ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio of Colorado Springs is producing the first season of a series of short cartoons, Nonsense Stories, for Blip.TV and network television distribution. The show premiered April 1st on YouTube, and the studio uploaded the first 3 webisodes to Blip.TV today, June 7. Starting Monday, June 11, new shows will appear exclusively on blip.tv for six days before being posted on YouTube the following Sunday.
Based on limericks by Edward Lear from A Book of Nonsense (1846), the show features the vocal stylings of Rhode Island based impressionist Ron Hayden. Hayden claims to include more than 200 celebrities, politicians and sports personality impressions in his act, and thus far more than 50 of these characters have been parodied in the first season of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Stories.
Artie Romero is the producer-director of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Stories. From the ARG! studio’s facility in North-Central Colorado Springs, Romero manages a crew of more than fifty artists, animators, interns and technicians to bring this production to the screen. Many of the animators and artists are Colorado based, including caricature artist Bill Crowley of Caricatures America. Romero has 31 years of animation screen credits, including digital effects work on Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Mnemonic (1995) and numerous TV, movie and commercial production credits and awards.
There are 33 short cartoons in production for the show’s first season. Romero stated, “ARG! is compiling a 7 minute anthology for distribution to TV nationwide and in Great Britain it will appear on BskyB.”
According to Dallas based TV producer Joel M. Stevens of Morcaman Productions, Inc., HOT TV (History Of Television) plans to include the Nonsense Stories anthology in its fourth season of Sprockets and Splices, a nationally syndicated showcase for independent film shorts.
Besides A Book of Nonsense, Edward Lear, a contemporary of Englishmen Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll, created childrens’ stories such as “The Owl and The Pussycat,” and is credited with coining the expression “snail mail.”
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