|Public; Independent animation company|
|Industry||animation, motion pictures, television shows|
|Headquarters||Hollywood, California, USA|
|Terry Thoren (CEO, 1994-2006)
Brandon Scott (Vice President)
|Products||The Tracey Ullman Show
The Simpsons (minute-shorts)
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
The Wild Thornberrys
As Told by Ginger
Spy vs. Spy
The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
Number of employees
Klasky Csupo, Inc. (/ / KLASS-kee CHOO-poh) is a multimedia entertainment production company located in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, founded by artist/producer Arlene Klasky, animator Gábor Csupó and their nephew Attila Csupó, hence the company's name.
Klasky Csupo was initially distinguished by its work on logo designs, feature film trailers, TV show titles, promos and spot ID's for a wide variety of clients, in the process earning a reputation as the industry's most imaginative and innovative studio. Building on its success, the studio opened its first facility in Hollywood in 1988 at the corner of Fountain and Highland Avenues. The studio soon grew to include six buildings that have become well known in Hollywood — in true Klasky Csupo style, the exterior walls of the buildings are decorated with large murals of its characters.
The studio's first big break came in 1987 when James L. Brooks of Gracie Films hired the studio to produce the title sequence for a new comedy series called The Tracey Ullman Show. In addition to the main title, Klasky Csupo was given the opportunity to produce a series of one-minute cartoons which featured a group of characters called the Simpsons, created by Matt Groening. Klasky Csupo produced and animated all 34 shorts, and when it became one of the most popular segments on the show, Fox Television began airing a weekly half-hour series entitled The Simpsons. Klasky Csupo produced every episode for the first three seasons of the series. The studio shared the 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program with Gracie Films. In addition to that, Klasky Csupo produced the hit video "Do The Bartman". Klasky Csupo animator and colorist Gyorgyi Peluce conceived the idea of the Simpsons characters having yellow skin, and Marge Simpson having blue hair, opting for something which "didn't look like anything that had come before." Klasky Csupo was also responsible for an error during the episode "Homer's Odyssey" in which Waylon Smithers was animated with the wrong color and was made African American. In 1992, Gracie Films switched domestic production of The Simpsons to Film Roman. Csupó was "asked [by Gracie Films] if they could bring in their own producer [to oversee the animation production]," but declined, stating "they wanted to tell me how to run my business." Sharon Bernstein of The Los Angeles Times wrote that "Gracie executives had been unhappy with the producer Csupo had assigned to The Simpsons and said the company also hoped to obtain better wages and working conditions for animators at Film Roman." Of the 110 people he employed to animate The Simpsons, Csupó laid off 75.
In 1991, Klasky-Csupo began producing Rugrats, an animated show for Nickelodeon. Their next major series was Duckman for the USA Network. The show revolved around the home life and adventures of a dim-witted and lascivious private detective duck named Eric Duckman. The series ran from 1994 to 1997. During the same time Nickelodeon released Klasky-Csupo's second Nicktoon series, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. During this time Klasky Csupo ended production on Rugrats, due to the fact that they thought they were going to be cancelled after all the 65 episodes were aired (originally, due to the 65 episode rule). However, there were left-over specials, due to the fact that Nickelodeon, instead of cancelling the show, saw potential in the show, and wanted to resume the show's run. The specials were so successful that Nickelodeon, instead of cancelling it, renewed the show for an additional season in 1996, and it aired in 1997.
In 1993, Klasky Csupo worked with popular comedian Lily Tomlin and her partner Jane Wagner to bring the irascible little girl, Edith Ann, to television in two half-hour animated specials for ABC Television. The first, "A Few Pieces of the Puzzle," aired in January 1994 and received excellent critical acclaim and the second, "Homeless Go Home," aired in May 1994 to even better critical response and ratings.
