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Butch Hartman
Creator and Executive Producer
Bunsen is a Beast

Michigan native Butch Hartman remembers wanting to create cartoons as far back as kindergarten.  “I drew a picture of my teacher and she kept raving about it.  I realized art was a good way to get attention and I was hooked,” said Hartman. He has been with Nickelodeon for 18 years, spearheading four successful series including: The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and upcoming Bunsen is a Beast.

Hartman pursued drawing through high school and then attended Cal Arts to study animation.  Hartman decided on animation as a career after working freelance as an assistant animator for Don Bluth on “An American Tail” during his junior year at Cal Arts.  Upon graduation, he worked as a character designer and storyboard artist for Marvel Productions, and later, Ruby Spears Productions.

Soon after, he earned a job working on Family Dog for Amblin Television before joining Hanna-Barbera in 1991.  Hartman worked at Hanna-Barbera for six years doing storyboard work, directing cartoons and creating his own shorts for What A Cartoon!  He also wrote and directed episodes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo before churning out three shorts – Pfish & Chip, Hillbilly Blue and Gramps.

Following his stint at Hanna-Barbera, Hartman began working on Nickelodeon’s Oh Yeah, Cartoons! where he created a new short, The Fairly OddParents.  The short was then developed into an animated series and became a mega-hit for the network when it launched in 2001.  The Fairly OddParents ranks as Nickelodeon’s third longest running animated series, behind SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. In 2011, Nickelodeon commemorated the 10th anniversary of the animated series with the live-action/CG animated TV movie A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!  The series came to life once again in the original TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas in 2012 and A Fairly OddSummer in 2014.

The Fairly OddParents was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 in the Outstanding Music and Lyrics category for an original song co-written by Hartman entitled,“I Wish Every Day Could Be Christmas.”The series garnered two additional Emmy nominations the following year in the same category for original songs co-written by the creator entitled, “What Girls Love” and “It’s Great to be a Guy,” and in 2004 for “Wish Come True!.”  The Fairly OddParents received two BMI Cable Awards for Outstanding Theme Song and Underscore in 2002 and 2003.  In 2010, The Fairly OddParents earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.  The successful animated series has also earned several Annie Award nominations.

In 2004, Hartman created Danny Phantom, an animated comedy series featuring a teenage boy endowed with ghost-like superpowers, and in 2010, he created the Nickelodeon animated series, T.U.F.F. Puppy, which follows a gung-ho, dim-witted dog named Dudley Puppy who is thrust into the role of “hero” when recruited by the super secret crime fighting organization T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force).

In 2015 Nickelodeon announced the 20-episode greenlight for Hartman’s fourth series with the network, Bunsen is a Beast, following the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast ever to attend a human grade school, and his human best friend Mikey.

Hartman also launched his own online kid’s destination called “THE NOOG NETWORK”. An interactive app featuring cartoons, live-action shows and games for kids. 

In 2005, Hartman and his wife, Julieann, founded Hartman House, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to help underprivileged children all around the world.  Since its formation, Hartman House has helped support numerous global child-based charities, including The Angola Girls Project, a shelter for adolescent girls in Angola, Africa.  Hartman House has also spearheaded aid projects in orphanages in Uganda, Africa and Haiti.  In Los Angeles, Hartman House has funded school scholarships for inner city children and sponsored a complete home renovation for a family in need.  More information regarding the non-profit foundation is available at www.hartmanhousefoundation.org.

Hartman lives in Bell Canyon, Calif. with his wife, two daughters, four dogs and one cat.

 

Cast Biographies

Jeremy Rowley as Bunsen
Jeremy Rowley voices Bunsen, the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids, in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

Rowley is best known as Lubert the doorman on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. He has also appeared on Modern Family, Key & Peele, Henry Danger, Game Shakers, Reno 911 and numerous other TV shows, including voice work on Mike Tyson Mysteries and a weekly animated recap of Lost for ABC.

 

Ben Giroux as Mikey Munroe
Ben Giroux voices Mikey Munroe, a sweet and quirky kid who is accepting of everyone, in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

Giroux is a comedic actor and director. He currently has recurring television roles as The Toddler on Henry Danger, Little Zach on Hart of Dixie, and Dark Warrior on Mighty Med. His other notable television appearances include: NCIS, Anger Management, Best Friends Whenever, 2 Broke Girls, Bones, House, Psych, Family Tree, Sam & Cat, Weird Loners, Happyland, Bucket & Skinner, Pair Of Kings, Happily Divorced, Unhitched, Fresh Beat Band, Fred, Annoying Orange, The Bold And The Beautiful, The Haunted Hathaways, and Death Valley.

His film credits include: Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Santa Buddies, Summoned, The Thanksgiving House, Christmas Twister, Kidnapped, The Flight Before Christmas, A Christmas In Vermont, and Abner The Invisible Dog.

