfies and photos of other people’s food?  Well then saddle up and follow Stoopid Buddy Stoodios on Instagram!  We’ll be sharing a ton of cool daily tidbits about our stoodio and the buddies who inhabit it.  Follow us HERE!

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Created by our very own Director of Character Fabrication, Tennessee Reid Norton, San Francisco 411 is an adult themed homage to the educational puppet shows of the 1970’s.  Each episode is hosted by a threesome of puppet guides that expose unique sections of the “City by the Bay.”  Come watch Emperor Norton, Lazarus, and Bummer tell all about the width and breadth of the most phallic member of the skyline.  Warning, this one is TV-MA!


 

Come follow us on Vine!  Revine, repost, show your friends, family, and watch them over and over every night before you sleep. Find them HERE!

Check out a few selects:

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Happy Friday!  Come check out “Hockey Horse”, created by Kevin Donelan!  Deep in the ass-cold norther-burnt American rustbelt, a forgotten NHL superstar hides in secrecy, trying hard to forget his past.  But Minnesota is a lawless, scary land and in desperate need of a hero.  Is Hockey Horse this metaphorical ray of light, or will his demons get in the way?  Watch and find out!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.


 

 

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Matthew Senreich (Robot Chicken), John Harvatine IV (Robot Chicken), Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken), Mark Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Daniel Weirdenfeld (China, IL), Chris Kelly (Your Pretty Face), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Alyson Levy (The Heart, She Hollers), and Walter Newman (Adult Swim Programming) were all part of a panel moderated by Keith Crofford over the weekend.  The Adult Swim Family was brought together to answer the age-old question, “What Is An Adult Swim?”  It was a great time and we were glad to be part of the ATX Festival tradition with all of our Adult Swim buddies.  Check out the gallery from the panel below!

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This post is a double whammy! Not only did Tennessee hand off the Spirit of the Stoodio Award to the incomparable Robot Chicken animator Dillon Markey, but Dillon also captured the final frame for Robot Chicken season 7! All of our buddies gathered around his stage, surprising him with cupcakes and the Spirit of the Stoodio award. It’s been an awesome season and shooting it couldn’t have wrapped in a better way!

And now we’d like to let Dillion’s beautiful speech sum up the entire experience…

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We’re proud to introduce a new short from our very own Power Glove-wearing Robot Chicken animator, Dillon Markey!  It’s called What The Cluck and it follows a raw chicken who just wants to get fried, and if it doesn’t then it’s the END OF THE CLUCKING WORLD!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.


 

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If you’re a fan of Robot Chicken’s Baby Skeletor, then you’re in luck!  Mattel and MattyCollector.com are letting subscribers take home Baby Skeletor on 6/12/14.  The general public can buy him on 6/16/14.  Check out the promo below featuring Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Zeb Wells, Dan Milano and Scott Neitlich.


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We pimped our lobby this morning with some fresh new coloring books and a box of crisp crayons.  We have vintage coloring books from classic properties like Jurassic Park, The Rocketeer, The Hulk, Masters of the Universe, Star Wars and much more.  Next time you’re hanging out in the lobby go ahead and color yourself a Dr. Grant or a tauntaun!

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Today we’re proud to unleash MOONBASE SIDEKICK, created by Robot Chicken associate producer Ethan Marak!  During the final Apollo lunar missions of the early 1970’s, a top-secret  American base was constructed on the dark side of the moon. Two astronauts are stationed there – Lunar Spies keeping tabs on the enemies of Democracy from 238,000 miles away.  After eight months of isolation, screws begin to come loose…  Warning, this one is TV-MA.

 

 

 

 

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Production on this home-grown passion project is currently underway, as highlighted today’s Deadline article!  This crazy play on Saturday morning-style cartoon/live action hybrid shows will feature voices from Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Tara Strong, Kevin Shinick and more! Check out the article HERE!

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From creators Nathan Shepherd and Melissa Goodwin Shepherd comes SUPER GENIUS EVIL DINOSAUR!  Which follows a time-traveling dinosaur who gets stranded in 1980’s suburbia and is forced to live with an unsuspecting family until he can fix his broken machine. It’s a ROARING good time!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.

