Kyle Carrozza

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Kyle Carrozza
Kyle Carrozza at Cartoon Network Studios
Born (1979-05-19) May 19, 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater Art Institute of Philadelphia
OccupationAnimator, musician, voice actor, songwriter, producer, comedian
Years active1996–present
Known for Mighty Magiswords , MooBeard the Cow Pirate
Home town Catskill, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Lindsay Smith(m. 2014)

Kyle Adam Carrozza (born May 19, 1979) [1] is an American animator, musician, songwriter, comedian, writer and voice actor who is the creator of the animated series Mighty Magiswords on Cartoon Network, billed as the network's first online digital series. Prior to Magiswords, he was also the creator of MooBeard the Cow Pirate; an animated short from Nickelodeon's Random! Cartoons .

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Besides animating and cartooning, Kyle is also an accordionist and singer in which he performs songs such as "I Like Pie" under the name "TV's Kyle" in The FuMP.

Early life

Kyle Carrozza was born in Catskill, New York. [2] As a young child, Kyle was influenced by many cartoon shows on television, mostly Bob Clampett's Looney Tunes . Most of the cartoons he watched were inspirations for his own drawing style. Shows such as Beany and Cecil and Garfield helped influence his drawings. He also got into anime in 1996 while he was at high school and particularly enjoyed watching Ranma 1/2 and Project A-ko . Several of his animation influences were from Bob Clampett, Bruce Timm, Doug TenNapel, Jhonen Vasquez, Tex Avery, Ralph Bakshi and numerous others. [3] His big influence came from animation director, cartoonist and storyboard artist Ken Mitchroney from reading and submitting fan work to his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics from Archie Comics. [4] He later got to work with Mitchroney in his career. [5]

At age 8, Kyle was one of the winners of the "Young Playwright's Project" in the New York State Museum, with his concept "Cartoon City" being adapted into a play. He also met artist Mark Kistler during that time. [6]

During his summer times when he was a teenager, he attended several drawing classes titled "Center for Character Animation" where he studied under famous cartoonist Brian Mitchell. Mitchell taught him most of the things he never got at school. He graduated from Catskill High School in 1997 and in the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1999. [7]

Career

Animation

Animaniacs

During his senior year in high school in 1997, he was invited to visit StarToons; a defunct-animation studio in Chicago, Illinois and met the studio owner Jon McClenahan who criticized his drawing work online when he sent him fan letters (along with Ren & Stimpy creator, John Kricfalusi). He worked on the famous Warner Bros. series Animaniacs in StarToons doing some cleanups and in-betweens for the Slappy Squirrel cartoon, Bully for Skippy, for two days. The work on Animaniacs helped his animation and cartoon ability grow. He was offered a full-time job but passed it down because he already accepted a full tuition scholarship to the Art Institute of Philadelphia after winning a portfolio contest. [8] [9]

Recently in an interview, Jon McClenahan stated that Kyle's work for the show was possibly re-done, which may be the reason why he wasn't credited. [10]

Funnybone Interactive

After graduating from the Art Institute in 1999, the college send his portfolio to the defunct CD-rom studio Funnybone Interactive in Canton, CT. [11] He worked as a character designer, 2D animator and voice actor in the studio. He worked on proposed CD Roms never made and mostly worked on the JumpStart CD Roms. He was dismissed in 2001 as the company decided to drop 2D graphics in order to favor completely 3D games. He subsequently moved back in with his parents. [12]

Fantasimation, Inc.

Kyle also did some animation for a cartoon short called "Da Heist" for the American animation studio, Fantasimation Inc. located in Levittown, New York [13] [14] [15] He also storyboarded the opening sequence for the non-licensed children's concept, Kappie the Kangaroo, at the same studio. [16] [17]

Kyle's hiring may be due to the fact that Brian Mitchell, who Kyle studied over the summer, was the owner of the studio. [18] However, Brian Mitchell stated that since Mitchell left the studio around the time, he never saw Kyle at the studio but remembered that Kyle was working at Funnybone at the time the projects were in production. [19]

Recently, Mike Faiella, co-creator of Fantasimation Studios and who was directly involved with Kappie the Kangaroo, stated that Kyle was physically in the studio, worked on said productions and was acknowledged off being able to draw really fast, as the pencil tests that he did in the studio were shifted to production the moment he finished. [20]

Nickelodeon / MooBeard

Kyle did not have much luck until in 2005 where he pitched "MooBeard the Cow Pirate" to Nickelodeon and Frederator Studios for their then-upcoming series, Random! Cartoons . [21] [22] One of his friends, who was a crew member on My Life as a Teenage Robot told him about the fourth season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons needing new shorts. After several storyboards, he got the greenlit. He did the final storyboards, key poses, character designs, voice direction and provided the voices of "Ungus the Unpleasant" and the "Cow Eating Gentleman". [23] Since this was his first TV job, he gave the directing position to Jeff DeGrandis who not only was pitching his own short "The Finster Finster Show" but also directed The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show on Disney which was his favorite as a kid and influenced his style. [24] The short finally aired on Nicktoons Network on December 6, 2008.

