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Hartman at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.
|Born||Elmer Earl Hartman IV
January 10, 1965
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Animator, executive producer, writer, animation director, storyboard artist, voice actor, singer, actor|
Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, executive producer, animation director, storyboard artist, voice actor, occasional singer, writer, and actor. He's the creator of the animated series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy. He heads the production company Billionfold, Inc., which produces the three aforementioned programs.
Hartman was born in Highland Park, Michigan to Elmer Earl Hartman III and Carol Davis. He received the nickname "Butch" as a youth and continues to use the name professionally as an adult. Hartman spent his childhood in Roseville, Michigan and his teen years in New Baltimore, Michigan. He graduated from Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore in 1983. He subsequently attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
While still attending the California Institute of the Arts, Hartman received the chance to intern as an in-between animator on the Don Bluth film, An American Tail. Shortly after graduating for the California Institute of the Arts Hartman was hired as a character designer for the animated series My Little Pony. Instead, they had him working on storyboards (which he had not done before) and as quickly as he was hired, he was fired. Soon after Hartman found work with Ruby-Spears, where he worked on It's Punky Brewster and Dink, the Little Dinosaur. He was also a video reference crew for the Disney movie, Pocahontas.
In the mid-1990s he got hired at Hanna-Barbera and created the shorts Pfish and Chip and Gramps for the What a Cartoon! Show. Eventually he became a writer, director and storyboard artist for several of the "What a Cartoon!" shorts that got turned into series, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel and The Powerpuff Girls. After his contract with Hanna-Barbera finished up he went to work with former co-worker Fred Seibert on the Oh Yeah! Cartoons show.
While working at Hanna-Barbera, he became friends with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Hartman later designed and directed MacFarlane's 1998 animated short "Zoomates", for Oh Yeah! Cartoons. MacFarlane also has a character on Family Guy named after him: Dr. Elmer Hartman. Hartman currently lives in Bell Canyon, California, with his wife, Julieann, and daughters, Carly and Sophia.
The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy
His biggest success came in 1997, when he created The Fairly OddParents. (The idea came to him during the drive from Hanna-Barbara to Nickelodeon to pitch an idea to Fred Seibert.) It was originally a series of made for TV shorts on the anthology show, Oh Yeah! Cartoons. In 2001, Nickelodeon picked it up as a full series. The Fairly OddParents became a huge hit, second only in the ratings to SpongeBob SquarePants. Due to the success of "OddParents", Hartman was asked to create another cartoon for Nickelodeon, (Hartman says the President of Nickelodeon asked him if he had an idea, and before he could say the title he was given a contract.) which would later become Danny Phantom. To produce that show, in 2004, Hartman created Billionfold Studios. Billionfold produced another Hartman cartoon for Nickelodeon, T.U.F.F. Puppy, which premiered on October 2, 2010, the same day that Planet Sheen premiered.
The Fairly OddParents ceased production in 2006, but it was announced on Hartman's website on February 2, 2007 that 20 more episodes will be produced. Danny Phantom ended production on August 24, 2007. The 6th Season of The Fairly OddParents aired on February 18, 2008, starting with the 1-hour special Fairly OddBaby. On May 1, 2009 to May 3, 2009, the brand new special "Wishology" aired. iCarly star Jerry Trainor voiced Dudley Puppy in T.U.F.F. Puppy.
Hartman was asked to serve as executive producer and screenwriter of Doogal, the Americanized dub of the British/French animated film The Magic Roundabout. Under his own assumption that the movie itself was lacking, Hartman proposed that in addition to dubbing, extra scenes be filmed in live action to fill up empty spaces in the story. While the idea was originally received with praise and was essentially given the okay, budgeting was pulled from it at the last minute and the only changes made were in the dubbing.
The film was then dubbed by The Weinstein Company, and was released on February 24, 2006. Doogal was poorly received by critics, and did poorly in the box-office, grossing $7 million and getting 7% on Rotten Tomatoes.
His other TV work includes voicing various characters on the animated series Family Guy and playing the character Sean Masters on the short-lived series Generations in 1991. He also appeared on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives during the late 1980s. In 2012, Hartman serves as an animation director to teaming up with Sony Pictures Animation to bring ALF to the big screen.
Hartman also founded a non-profit organization in 2005, Hartman House, along with his wife, Julieann Hartman, who is the co-founder of the organization. Hartman House travels to developing nations and some of the most poverty stricken areas in the United States.
Hartman House has built two homes for families in Guatemala, fed nearly 7200 families with Thanksgiving meals in the U.S., and is in the midst of funding a school in Africa. Hartman uses his talent to draw and autograph pictures of his animated shows for hundreds of children at these events.
|1986||An American Tail||in between artist|
|1992||California Hot Wax||Eddie|
|1995||Pocahontas||video reference cast|
|1997||Annabelle's Wish||storyboard artist
|1998||Adventures in Odyssey: Baby Daze||storyboard artist|
|Adventures in Odyssey: A Stranger Among Us||storyboard artist|
|2004||Channel Chasers||animator for "Channel 297" scene|
|2005||The Magic Roundabout||writer: United States screenplay|
|2011||A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!||Waiter||writer: series and characters|
|2012||A Fairly Odd Christmas||Christmas caroler||writer: series and characters|
|1985–1986||It's Punky Brewster||models|
|1987||Growing Pains||Robert Jordan||Episode 3.5: "Michaelgate"|
|1988||Just the Ten of Us||Rod Grossman||Episode 1.4: "Close Encounters"|
|1988–1989||Days of Our Lives||Henry
|1989||Dink, the Little Dinosaur||storyboard artist|
|1990||Piggsburg Pigs!||key model designer|
|1991–1993||Tom & Jerry Kids||character designer|
|1993||Droopy, Master Detective||designer|
|1995||The Cartoon Cartoon Show||creator: "Pfish & Chip" and "Gramps"|
|1996–1997||Dexter's Laboratory||storyboard artist/background designer/layout artist|
|1997||Cow & Chicken||models|
|1997||I Am Weasel||models|
|1998||The Powerpuff Girls||storyboard artist/layout artist|
|1998–2001||Oh Yeah! Cartoons||creator: "The Fairly OddParents" and "Dan Danger", director/storyboard artist: "Zoomates"|
|1999–2002||Family Guy||additional voices|
|2001–present||The Fairly OddParents||Dr. Rip Studwell||creator/executive producer|
|2003||Pet Star||Judge||Episode 1.11|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||creator/executive producer|
|2010–present||T.U.F.F. Puppy||Agent Weaselman
|2013||Big Time Rush||guest star|
- "'Fairly OddParents' is not just for kids". The Augusta Chronicle. 12 February 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Fletcher, Alex (September 7, 2012). "TUFF Puppy' Butch Hartman interview: 'I want Charlie Sheen character". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Ball, Ryan (April 8, 2004). "Butch Hartman Talks Danny Phantom". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- Lloyd, Robert (October 2, 2010). "Television reviews: 'T.U.F.F. Puppy' and 'Planet Sheen'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- White, Stefanie (November 24, 2006). "Nickelodeon cartoon creator Butch Hartman visits McKinney". McKinney Courier-Gazette Star. Retrieved 11 November 2012.