 

The wait is over.  For those of you who worked on RCDC2, you’re about to attend Sexx Luthor’s Wang Etquette Tour in style!  Okay…so there isn’t a Wang Etiquette tour, but there definitely should be and we’ve made a case for it with these exclusive crew shirts!  And we’ve definitely been having some fun with them around the stoodio.

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We’ve been following Sexxy Lexy around like a pack of groupies.

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Celebrating our shirts in the photobooth.

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Lining up to have him sign them.

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And taking selfies with them!  It’s all the rage!

They come in baby blue for the boys, and neon yellow for the girls

So there you have it.  I know their exclusivity probably makes non-crew members rue the day they were born, but there is a silver lining!  We may have some left over, which means there’s a possibility of seeing some of these at a little event called Comic Con…

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Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert and Justin Michael, the co-creators of Friendship All Stars, bring you Manpire!  He’s a man.  He’s a vampire.  He’s a MANPIRE!  The most testosterone-fueled bloodsucker around!  Riding atop his undead grizzly steed (Bearpire), he’s an ex-lumberjack with a thirst for blood, hunger for flapjacks, and hatred of alimony payments.  Warning, this one is TV-MA.

Check it out!


 

We’ve been shooting the behind the scenes featurettes for the upcoming RCDC2: Villains In Paradise DVD and we have a segment called “The Ones That Got Away”, where the writers will discuss all of their DC sketches that got cut and abandoned forever. Jeez, what a therapy session this turned into. We’ll touch on a variety of topics, such as:


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Hugh Davidson’s bafflement and resentment directed toward all things DC related and literally everything that made it into the actual show.

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Kevin Shinick sweetly and diplomatically saying that the writers room isn’t the authority on funny – but with a hint of murderous aggression behind his eyes.

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Zeb Wells’ experience with writing on the DC Special being comparable to “The Diving Bell And the Butterfly.” (For those of you who are not familiar, it is the story of a man paralyzed throughout his entire body with the exception of his left eye).

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The deep ocean of numbness Tom Root feels after serving seven seasons and six specials as co-head writer.

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And of course, Mike Fasolo questioning his desire to wake up in the morning.

You know, real family entertainment.  Stay tuned!

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Happy Friday!  Today we have another short titled “8-Bitch”, created by Jason Oshman.  It tells the story of two friends who have been sucked into their favorite video game.  What ensues is an epic battle of strength, magic, boobs… and farts.  Enjoy!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.

 


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Congratulations to Tennessee “Big Kahuna” Reid Norton for winning this month’s Spirit Of The Stoodio Award! Tennessee is the Director of Character Fabrication here at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and he’s a longtime collaborator and friend of Robot Chicken.  With more project patches than anyone else in the stoodio and the ability to lead our ukulele orchestra with grace and tonal perfection, Tennessee’s presence at the Stoodio is invaluable.  Congratulations, buddy!

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It’s Friday, so you know what that means – a new short film brought to you by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios and Adult Swim!  Come check out Pillow Fight, which follows a Mech Academy where the robots are giant stuffed animals and personal drama unfolds as the students learn to pilot their mechs.  Created by the incomparable John Sumner!  Warning: this short is TV-MA! 


 

We know what you’re thinking when we say “post-production department.” You’re thinking about an ultra quiet room full of techies hovering around computers, painstakingly obsessing over every microscopic detail of every frame.  Well, part of that is definitely true!  However what a lot of people don’t know is that our post-production department has also become widely known as “The Fun Zone.”

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It’s a place where besties take photobooth pictures and hang them outside their desk.

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And where life-long Bubble Hockey competitions take flight!

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Remember this Lethal Weapon parody made for Buddy Round Up?  Yep, that’s The Fun Zone.

How about this nerf gun wielding assistant editor?  Oh yeah, definitely The Fun Zone.

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To keep up with the ongoing Fun Zone shenanigans, follow our YouTube channel HERE!

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Happy Friday!  Today we will premiere another short.  This one is called “Justin The Ginger Lifeguard”, created by Robot Chicken animator Scott DaRos. It tells the story of a shallow young man named Justin who quickly learns that being a lifeguard isn’t as cool as it seems on TV…especially for a ginger.  Check it out below!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.


