Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy creator says he was fired for “Ruining Cartoon Network”
The creator of The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy Maxwell Atoms says he was fired for “ruining the Cartoon Network brand” and therefore does not work with Adult Swim. Atoms recently made the claim while answering questions from fans on their Tumblr account (via RBC) when asked if he had ever considered doing shows for Adult Swim. Atoms says he had ideas, but didn’t think a collaboration would be likely given the past.
âI have a few ideas that I think would KILL on Adult Swim,â Atoms wrote. “But since the current president is the guy who disguised me in public for ‘ruining the Cartoon Network brand’ with my ‘hateful fart cartoon’ before quickly firing meâ¦ such a collaboration seems incredibly unlikely.”
The person Atoms is referring to is Michael Ouweleen, current president of Adult Swim who was also senior vice president of development and programming at Cartoon Network from 2006 to 2008. Atoms’ The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy, a series that followed a boy named Billy and a girl named Mandy who found themselves with the Grim Reaper as their best friend in eternal bondage and slavery after winning a game of limbo to save Billy’s hamster, ended up being completed in 2007. A special move, Underfist: Halloween Bash, was intended to be the set-up of a spinoff series, but the series was canceled, apparently due to Atmos leaving Cartoon Network.
Atmos then gave clarification on his dismissal from Cartoon Network.
âJust to clarify, Cartoon Network fired everyone in 2009. They even moved their executives from Georgia to LA and then fired them as well. They let Craig and Genndy go. I certainly can’t take the firing personally. I take the disguise personally. I mean … let’s say “someone” was producing a problematic show. If I was in charge, the first thing I would do would be call that person and ask them to change something. Failing that, I would stop ordering new episodes instead of buying more. And finally, if I decided that I was just going to erase the cardâ¦ I would fire everyone and say, “Sorry, we’re going to in a different direction. “
He continued, âWhat I wouldn’t do is get everyone together in a big conference room and demolish a project that 1 / 6th of the studio had been working on for seven years. That was very, very long ago. long. impacted my career. Butâ¦ hey, welcome to the entertainment industry. The point of my post was not to start the beef, but to stop people from constantly suggesting that I should do a performance. adult swimming. I really appreciate faith in my mojo, but like I said … such collaboration is unlikely. “
While Atmos is unlikely to collaborate on anything for Adult Swim, he has had other well-known projects since. The Sinister Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Atoms continued to work on Hooks for Disney as well as Bunnicle and Teen Titans Go! For Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network.
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