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Template:Infobox Company Klasky Csupo, Inc. (pronounced "Class-key Chew-po") is a multimedia entertainment production company located in Los Angeles, California, founded by artist/producer Arlene Klasky and animator Gábor Csupó.

History

Klasky Csupo was started in 1982[1] in the spare bedroom of a Los Angeles apartment where Klasky and Csupo were living while married. Klasky Csupo's first major work came in 1989, when they became the 'animation house' for the first three seasons of The Simpsons (after which Film Roman took over in 1992), Klasky Csupo had already produced the animated pilots for The Simpsons, as sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show.

In 1991, Klasky Csupo began producing Rugrats, an animated show for Nickelodeon.[2]

Their next major series was Duckman for the USA Network. The show revolved around the home life and adventures of a dim-witted and lascivious private detective duck named Eric Duckman. The series ran from 1994 to 1997.

During the same time Nickelodeon released Klasky Csupo's second Nicktoon series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. During this time Klasky Csupo ended production on Rugrats. However, Klasky Csupo produced three new Rugrats specials between 1995 and 1996. The specials were so successful that the series was revived in 1997.

After Duckman was cancelled in 1997, Klasky Csupo began producing The Wild Thornberrys for Nickelodeon.[3] The cartoon, premiering in 1998, revolved around a girl who could talk to animals.[4]

On December 23, 1998, CEO Terry Thoren concluded an eleven-month negotiation with Mercedes-Benz and moved the company into the state of the art studio in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.[5]

Between the late-1990s and 2000s, Klasky Csupo began producing new shows Rocket Power, As Told by Ginger, Santo Bugito and Stressed Eric.

In 2001, in honor of the Rugrats 10th Anniversary, Klasky Csupo released a two-part special entitled, "All Growed Up". The special featured the famous babies as pre-teenagers. It was popular enough that a series based on that special premiered in 2003. The series was put on hiatus in 2006 and officially cancelled in 2008. Several previously unaired in the US episodes aired on Nickelodeon in November 2007 and August 2008.

In May 2002, Klasky Csupo was accidentally credited as producers for two episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, a hit show on Nickelodeon as they had their logo shown after the end credits. However, in 2006, it was remade to be said that United Plankton Pictures Inc was the producer of the two episodes, and their logo will be shown at the end of all future airings since 2006.

The company was also active in producing recorded music with the labels "Tone Casualties" and "Casual Tonalities." Gabor Csupo was a good friend of Frank Zappa and occasionally collaborates with Mark Mothersbaugh, who did most of the music for Rugrats.

Klasky Csupo also produced a number of projects in commercial advertising, including a series of direct-to-video features (The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald) for the McDonald's fast food chain.

By 2004, Klasky Csupo shut down production on most of its shows, including Rugrats and in 2006, shut down production on all their shows except the new pilots they created.

In fall 2006, Klasky Csupo announced development of 14 new animated pilots, which will be up for sale at a later date:[6]

  • Ace Bogart, Space Ape
  • Big Babies
  • Commander Bunsworth
  • Ronnie Biddles
  • Chicken Town
  • Grampa and Julie, Shark Hunters (based on the Nick Magazine strip and slated to feature Dustin Hoffman as Grampa)
  • Sugarless
  • Zeek and Leo
  • Wiener Squad
  • Rollin' Rock Starz
  • Twinkle
  • Ricky Z
  • Junkyard Teddies
  • Little Freaks

The animation design in these pilots are in various styles, instead of the typical style that Klasky Csupo was famous for in the 1990s.

Klasky Csupo's logo is divided up into squares with the letters in "KLASKY" in a funky looking font, with "CSUPO" in black squares all in the same font. Klasky Csupo does not have a logo until 1991, as the pilot episode of Rugrats uses the Nickelodeon logo instead of the Klasky Csupo logo.

"Graffiti" (1991-2003)

On a white background of gray dancing "graffiti", we see several squares sliding from left to right. The 1st square has choppily letters forming a K, 2nd, a shoe forming an L, 3rd, some weird shapes forming a lowercase A, 4th, a lizard forms an S, 5th a bull forms another K, and 6th, an acrobat jumps and turns into a Y, all occurring at a very fast pace. The next 5 squares have the letters, "CSUPO" stenciled inside them. We then zoom out to reveal "KLASKY" on top of "CSUPO" and "INC." appearing one letter at a time, after which the entire logo turns black-and-white as the "Y" in "KLASKY" turns purple a second later. The music was a 15-note bass tune,weird sound effects colliding into a dog barking at the end. The logo is used on all pre-1998, and 2003 episodes of Rugrats, Duckman!, Santo Bugito and AAAH! Real Monsters, and, surprisingly, appeared on pre-1999 episodes of The Wild Thornberrys. Many fans remember this logo. Duckman used a warp-speed variation of the 1991 logo with more higher pitched music.

