Elmer Earl Hartman IV
January 10, 1965
Highland Park, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Anchor Bay High School|
|Alma mater||California Institute of the Arts|
|Occupation||Animator, writer, producer, director, voice actor, YouTuber|
|The Fairly OddParents|
Bunsen Is a Beast
Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV (born January 10, 1965) is an American animator, writer, producer, director, voice actor, and YouTuber. He is best known for creating Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast. Hartman also owns a production company, Billionfold Inc., which he uses primarily to produce his shows. Hartman was an executive producer on The Fairly OddParents for the entirety of its 16-year run.
On February 8, 2018, Hartman announced in a YouTube video that he had left Nickelodeon on February 2 after having worked at the studio since December 1997; he confirmed that this resulted in the end of production on Bunsen Is a Beast after just one season. Hartman's latest animated program, HobbyKids Adventures, premiered on YouTube in 2019.
Hartman was born in Highland Park, Michigan. He received the nickname Butch as a young boy and continued to use the name professionally as an adult. Hartman spent his childhood in Roseville, Michigan and his teenage years in New Baltimore, Michigan. He graduated from Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore in 1983, and subsequently attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. As a young student he appeared on The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour winning close to $3,000.
While still attending CalArts, Hartman interned as an in-between animator on the Don Bluth film An American Tail. Before graduating, he was a contestant on the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour for three episodes and shortly after graduating, he was hired as a character designer and storyboard artist for an unidentified My Little Pony animated series. As he had no previous experience with storyboards, he was soon fired. Afterwards, he found work with Ruby-Spears, where he worked on It's Punky Brewster and Dink, the Little Dinosaur. He was also a member of the video reference crew for the Disney film Pocahontas.
In the early 1990s he was hired as an artist in the model department at Hanna-Barbera, and was eventually contacted by studio president Fred Seibert to make the shorts Pfish and Chip and Gramps for the What a Cartoon! Show. Eventually, he became a writer, director and storyboard artist for several of the early Cartoon Network shows, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel. After his contract with Hanna-Barbera expired, he went to work with Seibert on the Oh Yeah! Cartoons show for Nickelodeon.
During his time working at Hanna-Barbera, he became friends with future Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. The two would later go on to make the short Zoomates together for Oh Yeah! Cartoons. The character Dr. Elmer Hartman in Family Guy was named after Hartman. He also voiced various characters in the show's first few seasons.
His biggest success came in December 1997, when he created The Fairly OddParents. The series originally started out as a series of shorts on the anthology show, Oh Yeah! Cartoons. Eventually, Nickelodeon decided to pick the shorts up as a full series. Premiering in 2001, the adapted series ended up becoming a huge hit, second only in the ratings to SpongeBob SquarePants (and it briefly even passed SpongeBob's ratings). Following the third The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius crossover The Jimmy-Timmy Power Hour 3: The Jerkinators, the series ceased production in 2006, but it was announced on Hartman's forum on February 2, 2007 that 20 more episodes would be produced; the 6th season of Fairly OddParents aired on February 18, 2008, starting with the 1-hour special Fairly OddBaby. From May 1, 2009 to May 3, 2009, the 3-part special Wishology aired; although that too was originally intended as a series finale, the series was renewed for another season. A tenth season was eventually ordered in 2015. The Fairly OddParents is Nickelodeon's second longest-running animated show behind SpongeBob.
Due to the success of The Fairly OddParents, Hartman was asked to create another show for Nickelodeon; Hartman says the President of Nickelodeon asked him if he had an idea, and before he could say the title he was given the greenlight. The show would later become Danny Phantom. To produce the show, in 2003, Hartman founded his own production company Billionfold Inc., which he also used, and still uses today, to produce his other projects. Danny Phantom received critical acclaim and is considered Hartman's best show, with Hartman himself acknowledging it as perhaps the best of his programs. Danny Phantom ended production in early 2007.
Around 2008–2009, Hartman began production his third show for Nickelodeon, T.U.F.F. Puppy, which premiered in 2010 alongside the Jimmy Neutron spin-off Planet Sheen. The series received mixed to positive reviews and ran for 3 seasons before being cancelled.
His fourth show, Bunsen Is a Beast, aired on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons from January 16, 2017 to February 10, 2018. On February 8, 2018, Hartman announced on his Twitter and YouTube accounts that he had left Nickelodeon as of February 2 after a 20-year run.
In late February 2018, Hartman revealed in a video released on his YouTube channel that The Fairly OddParents was canceled and renewed five times by Nickelodeon. He said that the reason for the series' back-and-forth cancellation and renewal was because it was not as popular as SpongeBob SquarePants, yet it still performed better in ratings than any other animated show on the network.
After Hartman announced his departure from Nickelodeon, he additionally announced that he was working on new projects to be released in the future. He announced that he is working on a show called Elf Detective for his YouTube channel as well as multiple projects with PocketWatch, Inc. On June 18, 2018, he launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own streaming service for family-focused entertainment called OAXIS. It successfully reached its goal of $250,000 on July 18, 2018.
In 2015, Hartman launched a "kid-safe [online] network of live shows and cartoons" called the Noog Network.
In October 2017, Hartman started a podcast called Speech Bubble with his co-host Jace Diehl, on which they talk about cartoons, movies, pop culture, and various other topics. Several voice actors have appeared on the podcast, including Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong, Jerry Trainor, Grey Griffin, and Vic Mignogna. After initially posting excerpts on his primary YouTube channel, the podcast videos were later moved to its own dedicated YouTube channel, now including full episodes.