Robot Chicken co-creator Matthew Senreich, Executive Producer Eric Towner, writer/director Zeb Wells and head writer Doug Goldstein took the stage Monday evening to discuss the cult classic, Big Trouble In Little China.  The auditorium was packed with fans of Robot Chicken and Big Trouble, so thank you to everyone who came out!  If you didn’t get a chance to make it, you definitely missed out on some good conversation topics such as a unique take on Kurt Russell’s predatory character in the film Overboard and George Lucas’ unexpected sense of humor.  But don’t worry!  If you’re feeling a little regretful for not grabbing tickets, we’ve created this slideshow just for you!

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This week’s short is titled Father Blast Beats, created by Ari Grabb.  The premise is simple: A priest walks into a bar, and kills every heathen in sight.  According to Ari, “this cartoon is for all the head banging, violence loving heathens of the world.”  Brace yourself and watch below!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.


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We get to work with a ton of astounding talent on a daily basis at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, but working with the Academy Award nominated director PES definitely got us REALLY excited!  Come check out his latest commercial, shot on our very own stages in collaboration with a ton of your Buddies!

Check it out below!

Also be sure to check out these awesome behind the scenes photos:

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We’re proud to announce that this month we will be premiering a series of fifteen shorts created by the artists of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios for Adult Swim.  To keep up with these shorts as they premiere through Summer, go HERE!

The first short is titled Beach Bros, created by Tom Smith, which follows  a dolphin helping a jellyfish pick up human babes at the beach.  “I tried to include something for everyone – animal lovers, beach bums, and urine fetishists”, Smith said when asked to offer a teaser.  Check it out below!  Warning, this one is TV-MA.

 

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We’d like to give a very special shout out to an extraordinary animator & Buddy, Melissa Goodwin Shepherd, for winning this month’s Spirit of the Stoodio award.  Not only is Melissa an awesome long-time friend of the Stoodio, but she’s been animating on Robot Chicken since SEASON ONE, including ALL THREE Star Wars specials!  Melissa has been here since the beginning and we’re so glad she’s still bringing her magic to our animation stages. We also can’t forget that she’s the one who pioneered the #puppetmouth craze!

Congratulations, Melissa!

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With the recent premiere of the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains In Paradise, we figured a great way to bring in the next installment would be to throw an art show in its honor for charity!  79 unique pieces were contributed to the art show, all of them created originally for the soul purpose of celebrating the shared universe of Robot Chicken and DC Comics.

We want to give a special thanks to the Turning Point charity program and the iAm8Bit gallery for partnering up with us!

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, check out the photos below and these awesome gifs!

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Come join us for a screening of the fantastically bizarre John Carpenter cult classic, Big Trouble In Little China.  The screening will then be followed by a discussion with Robot Chicken creator Matthew Senreich, Executive Producers Eric Towner & John Harvatine IV, and director Zeb Wells.

Where: The Arclight Hollywood (6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028)

When: Monday, April 21st at 7:30PM.

Parking: Structure is located off of Sunset & Ivar.  The Arclight will validate.

We know you were born ready.  Buy tickets HERE!

 

 

Have you seen our in-house photobooth — or should I say our tardis?

With Robot Chicken racking up more celebrity appearances than Saturday Night Live, it’s safe to say that more than a few entertainment legends have visited our record booth.  Now that we’ve installed the photobooth, we’ve found a pretty fun way to let these special guests leave their mark on Stoopid Buddy Stoodios!  You may have to look closely…

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..to find people like Sebastian Bach from Skid Row!

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Tim Roth!

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Val Kilmer!

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Or maybe even Calista Flockhart & long-time Robot Chicken friend Sarah Michelle Gellar!

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That’s right — George R.R. Martin in the house!

We hope you can make it by the Stoodio sometime — maybe you can get your mug added to the tree of faces!

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The Robot Chicken DC Comics are now available in a comic book store near you!  See all of your favorite DC characters hanging out with your Robot Chicken friends in fifteen variant covers.  Zeb Wells got his hands on some, so should you!

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Come get artsy at the Robot Chicken DC Comics Art show happening one night only on March 28th, 7PM-11PM at iAm8bit!  It’ll be a great time with plenty to look at and take home.  And the best part?  It’s all for charity!  See flyer for details and we’ll see ya there!

