J. J. Sedelmaier
|J. J. Sedelmaier|
|Born||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Notable work||Beavis and Butt-head
The Ambiguously Gay Duo
J. J. Sedelmaier is an American illustrator, designer, author, and film director/producer, known for co-creating (with Robert Smigel) "Saturday TV Funhouse" that includes the The Ambiguously Gay Duo and The X-Presidents on the TV series Saturday Night Live, the Tek Jansen series on The Colbert Report, the interstitial cartoons seen in the USA TV series, Psych, and over 500 other TV and advertising projects.
Sedelmaier and his wife Patrice run J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc., an animation/graphic design studio they established in 1990 in White Plains, New York, to create and produce animated television commercials utilizing print illustrators as designers - an approach they continue to this day. He began his career in animation on cartoon television specials such as Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City (1981), The Berenstain Bears' Valentine Special (1982), and Berenstain Bears' Littlest Leaguer (1983). Between 1984 and 1990 Sedelmaier worked with R. O. Blechman at The Ink Tank in New York City. His studio's long form creations, which are often parody-oriented, include animation for Saturday TV Funhouse on Saturday Night Live, the pilot episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, the Tek Jansen series for The Colbert Report, and a series of interstitial cartoons for the USA/NBC live action series, Psych, along with advertising campaigns of live-action/CGI commercials for Alka-Seltzer resurrecting the classic Speedy Alka-Seltzer character, and "Scrubbing Bubbles" for S.C. Johnson. Sedelmaier collaborated with Robert Smigel on creating The Ambiguously Gay Duo, The X-Presidents, and the Fun With Real Audio cartoons for SNL. Sedelmaier personally designed the AGD characters, Ace & Gary. Stuart Hill was his collaborator on the Captain Linger series of interstitials for Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network. JJSP also launched the first and second season of the MTV series Beavis and Butt-head series in 1993.
Sedelmaier, along with Turner network exec Betty Cohen, graphic design guru Tom Corey and producer Tom Pomposello, also produced an in-house sales tape within Turner Broadcasting that presented the concept of Cartoon Network. Soon thereafter, Nickelodeon requested J. J. Sedelmaier's services to design, animate, and produce the package of network ID's that were used to inaugurate their Nicktoons and Nick at Nite blocks. This also included the Nicktoons logo design and the opening and closing sequence used for the block. In 1991, J.J. Sedelmaier created two ID's for MTV. Immediately working on Beavis and Butt-head a year later, the studio animated three new episodes for the reintroduction of the educational Schoolhouse Rock series for ABC.
As author, Sedelmaier has contributed to numerous articles for Print Magazine and its Imprint blog (http://www.printmag.com/author/jj-sedelmaier/) as well as books by Steven Heller, Spencer Drate, David Levy, Maureen Furniss, and Paul Wells. He has spoken and organized screenings at schools and universities throughout the United States and is a regular presenter at both the New York and Chicago Comic-Cons.
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