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Water-wood? Clips from the Watertown animation cluster

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 3, 2010 02:41 PM

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This Sunday's Globe column looks at some of the animation studios clustered in Watertown (and Boston, too), which produce work for the Web, TV, and mobile devices. Here are some samples:

- The show that started it all: "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist," which debuted on Comedy Central in 1995. The show was produced by the animation division of Watertown's Tom Snyder Productions, which was later dubbed Soup2Nuts.

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- Jim Lehrer interviews WordGirl, the hyper-literate PBS superhero created by Soup2Nuts, headquartered at the Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown:

- TV ad for the Jay Peak ski resort, by Clambake Animation in Watertown:

- Fizzy's Lunch Lab, from Cloudkid (which just moved from Watertown to Boston. I wrote about Cloudkid's recent Emmy nomination here.)

- The Zebrafish series of Webisodes, produced by Boston-based FableVision for Childrens Hospital Boston.

- Animation demo reel from 360KID in Watertown.

- Work samples from Waltham-based Handcranked Productions, which focuses on mixed media and stop-motion animation.

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