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What can be said about Zeb Wells?  He not only writes on Robot Chicken, but he is also directing his second consecutive season.  He’s well known for delivering inspirational speeches at the beginning of every day to get the animators fired up.  He has iconic, glorious ginger locks that sway to-and-fro as he leaps from stage to stage with grace and nobility.  He’s loved by many, and he has a blanket with his own face on it.  He’s a giant contributor to not only the continuing spirit of Robot Chicken, but to the Stoodio as a whole!  This man bleeds Buddy Blue and we’re happy to announce that he is January’s recipient of the Spirit of the Stoodio Award!

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“Dan the Man” is one of the many terms of endearment used to describe Dan Reeves, our lovable assistant editor and valued Buddy.  Since starting at the Stoodio as a PA, Dan has come up the ranks in the editorial department and has always shown consistent, hard work the whole way through.   Well, today it has all paid off because Dan is this month’s recipient of the Spirit of the Stoodio Award!  Resting the coveted award in his strong, manly arms made the most sense for all of his dedication, consistent ability to light up the halls with that handsome smile, and all of those awesome Buddy Round-Up intro videos!  What an auteur!  Congratulations, Dan Reeves!

It’s that time of year.  Mistletoe is being hung, halls are getting decked, chestnuts are roasting on an open fire — and of course, all of our Buddies have gathered together for our yearly Winter Ball.  There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than to put on your best and join around our campground turned Winter Wonderland for drinks, food, slow-dancing & and a little karaoke.

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The party was kicked off with a soulful concert by the Stoopid Uke Troop  paired with a simultaneous  dance-off, just to pre-heat the oven a little bit.

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Then Santa crashed the party, delivering some very special gifts & Holiday cheer to our Buddies.

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But when karaoke started, whoa – that’s when the roof lit on fire!

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Just like your winter formal in school, a king and queen were named!  Or in this case, TWO kings were named due to a tie!

And of course, our Winter Ball would not be complete without the signature photo booth – check out the shenanigans below.

Thank you to everyone who came out – we had a total blast!  From all of us at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios – Happy Holidays and here’s to another great year!

 

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Congratulations to Shalonda Ware, our November recipient of the Spirit of the Stoodio Award! Not only does she help keep the spine of this studio in place by crunching the numbers in accounting, but she is an all-around incredible Buddy who is always making positive contributions to the Stoodio. Not only did she spearhead our entire Thanksgiving Potluck and arranged it beautifully, but she’s also responsible for this year’s food & toy drive – how can we not honor that?!

“Thou shalt be a good Buddy” is one of the pillars within our Buddy Code and there’s no better way to exemplify this than for everyone to collectively put their generous efforts into creating our delicious, yearly Thanksgiving potluck!  For the last week, everyone has worked tremendously hard on creating the perfect dish to share with their fellow Buddies, culminating in an epic feast that took place just outside the stoodio this afternoon.  Ham!  Turkey!  Sausage stuffing!  Tofurky!  Macaroni & Cheese!  Turkey shaped chocolate treats!  You name it, we brought it!
Here’s to another successful Thanksgiving potluck!  We’d like to say thank you to all of our fellow Buddies for giving us yet another thing to be thankful for!

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in animation is the tight knit community and the long-lasting creative relationships that make it all worthwhile.  When thinking about all of the friendships we’ve created throughout the years, we can’t help but immediately think of MAD.  Since our creative partnership with them began in 2010, we’ve produced many specials throughout their long run on Cartoon Network.  The beginnings of our relationship feel just like yesterday, and we can’t believe their 100th episode airs TONIGHT!

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Why are we so excited to work with MAD?  Let me tell you:  What began as a humor magazine founded in 1952 has transformed into one of the most widely influential and imitated pieces of satirical media in the history of magazine entertainment.  Since its rise to popularity, MAD has successfully grown with the times as they have branched off into the realm television, all while maintaining the original sensibilities and spirit of the print magazine – which is a tremendous feat!  We’ve gotta say that after watching MAD create 100 episodes of animation and having been involved with it from day one, we’re so humbly proud of being part of MAD’s deep history and tremendous imprint on our culture.  Congratulations to Kevin Shinick, Mark Marek, Peter Girardi, Hugh Davidson, Lisa Jones, Colin Lewis and all of our friends at MAD!  Thank you for all the fun and we look forward to creating more awesome content with you all in the future!

Below you can check out a few works that have been created during our partnership with MAD, such as Frankenwinnie and Spy Vs. Spy!  