During Moobeard, he did some storyboard revisions for Catscratch , a series on Nickelodeon created by one of his favorite and inspirational artists Doug TenNapel who was also working on two Random! Cartoons shorts "Solomon Fix" (done in computer animation) and "Squirly Town" (done in traditional), which were rejected by the director. After Moobeard, Kyle later did some storyboards for the second season of Fanboy & Chum Chum , another series from Random! Cartoons. He worked alongside Ken Mitchroney, who was storyboarding for the series. [25] He also appeared in the SpongeBob SquarePants music video, Ridin' the Hook, as the guy in the SpongeBob costume. [26] His final work with Nickelodeon was as a storyboard artist for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water before leaving for Cartoon Network.

Disney

He did some storyboards for two Disney television series: Fish Hooks and Doc McStuffins as well as additional Flash animation for Doc McStuffins.

Comedy Central

He did a short in Flash animation called "Ralphy Panda in Half Baked Ditz" which premiered in Comedy Channel's Atom TV shorts block. [27]

PBS

He storyboarded several episodes of Danger Rangers in PBS.

Cartoon Hangover

He returned to Frederator Studios for a short period in which he did storyboard revisions for the Bravest Warriors episode "Catbug".

Cartoon Network / Mighty Magiswords

Kyle's animated series Mighty Magiswords premiered on Cartoon Network Video and Cartoon Network Anything on May 6, 2015. [28] Kyle also provides the leading voice of Prohyas in the show and does the voice of the announcer who says all the magiswords names in the show, as well as numerous other voices. This show also stars Grey DeLisle as Vambre, Princess Zange and other voices. The series was billed as the network's first original web series. He created the characters in high school in 1996 and pitched it between 2005–2007 under two different titles; "Legendary Warriors for Hire" and a matured-adult concept called "Dungeons and Dayjobs" until Cartoon Network picked it up. 15-micro shorts have been created for the CN Anything app in which the players have to decide which Magiswords the Warriors choose to continue the next scene.

On June 13, 2016, it has been confirmed that the series is picked up for a full-fledged TV series, which premiered September 29, 2016 on Cartoon Network in the United States.

10 3-minute shorts premiered throughout 2015 and currently, 5-minute shorts, which bear the same continuity as the TV series, are premiering. Character vlogs, which involve the characters on the show communicating to the audience in a vlog-style, are also premiering as well. Since the series was greenlit to a TV series, more designers and artists are on board in the show. His wife, Lindsay Smith, is a character designer on the show and provides the voice of the characters Witchy Simone and Lady Hiss, among additional characters. Famous comedy musician Luke Ski who is a co-host on his and Kyle's podcast "Kyle and Luke Talk About Toons", also works on the show as a storyboard revisionist, writer and voice-over actor, providing the voice of recurring character, Skullivan. The majority of the TV series episodes are written by Mr. Lawrence, who provides the voice of Ralphio on the show. Ken Mitchroney serves as the supervising producer of the series as well as providing additional voices with his recurring character being Mr. Packard, the Warriors' elephant landlord. David Baron, an artist on Tumblr and deviantArt who collaborated with Kyle on his webcomic "Frog Raccoon Strawberry", does some character designs for the show. The series also gained a cult following due to the involvement of Danny Sexbang, who provided the lead vocals of the theme song alongside Kyle and Arin Hanson who frequently voices the character, Gateaux on the show.

Cartoon Network has reported that 400 pieces of original content will be released including interactive shorts, games and interactive narratives.

Music

His music was inspired by famous artists Weird Al Yankovic, They Might Be Giants and Dr. Demento. Kyle started recording his own music in 1990 after discovering They Might Be Giants. He was also inspired by Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? . The show featured a group called "Rockapella" who performed rock songs using only their voices. Kyle got a stereo out and began recording some simple a capella musical pieces adding two more "tracks" by playing another stereo while recording. [29]

When he was 16 in high school, one of his songs "Bob from Accounting" was played in Dr. Demento's show. [30] He even got to perform live portraying Bob in said song with musicians Conehead Buddha. In 1999, he developed his first ever CD; "You Know What? No!" on mp3.com and another demo album "Pencil Test". He later released an updated album "Why Fiddely?" which was made after he gained a computer for his 21st birthday. [31]

He is now currently recording his own solo songs for The FuMP [32] and his own Bandcamp website as well as making occasional live performances and collaborations with other FuMP members.

