Frederator Studios is an animation studio founded in 1997 and run by Alan Goodman, Albie Hecht and Fred Seibert, the team that designed the look of MTV and Nickelodeon in the early eighties and created the Kids' Choice Awards and Nickelodeon GUTS as Chauncey Street Productions in the early 1990s.
Frederator is known for their animated anthology series, or "cartoon incubators", which have served as the launching pad for their best known series: The Fairly OddParents! for Nickelodeon and Adventure Time for Cartoon Network.
Their film department was founded in 2007, during development of a movie based on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!. On August 8th, 2015, it was announced at RTX'15 that they would be partnering up with Rooster Teeth for an as-of-yet-revealed project.
In 2012, Frederator launched Cartoon Hangover, an outlet for Web Animation productions. In contrast to the family-oriented shows produced for television, Cartoon Hangover's content exclusively targets teenagers and adults. In addition to premiering new short pilots and mini-series, Cartoon Hangover is better known as the home of Bravest Warriors, from Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, and Bee and Puppycat by Natasha Allegri. Other Cartoon Hangover pilots with their own pages include Doctor Lollipop, created by Kelly Martin, Dead End, created by Hamish Steele, and The Summoning, created by Elyse Castro.
It wouldn't be until 2017 when the studio would unleash their first half-hour adult animated series: Netflix's Castlevania. Against all doubts, Castlevania's first season would be a critical success, becoming the first video game adaption to be certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
On October 26, 2016, parent company Frederator Networks, Inc. was purchased by Canadian studio Rainmaker Entertainment. Frederator Networks now serves as a subsidiary as part of the holding company WOW! Unlimited Media, which is run by Michael Hirsh, founder of Nelvana and Cookie Jar Entertainment. Fred Seibert would stay on board as chief creative officer until 2020, when he stepped down to return to focusing on independent animation.
Frederator has produced the following series (in order of release):
- Oh Yeah! Cartoons
- The Fairly OddParents! (and the related TV movies)
- My Life as a Teenage Robot
- Nicktoons Film Festival
- Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!
- Ape Escape (loosely based on the second game in the series)
- Random! Cartoons
- Fanboy and Chum Chum
- Adventure Time
- Bravest Warriors
- Bee and Puppycat
- Castlevania (Based on the video game series)
- Costume Quest (2019) (Based on the video game series)
- The Ferocious Beast Show (An upcoming reboot of Maggie and the Ferocious Beast. Coproduction with Nelvana.)