White Plains, New York-based J. J. Sedelmaier Prods., which animated The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The X-Presidents, Fun with Real Audio and other short cartoons for the "Saturday TV Funhouse" segment of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is teaming up again with prolific comedian Robert Smigel after four years.
We’ve been informed that Sedelmaier has just wrapped production on a new animated spoof tentatively scheduled to air during this weekend’s broadcast of Saturday Night Live. The piece should raise a few eyebrows as it is a parody of Mel Gibson’s controversial blockbuster The Passion of the Christ.
Sedelmaier tells Animation Magazine Online that he can’t get into any specifics about the installment yet due to confidentiality issues but offers, "This is the first non-Ambiguously Gay Duo cartoon we’ve done since 2000. Robert just needed a hand and we dove in. We started it on Monday and are delivering it tomorrow. It’s terrific to make a visit to the SNL realm again!"
Ambiguously Gay Duo first appeared on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show in 1996. Sedelmaier and Smigel first collaborated in 1992 on a Saturday Night Live commercial parody called “Cluckin’ Chicken,” then went on to do the titles for Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
In 2000, animation work on "Saturday TV Funhouse" was taken over by Wachtenheim/Marianetti, a studio formed by J. J. Sedelmaier Prods. alumnus Robert Marianetti and David Wachtenheim.
The Saturday Night Live exposure has earned J. J. Sedelmaier Prods. a lot of work in the field of television commercials. The company also produced thethe pilot for Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.