Chowder (TV series)

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Chowder
Chowder logo.png
GenreComedy
Surreal humor
Satire
Fantasy
Farce
Supernatural
FormatAnimation
Stop motion
Created byC.H. Greenblatt
Written byC.H. Greenblatt
William Reiss
Jerry Tiberlake
Alex Almaguer
Darrick Bachman
Kevin A. Kramer
Brett Varon
Peter Browngardt
Kristina Baranovich
Clayton Morrow
Danielle McCole
Tom King
Ian Wasseluck
Maxwell Atoms
Directed byJuli Hashiguchi
Kris Sherwood
Eddy Houchins
Shaun Cashman
Mike Milo
Majella Milne
Voices ofNicky Jones
Dwight Schultz
John DiMaggio
Tara Strong
Liliana Mumy
Dana Snyder
Mindy Sterling
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes49 (93 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)C.H. Greenblatt
Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey (for Cartoon Network Studios)
Jay Bastian (for Cartoon Network)
Producer(s)Louis J. Cuck
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Screen Novelties (stop motion segments)
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Original runNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) – August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)
External links
Website
 
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Chowder
Chowder logo.png
GenreComedy
Surreal humor
Satire
Fantasy
Farce
Supernatural
FormatAnimation
Stop motion
Created byC.H. Greenblatt
Written byC.H. Greenblatt
William Reiss
Jerry Tiberlake
Alex Almaguer
Darrick Bachman
Kevin A. Kramer
Brett Varon
Peter Browngardt
Kristina Baranovich
Clayton Morrow
Danielle McCole
Tom King
Ian Wasseluck
Maxwell Atoms
Directed byJuli Hashiguchi
Kris Sherwood
Eddy Houchins
Shaun Cashman
Mike Milo
Majella Milne
Voices ofNicky Jones
Dwight Schultz
John DiMaggio
Tara Strong
Liliana Mumy
Dana Snyder
Mindy Sterling
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes49 (93 segments) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)C.H. Greenblatt
Brian A. Miller and Jennifer Pelphrey (for Cartoon Network Studios)
Jay Bastian (for Cartoon Network)
Producer(s)Louis J. Cuck
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Cartoon Network Studios
Screen Novelties (stop motion segments)
Broadcast
Original channelCartoon Network
Original runNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) – August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)
External links
Website

Chowder is an American animated television series created by C.H. Greenblatt for Cartoon Network. The series follows an aspiring young chef named Chowder and his day-to-day adventures as an apprentice in Mung Daal's catering company. Although he means well, Chowder often finds himself in predicaments due to his perpetual appetite and his nature as a scatterbrain. He is also pestered by Panini, the apprentice of Mung's rival Endive, who wants Chowder to be her "boyfriend", which he abhors. The series is animated with both traditional animation as well as short stop motion puppet sequences that are inter-cut into the episodes, and that run over the end credits.

Chowder premiered on November 2, 2007, and ran for three seasons with 49 total episodes. It garnered one Primetime Emmy Award win, six Annie Award nominations, and two additional Emmy Award nominations during its run. The series finale, "Chowder Grows Up", aired on August 7, 2010, and features C.H. Greenblatt as the voice of the adult Chowder.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Chowder series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedSeason DVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
120 (40 segments)November 3, 2007July 24, 2008November 4, 2008TBA
2November 6, 2008October 11, 2009March 3, 2009TBA
39 (18 segments)October 29, 2009August 7, 2010May 9, 2013TBA

A total of 49 episodes were aired in the series. Season 1, which consists of 20 episodes, started on November 2, 2007, with the series premiere, entitled "The Froggy Apple Crumble Thumpkin/Chowder's Girlfriend". Season 1 ended on July 24, 2008, with the special "The Apprentice Games". Season 2 also contains 20 episodes, debuting on October 1, 2008, with "The Arborians/The Garage Sale", and ending with "A Faire to Remember/Tofu-Town Showdown", broadcasting on September 29, 2009, and October 6, 2009, respectively. Season 3 consists of only 9 episodes, premiering October 12, 2009, with "The Blast Raz", and ending with the series finale, entitled "Chowder Grows Up", which aired on August 7, 2010.