In 1995, the studio debuted, Santo Bugito, the first Tex-Mex animated comedy. Created by Arlene Klasky, "Santo Bugito" is the story of a tiny town of 64,000,000 insects located on the border of Texas and Mexico. Music-driven and Latin influenced, the series stars Cheech Marin, Joan Van Ark, Tony Plana, William Sanderson, George Kennedy, Marabina Jaimes and David Paymer. "Santo Bugito" is highlighted by the music of Mark Mothersbaugh and a distinctive look.
Also that year, Klasky Csupo also established Class-Key Chew-Po with Chris Prynoski & John Andrews to continue the successful commercial animation business that had grown from the company's initial work in main titles and graphics. Class-Key Chew-Po had been an immediate success, building an impressive client list with work for companies like 1-800-COLLECT, Oscar Mayer, Taco Bell, Kraft & Nickelodeon. In 2001, the company founded Ka-Chew, a live-action commercial division.
On December 23, 1998, CEO Terry Thoren concluded an eleven-month negotiation with Mercedes-Benz and moved the company into the state of the art studio in Los Angeles. Between the late-1990s and 2000s, Klasky-Csupo began producing new shows Rocket Power, As Told by Ginger, Santo Bugito and Stressed Eric.
In 1998, Klasky Csupo redesigned McDonald's mascot, Ronald McDonald. The company was commissioned to develop 6 animated videos which was distributed directly to consumers via McDonald's restaurants - 14,000 in the United States and 21,000 worldwide.
In 2001, in honor of the Rugrats 10th Anniversary, Klasky-Csupo released a two-part special entitled, All Growed Up. The special featured the famous babies as pre-teenagers. It was popular enough that a series based on that special premiered in 2003. The series was put on hiatus in 2006 and officially canceled in 2008. Several previously unaired in the US episodes aired on Nickelodeon in November 2007 and August 2008. Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys are the only Klasky Csupo shows to have theatrical movies based on themselves.
The company was also active in producing recorded music with the labels "Tone Casualties" and "Casual Tonalities". Gabor Csupo was a good friend of Frank Zappa and occasionally collaborates with Mark Mothersbaugh, who did most of the music, for Rugrats. Klasky-Csupo also produced a number of projects in commercial advertising, including a series of direct-to-video features (The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald) for the McDonald's fast food chain.
By 2004, Klasky-Csupo shut down production on most of its shows, including Rugrats, and in 2006, shut down production on all their shows except the new pilots they created. After 20 years since The Simpsons animation departed to Film Roman, Klasky Csupo started to have its animation credit in the ending credits of a Dexter's Laboratory music video ("Dee Dee and Dexter" by They Might Be Giants) and Futurama (Rough Draft Korea first, then Film Roman third with the 4th season and on).
In fall 2006, Klasky Csupo announced development of 28 new animated pilots (which were sold to Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., The N, Noggin, Nicktoons Network & MTV until that year), which were to be up for sale at a later date, and posted to their YouTube channel in 2012:
The animation designs in these pilots are in various styles, instead of the typical style that Klasky Csupo was famous for in the 1990s. As of 2010, some of the cartoons had yet to be finished. Gabor Csupo posted the remains on his YouTube channel.
In April 2011, kachew!, Klasky-Csupo's live-action commercial division, was absorbed into 6-Point Media.
In 2012, Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo resurrected the company. Along with Craig Singer, they created “Ollie Mongo”, the story of a teenage skateboarding zombie who lives 200 years in the future. The Ollie Mongo comic book came out in the summer of 2012. They are also working on "Splaat", a webseries featuring the character from the 1998 Klasky Csupo logo, which is continuing its use as the main production logo.
