Q:Was there ever a pilot of Chowder that was made for Nick and went by a different name?
Nope. Chowder was only ever made for Cartoon Network.
Q:...I've been curious about it for years now, but how did Chowder and friends get away from the Cinnamini Monster? What with it swallowing the key and all?
Well I didn’t want to reveal this, but they killed him, sliced open his belly and pulled the key out. It was pretty traumatic. I think the moral of the story is “Don’t F*ck with Chowder.”
Q:Why did Chowder start breaking the fourth wall a lot more in later episodes?
That was something I started back in the pilot. I was really wanting to play with the medium and the more the show went on, the more ideas I had for fun stuff we could do.
Q:Sorry i keep spamming questions, I'm really interested in pursuing animation as a career and i plan on going to art college for it. (I'm taking a year off to save up.) I've used many programs in photo editing and 3D animation, but I have never used a really fancy 2D animation program. (Unless flash is fancy, then i have very basic knowledge.) I've used maya, a bit of blender, photoshop, flash, and a few pencil tests. If I may ask, What do you use to animate your cartoons for TV shows? Thanks!!!
We don’t do the actual animation at our studio. We write, board, and design everything, then send it to Korea to be animated traditionally. Because of costs, this is normal for almost all shows. Cable TV doesn’t have the big budgets that movies do. Some shows are animated here in Flash. Some are animated in Canada (Flash and Harmony). If you want to animate for TV, you should probably get really good at Flash. If you want to go into feature, learn 3-D stuff. Best of luck!
Q:HEY! Can't wait for your new show arriving to Nick! (Cries because it wont be out until early 2015...) Anyways-One question for ya because Im your biggest fan-How will the humor be like in Bad Seeds? : )
Thanks! We’ve got some extremely talented writers and board artists making the show very funny. I’m trying to keep it very character driven. By that I mean making the comedy come out of the characters’ behaviors and decisions, rather than lots of random stuff happening. It’s a lot less surreal than Chowder, but it’s still a little weird. It’s definitely a lot sweeter. I’m becoming more interested in making people connect to an emotion than just getting laughs.
Q:in chowder, was the song sang by the sing beans inspired by any specific song(s)?
Most definitely. The song is "Let Your Light Shine on Me," sung by the Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir in the movie The Ladykillers (the 2004 Cohen Brothers remake.
This board was drawn by Pete Browngardt, creator of Uncle Grandpa! (Note the extremely sarcastic use of the word “hilarious” in scene 133.)
Q:Any returning staff or voice actors from Chowder on Bad Seed?
Not for any of the main characters. Dwight Schultz (Mung) did a voice for a side character in the pilot and I’m hoping to bring him back occasionally in the series.
Q:Do you have an estimated release date for Bad Seeds?
Roughly a year from now.
Q:I love your work! One question though - What's Harvey from your upcoming show, Bad Seeds, gonna be like? Cuz..I drew him on my math teachers board and everyone thought it was one of the main characters for Nick's recent show, BreadWinners...
Yeah, there’s definitely a similarity in the basic head design. The sad part is I had designed him years before Breadwinners was picked up. The key with Harvey is to spread the eyes and put his mouth up between them. He has a shorter body as well. Their personalities are extremely different. He’s much more sensitive and real, like a slightly less sad Charlie Brown.
Q:Didn't you voice the Carl character from the "Krabby O' Monday's" Spongebob episode? I could've sworn it was you and do you think that character represents you in any way?
Yes that was me. The board team on that wrote the character thinking of me and told me they wanted me to voice it. It wasn’t really based on my true personality but they thought it would be funny to make fun of me. (That seems to be a running gag on each show I’m on). They wanted me to do an impression of myself based on the impression they did of me. It was the first voice I ever did and I was in the room with the cast of SpongeBob. NO PRESSURE GUYS!!!
Q:Can I just say I'm super jazzed that you were a comic artist for The Daily Texan because I just got hired there and finding out that one of my cartoon heroes did the same thing I'm doin' is just super great!
Congrats! I loved drawing comics for the Texan. It was a really formative time. Doing a comic strip with a daily deadline made me realize I couldn’t be overly precious. If people liked the characters and the sensibility, they’d come back even if an occasional strip wasn’t as good as the others. It gives you a more holistic view of your work.
This is a rough design for a secondary character in Bad Seeds named Moff. He’s steampunk all the way! Trying to make a simple steampunk design that fits the aesthetic of the show and is easy to animate is tough since steampunk is all about intricate crap glued together. It’s like you’re a walking decoupage of fake metal and victorian doo-dads.