Matt Taylor is an Australian based animator taking his sabbatical working in the US. At Frederator/NY Matt came by not only to show us some of his studio Sixty 40’s work, but to talk with me about some ideas for Too Cool! Cartoons and Cartoon Hangover.
And, hang onto your hats Adventure Time fans. Because Matt reminded me of the critical role he played in getting AT on the air. Yes, it was the very same Matt Taylor, who at Kidscreen 2008, asked me when the heck the show was going to be on television. I very flippantly assured him, with complete confidence, that the series would be in production within six months. There were absolutely no facts behind my assertions, because at that moment we’d been rejected virtually everywhere we’d visited; everyone loved the short and no one wanted the show.
Well, my bluster got picked up by the influential Gwen Billings in Cynopsis: Kids! the very next day. Our phones started ringing and the ball was in motion so I wouldn’t be accused of being a liar.
Matt Taylor got that ball rolling and for him we are forever grateful.