Larry Huber
Born
Lawrence Huber

(1946-05-06) May 6, 1946 (age 76)
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts (B.F.A.)
OccupationTelevision producer, writer, animator
Years active1969–present
TelevisionChalkZone

Lawrence "Larry" Huber (born May 6, 1946) is an American television producer, writer, and animator who is known for his long history as a producer at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and Nickelodeon. Huber began his animation career in 1969 while working on Hanna-Barbera's The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. He went on to work for Ruby-Spears for 15 years. Returning to Hanna-Barbera in 1990, Huber worked on 2 Stupid Dogs and Fish Police. He was hired by Buzz Potamkin to supervise production on Cartoon Network's World Premiere Toons in 1995.

Huber left Hanna-Barbera in 1996 following the company's merger with Turner Broadcasting. Along with Bill Burnett, Huber co-created and executive produced an Oh Yeah! Cartoons pilot on Nickelodeon, which would later air as ChalkZone as a full series. Huber continued his role in animation on Random! Cartoons and Adventure Time, created by Pendleton Ward originally for Nickelodeon and later greenlit by Cartoon Network, which premiered in 2010.

Animotion Works, a company founded by Huber, was launched in 2004 in Burbank, California. The company has produce the Danger Rangers series for PBS.

Career

Huber began working in animation in 1969 as an assistant to Hanna-Barbera on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop.[1] He later left Hanna-Barbera to work for Ruby-Spears, a job he held for 15 years.[2]

Huber returned to Hanna-Barbera in 1990 to work on 2 Stupid Dogs and the short-lived series Fish Police. He was soon hired by producer Buzz Potamkin to supervise production on Fred Seibert's then-upcoming World Premiere Toons shorts program (later named What a Cartoon!) on Cartoon Network.[3] The series consisted of 48 animated shorts and spawned new creator-driven original programming for the network, including Dexter's Laboratory (the show paid homage to Huber, naming the titular character's school as Huber Elementary), Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.[1]

After Turner Broadcasting merged with Time Warner in October 1996, Huber left Hanna-Barbera once again to become an executive producer on Seibert's other animated shorts showcase, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, on Nickelodeon.[4] Huber's ChalkZone short from Oh Yeah! Cartoons, which he co-created with Bill Burnett, was picked up by Nickelodeon for a full series. It premiered on March 22, 2002, with the highest ratings for a new show premiere in the network's history at the time.[5] He continued to work with big idea cartoon incubators, consulting on Seibert's Random! Cartoons, which spawned Eric Robles' Fanboy & Chum Chum (in which he also directed the voice actors), Adventure Time by Pendleton Ward and Ward's Bravest Warriors. (He continues to be involved with Bravest Warriors as a consultant to show runner Breehn Burns and as an animation director).

In 2004 Huber launched his own production company called Animotion Works, located in Burbank, California. The company has since produced the educational children's television series Danger Rangers for PBS, which ran from September 3, 2005, to December 26, 2006.

Personal life

Huber has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Cinemagraphics from the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts), which he obtained from 1964 to 1968.[1]

Filmography

Year Work Credit Notes
1983 The Puppy's Further Adventures Associate producer TV movie
1983 Beauty and the Beast
1983 Saturday Supercade TV series
1983 Rubik, the Amazing Cube
1984 I Love the Chipmunks Valentine Special TV movie
1984 ABC Weekend Special TV series
1984 Dragon's Lair
1984 Turbo Teen
1984 Cabbage Patch Kids: First Christmas Producer TV movie
1984 Robo Force: The Revenge of Nazgar Associate producer
1984 Rose Petal Place TV short
1985 A Chipmunk Reunion TV movie
1985 Rose Petal Place: Real Friends
1983-1985 Mister T TV series
1985 It's Punky Brewster Producer
1986 Lazer Tag Academy Supervising producer
1986 The Centurions Producer
1986 Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos
1983–1985; 1987 Alvin and the Chipmunks Associate producer; supervising producer
1987 A Mouse, a Mystery and Me Animation producer TV movie
1988 Superman Producer TV series
1988 Police Academy: The Series
1990 Grim Prairie Tales Executive producer Film
1989–1990 Dink, the Little Dinosaur Producer TV series
1990 Piggsburg Pigs!
1992 Fish Police
1993 2 Stupid Dogs
1993 A Flintstone Family Christmas TV movie
1993–94 Droopy, Master Detective TV series
1995 Dexter's Laboratory Executive producer Short film
1995 Short Orders Supervising producer TV movie
1995 Short Pfuse
1995–97 What a Cartoon! Executive producer TV series
1995–99 Cow and Chicken
1996–97 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
1996–2003 Dexter's Laboratory
1997 Johnny Bravo
1997–99 I Am Weasel
1998–2000 Oh Yeah! Cartoons
2003–06 Danger Rangers
2002–08 ChalkZone
2007–09 Random! Cartoons
2010 Pom Pom and Friends: The Big Mystery Voice producer: English voice Short
2010–11 Cloud Bread Creative producer TV series
2011–12 Pom Pom and Friends Advising producer

Accolades

Year Award Category Work Shared with Result
1994 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) A Flintstone Family Christmas Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, Sean Roche, David Ehrman, Ray Patterson and Chris Cuddington Nominated
1995 Dexter's Laboratory Buzz Potamkin and Genndy Tartakovsky (for "Changes") Nominated
1996 Genndy Tartakovsky, Craig McCracken, and Paul Rudish (for "The Big Sister") Nominated
Cow and Chicken Buzz Potamkin, David Feiss, Pilar Menendez, and Sam Kieth (for "No Smoking") Nominated
1997 Dexter's Laboratory Sherry Gunther, Craig McCracken, Genndy Tartakovsky, and Jason Butler Rote (for "Star Spangled Sidekicks", "T.V. Superpals", and "Game Over") Nominated
2006 CINE Competition CINE Golden Eagle Danger Rangers Mike D. Moore, Howard G. Kazanjian, and Ilie Agopian (for "The Great Race") Won

References

  1. ^ a b c "Comm Week 2012 - Larry Huber". College of Communications. California State University, Fullerton. Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  2. ^ Huber, Larry (September 1997). "The Television Animation Portfolio: A Model". Animation World Magazine. 2 (6). Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  3. ^ Seibert, Fred (January 6, 2008). "Blog History of Frederator's original cartoon shorts. Part 21". Frederator Studios Blog. Frederator Studios. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  4. ^ Seibert, Fred (June 20, 2005). "Oh Yeah! Larry Huber!". Frederator Studios Blog. Frederator Studios. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  5. ^ "Nickelodeon Draws Best Kid Ratings in Four Years, Ranks as Number-One Net for First Quarter '02, SpongeBob SquarePants and ChalkZone Etch Out Top-Rated Territory, Kids Find The Fairly OddParents Fairly Fascinating". Viacom. April 2, 2002. Archived from the original on August 17, 2002. Retrieved 2012-12-14.