 

 

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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios has been honored by The World Animation and VFX Summit with their Breakout Studio Award!  Matt Senreich, John Harvatine and Eric Towner were there to accept the award on behalf of the stoodio and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a revered animation publication and we can’t wait to put this on display for all of our fellow buddies to see.   Check out the coverage below over at Animation Magazine.

Weren’t in New York for New York Comic Con?  No worries – we’ve got you covered.  Come check out the Robot Chicken panel featuring Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Clare Grant and Macaulay Culkin!  There are sneak previews and plenty more surprises in the video coverage found HERE!

 

At the World Animation & VFX Summit taking place November 3rd-4th at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, all four stoodio owners will be honored with the Breakout Studio Award!  This is truly a dream and we’re so proud to be recognized alongside so many talented individuals within the field.  Hopefully we’ll see you guys there!
For more info, check out articles over at Animation Magazine and Variety.

The Spirit of the Stoodito trophy is our Stanley Cup of awards.  Each month it is passed on to one of our buddies – but not just any buddy.  This particular buddy goes above and beyond the call of duty to make our stoodio an even better place.  These buddies bleed buddy blue and cry tears of joy each time they walk into work.  For all of their hard work, they will receive a hand crafted award that has been lovingly constructed by our very own John Sumner, who has infused the wood with blood, sweat, tears, love, and angel wings.  Glorious, majestic angel wings.

Congratulations to our first two recipients – Brittany Herrera &  Ethan Marak!

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How do we celebrate another successful week of animation-ing at Stoopid Buddy?  Well, by filling our halls with the smell of cracklin’ bacon and searing flapjacks of course!  That’s right – Flapjack Friday is here again, the time when buddies can gather together to celebrate hard work by literally sinking their entire breakfast plates in hot maple syrup and shoveling homemade goodness into their mouths without an ounce of guilt.  The above photo really says it all.

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Your buddies Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner participated in a Reddit AMA and it resulted in a pretty great turn out!  Sad you missed it?  That’s okay – you can read through all of the Q’s and A’s HERE to get intimate with your pals.  We’ll be back again another day soon!

 

 

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Friendship All-Stars has officially been launched over at L/Studio!   Co-created by Harry Chaskin, Dan Lippert and Justin Michael, Friendship All-Stars chronicles the mundane and offbeat adventures of pretend celebrity neighbors living together in a giant apartment building.  Tune in every two weeks to see what’s going on in the star studded building.  This week’s episode is titled “Sunglasses” and features none other than real life besties Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro!
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Seeing as we’re gigantic fans of the show, being asked by Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to animate a segment for the Venture Bros was truly an honor.  Putting our own Ray Harryhausen-inspired twist on these now iconic characters was an incredible experience and we think the result is one that you all will enjoy very much!  If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out the episode, look out for it on Adult Swim!

In the meantime, come check out some behind the scene photos!

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Come check out this awesome article posted by our friends at The Walt Disney Family Museum!  It focuses on our very own award winning Animation Director Alex Kamer and his particular approach to the craft.  If you missed his hands-on tutorial at the museum recently, then you definitely won’t want to miss this!

 

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How did you land an internship on Robot Chicken?

M: The same way I’ve landed anything in this life, charm and a pair of glasses that makes me look much smarter than I actually am.

Walk us through your day-to-day here at SBS. 

M: I woke up as I do every day at 7a.m. due to hellish nightmares and an impeccable internal clock. I meditated for an hour and a half, ate a healthy breakfast of soul-searching and eggs, grappled with the struggles of parking in L.A., and was at the stoodio by 9:30. From there, it’s all very hush-hush, but suffice it to say I’m doing the office work of this country’s most brilliant minds.

What have you learned since starting your internship?

M: I’ve had a wonderful peek into the world of stop motion, which has taught me quite a bit about frame rates, friendship, and fart jokes. Also, Microsoft Excel. I’ve learned how to use Microsoft Excel.

If you were suddenly orphaned and you had to choose one of the writers to be your legal guardian, who would you choose and why? 

M: The writers and I very rarely speak. Our relationship is distant. But I’m desperate for their approval. So in a way, they’re all already a lot like my father.

Since you have access to the scripts of season seven as they’re being written, what can you say about the upcoming season without giving ANYTHING away?

