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This Year’s Winning Frog

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The July issue of Animation Magazine featured the 2012 Pitch Party, which has become an annual event.  The idea is simple: Entrants purchase a 1/16th-page ad in the magazine, and submit a one-panel “pitch” for a new animated TV series or feature. A panel of animation industry experts, the staff of Animation Magazine, and on-line readers each get a chance to pick their favorites.  Those industry folk this year included names from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, PBS, and the Hub among others. And the top pick from both those bigwigs and the Animation staff was Jimmy Legs: The Down and Out Frog, created by Daniel Contois — the story of a cartoon frog living in America following a nuclear apocalypse. Oh what fun! And you can see the development of it at Dan’s web site.  But there were plenty of other entries of possible interest to furry fans, including Detective Cats (web site), Little Monsters (web site), Road Kill Heroes (web site), Swamp Stalkers (web site), Mad Cow (web site), Samurai Chinchilla (web site), and Bad Penguin (web site). And of course check out Animation’s web site to find out more about this year’s Pitch Party, and next year’s too.

image c. 2012 by Daniel Contois



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“Samurai Chinchilla” sounds like a leftover from the days of the “Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos” and “Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters” and their ilk of the late 1980s. “Mildly-Microwaved Pre-Pubescent Gophers.” No, sorry; that was “Samurai Squirrel”. The only difference between this year’s Pitch Party entrants and those of ten years ago is that this year’s include their own websites in addition to the 1/16th-page adv’ts in Animation Magazine. Have any of these pitches, ever, sold?

Fred Patten

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