Eric Fogel

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Eric Fogel
Born (1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 46)
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Director, writer, animator, producer, and voice actor
Years active 1991-present
Known for Celebrity Deathmatch
The Head
Glenn Martin, DDS

Eric Fogel (born July 8, 1969) is an American director, writer, animator, producer, and voice actor who is best known as the creator of Celebrity Deathmatch.[1] He also created the cult shows; The Head, Starveillance, Glenn Martin, DDS. Fogel also directed several episodes of Daria.

Early life[edit]

Fogel graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1991 with a BFA in Film/TV. During his time there he created his first animated film, titled Mutilator: Hero of the Wasteland, a film which one professor cited as being "inappropriate due to its violent content." Mutilator would go on to win NYU's Award of Excellence in Animation and became a cult favorite of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Fogel continued to produce animated shorts, including a sequel to his Mutilator short. He soon had his reel come across the desk of an executive at MTV Animation, which landed him a job at the studio. Where, while working on his first series; The Head, also directed episodes of Cartoon Sushi (which featured the original Celebrity Deathmatch pilot), and Daria.


The Head[edit]

Main article: The Head

In 1994, at age of twenty-four, Fogel created his first animated series for MTV. The Head was a bizarre show about a high-spirited alien named Roy, who survived on Earth by living inside the head of an everyman named Jim. The show, which blended sci-fi action and comedy, ran for two seasons before being cancelled by MTV.

In 1996, the same year the series had been cancelled; Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster published a graphic novel based on the series titled The Head: A Legend Is Born. The graphic novel was based on a script from the series that was never animated. Fogel and Gordon Barnett wrote the novel.

Celebrity Deathmatch[edit]

Main article: Celebrity Deathmatch

For his next series, Fogel was determined to revive the seemingly lost art of stop-motion animation. The pitch was simple: Celebrities square off in a ring and proceed to beat the pulp out of one another…in clay. Celebrity Deathmatch premiered in 1998 during the Super Bowl Halftime and turned out to be the highest rated special in the history of MTV. Fogel directed every episode from 1998 to 2002, along with voicing some characters, and the show became popular enough for Fogel to be named one of the most creative people in the TV industry by Entertainment Weekly. Four seasons and nearly a hundred episodes later, Deathmatch was known over the world and remained as one of MTV's highest rated shows. Most of Fogel's projects have been in claymation ever since.

In 1999, a Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack was released, the single "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes" by Marilyn Manson had a video directed by Fogel in the style of the show. Though no wrestling is involved, the two hosts from Celebrity Deathmatch introduce Manson and his entire band are portrayed in clay performing the song.

In 2006, Deathmatch was revived by MTV2, but Fogel decided not to get involved with the show so he could work in his new show Starveillance. Despite being replaced by Jack Fletcher and Dave 'Canadian' Thomas, Fogel was still credited as the creator and co-executive producer of the show.


Main article: Starveillance

Fogel recently created a new claymation series called Starveillance which parodies several celebrity situations through claymation animation and debuted on January 5, 2007 on E! to positive reviews, however E! decided to cancel the series after one season due to low ratings. Fogel's production company Fogelmania Productions and Cuppa Coffee Studios produced the show.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Mutilator: Hero of the Wasteland Director, writer, animator (short film)
1992 Mutilator: Hero of the Wasteland Episode II: Underworld Director, writer, animator (short film)
1994 The Head Various, Himself Creator, director, writer, creative supervisor
1997-1998 Cartoon Sushi Director, writer, co-executive producer (2 episodes)
Daria Director (9 episodes)
1998-2002 Celebrity Deathmatch Various Creator, director, writer, executive producer, creative supervisor
1998 General Chaos: Uncensored Animation Director
2000 Clayton Director, writer
2004 Jammin' in Jamaica Director (TV short)
2005 My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie Director
2006 Barbie Diaries Director
Starveillance Creator, director, writer, executive producer
2009-2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Various Co-creator, writer, character designer
2010 Corpus Special thanks (documentary)
2013 Team Smithereen Executive producer (Failed pilot)
2014-2015 Wallykazam! Director (9 episodes)
TBA Havoc Director, writer, animator (short film)

Current projects[edit]

In 2005 and 2006, Fogel directed the direct-to-DVD movies, My Scene Goes Hollywood: The Movie and Barbie Diaries.

In 2008, Fogel starting producing a series of 2-3-minute shorts called Anton & Crapbag for MTV2 that started airing on April of that year. The series was produced using rod puppetry and 2D animated mouths. The series revolves around two slackers who try various Jackass-esque stunts that inevitably end in disaster. Fogel has uploaded most of the shorts to his YouTube channel.

Fogel's latest series; Glenn Martin, DDS, which he co-created with Alex Berger and Michael Eisner premiered on Nick at Nite in the United States and Citytv in Canada in 2009. The show lasted for two seasons, and ended in 2011. The series followed the adventures of Glenn Martin, a road doctor, and his family. The show generated some controversy due to its inappropriate content and time slot, which aired following SpongeBob SquarePants. The series was produced by Cuppa Coffee Studios and The Tornante Company's animation division, Tornante Animation and distributed by Rogers Communications.

In 2013, Fogel started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new short film called Havoc, loosely based on his short film; Mutilator. The short is about a lone warrior facing off against mutants in a post-apocalyptic setting. While funding for the short was unsuccessful, Fogel later alluded on his Twitter that he still had plans to produce the short, saying; Havoc will live on![2] In 2015, Fogel uploaded an animatic of the short to his YouTube channel.[3] Fogel was also an executive producer for the Team Smithereen pilot, which was released in 2013.

Recently, from 2014-2015, Fogel directed 9 episodes of the Nickelodeon series Wallykazam!.

Also in 2015, another revival of Deathmatch has been ordered by MTV2. With Fogel, Paul Ricci, and Chris McCarthy behind the project. The revived series would be re-envisioned for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.[4]


  1. ^ "Eric Fogel, Creator of Celebrity Deathmatch, Starveillance and Anton & Crapbag". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  2. ^ [1] Twitter Retrieved on 7-8-15.
  3. ^ [2] YouTube Retrieved on 7-8-15.
  4. ^ [3] Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 7-8-15.

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