M: Without giving anything away, the only thing I can really do is advise THE WORLD that if each and every one of you don’t take the time out of your day to peep this season, then turn those eyes on thine self for some hardy self-reflection, because you made a mistake. Not watching this season would be a BIG mistake. Watch it.

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A few months back we opened up our studio to aspiring animation students and fellow animators to come learn from our very best– Animation Director Alex Kamer! You’ve seen his work on Robot Chicken, Titan Maximum, Dinosaur Office, and much, much more.  For eight weeks, our Stoopid Buddy Stoodents got to learn from Alex and create their own content with hands-on direction from the award-winning Animation Director. The conclusion of the inaugural class was brought to an end with a bang as the stoodents received a warm welcome and Q&A from head buddies John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, in addition to Supervising Producer Janet Dimon and Co-Producer Ethan Marak.  After a dinner catered by the always-delicious Porto’s Bakery, our stoodents were given a certificate of completion and a honorary, specialized Stoopid Buddy patch that firmly makes them graduates within the Stoopid Buddy culture. If you’re interested in attending future classes, drop us a line at getclassy@leagueofbuddies.com.

“The animation class at Stoopid Buddy was amazing! I had done some animation on my own before, but the class helped me take my animation to a whole new level! The class teaches the fundamentals and very quickly moves into developing your character acting through hands-on animation exercises with Robot Chicken puppets. It’s crazy how much you can learn and improve in such a short amount of time, and you could see it in everyone’s animation across the board. Alex is an amazing professor, and gives excellent feedback to help you improve every time you shoot. Overall, the class was an extremely fun and rewarding learning experience! I’m proud to have been among the first class of Stoodent Buddies!” — Jason Oshman, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Graduate.

 

Since its release, Micro Mayhem has become somewhat of a hit on the interweb with 725k views and climbing, plus a ton of coverage from various media outlets such as GizmodoJalopnik, MotionographerTop Gear, Dragonframe, &  Car Buzz.  Not to mention it was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick!  We would like to thank everyone for the kind words and continued support!  We look forward to putting out more nuggets of coolness like Micro Mayhem in the coming months.

 

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Our assistants are the wind beneath our wings here at SBS, so come meet them!  Nick Naveda is the assistant to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-owners and Robot Chicken co-creators Matthew Senreich and Seth Green.  Molly Flick is the assistant to Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-owners and executive producers of Robot Chicken, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner!  Come take a read to see what their day-to-day is like!

How did you end up at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios?

N: Well, I started as a pesky intern back in February of 2012, working in production and becoming very well acquainted with our copy room.  After interning on the DC Comics Special and season six of Robot Chicken, I decided Stoopid Buddy would be a great place to seek employment.  The position to be Matt and Seth’s assistant popped up and I interviewed for it.  After a few weeks of ritualistic hazing, I got the job!  The three of us have been happily in love ever since.

M: An Australian woman named Sofia escaped to England. I took her place as New Sofia. Harv and Towner still don’t notice the difference.

 

What is your day-to-day like assisting the guys? 

N: The main focus of my job is scheduling.  I make sure the guys get from point A to point B without a hitch, among a bazillion other things.  It can be quite hectic at times and I’ve definitely become about 89% more skittish since I started working for them.  And I’ve lost a good fifteen pounds.  JK, they’re the nicest dudes in the world and it’s seriously a dream boat job, even through the hectic times.

M: What Nick said. I’ve also started to grow a beard…to blend in maybe?

 

What’s your favorite part about the job?

N:  I work with a bunch of great artists at a studio that’s constantly fostering unique and hilarious projects — what’s not to like?  Oh, and the Arcade Room is pretty sweet, too.  We have a lone massage chair that sits in the corner just beyond Space Invaders and Street Fighter 2.  I don’t care how creepy I look — I love sitting in that thing.

M: My desk is next to the Arcade Room. I see Nick in there sometimes and it’s pretty creepy.  Also, I LOVE MY JOB!

 

Volcano or Dante’s Peak? 

N: Oh, Dante’s Peak!  Totally!  Pierce Brosnan DRIVES THROUGH LAVA!

M: Volcano because of the one I built in that science fair one time was pretty cool.

