Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Phil and George

When Cosmo lands on a garbage barge, Phil and George are there to meet him!


Monday, April 4, 2016

Lending a Wing

When Cosmo is in a jam, who should come to his rescue but the Little Red Bird!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kyle!

Faith and begorrah, it's Kyle, the bus-driving leprechaun!



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Deep thoughts...

Cosmo contemplates one of the many choices he will have to make in "Cosmo Kimball and the Perfect Hat"!


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Meet Gus!

Behold Gus, Cosmo Kimball's puppet upon whom the Perfect Hat will fall!


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Meet Ted Todman!

Ace illustrator David Vordtriede is cranking out the art for "Cosmo"! Here's a look at Ted Todman, the host of "Ted Todman's Talent Time", where Cosmo has a shot at his big break.


Monday, March 7, 2016

The Henson Connection

To be totally clear: Cosmo Kimball and the Perfect Hat is not affiliated with The Jim Henson Company. That said, the influence and inspiration of Muppets creator Jim Henson runs very deep with this project, and connects its creators together.
I was obsessed with the Muppets as a child. Although I was a couple of years past the target audience for Sesame Street when it debuted, I watched the show fanatically from the very first episode. So enamored was I that I wrote a letter to Jim Henson. And on August 25, 1972, he wrote me back. Enclosed in a nice, signed letter was this postcard:


It sits framed on my desk as I type this.
Many years later, I was fortunate to get to work as a puppeteer for The Jim Henson Company. I did a few Sesame-related video shoots, and also a large number of national and international live appearances as "Bear in the Big Blue House" and the "Coca-Cola Polar Bear":


My work for Henson began in 1994 when I was invited to participate in a weeklong puppetry workshop. Also attending that workshop was an incredibly talented 16-year-old kid we called “Tags”. John Tartaglia's lifelong inspiration with Jim Henson has been well-documented here, and he quickly became an indispensable member of the Sesame team. Here's John at an even earlier age:

In subsequent Henson workshops, John even played a part in teaching other aspiring puppeteers. Around 1999, one of them was none other than David Vordtriede, the artist behind the world of Cosmo. David would later pay tribute to the Muppets with his Muppabet poster, licensed by Disney. He also won the Grand Prize in WeLoveFine.com's Sesame Street Design Contest with this delectable design:

 So it's a common thread of inspiration that has led us to Cosmo. But beyond the obvious “television puppetry” theme, I can't help but feel that Jim Henson would have loved our project, with its nonlinear, interactive structure and branching storylines. After all…he was working on just such a project himself.
In 1980, along with his daughter Lisa, Maurice Sendak, and Jon Stone, Henson conceived The Varied Adventures of Mischievous Miles, an interactive movie to be shown in theaters. This would require multiple projectors, numerous reels of film, and apparently audiences were simply going to shout out which direction they wanted the story to go! Clearly, the technology wasn’t in place for this idea to work.
But that was 36 years ago. Tablets and touchscreen devices are the perfect way to deliver nonlinear storytelling experiences, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do with Cosmo!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Creator Callout: John Tartaglia

We are thrilled that John Tartaglia is voicing Cosmo, and doing the live puppeteering of Cosmo's puppet Gus!




John is an Emmy Award, Tony Award, and Drama Desk Award nominated actor, puppeteer, and producer known to millions of fans around the world as "Johnny" from Disney's hit television series Johnny and the Sprites, which he created and produced.




He has been working professionally as a puppeteer since he was just 16 years old when he joined Sesame Street (the youngest puppeteer in the show’s history). In his memorable Broadway debut, John became a force in the theater world by originating the roles of "Princeton" and "Rod" in his Tony-nominated performance in Avenue Q. His other Broadway credits include originating the role of "Pinocchio" in Shrek The Musical, and playing "Lumiere" in Beauty and the Beast.




John is active as a director in New York, and has produced several projects through his company Gables Grove Productions, Inc. John created, produced, wrote, and voiced five of the lead characters in the Off-Broadway sensation John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean which went on from New York City to tour nationally and internationally, including more than 40 U.S. cities, Guatemala, and Singapore. Most recently, John has created SPLASH, a new kids show produced by The Jim Henson Company, which is coming soon to PBS Kids!


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Creator Callout: Galen Fott

Hey, that's me! How awkward. Well now, let's just see what it says about me on the Cosmo Kimball website:




Galen Fott is the writer, director, and animator of Cosmo Kimball. An award-winning filmmaker, Galen has completed 14 animated films to date for the venerated Weston Woods Studios, now a division of Scholastic. For these films, he directed the vocal performances of Joanne Woodward, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi, Sean Hayes, and Paul Giamatti.

Galen’s work has screened at the Guggenheim, Sydney Opera House, National Gallery of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Hiroshima and Anima Mundi animation festivals, and in the major film festivals of San Francisco (three-time Golden Gate nominee) and London. He has also created animation for Sesame Workshop, Marvel Comics, country star Trace Adkins, and Ralph's World.





Monday, February 29, 2016

Creator Callout: Scotty Huff

Scotty Huff is the amazing and multi-talented composer for Cosmo Kimball!



A Maine native, Scotty graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. His college years weren't simply filled with study; he was often contracted to support acts like Natalie Cole and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

After moving to Nashville, Scotty immediately established himself as a trumpet player and began working with legends Boots Randolph and Danny Davis. Before long he was hired by The Mavericks to lead their horn section on a three-year world tour. Following that, Scotty was hired by Keith Urban to play rhythm guitar and sing backing vocals. He was an integral part of Keith's touring band through his first three solo records.

He next helped jumpstart the careers of many artists in their radio promotion tours, working as vocalist, guitarist, and music director.

Scotty has now given up full-time touring to focus on his film scoring and production talents, and also to be home to raise his two beautiful children alongside his loving wife. Here's the trailer for "Scaredy Squirrel at Night", the recent Weston Woods film for which Scotty composed the music:



 Scotty’s web presence is at www.scottyhuff.com .

Friday, February 26, 2016

Creator Callout: David Vordtriede

While Cosmo Kimball and the Perfect Hat has quite the cast of characters, I wanted to first introduce you to the behind-the-scenes "cast of characters" who are creating it. And where better to start than with the brilliant David Vordtriede?




David is the designer and illustrator of the world of Cosmo Kimball. David’s early diet of Looney Tunes, Muppets, and Saturday morning cartoons fueled an interest in illustration, painting and sculpting that has made him one of the top illustrator/designers in the St. Louis area. His award-winning talents in print and web design have benefitted such companies as Microsoft, AT&T, BP, Redbox, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, St. Louis Public Radio, the National Pork Board, and Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo. For EFG Publishing Inc., David illustrated the book Boredom Blasters.


But perhaps his proudest design accomplishment to date is his Muppabet. Begun as a pet project celebrating the Muppets, the alphabet poster is an officially licensed product of The Walt Disney Company.





More recently, David has been responsible for the visuals in Vevo's A.K.A. series, such as this entry on LL Cool J:





David lives in St. Louis with his wife Jenny and their triplets Vincent, Evelyn, and Marian. His online portfolio resides at theloulander.com .

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Welcome!


Hello, and welcome to the "Cosmo Kimball and the Perfect Hat" production blog! As we work this year to bring the project to life, we're going to use this blog to give a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, and to keep you updated on our progress.

Just in case you don't know..."Cosmo Kimball and the Perfect Hat" is an interactive animated film, delivered as an app for touchscreen devices. But we've got a whole website dedicated to it, which can fill you in on all the basics here:

www.cosmokimball.com

So check it out at your leisure, and be sure to check back here for updates!