Ever wonder how an animated television show is made? Ponder no further. On Feb. 21 at Agoura High’s Performing Arts Education Center (PAEC), you can go behind the scenes of The Fairly OddParents, Nickelodeon’s Emmy-Award winning series, and get up close and personal with the cast, creator and head writer.
Agoura High’s Theater Arts Boosters (TAB) is hosting a live performance of the classic cartoon, featuring the voice actors behind such beloved characters as Timmy Turner, Cosmo, Wanda, Vicki and more.
“This event is to raise funds for TAB,” said Julieann Hartman, TAB president–with Robin Reilly–and wife of Butch Hartman, the show’s creator. “TAB is a 501c3 non-profit that supports and raises money for the AHS Theater Department. We raise money money so we can provide awesome theater for Agoura High School and for the community.” The Hartman’s daughter, Sophia, is currently a junior and member of the renowned Agoura High ComedySportz team.
The two hour event will include a screening of a popular episode followed by an introduction by Butch, also the creator of Nickelodean’s Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy, plus a Q & A with Butch and producer/head writer Ray DeLaurentis. “We did something like this at Comi-con, and the audience loved it,” said Butch. “The actors are great in front of an audience of kids as well as adults who grew up with the show.”
The program will demonstrate to the audience how the show is written, voiced and directed, said Butch.
The Fairly OddParents, on the air since 2001, centers on Timmy Turner, a typical 10-year-old boy with inattentive parents, who is granted fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda. Unwittingly, the fairy couple’s wish-granting gets Timmy into all sorts of wild predicaments.
Tara Strong, a voice actress whose credits include My Little Pony, Monsters University and Scooby-Doo, does the voice of Timmy. “The kids get a kick out of seeing the voice actors in person,” she said. “Plus I like any excuse to give back to the fans.”
Grey DeLisle plays Vicki, Timmy’s mean babysitter. Delisle (Scooby-Doo, Beverly Hills Chihuahua) credits Butch with launching her career. “He gave me my first major voice job,” she said. “[The Fairly OddParents] started out as these two minute shorts on Nickelodean. They were called ‘Oh yeah cartoons.'”
Delisle, who describes Vicki as the “Erica Kane of cartoons,” said the the character has developed quite a following. “People love her,” she said. “I’m always hearing, ‘Icky Vicki, Icky Vicki.'”
As the mother of two young children, DeLisle says it’s important to give back to school arts programs. “All of these programs are so beneficial to the kids,” she said.
The characters of Cosmo, Dad and Jorgen are voiced by Daran Norris, who also includes Veronica Mars, Ned Declassified and Big Time Rush among his live action credits. Norris explains how his animated counterparts have evolved over the years. “Initially, Cosmo sounded like this used car salesman, but Butch decided to reinvent him to become the fool of the show,” he said. ” … Dad started out like a Ward Clever-type character but later became this super exuberant guy … The evolution of a character over time is a sign of any good show.”
Norris is excited to be performing an episode live in front of an audience. “If you’re a fan of the show, you will be amazed at what we do,” he said. “None of us do just one voice, so you will see us read from the script, taking on different characters as we go. It’s fascinating.”
“This show will be a day to remember,” said Julieann. “You are in for such a treat because you don’t usually get these actors together–unless they are in the studio recording–to do a reading/performance of a script live on a stage. They are super talented. Super funny! Super friendly, and just all around professional icons in the animation world.”
The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held at the PAEC’s Main Stage. There will also be a one hour autograph session from 1-2 p.m. with all the characters. Ticket prices are $18 for ages 6 to adult; $15 for ages 5 and under.
Pizza and lots of other treats will be available for purchase. You can purchase tickets online at www.thePAECs.org or at the door.
You can follow the cast at the following social media:
Tara Strong on Twitter: @tarastrong
Grey DeLisle on Twitter: @GreyDeLisle
Daran Norris on Facebook: Daran Norris