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We’re happy to announce that the writers have officially entered the danger zone.  With twenty one  weeks left, our funny men and women are hard at work crafting the seventh season of Robot Chicken.  Everything is being kept close to the chest for now, but we can assure you that it’s business as usual in the writer’s room and no topic is sacred or safe.  Stay tuned for updates from the writer’s room as we move through the shenanigans of this upcoming season.

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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios joins @radical. media‘s roster of talented directors!   @radical.media is home to a slew of critically acclaimed and award winning projects and that span television, features, commercials, music videos, design and technology.  When it comes to inspiring, groundbreaking, and cutting edge media content, Radical Media is certainly at the forefront.  We’re proud to announce that @radical.media will be our new home as we begin this next chapter and continue to carve our distinct path within the media landscape.  Come read about it!

Two projects that have been brewing here on the campgrounds are Ubermansion and Team Unicorn.  From the creative team behind Robot Chicken comes Ubermansion, created by Zeb Wells and Matthew Senreich, and executive produced by Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Eric Towner and Bryan Cranston.  Starring Bryan Cranston, the show is a glimpse into the mundane humanity of six superheroes all living in the same mansion.  Bryan Cranston and superheroes — you heard correctly.

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In additon to Ubermansion, we have Team Unicorn, which you may have seen around the YouTube-sphere. This variety show is being brought to you by creators Clare Grant and Rileah Vanderbilt, in partnership with the team behind Robot Chicken.  It features a modern send-up of Saturday morning kids’ shows led by a team of four sexy, culture-obsessed heroines who present darkly ironic twists on 80’s cartoon tropes.

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Well, there you have it, folks.  With Robot Chicken season 7 underway, these two pilots about to be unleashed upon the world, and a slew of projects on the horizon, our stages are busier than ever and we can’t wait for you all to tune in.  Keep yourself current with our blog to get the latest details about RC7, Ubermansion and Team Unicorn as they roll in.

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We’re proud to announce that we are currently in the process of writing the next installment of the Annie Award winning DC Comics Special.  Come check out the write-up over at Variety

“Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II – Faster than a speeding bullet! Well, maybe not but quality takes time. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, will premiere a sequel to their acclaimed Annie Award-winning Robot Chicken DC Comics Special in 2014. Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II brings you the awesomeness of the DC Comics universe of characters as only Robot Chicken can, with amazing guest stars and the stop-motion sketch comedy you’ve come to love after six seasons of the popular Adult Swim series. Executive producers for the second Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Stoopid Monkey’s Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner.”

Your buddies made it out to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco for the closing weekend of the Between Frames exhibit.  They were the focus of an event called “Animate Your Night”, a spectacular educational program planned by the lovely folks over at the WDFM which featured a Comic Con-style panel detailing the creative process behind the Emmy award winning show, Robot Chicken.  For the second portion of the weekend, the Museum offered a crash-course Master’s class in stop-motion animation, which was taught by our very own animation director Alex Kamer.  With his expert instruction, participants were able to receive an introductory understanding of stop-motion animation and its fundamentals.  Check out the images below.  We had such a great time with everyone at the WDFM and we can’t wait to go back!

See more at the Between Frames: The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation event page!

One of our best kept secrets over the last few months has been our iteration of the famous Simpsons couch gag.  After twenty four legendary seasons, very few artists have been selected to put their own spin on the iconic opening credits sequence.  We’re proud to announce that Stoopid Buddy Stoodios has joined the ranks of artists like John Kricfalusi, Bill Plympton and Banksy with an opening credits sequence that marries the classic spirit of the Simpsons with the demented, stop-motion sensibilities of Robot Chicken.  Working with FOX and the whole team behind the Simpsons has been a complete dream come true and we’re very proud of the imprint we’ve been given the opportunity to create within one of our favorite television shows.  Want to see a stop-motion, fully Robot Chicken-ized Simpsons couch gag?  Tune in Monday, May 12th at 8/7c on FOX!

Check out the full TV Guide article here!

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Food Truck Wednesday is a hotly debated subject amongst our fellow buddies.  Whether we have the delightful sushi burritos on tap or the controversial Mac n’ Cheese truck, there are always a few naysayers in the crowd.  However, today is not that day because we have…The Wien.  This glorious orange wagon features the finest American wieners you can sink your teeth into and offers up ruggedly named dogs like “The Gunslinger” and “The Crowbar”, capturing the imagination and demolishing the appetite of even the most cynical buddy.  What can we say?  Everybody wiens.  Well, some more than others…

Check out our Wien Vine video here!