Three logos of this company were used. The original 1991 logo featured dancing graffiti turning into letters as the blocks slide. In 1998, the well-known logo was released, which features blue ink with a black in the center emerging from the center of a static purple background. A live-action hand places magazine clippings of eyes and a mouth on the black part of the blob and the mouth says the company name while the K-C blocks fly out and the screen fades to black. The 2003 logo features a rooster on top of a skyscraper on a green city skyline. The rooster has the eyes from the 1998 logo and yells "WAKE UP!" as the sun peeks out and the K-C blocks fly around. The K-C logo appears in a white flash and the rooster mysteriously disappears. The logo is seen more grungier than in the previous logos. The 1998 logo is currently used as the studio's main logo since the studio's re-opening. The character in the logo was given arms and legs and was named "Splaat" and will star in his own web series.
Klasky Csupo productions
|Title||Original run||Created by||Produced for|
|The Tracey Ullman Show (26 two-minute bumpers)||1987–1990||Created by Tracey Ullman||Gracie Films & 20th Century Fox Television|
|The Simpsons||1989–1992||Created by Matt Groening
Animation studio on the original shorts, and Seasons 1-4 only.
|Gracie Films & 20th Century Fox Television|
|Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (television special)||1990||Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||HBO|
|Sesame Street (Monster in the Mirror featuring the Simpsons and Alphabet Jungle)||1991-1992||Children's Television Workshop|
|Rugrats||1991–2004||Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain||Nickelodeon|
|"Recycle Rex"||1992||Designed and created by David Cutler||Disney Educational Productions|
|Edith Ann: A Few Pieces of the Puzzle (television special)||1993||Created by Lily Tomlin||ABC|
|Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||1994–1997||Created by Gábor Csupó and Peter Gaffney||Nickelodeon|
|Duckman||1994–1997||Created by Everett Peck||Paramount Network Television & Rene and Osburn Productions|
|MADtv (Spy vs. Spy cartoons only)||1995–2009||Created by Fax Bahr and Adam Small||QDe & WB Television|
|Santo Bugito||1995–1996||Created by Arlene Klasky
Developed by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó
|The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald||1998–2003||Direct-to-video||Klasky Csupo and McDonald's Studios|
|The Wild Thornberrys||1998–2004||Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, Steve Pepoon, David Silverman and Stephen Sustaric||Nickelodeon|
|Stressed Eric||1998–2000||Created by Carl Gorham
Developed by Absolutely Productions
First season only
|Absolutely Productions & the BBC|
|Rocket Power||1999–2004||Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó||Nickelodeon|
|What's Inside Heidi's Head?||1999||Created by Nancye Ferguson and Mark Mothersbaugh
Company's first live-action series.
|As Told by Ginger||2000–2006||Created by Emily Kapnek||Nickelodeon|
|All Grown Up!||2003–2008||Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó
Spin-off of Rugrats
|Angelica and Susie's Pre-School Daze||2005||Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó
Spin-off of Rugrats
|Rugrats: Tales From The Crib||2005-2006||Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó
Spin-off of Rugrats
|1998||Rugrats Movie, TheThe Rugrats Movie||November 20, 1998||Kovalyov, IgorIgor Kovalyov and Norton Virgien||The first Rugrats movie.||Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies|
|2000||Rugrats in Paris: The Movie||November 17, 2000||Bergqvist, StigStig Bergqvist and Paul Demeyer||Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies|
|2002||Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie||December 20, 2002||Malkasian, CathyCathy Malkasian and Jeff McGrath||The first Wild Thornberrys movie.||Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies|
|2003||Rugrats Go Wild||June 13, 2003||Eng, JohnJohn Eng and Norton Virgien||A crossover with two shows, Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys.||Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Movies|
|2008||Immigrants (a.k.a. L.A. Dolce Vita)||October 30, 2008 (Hungary)||Csupo GaborGábor Csupó||Based on an unseen Spike TV series; released on DVD in US in 2009||Warner Bros. Pictures|
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- Recycle Rex at the Internet Movie Database
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- Official website
- K-C's Cooltoons Home Page
- Klasky Csupo at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Global Tantrum (K-C Mature Animation)[dead link]
- (The "Bring Back Rugrats" Page on Facebook)
- Interview with Arlene Klasky (2012)