Spike Brandt & Tony Cervone

For this installment of Animated People, we decided to take a journey into the 24th 1/2 Century with Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, supervising producers/directors of the new Duck Dodgers series, which premiered August 23 on Cartoon Network.

Spike Brandt

1. I realized I wanted to be a professional animator and filmmaker when …

I saw Snow White.

2. When I was a kid I …

Was quite a bit shorter but otherwise pretty much the same.

3. My parents wanted me to be …

Happy in my work. They always encouraged me to get a job doing something I loved.

4. My first job (of any kind) was …

Mowing lawns. I had quite a little business, kept my own books and bought my own lawn mowers.

5. My first big break in animation was …

John McClenahan hired me at a studio in Chicago called Startoons. He needed help animating Tiny Toons shows for Warner Bros. I was there for three years working on the WB shows Tiny Toons, Tazmania and Animaniacs. It was a great experience and I can’t say enough about Jon McClenahan.

6. My career in animation was most influenced by …

The cartoons of Chuck Jones.

7. I’m most proud of …

My ability to not give up on projects I believe in. Duck Dodgers took 6 years before we got a green light.

8. One thing I would change about the animation business is …

The perception that 2D is dead.

9. The animated character I’m most like is …

Heckel, or is it Jeckle. I always get those two mixed up.

10. What I’d most like to be doing in ten years is …

Making funny, funny cartoons

11. My favorite cartoon is…

Long-Haired Hare

Tony Cervone

1. I realized I wanted to be a professional animator and filmmaker when …

A terrible injury cut short my career as a professional rodeo clown.

2. When I was a kid I …

Got into all sorts of trouble. I hated book learnin’. The only thing that kept me out of mischief was doodling and watching cartoons.

3. My parents wanted me to be …

Quiet.

4. My first job (of any kind) was …

After a brief stint as a busboy, I landed a job as an usher in a movie theater. That was tons of fun, and I got to see The Karate Kid for free 600 times!

5. My first big break in animation was …

Back in Chicago, Jeff Siergey gave me my first crack at being an assistant animator. Then Jon McClenahan gave me my first job as an animator.

6. My career in animation was most influenced by …

I’ve been lucky enough to work with some extremely talented people who I owe very much, but I guess the original Looney Tunes directors have influenced my career the most.

7. I’m most proud of …

The Duck Dodgers show, only on the Cartoon Network! No, really, it is.

8. One thing I would change about the animation business is …

I wish there was more regular, steady work. And I hate the whole 2D versus 3D debate. You can say what you need to protect your own interests, but audiences respond most to good stories and characters they care about.

9. The animated character I’m most like is …

When I was younger and thinner, someone told me I looked like the animated Bruce Wayne. That was cool. Who doesn’t want to resemble a millionaire, playboy, psycho vigilante? Now I guess that in terms of both looks and temperament, I’m most like Fred Flintstone.

10. What I’d most like to be doing in ten years is …

Making cartoons and spending time with my friends at the Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo’s Lodge. *see above.

11. My favorite cartoon is …

The Duck Dodgers show! premiering on. Only on the Cartoon Network!