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Ever wonder about what Seth Green thinks about nine year old kids who come up to him singing the Robot Chicken theme song? Or perhaps how all of our Robot Chicken characters are categorized and stored? Well, the LA Times are here to drop some knowledge. Come take a read at the new article that highlights the sixth season of Robot Chicken and the newly minted culture of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Photo By: Ricardo DeAratanha, LA Times

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When he’s not completely kicking ass and destroying all of our expectations as Walter White in Breaking Bad, the legendary Bryan Cranston is stopping by the stoodio and tweeting about one of our newest, top secret projects. What could it be? Stay tuned for more updates!

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You know, sometimes you spend a lot of time thinking about the perfect way to introduce something awesome. But then you realize that you should just shut up and let the awesomeness speak for itself.  On that note, I give you: Seth Green and Matt Senreich, cloaked in digital cat costumes, meowing at each other.

Let the cuteness begin here.

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Lots of blood, sweat, and public humiliation go into making each episode of Robot Chicken. Our animation director Zeb Wells knows just how to keep his animators at a nice sweet spot between self-hatred and false confidence confidence, with a steady undercurrent of self-doubt. Check out a confessional interview with animator Bradley Schaffer here!

The writing process behind Robot Chicken is one made up of bewilderment, mystique and a little bit of self-loathing.  Matthew Beans is our RC writer on the ground and he wants to give you a look inside the top three “Writer’s Room No-No’s.”

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The way Robot Chicken is written is based on a pitch cycle process.  Each writer comes up with sketch ideas, and the writers (or, voters) vote on the pitch and/or give notes.  Here are a few techniques to avoid getting eaten alive.

Learn To Gauge The Bad Moods of Other Writers (Voters)

(Even If It Appears That They Are Always in a Bad Mood)

Unfortunately, this one is near possible to avoid. But as a writer, you know it’s a bad sign when one of the voters looks tired or annoyed from the moment the voting meeting begins. When this happens, prepare to get nothing in.

Re-Pitching Is A Sensitive Subject, And So Are Our Butts

Re-pitching happens when the voters give you notes on a sketch and ask you to submit again on another day. Its just part of the job, and sometimes it works out fine. But the more times your idea is considered, the further away you get from the fresh, funny impact your pitch had when the voters initially read it. My rule-of-thumb is to wait a couple days before any re-pitch, to give them time to be caught off guard by the idea. The times I ignore my own advice today, it almost always bites me in the butt… the most sensitive part of the butt, too.

Pump The Brakes, It’s Not Brain Surgery

–Always remember that you’re not performing brain surgery here. No one will die if your pitches are rejected…over and over and over. So take your lumps and get back in there. You will feel that twinge to push back and snap at the voters for comments you find unhelpful or beside the point, but keep it in your holster, cowboy. They ALWAYS have more ammo than you. You can’t win. To this day, I have never seen a sketch get approved because someone threw a tantrum. Never. Well once, but I have sworn not to talk about it.

All right, that’s all for now. Currently, I’m sitting on a pitch idea that is going to be re-submitted for its third time. Yikes! I’m nervous. Wish me luck.

 

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That’s right, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios has started our first ever eight week class session that will be taught by the Animation Director of your favorite Emmy Award Winning television series, Robot Chicken!

During these eight weeks, aspiring animators will be taught the fundamentals of stop-motion animation in a professional environment on the very same stages used to animate shows such as Robot Chicken, Dinosaur Office and Spy vs. Spy for MAD.

Sounds like a sweet deal, right? Get in touch with us at getclassy@leagueofbuddies.com for more information. We’d love for you to come join us! We’ll animate, tell stories, and perhaps share a few extended hugs! Okay, no hug? That’s cool! We’d still love to have you! Drop us a line at the email above and let’s get started!

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Stop-motion animation is exciting but tends to move pretty slowly, you know? To keep ourselves entertained, we’ve invented the game of all games: Pin The Tail On The Dorky — the sport of kings. Points are awarded based on the number of C-47′s (a fancy production term for clothespins) you can stick on a target without them knowing. Bonus points are awarded for high profile targets (Executives, Celebrities, Department Heads). Anyone is fair game.