The latest news from your buddies at Buddy System Studios!

Blogging at the speed of stop-motion.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!!!

According to the Chinese calendar, this was the Year of The Tiger.  It was a ferocious year filled with fun projects that we attacked with the aggression of a jungle cat.  Next year is the Year of The Rabbit.  Cute!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Will in "Vint"age form!

We are proud to announce that Will Vinton, one of stop-motion's greats, was celebrated at this year's LA Animation Festival (LAAF).  As official sponsors, we wanted to honor Will with a trophy that captured his essence.  Behold, Will Vinton in the style of Will Vinton!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Stuff on the walls at Buddy - Pt. 3

Your guess is as good as ours as to where this stuff comes from.

Translated:  Buddy Systems - best deal in the Valley!

Clutch says "Don't ask."

Alyssa is perfection. The End.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

October EOTM - Fox McCloud

Congratulations, Fox McCloud, for barrel rolling into our starry-filled eyes in the month of October!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

We Control TV!

Ok, not yet.  But we’d like to.  It’s in our plans to control television using stop-motion.  Since we have to do that one frame at a time, it’s gonna be a while.  Until then, enjoy the Buddy-produced intro that our own Ethan Marak directed for Matt Senreich & Seth Green’s new reality experiment, ControlTV!  (Click any numbered episode)

Tristan goes from handsome to handsomely sleeping

Monday, October 4, 2010

♪ Derby Derby-Doo ♪

28 amazing cars.  Scratch that.  27 amazing cars and one really $h!#y f*&%ing car.  In the end, it took only one Silver Bullet to slay the entire Ghostbusters and one Lean Green Machine.  Thanks to everyone that helped make this the best Buddy Jamboree ever!  Race you to next year!

Buddy Jamboree 2010 Results
1st Most Fastest:  The Silver Bullet  (Towner)
2nd Most Fastest:  Ecto 1  (Harv)
3rd Most Fastest:  Lean Green Machine  (Gavin S.)

Most Resembles Their Owner:  Leadfoot  (Patrick O.) 
Slowest Jalopy:  Red Eye  (Sihanouk M.)
Most Intimidating:  Nightmare  (Brian K.)
Cutest Ever:  Derbysaurus REX  (Lauren H.)
Pimpin’ Paint:  Red Racer  (Taylor S.)
Raddest Car:  Mazoomowski  (Kelly & Marianne M.)
$h!#*est F*&%ing Car:  Happy Go Lucky  (Moriah Z.)

Harv protesting the results. Towner having none of it.
 A child's dream hangs in the balance
They were all friends until the race began

Nothing says SPEED like Winnebago

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September EOTM - The Week of Sept. 20th

Congratulations to The Week of Sept. 20th or is it congratulations to Buddy?  Seriously, we PWN3D that week.  It's like all the celestial bodies aligning for 2012.  But instead of 50 tons of fiery asteroid coming down on you, it's amazing projects.  We <3 you, Week of Sept. 20th!

Friday, September 3, 2010

FOX crazy like a Foxx

The Jamie Foxx Pilot we worked on got greenlit!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Congratulations to our friends working on Robot Chicken and to our very own Ethan Marak for his work as Animation Director on the series!

Monday, August 30, 2010

August EOTM - Alfred E. Neuman

Congratulations to Alfred E. Neuman and our collaborators at Warner Bros. Animation for causing plenty of MADness in the month of August!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Buddy Boyz

Updates were made, then Harv looked at Towner and said, “$h!t just got reel.”

Thursday, August 19, 2010

We've got some Breaking News!

At least according to Cartoon Brew, that is.  Don't forget to check out our Breaking News segments and the Opening we did for the new MAD Magazine series premiering September 6th on Cartoon Network!

Harv animates faster when he wears pink

Ethan & Kelsey spell MAD with a million puppets

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Consider us Informed

Our ubiquitous information network (read: our gamer friend), sent us a scan of our Mega Man puppet in this month's Game Informer magazine.  We're starting to see Mega Man in everything.

Mega Mean Muggin'

Thursday, August 5, 2010

If you build it...

... they will come.  At least, that's what they say.  We don't know who they are, but we hope we don't attract any unsavory characters.
 Run and tell that, Homeboy!

Friday, July 30, 2010

July EOTM - Jon M. Gibson

Congratulations Jon, 4 being 2 Legit 2-bit in the month of July!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Buddettes!

Past & present Buddy interns.  Way better than our first bunch of misfits.  (Don't act like you don't know, Guys.)

