Radical Axis (studio)

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Radical Axis, Inc.
TypePrivate
IndustryFilm, television animation and commercials
FoundedAtlanta, Georgia, 2000
FounderScott Fry
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia, Bangkok, Thailand,
Key people
Scott Fry, Craig Hartin, Todd Redner, April Pesa, Brandon Betts
ProductsAqua Teen Hunger Force
Archer
Sealab 2021
Squidbillies
Number of employees
11 to 50 [1]
Websiteradicalaxis.com

Radical Axis, Inc. (stylized as radicalaxis) is an American animation studio headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It is known for its work in animated television shows and commercials. The studio was founded in 2000 by Scott Fry, an animator on the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[2] In addition to Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the studio's television credits include Squidbillies, Perfect Hair Forever, 12 oz. Mouse, Sealab 2021 on Adult Swim, Freak Show on Comedy Central, and Archer on FX. Radical Axis also animated a full-length film based on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters.[3][4]

Overview[edit]

Radical Axis was founded in 2000 by Scott Fry, who would be an animator on the series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.[5]

"Rhett Danielson" (played by writer/comedian Nick Gibbons) interviews studio CEO, Scott Fry in Radical Axis Presents Radical Axis Presents.

Specializing in animation and design for episodic and commercial projects, the studio also provides turnkey production services that include the creation, execution, and delivery of broadcast ready content. For Freak Show, Radical Axis handled all aspects of production, from initial audio records, design and storyboards to the final delivery of the master.[6]

The studio was profiled in a 1940s-style mockumentary short, "Radical Axis Presents Radical Axis Presents", that appeared as a Special Feature on the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 6 DVD. Radical Axis has also been praised by comedian and Freak Show creator/writer, David Cross, who said, "Radical Axis is to animation what the Gutenberg Bible is to publishing. In short, one of the most significant, groundbreaking inventions in history that will move us forward and out of these dark ages. That, and they're funny too."[7]

In addition to its work in episodic television, the studio has also provided animation, motion graphics, and design services for hundreds of commercial projects for companies as varied as Chuck E. Cheese, Earthlink, Cheetos, and L'Oreal.[2]

Growth[edit]

Radical Axis has nearly doubled in revenue and staff each year since its inception in 2000. The studio has offices in Studio City, California and Bangkok, Thailand.[8] Operating out of a storage closet at Cartoon Network's Williams Street facility for two years from its inception, Radical Axis moved into a 2,800-square-foot (260 m2) studio in Midtown Atlanta, before expanding again to over 6,000 square feet.[2]

Production[edit]

In 2005, Radical Axis averaged a completed commercial project every four days and a television program every three weeks.[2]

According to an interview with Radical Axis' Scott Fry, Craig Hartin, Todd Redner and Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator, Matt Maiellaro, animation files and drawings are often downloaded from FTP sites and approved via email or instant messenger.[9]

Projects[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radical Axis Animation Studio: About". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  2. ^ a b c d "Radical Axis Illustrates Animation Strength". Design Taxi. July 3, 2006.
  3. ^ "IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Williams Street = TVIV". Archived from the original on December 1, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Radical Axis Brings Comedy Central's Freaks to Life; Atlanta Animation Studio to Produce the New Comedy Central Series Freak Show". www.businesswire.com. July 14, 2006. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2022.
  6. ^ "Freak Show Series Premiere". Cold Hard Flash. October 10, 2006.
  7. ^ "Step Up Right To Comedy Central's Freak Show". Animation World Network. October 3, 2006.
  8. ^ "Radical Axis (Thailand) Co.,Ltd". ThaiCompanyList. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  9. ^ "Radical Axis Studios at WonderCon 2010: Interview with crew behind Aqua Teen Hunger Force". Geeks.co.uk. April 7, 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  10. ^ "DVR alert: 'Cheyenne Cinnamon' wins Adult Swim's vote". USA Today. March 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "Comedy Central.com announces lineup". Variety. January 8, 2007.
  12. ^ "The Must-See Three". Time Out New York. Retrieved September 6, 2007.

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