[Groop]Groo Cartoon, Mark Stuff, & Mulch

Mark Evanier me@evanier.com
Thu, 09 Nov 2000 12:30:53 -0800

On Wed, 8 Nov 2000 20:57:13 -0800, "Gary Grossmann"
<grossfam@olywa.net> wrote:

>OK, first off to make a primarily non-Groo message Groo-pertinent: MARK!  Is
>there a realistic possibility that someday there will be a Groo animated
>series?  Or is it just one of those good ideas that will never happen
>because of the vagaries of The Industry?  I know you've talked about this
>before and that just the right deal has to be worked out, but I guess I am
>rather pessimistic that it will actually ever happen.  Should I be?

ME: I don't know if there will ever be a series.  I would think an
animated movie is more likely...and eminently possible.

>With a 5 year-old in the house these days, I have been more aware of the
>cartoons on TV lately, and most of them are crap!  I just don't get it.  You
>are well known as the best (or at the very least one of the best) cartoon
>writers and directors in the business.  (When I say this to people who don't
>know anything, all I have to say is "Garfield" and they say "Ohhh!")  Sergio
>is Sergio, for crying out loud!  So what's the problem?  Why won't they give
>you guys the quality and creative freedom you justifiably demand?

ME: It usually comes down to a matter of money.  We want a lot, not
just for ourselves but for production.  The trouble is that the more
money they give you, the more they expect to participate.

>And it is
>amazing to me the funny situations you find yourself in, augmented by your
>own quick wit (which you apparently get at least in part from your Mom.)

ME: Believe it or not, I think my mother got her sense of humor from
me...and she thinks so, too.

>Did you ever see a 60-something Harold Nicholas, as either the
>co-star or star, of "Jelly's Last Jam" during one of your trips to Broadway?

ME: Met him once; never saw him perform.

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