Development[edit]

The puppet versions of the characters Chowder (a Hand-Rod puppet) and Mung Daal

During his time working on Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, Greenblatt had been sketching various characters for his own animation series concept.[13] Greenblatt originally based the premise on the idea of the sorcerer's apprentice style of story, such as The Sword in the Stone. The plot devices were modified so that the story revolves around a master chef who teaches his young apprentice how to cook. Chowder himself was developed with no specific species in mind, but rather with the intentions of invoking the image of a child's soft squeeze toy.[15] Some of the inspiration comes from Dr. Seuss, with other inspiration from Saturday morning cartoons.[15][16]

Greenblatt pitched the concept to Cartoon Network, and two years later the series was approved with another year for production before the pilot episode aired. Greenblatt estimates he spent about seven years working on Chowder before the show made it to air in 2007.[13]

Production and format[edit]

Episodes are produced in seasons which consist of twenty 24-minute episodes. Each episode is produced with a 30-second puppet sequence that is meant to run over the ending credits.[17] Episodes can be purchased from the iTunes Store in the United States which are delivered with the sequences as are episodes which are available on Cartoon Network's VOD website also within the United States.[15][18]

One of the unusual design features of the show is the patterns used on the clothing or players. The patterns are developed as a full-screen image and then sent to the production house, where the characters are modified to fill the patterns in over the character clothing.[13][15][19] Using this technique, when a character moves, their patterns do not follow, but display as a "static" background. A similar technique was used in the Monkey Island video game series (particularly for the Stan) and the Mr. Bean animated series.[16]

The show is also known for the very wide variety of media used in various episodes. These include animation using watercolors and ink-and-paint in addition to the cartoon's classic pattern style. It also uses stop motion animation with real food, action figures and clay; live-action scenes with the voice actors of the show and puppets; both marionette and hand-controlled. This was also sometimes used in Courage the Cowardly Dog. It boasts one of the most diverse varieties of mediums used in any single series.

Cancellation[edit]

Chowder was cancelled by Cartoon Network in 2010. C.H. Greenblatt noted this on his blog, saying: "I didn't really think there'd be this many upsides to having a show officially cancelled by a network, but I'm feeling happier than I've been in a long time. Since we've only got post-production, my schedule finally eases up. I haven't had a break like this in a long, long time... Chowder has opened up a lot of awesome possibilities for me, and creatively I'm feeling more inspired than ever."[20] C.H. Greenblatt also noted that many of the staff signed on to a new project at Disney. This is a reference to the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks, which Greenblatt himself also works on as an episode director.

On April 20, 2012, this series returned to Cartoon Network to show re-runs on the revived block, Cartoon Planet.[21] On March 31, 2013, the first season was released on Netflix.

Beginning in 2014, the series will arrive to Boomerang at 5:00pm, followed by Hong Kong Phooey at 5:30pm, The Banana Splits at 6:00pm and Pokemon at 6:30pm.

Reception[edit]

Some of the reviews were positive,[22][23][24] two raising questions as to whether Chowder can entertain with its occasional bathroom style humor,[25] or sometimes recycled material.[26]

Barry Garron of The Hollywood Reporter thinks that the show will appeal to both children and adults alike, using exotic artwork, unusual settings, and a zany cast of characters.[22] On Toon Zone, Ed Liu expands on the animation and crazy antics of the characters, pointing that the humor of the show is kid-friendly without being juvenile. Liu reminds his readers that Chowder is still in its early phases, and with just a little more time to develop, he feels that the show will be successful.[23] Aaron H. Bynum on Animation Insider also mentions the animation, settings and crazy characters of the show, ending with the comment that Chowder is one of the biggest projects Cartoon Network has undertaken in recent times.[24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryRecipientResult
2008Annie AwardsBest Animated Television Production for Children[27]ChowderNominated
2008Annie AwardsWriting in an Animated Television Production[27]C.H. Greenblatt and William Reiss
for "Burple Nurples"
Nominated
2008Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class — Short-format Animated Programs[28]C.H. Greenblatt, Brian A. Miller, et al.
for "Burple Nurples"
Nominated
2009Annie AwardsProduction Design in an Animated Television Production[29]Dan Krall
for "The Heavy Sleeper"
Nominated
2009Annie AwardsVoice Acting in an Animated Television Production[29]Dwight Schultz
as Mung Daal
Nominated
2009Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Animation[28]Joe BinggeliWon
2010Annie AwardsVoice Acting in a Television Production[30]Nicky Jones
as Chowder
Nominated
2010Annie AwardsVoice Acting in a Television Production[30]Dwight Schultz
as Mung Daal
Nominated
2010Emmy AwardsOutstanding Short-format Animated Program[28]Brian A. Miller, C.H. Greenblatt, et al.
for "The Toots"
Nominated