On June 22, 2019, Hartman's latest animated series, HobbyKids Adventures, premiered. This series, produced by PocketWatch, Inc., was created for YouTube channel HobbyKidsTV. On 13 July, Hartman released a book, Mad Hustle, which details the ins and outs on pitching and selling a show in Hollywood.
In recent years, particularly after his departure from Nickelodeon, Hartman has been involved in multiple controversies. After the fundraising goal for OAXIS Entertainment had been reached, a video was spread online in which he stated the network was meant to be specifically a Christian streaming service, which was never disclosed on the page. However, he later clarified that while faith would continue to be a part of his life, OAXIS would not be a faith-based service.
In 2021, Hartman was accused of plagiarism when he published his commissioned artwork of Attack on Titan character Mikasa Ackerman, in which similarities were noted towards a 2018 artwork of a Japanese artist. The artist confirmed they had not given permission to Hartman, who had uploaded the artwork to Twitter, and has not Tweeted since.
Hartman currently lives in Bell Canyon, California, with his wife, Julieann, and daughters, Carly and Sophia Hartman. He also has three younger brothers. Hartman is also an openly devout born-again Christian and young-Earth creationist, converting in 2000 after hearing a sermon by Frederick K. C. Price.
In 2005, Hartman, along with his wife, founded Hartman House, a non-profit organization that supports those in developing nations, as well as some of the most poverty stricken areas in the United States.
|1986||An American Tail||In between artist|
|1992||California Hot Wax||Eddie|
|1994||Scooby-Doo! in Arabian Nights||Character designer|
|1995||Pocahontas||Video reference cast|
|1997||Annabelle's Wish||Storyboard artist|
|1998||Adventures in Odyssey: Baby Daze||Storyboard artist|
|Adventures in Odyssey: A Stranger Among Us||Storyboard artist|
|2006||Doogal||Voice Director, Writer (uncredited)||He stated on his podcast "Speech Bubble" that only about three percent of his writing contributions were used in the film.|
|2011||A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!||Waiter||Writer|
|2012||A Fairly Odd Christmas||Christmas Caroler||Story and screenplay|
|2014||A Fairly Odd Summer||Crazy Guy||Writer|
|1984||Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour||Contestant|
|1985–1986||It's Punky Brewster||Models|
|1987||Growing Pains||Robert Jordan||Episode 3.5: "Michaelgate"|
|1988||Just the Ten of Us||Rod Grossman||Episode 1.4: "Close Encounters"|
|1988–1989||Days of Our Lives||Henry Jake|
|1989||Dink, the Little Dinosaur||Storyboard artist|
|1990||Piggsburg Pigs!||Key model designer|
|1991–1993||Tom & Jerry Kids||Character designer|
|1993||Droopy, Master Detective||Designer|
|1995||What a Cartoon!||Creator: "Pfish & Chip", & "Gramps"; writer/director "Hillbilly Blue"|
|1996-1999||Jumanji||Storyboard Artist: 3 episodes|
|1996–1997||Dexter's Laboratory||Storyboard artist/background designer/layout artist|
|1996–1998||The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper||Storyboard artist|
|1997–1999||Johnny Bravo||Storyboard artist/writer: story/director|
|1997||Cow & Chicken||Models/storyboard artist|
|1997||I Am Weasel||Models/storyboard artist|
|1998–2002||Oh Yeah! Cartoons||Creator: "The Fairly OddParents" and "Dan Danger"; director/producer: "Terry and Chris"; director/storyboard artist: "Zoomates"|
|1999–2002||Family Guy||Jonathan Weed / Additional voices||8 episodes|
|1999–2002||The New Woody Woodpecker Show||Storyboard Artist: "Temper, Temper" 1 Episode|
|2001–2017||The Fairly OddParents||Dr. Rip Studwell / Additional voices||Creator/story/writer/director/storyboard artist/voice actor/theme music composer/executive producer|
|2002||The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius||Writer: "See Jimmy Run"|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Football Announcer 1
(episode: "What You Want")
|Creator/story/writer/storyboard artist/director/theme music composer/executive producer|
|2010–2015||T.U.F.F. Puppy||Agent Weaselman / Agent Rodentski / Escape Goat / TV Voice||Creator/story/music composer/voice actor/executive producer/writer/storyboard artist/director|
|2013||Big Time Rush||Himself||Guest star on "Big Time Cartoon"|
Guest animator on "Big Time Christmas"
|2017–2018||Bunsen Is a Beast||Fido / Beast Ball / Pete / Memory Pete / Kitten||Creator/writer/storyboard artist/executive producer/theme music composer|
|2019||The Garden||Creator/story/writer/storyboard artist/director/executive producer|
|2017||The Fairly Odd Phantom||Internet short that reunites characters from all Butch Hartman shows created for Nickelodeon|
|2019–2020||HobbyKids Adventures||SlobbySnake (episode: "The Drawing Board")||Creator/executive producer/director/writer/designs/voice actor|
|2017||Butch Hartman: Sketchbook 1: Stuff I've drawn or am drawn to.||CreateSpace||ISBN 978-1975613396||Author and illustrator|||
|3 O'Clock Club Vol. 1: School's Out... of Control!||ROAR Comics||ISBN 978-1941302583||Co-author with Jordan B. Gorfinkel|||
|2018||Vision: Possible!||CreateSpace||ISBN 978-1727377453||Co-author with Julieann Hartman|||
|2020||Hannah and the Beanstalk: A True Story of Faith||Harrison House Publishers||ISBN 978-1680315011||Illustrator|||
|Mad Hustle: How to pitch & sell shows in Hollywood||CreateSpace||ISBN 979-8639551123||Author|||