"Super Scary Face" (1998-present)

On a purple static background, blue and black paint emerges from the center and a hand passes by magazine clippings of a mouth and two big blinking eyes. The face speaks the company name in a vocoder robotic voice (the voice is done on the "Speakonia" and "Crazy Talk" program on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, named Boing Novelity voice) as 3-D white blocks fly out of the mouth and arrange themselves forming the Klasky Csupo logo (from before, but more modernized than before) and the background turns to black, and the "Y" in "KLASKY", like before, turns purple. The music is a splattering once the paint hits the screen, and a beeping bouncy version of the 15-note bass tune from the 1991 logo during the face's screen time, and finally, once the face's screen time is over, we hear a lip flapping sound, a horn honking and a boing sound. The logo first appeared in The Rugrats Movie and appears currently on reruns of All Grown Up!, 1998-2004 episodes of Rugrats, and 1999-2004 episodes of The Wild Thornberrys, all of which are being rerun on Nicktoons Network. On films from the company, the music is in warp speed as the logo itself is too. Wetpaint members WillWill45 and Wizardduck are afraid of this logo.This was the logo that was mistakingly put at the end of SpongeBob SquarePants.

"The Wild Thornberries Movie" (December 2002)

On a black background with blue lines, we see the orange text "Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Present", followed by "A Klasky Csupo Production". It was only seen on the beginning of The Wild Thornberrys Movie. This logo's font is different than all the other three.

"Crazy Rooster" (2003)

On a green city skyline, a rooster's silhouette on one of the buildings. The sun rises, and the rooster wakes up, opens its eyes and turns red. A person says "yo!" and the rooster yells "WAKE... UP!!!" as the blocks in the Klasky Csupo logo float around. When the rooster is finished screaming, the sun brightens, then dims back to normal, and the Klasky Csupo logo appears in the center. It looks "grungier" than the one in the past two logos. The music is a techno theme. The logo only appears on Rugrats Go Wild.

Klasky Csupo productions

Television Shows

Title Original Run Creator(s) In Association with
The Simpsons 1987-1992 Created by Matt Groening.
Original shorts, and first 61 episodes only.

Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television

Rugrats 1991-2004 Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain. Nickelodeon
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1994-1997 Created by Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney. Nickelodeon
Duckman 1994-1997 Created by Everett Peck.

Paramount Television

Reno & Osborn Productions 

Santo Bugito 1995-1996

Created by Arlene Klasky

Developed by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó.

Klasky Csupo

Anivision Korea, Inc.

The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald 1998-2003 Direct-to-video McDonalds
The Wild Thornberrys 1998-2004 Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Peppon, David Silverman and Stephen Sustaric. Nickelodeon
Stressed Eric 1998-2000 Developed by Absolutely Productions.
First season only

Absolutely Productions

BBC Two

Rocket Power 1999-2004 Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó Nickelodeon
What's Inside Heidi's Head? 1999 Created by Nancye Ferguson and Mark Mothersbaugh.
Company's first live-action series.
Nickelodeon
As Told by Ginger 2000-2006 Created by Emily Kapnek.
Several episodes unaired in the United States.
Nickelodeon
All Grown Up! 2003-2008 Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó.
Spin-off of Rugrats.
Nickelodeon
Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze 2005, 2008 Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó.
Spin-off of Rugrats.
Direct-to-DVD
Nickelodeon
"Far-Quag The Cat" TBA Created By James L Brooks, Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Phil Roman Film Roman, Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television

Motion Pictures

Title Release Date Director(s)
The Rugrats Movie November 20, 1998 Directed by Igor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie November 17, 2000 Directed by Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer
The Wild Thornberrys Movie December 20, 2002 Directed by Cathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath
Rugrats Go Wild! June 13, 2003 Directed by John Eng and Norton Virgien

Immigrants


Ever Quest

October 30, 2008


May 25, 2011

Directed by Gábor Csupó


Directed by Stig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer

Mckey Mouse 2013 January 30, 2007 Create Disney

References

External links

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