DVD releases[edit]

TitleRelease dateEpisodesRegionDescription
Chowder, Vol. 1November 4, 2008[31]51Includes "The Thrice Cream Man/The Flibber-Flabber Diet", "The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin/Chowder's Girlfriend", "Mahjongg Night/Stinky Love", "Certifrycation Class/Sing Beans", and "Grubble Gum/The Cinnamini Monster"
Chowder, Vol. 2March 3, 2009[32]51Includes "The Wrong Address/The Wrong Customer", "The Burple Nurple Stand/Shnitzel Makes a Deposit", "Gazpacho Stands Up/A Taste of Marzipan", "The Puckerberry Overlords/The Elemelons", and "Sniffleball/Mung on the Rocks".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Puckerberry Overlords". Chowder. January 18, 2008.
  2. ^ "Chowder". Cartoon Network. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Certifrycation Class". Chowder. November 16, 2007.
  4. ^ "Mung on the Rocks". Chowder. March 6, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d Greenblatt, C.H. (October 12, 2008). "Real World Food Counterparts". Nerd Armada. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c Greenblatt, C.H. (January 1, 2008). "Shnitzel FAQ". Nerd Armada. Retrieved April 7, 2008. 
  7. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (July 18, 2007). "Just Two Weeks Until Chowder Premiere". Nerd Armada. Retrieved November 9, 2007. 
  8. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (November 28, 2007). "Mahjongg Night". Nerd Armada. Retrieved September 14, 2008. 
  9. ^ Brubaker, Charles (August 31, 2009). "Exit interview with C.H. Greenblatt". Baking the Baker. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (August 31, 2009). "We're Off!". Nerd Armada. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d Greenblatt, C.H. (June 15, 2009). "Early Endive & Panini Designs". Nerd Armada. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  12. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (April 19, 2007). "Ms. Endive". Nerd Armada. Retrieved November 9, 2007. 
  13. ^ a b c d Liu, Ed (October 30, 2007). "Toon Zone Interviews C.H. Greenblatt on Crafting "Chowder"". Toon Zone. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  14. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (July 18, 2007). "Gorgonzola". Nerd Armada. Retrieved November 9, 2007. 
  15. ^ a b c d Meyer, Joe (February 8, 2008). "Interview: C.H. Greenblatt". KittySneezes.com. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Fritz, Steve (December 12, 2007). "Meet the Master Chef – C.H. Greenblatt". Animated Shorts. Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (June 3, 2008). "Let the New Chowders Begin!!". Nerd Armada. Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  18. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (February 7, 2008). "More Puppets". Nerd Armada. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  19. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (January 29, 2008). "Chowder Patterns". Nerd Armada. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  20. ^ Greenblatt, C.H. (August 13, 2009). "The Hot Girl". Nerd Armada. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  21. ^ Walton, Zach (March 29, 2012). "Cartoon Network Brings Back The Classics With Cartoon Planet". WebProNews. iEntry Network. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Garron, Barry (November 2, 2007). "Chowder". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media): 47. Archived from the original on March 14, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b Liu, Ed (November 2, 2007). ""Chowder" is Satisfying Comfort Food". Toon Zone. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  24. ^ a b Bynum, Aaron H. (October 24, 2007). "New 'Chowder' Animation Ready to Serve". Animation Insider. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  25. ^ Hale, Mike (November 2, 2007). "In the Kitchen With Blobs and a Cloud". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  26. ^ Rich, Robert (November 5, 2007). "'Chowder' debuts on TV". The Daily Texan. University of Texas at Austin. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "35th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved March 4, 2008. 
  28. ^ a b c "Chowder". Emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  29. ^ a b "36th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  30. ^ a b "37th Annual Annie Nominations and Awards Recipients". AnnieAwards.org. ASIFA-Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Chowder, Vol. 1 (2008)". Amazon.com. ASIN B001DSNFQ4. 
  32. ^ "Chowder, Vol. 2 (2009)". Amazon.com. ASIN B001MEJYBY. 

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