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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Guide: The low down on the stoopendous stop-motion studio

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
The irreverent Stoodio reunites an outstanding collective of young artists who, from their undisclosed location off Burbank, California, release hilarious shows, shorts and spots for big names like Netflix, Cartoon Network, Sony and Lego. They are one of the largest studios that specialise in Stop-Motion Animation, and are best known for being behind Adult Swim’s long standing show Robot Chicken.
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As founder, John Harvatine IV revealed in this interview, it all began in a classically Californian way, as a start up with his friends, in a garage. An old Winnebago campervan was used as their headquarters before the company grew into what it is today. In 2011 Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner joined Harvatine and created Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, following the partnership between Stoopid Monkey and Buddy Systems Studios. Today the company employs around 250 people.
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The design of the studios is a boy scout campground where creativity is rewarded with merit badges and the original campervan, a trailer and log-cabin offices are still in use. The Stoopid campus has 21 stages, and room enough for state-of-the-art facilities to produce everything in house. They build their own hand-crafted puppets (besides using real action figure toys), and develop 2D and CG high-quality animation.
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Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Series and Productions

Below is a list with the most important shows and productions from the studio. On top of this, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios has also produced lots of spots for brands from Nintendo to Hasbro, Domino’s Pizza or Microsoft, that you can check out following this link.

 


Robot Chicken

This is one of the most iconic series from the Stoopid factory. The stop-motion sketch show parodies pop-culture classics from movies like Star Wars and Transformers to video games like Super Mario. Not to be missed!
There are 9 seasons in Robot Chicken plus several specials, airing on Cartoon Network since 2005.

SuperMansion

A team of dysfunctional superheroes living under the same roof. The League of Freedom will have to face up the evil Injustice Club and learn to live together as good friends. What can go wrong?
Trivia: Bryan Cranston’s Breaking Bad voices the led superhero Titanium Rex.
SuperMansion is a hilarious stop-motion animated sitcom, which consists of three seasons and two specials. Streaming now on Sony Crackle platform.

Hot Streets

Hot Streets is a new show that plays on the Scooby Doo format. More twisted than the 70s cartoon and definitely for adults, Hot Streets is about Chubbie Webbers, a timid dog who helps two FBI agents and their niece investigate the supernatural. Creator, Brian Wysol was a writer on Rick and Morty Season 2 and the show is fast-paced and highly unpredictable.
Links: Adult SwimInstagram – Twitter

LEGO

Many of Stoopid Buddy Studio’s stop-motion productions are made with Lego, the famous Danish toy. They have produced a series of Lego Scooby-Doo shorts for Warner and Robot Chicken often uses the colourful bricks for its parodies. They have also created a spot for The Lego Batman Movie, but the most impressive project was the ending credits sequence for The Lego Movie that took two months to complete.

Buddy Thunderstruck

Their first Netflix production, Buddy Thunderstruck consists of one season with 10 episodes that was released in 2017. It’s an action-comedy extravaganza for children, about a truck racing dog and his animal friends.

Blark and Son

This is a brand new puppet show for the go90 Mobile TV Network about a father and his awkward son who separated by a wide generational gap. The project started as 30 sec videos posted on Instagram by its creator, Ben Bayouth, who began making the series in his apartment during his spare time. Stoopid Buddy is now expanding the production into seven-minute episodes.
Links: Instagram –  go90 –  YouTube Channel – Twitter

MAD

Based on infamous MAD Magazine, four 26-episode seasons were available on Cartoon Network from 2010 to 2014. Mad made fun of celebrities, television shows, movies and in short, anything else laughable, using a mix of animation, stop-motion, claymation or CGI effects.

Titan Maximum

Titan Maximum was a series developed for Adult Swim, that was cancelled after just one season. A team of incompetent space heroes and a monkey have to save the Solar System from an army of monsters with the help of a super robot.
Link:  Adult Swim

WWE SLAM CITY and CAMP WWE

WWE Slam City is a 26 episode series, about unemployed wrestlers who have to find a job to survive in the real world. Camp WWE is an animated sitcom where the fighters attend summer camp as kids. Both productions were ordered by WWE Network.
Links:  WWE Network –  Instagram

BRATZ

Inspired in the stylized dolls, Bratz was a web series of 10 episodes created for the Bratz YouTube channel.

Incoming projects on development

  • The studio is also working on a film directed by Seth Green called Changeland, taking place in Thailand.
  • Hulu recently ordered a new adult animated comedy, Crossing Swords, set in a medieval world.
  • The Worst will be a stop-motion series based on the popular action figures.
  • Rabbids is the title of a movie based on the video game Ubisoft franchise Raving Rabbids.
Finally, if you are into stop-motion animation, would you like to learn some more tricks and tips to bring your skills to the next level? The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Camp is a two hour video on Vimeo.


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