Other works

While working at Funnybone, he started his comic book series Clare's Stupid Life for Antarctic Press. It has since gone on to become a 6-part series for Radio Comix's long-running comic anthology Furrlough. Clare was recently voted the ninth most popular comic feature in FURRLOUGH'S 140+ issue history. [33] He also did some work on the comic series, Ninja High School for the same company. He also did a comic titled Frog Raccoon Strawberry on Dumm Comics from 2008 up to 2014 because he and his animator friend, John Berry, were too busy on production with Magiswords. He also did graphic drawings and designs for Kee Kee Koki; a Spanish comic created by Looney Tunes artist and cartoon director, Dave Alvarez. He even created some characters for the comic series and even original designs. He also worked on the ABCmouse.com website for a year. He is also a freelance artist at the time, offering services to many clients and some graphic designs for some artists.

Personal life

Kyle is the son of Catskill Middle School teacher and photographer Carl Carrozza [34] [35] and Anne Carrozza. He has one sister; Laura, who works as a painter in Albany, New York. [36] Kyle is also the grandson of WWII soldier, Frank P. Carrozza; who survived the 344th Bomb Group. [37] [38]

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRole
1997 Animaniacs Animator (Startoons/uncredited)
2005 Random! Cartoons Creator, storyboard artist, character designer, composer, director
2005–2006 Danger Rangers Storyboard revisionist
2006-2008Ralph Panda and the Half Baked DitzAnimator, voice artist, creator
2010–2011 Fanboy and Chum Chum Storyboard artist (season 2)
2012 Fish Hooks Storyboard artist
2013 Doc McStuffins Flash animator, storyboard artist for The Doc Files
2015–present Mighty Magiswords Creator, show runner, story, writer, executive producer, storyboard artist, composer, theme song writer, character design, background design, model designer

Films

YearTitleRole
2015 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Character layout artist

Web

YearTitleRole
2009 Funny or Die Composer
2009Ask the Guy with the GlassesAnimator, voice artist, writer (Klondike Bar Contest Entry cartoon)
2011Some Jerk with a CameraActor (Doc Brown #39) / Ep: Back to the Future: The Ride - Part III
2012 Bravest Warriors Storyboard artist (CatBug)
2012 Joe Goes [39] Guest (Joe Goes Power Rangers)

Video games

YearTitleRole
1999 JumpStart Explorers Character designer, 2D Animator, Voice Actor
1999JumpStart Around the WorldVoice
2000JumpStart Adventure ChallengeCharacter Designer, Artist, Animator
2007 Ratatouille Tester [40]
2007 ABC Mouse Character designer, Graphic Design [41]

Short films

YearTitleRole
2002Spookycube: Quest for PieWriter, animator
2004ONE PIECE of CrapCo-writer, co-animator
2008Weird Eddie: Luck of the OafishCreator, animator, voice artist, writer

Voice roles

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999JumpStart ExplorersAdditional VoicesVideo game [42]
1999JumpStart Around the WorldBrady BearVideo game [43]
2002Spookycube: Quest for PieSpookyCube / Computer Programmer / Additional VoicesShort film
2004ONE PIECE of CrapJack / Roronoa Zolo / Red-Haired Shanks / Rapper / Additional VoicesShort
2008 Random! Cartoons Ungus the Unpleasant / Ungentlemanly PigEpisode: "MooBeard the Cow Pirate"
2015–present Mighty Magiswords Prohyas / Announcer / Grup the Dragon / Additional Voices50 episodes
2017 The ChickenDuck Show ChickenDuck / Wilbur"Duckwatch" [44]
2018 The PowerPuff Girls HarmadilloEpisode: Bubbles the Blue [45]

Comics

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 Heathcliff Fan Letter (Heathcliff's Letter Box)Marvel [46]
1988 Mighty Mutanimals Issue #5Fan ArtArchie Comics [47] [48]
1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Issue #16Fan ArtArchie Comics [49]
1994 The Simpsons Junk MailBongo Comics [50]
1994-1995 Bartman BartmailBongo Comics [51] [52]
1997 Patty Cake Patty PostCaliber Press [53]
1999Clare's Stupid LifeCreator, artist, inker Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex [54]
1999 Ninja High School Artist, inker Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex [55]
1999Tech HighArtist, inker Furrlough / Radio Comix' Manga Ex [56]
2006Tea PartyArtist, writerP.M.B.Q. Publishing [57] [58] [59] [60]
2006-2008Kee Kee KokiArtist, designerDavid Alvarez Productions
2009-2015 Frog Raccoon Strawberry Co-creator, artist, inkerDumm Comics

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