 

Kari Wahlgren as Amanda Killman & Sophie Sanders
Kari Wahlgren voices Amanda Killman, a rigid, rule bound and judgmental neurotic who hates beasts, and Sophie Sanders, Mikey’s secret crush, in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

From animation to anime and video games, Wahlgren is one of the top voice actresses in Los Angeles.  Her first role as Haruko in FLCL remains a fan favorite, and her voice can also be heard in Emmy and Academy Award-winning animated films and TV shows such as: The Fairly OddParents, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Rick and Morty and Gravity Falls.

Other major anime roles include: Fuu in Samurai Champloo, Saber in Fate Zero and Fate Stay Night, Celty in Durarara, Kagami in Lucky Star. Her major video game roles include: Aranea Highwind in Final Fantasy XV, Jedi Female Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ashe in Final Fantasy XII, Tessa in Skylanders and on camera, Helen in Wizards of Waverly Place.

 

Cristina Milizia as Darcy
Cristina Milizia voices Darcy, Bunsen and Mikey’s eccentric and super knowledgeable homeschooled friend, in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

Hailing from Oakland, California, Milizia began her voiceover career at the age of eight voicing La Ratita Raquel (Mattie the Mouse) for The Learning Company. The daughter of two professional vocalists and musicians, she spent much of her childhood in recording studios and was frequently asked to voice various projects. Later, Milizia worked for a toy production company as both a voice actor and talent coordinator and at one point became the voice of the entire Little Mommy toy line for Mattel in both the U.S. and Latin America before moving to Los Angeles to pursue animation full-time.

As a bilingual singing voice actor, Milizia grew up specializing in toys and games, working for companies that include: Mattel, Hasbro, Leapfrog, Toys R Us, Hallmark, MGA Entertainment, Build-A-Bear, American Girl, Moose, Jakks Pacific, Playhut, Play Along Toys, and PBS Kids.  Her video game credits include: Sega of America, Electronic Arts and Nintendo Wii. She has also lent her voice in over 50 mobile game apps for Libii Games. In 2009, she landed her first major video game roles as Annie, Amumu and Nunu the Yeti Rider for Riot Games' League of Legends, which is now one of the largest video game in the world.

Her first major animation role, Lala the Koala for Doc McStuffins, sealed Milizia’s love for animation forever. Milizia voiced  Monster High's first villainess, Moanika D’Kay, in the animated feature Monster High: The Origin Story in 2016 and now regularly voices the characters Marisol Coxi, Batsy Claro, and Woolee for the Monster High animated series.

Milizia remains a full time animation talent in Los Angeles, pursuing her passion every day and thankful for the amazing industry she works in.

 

Cheri Oteri as Miss Flap
Cheri Oteri voices Miss Flap, Mikey and Bunsen’s eccentric teacher, in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

Oteri was born in Philadelphia, and later moved to Los Angeles where she worked in promotions for A&M Records. After a few years, she joined the Groundlings, where the producers of Saturday Night Live saw one of her monologues, leading to an audition and eventually being hired, in 1995, as a cast member, where thrived for 5 years and over 100 episodes. She has also appeared in several films, including: Scary MovieInspector GadgetLiar LiarDumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met LloydShrek the ThirdSouthland Tales and Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler.

A few years back, Oteri became a regular voice in the animated comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up and Puppy Dog Tails. Additionally, Oteri recently shot a pilot for NBC, Not Safe for Work; has been a guest on shows like  Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed multiple times on Watch What Happens Live with Andy CohenThe View, and; has been a recurring regular for 7 episodes last year on the hit Tru TV show Those Who Can’t; and has made multiple critically acclaimed guest appearances on sitcoms, including Strangers with Candy, Jessie, The New Normal, Hot in Cleveland, Curb Your Enthusiasm and an Emmy nominated performance in Just Shoot Me!

 

Jeff Bennett as Bunsen’s Dad, The General, and Reporter Bob
Jeff Bennett voices Bunsen’s Dad, a loose cannon and half of Bunsen’s supportive parent duo, The General Lance Justice, and Reporter Bob in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series, Bunsen is a Beast.

Bennett’s most recent voice roles include Jake and the Neverland Pirates, T.U.F.F. Puppy, The Penguins of Madagascar, Curious George and Fanboy and Chum Chum, the latter of which garnering him an Annie Award nomination for his work as The Necronomicon.

Bennett is also known for his portrayal of the iconic and Annie nominated title role in Johnny Bravo, Ben 10 Alien Force and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. His other current programs include: Kick Buttowski, The Replacements, Young Justice, and Batman: The Brave & the Bold.

Adding to his resume of a “bazillion voices,” Bennett has also provided voices on the television series Land Before Time, Curious George, Camp Lazlo, Xiaolin Showdown, Shaggy and Scooby Get a Clue, Class of 3000, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Duckman, Juniper Lee and Codename Kids Next Door. His film voiceover credits include: Tinker Bell, Curious George, Return to Neverland, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Back to Jack, Lady and the Tramp 2 and 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure.

 

 

 
     

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