Female stop-mo'ers represent!

Friday, July 16, 2010


Even though we blog at the speed of stop-motion, sometimes we get a little giddy-up in our step.  We teamed up with our buds from iam8bit for a kick-ass 80's infused trailer for the upcoming game, Mega Man Universe.

You can find out more about the trailer & game HERE!

 HARV MAN is a new Boss in Mega Man Universe
 Ethan emasculates Ryu
 The Oceans 11 of stop-motion... but with just 3 peeps.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stuff on the walls at Buddy - Pt. 2

Sometimes our experiments go too far.  The formula for our latest creation can be found on our walls.

Take 3 parts cat and 1 part mouse...

Add essence of Animator and the primal build of an ancient beast...

And you get... HARVFOOT!

ALERT!!!  An eyewitness has spotted Harvfoot in the woods of North Carolina!  It's been about a week since his escape, so his hair might have grown.  But it's him.  Harvfoot has bee-yoo-tiful hay-er.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June EOTM - Ethan Marak

Congratulations to Ethan Marak!  His contributions in the month of June have taken the studio to the next level.  He even got us to upgrade from pagers to cell phones!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SO Hollywood...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Taking a Leak!

We here at Buddy believe in proper hydration.  We also believe that whoever leaked this video,  has good taste in animation.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

MAY EOTM - Chris R.

Congratulations to Chris for mega excellence in being mega awesome at mega puppet making in the mega month of Mega May!

Monday, May 10, 2010

We do what now?!

We do a lot of things here.  Stop-mo, 2d, 3d, 4d, dog-watching.  You name it, we do it.

Well, leave it up to our friends over at iam8bit to actually name it.  The "it" being a custom job on an old skee-ball machine for Capcom's Lost Planet 2 launch party.  Oh, and get it done in under a week.

This is what we had to work with...
This is what we had to make it look like...
And this is what stole the show!

You can check out a recap of the night's events here!

Friday, April 30, 2010

April EOTM - GFB

Congratulations to GFB!  That's Grown Face Baby to those unfamiliar with the up-and-coming star of the new sketch comedy pilot for FOX.  Like the show's creator, Jamie Foxx, GFB takes his acting seriously.  He studied this kid for months.


Buddy Ethan’s film just took the #1 spot in the First Glance Online Short Film Contest!  There’s only 4 weeks left and we pity da foos who don’t help him stay on top! 

You can support Ethan here.

Mr. T isn’t really asking for your support... 

Monday, April 19, 2010


The Buddies ventured beyond their Valley sanctuary to find themselves embroiled in a murder/mystery.  How many animators does it take to solve a crime?  Will their beards immediately make them "persons of interest"?  What does this have to do with GFB?!

Vague picture is vague.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Stuff on the walls at Buddy - Pt.1

Located above the slop sink, this inspiring illustration reminds Buddy staff that: "Cleanliness is next to crossbow-wielding-mounted-unicorn-Rambo-ness."

Gryffindax, one of the Four Great Wizards of the Buddy Bathroom.

Challenge of the day:  Create a stencil and try NOT to put your logo over EVERYTHING.

We always like to leave a strong impression.  That's why this beautiful guy is the last thing you see when you leave the studio.

Friday, April 2, 2010

OMG! What is GFB?!

a)  Georgia Factory for the Blind

b)  Giggly Fairy Boys

c)  Greg's Friendly Baby

d)  None of the above!!  But it has to do with Buddy.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March EOTM - Mr. Lewis

There are a lot of words.  There are a lot of Smiths.  But there ain't a lot of quality wordsmiths like our buddy, Craig Lewis.  Like a determined mother in labor, he helped push out 3 Buddy projects in the month of March.  Now that's love!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


After going through 2 tons of cardboard and 53 sticks of dynamite... our original action project is finished!  Stock up on extra thick band-aids interwebz, cause when this goes public, there's gonna be a lotta hurt goin' on!

Friday, February 26, 2010

February EOTM - It's-a-Mario!

Back-to-back Buddy Employee of the Month repeats!  This is for Mario, for excellence in slaying all obstacles and putting the soul back in stop-motion.  His contributions during the final push of the Disney project were well-noted.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Creation of Re-Creation

Congratulations to Trisha Gum and Dan Field for completing their music video for the band Papillon!  Portions of the video were shot here at Buddy, and we're excited to see what they come up with next!

Animator Melissa Goodwin Re-Creation-ing