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Alex and Nick welcome Tom Ruegger, creator of iconic TV series Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky & the Brain, and Histeria!, to discuss the process of writing and producing animated television shows.
What is the process of generating and selling animated TV series? What makes for a great idea that can be succesful? What are the differences between storyboard-driven and script-driven shows? How was Animaniacs developed? How can you take established characters from franchises and give them a new take? How do you balance educational component and entertainment value?
The Paper Team gets wacky…
Getting started in animation, Working for Hanna-Barbera, differences between storyboard-driven and script-driven shows, coming up with ideas for TV shows, selling TV shows, animation versus live-action, developing Animaniacs and Pink & the Brain, using music, reinventing established characters, working on Batman, selling Histeria, and thoughts on the Animaniacs reboot (00:55)
Final Advice, Resources, and Next Week On (39:11)
Tom Ruegger on Twitter
Tiny Toon Adventures
Pinky & the Brain
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
The Premiere of Platypus Duck (Video)
Batman: The Animated Series
“Hooked on a Ceiling” (1×04 – Animaniacs)
“This Pun for Hire” (3×08 – Animaniacs)
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