The Ren & Stimpy Show is a 90s classic due to...

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April 25th, 2017

The Ren & Stimpy Show is a 90s classic due to it being one of the first cartoons to air on Nickelodeon. So, of course we have 107 Facts about it! http://frdr.us/2oJtSlg

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April 25th, 2017

Our animating friends at DongWoo in Seoul have delivered the first...

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April 25th, 2017

Our animating friends at DongWoo in Seoul have delivered the first round of animation for Brent Sievers’s “Nebulous” short, the sixth of twelve films in our GO! Cartoons anthology. Fun stuff.

Cartoons come and go, but some, well, let’s just say it’s...

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April 24th, 2017

Cartoons come and go, but some, well, let’s just say it’s good they went. Here’s 9 Cartoons you forgot even existed! http://frdr.us/2pb6kXK

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April 24th, 2017

Notification Squad season 2 is finally here! Join your hosts Alyssa...

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April 23rd, 2017

Notification Squad season 2 is finally here! Join your hosts Alyssa and Cade, with special guest Alex, as they read YOUR comments! And, answer the question of the week by calling 917-408-FRED! frdr.us/2oi3Byl 

Spongebob, The Simpsons, Minions, even Pikachu. All of these characters have...

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April 22nd, 2017

Spongebob, The Simpsons, Minions, even Pikachu. All of these characters have something in common. They’re all yellow. But why? We explain it all in our latest video! http://frdr.us/2pPEVdU

No need to chase after us anymore, like cat and mouse...

Channel Frederator

April 21st, 2017

No need to chase after us anymore, like cat and mouse, because we have 107 Facts about the classic cartoon, Tom & Jerry! http://frdr.us/2pMuszP

Tell Tchaikovsky the news!  or How Frederator went digital, once and for...

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April 21st, 2017

Tell Tchaikovsky the news!  

or How Frederator went digital, once and for all.  

Like everyone else’s, my lifetime’s been one pop culture change on top of another. AM to FM. Rock to hip hop. Obama to Trump. Maybe I should have seen it all coming when I got knocked out hearing George Harrison shouting Chuck Berry’s “Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news!” Fuck Sinatra! Fuck Elvis! It was our time, the revolution had come.

When I finally started to work, in television –cable television, when we started MTV– against all odds we all instantly knew the next revolt had begun. Those broadcast networks –CBS, NBC, ABC– were fat, fucked up, and over. (Well, not quite. While their viewerships have dropped precipitously over the past decades, they’re still making billions of dollars. You can’t win them all.)  

And honestly, I still figured cable was the TV coup d’état, no room for another, right? But, when I started hanging around with computer engineers and realized they could be as excitingly creative as the musicians or animators or writers I knew, that feeling started up all over again. Here we’re going to go again. Tell Ted Turner the news!  

After years of resistance from me (hey, I’m a Baby Boomer) Frederator had already inadvertently led the way for cartoon producers in the internet. Thanks to my young partner, engineer Emil Rensing, we’d started our first blog in 2004, The Teenage Roblog, and discovered we could talk directly to our fans. Talkin’ bout a revolution. Then, a former intern, David Karp, built us a next gen publishing platform that let us launch 39 blogs simultaneously for each of our creators at Random! Cartoons (including Pen Ward’s Adventure Time and Eric Robles’ Fanboy). I think it’s fair to say that we’re still one of the only major producers who keeps up production blogs (though they’re now all on David Karp’s next new fangled invention, Tumblr).

In 2005, hints of high band internet video had started peeking up over the fence when my buddy Roy Langbord showed me a cat video –yes, a cat video– by Julie Klausner. This was it, we could do this too! Not cat videos.

All cartoons all the time.

Holy video! 

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The original Channel Frederator thumbnail, designed by Annie Chiu & David Karp

Our real digital moment started November 2, 2005. We gave David a few animated shorts from friends, and he conceived/named/wrote (he’s the one who came up with “Frederator loves you” (a worthy subject of it’s own essay)/edited/produced the very first episode of Channel Frederator and put it up, along with Emil’s VOD Cars, on iTunes the very same week as the very first Video iPod. I hasten to add, that was after hours of arguments with Luddite Fred, who wanted an animated carbon copy of Channel 102 (“Fred,” said 19 year old David innocently, “that would be very old school, very five years ago.”)

Holy video! Our timing was right on. We got 1 million downloads the first month (and a honkin’ bandwidth bill; remember, this was pre-YouTube) and over 1000 animators had emailed us their shorts. A few months later Emil and I (with three co-founders, and David as out-sourced developer) started the first online video programming company, Next New Networks. One thing led to another, we were really successful, launching dozens of new channels, developing the first playbook for YouTube best practices, and virtually inventing the multi-channel network. Eventually we sold the company to YouTube in 2011. 

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Next New Networks posters illustrated & designed by Frank Olinsky.

Everything for everyone, or something for someone?

Proud as I was of what we’d accomplished, trailblazing the first years of another new medium, I was pretty frustrated by what had already been fossilized as the MCN. Everything for everybody. We’d done it as Next New, and now one and all was doing it too. Distributing as many channels and views as was super-humanly possible. Comedy channels, food channels, beauty bloggers. Automotive channels, animation channels, yoga teachers, whatever whatever whatever. Just keep adding views.

No one was thinking of the viewers or the creators. Well, now all the non-animation stuff we’d done was over at YouTube, it was clear sailing for Frederator. We were going to be something for someone. And that someone was going to be an animation fan. And animation creators.

Frederator would help audiences find the cartoons they loved, and help cartoon creators find more fans. A virtuous circle of cartoons!

Our teams are amazing. Frederator Studios is still rocking it out in Burbank, with legacy series on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Hangover, and new series coming on the digital platform leaders at Netflix and Amazon Prime. Frederator Digital in New York is busier than ever running the Channel Frederator Network (the world’s largest animation network, all based on YouTube. The Declaration of Cartoon Independents), Cartoon Hangover, and producing & programming 107 Facts, Tooned Up!, Cartoon Conspiracy, and lots more coming soon. 

Digital’s been very very great to Frederator. And from what you tell us, it’s been pretty good for you too. 

Patrick Star is known to be not the brightest coral in...

Channel Frederator

April 20th, 2017

Patrick Star is known to be not the brightest coral in the reef. But, is it all just an act? Could Patrick actually be a psychopath? http://frdr.us/2ovBdUZ

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