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Cartoon archive at Kid’s Music Matters

Introducing Our New Band Member: The Big Bad Wolf!

April 22 2011
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The Big Bad Wolf in concert with Debbie and Friends.

BIG NEWS from Debbie and Friends! The Big Bad Wolf is joining the band! He made two guest appearances with us in March. The first time was at our WERS ‚ÄúThe Playground‚Äù live radio debut and the second time was on stage at our DVD Release Concert at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA. Everyone enjoyed the Wolf’s performances so much that we asked him to join the band! He’s now in Florida at a puppet maker’s workshop getting a special ‚Äúwolf makeover‚Äù so he’ll be ready for our very busy concert schedule beginning this summer.

Here’s a sketch of what our new, improved Big Bad Wolf will look like.

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The new and improved Big Bad Wolf!

The Wolf will join the band starting in July. Please check our show schedule and save some dates! We look forward to seeing you and making music with you again soon!

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Mike and the Big Bad Wolf!

Wendell Cartoon - Storytelling Differently

April 14 2011

Today more than ever, video is an essential way to break through the noise and reach new fans with music. For Debbie and Friends, cartoon music videos are a great vehicle for this.

I’m always pleasantly surprised to learn that families from all over the world discover Debbie and Friends music every day through our YouTube channel and various cable outlets.

Many of our songs are based on classic tales, and therefore well suited for visual presentation. Some of our songs are not based on stories and I was always convinced those songs were not good candidates for video. “Wendell” in particular, is a cumulative movement song about a boy who finds a toy Robot. The Robot adds a new physical challenge with each verse. It’s fun to perform, but I couldn’t imagine it as a music video. My amazing animator, Goichi Hirata from Planet Sunday, had another idea. He suggested that we approach it differently and tell the story from the perspective of Wendell’s imagination. For children, the Robot will represent hope and a doorway to, literally and figuratively, scaling walls and overcoming life’s obstacles. Brilliant! Needless to say, I was very excited about Goichi’s idea and we’re moving forward with the project!

To help with some production questions and to include our fan families in the process, we held a “pick Wendell’s hair color” poll on Facebook. (Purple hair won!) Here are some initial images Goichi came up with for the cartoon characters in the song.

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Wendell finds the Toy Robot.
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Wendell and the Robot flying.
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Wendell and the Robot arriving at the Toy Fair parade!

And, here’s the storyboard version of the animation.

I feel so fortunate to be able to work with such talented and creative people as Goichi Hirata and Greg David at Planet Sunday, and to share the stages of development with our Debbie and Friends fan families. I hope you enjoy learning about the process behind our cartoons, and will share this information with your kids in anticipation of this new video coming out in June!.

Cinderella is here!

January 24 2011

Hi Everyone,

Thanks again for voting for your favorite “fairy”! As you know, the fairy Godfather won the fairy contest by popular demand, and he’s read to make his cartoon debut!

Presenting Debbie and Friends’ “Cinderella” song. It’s the classic tale with a twist, including self-esteem and friendship messages for kids.

ENJOY!

Thank you to Planet Sunday for the amazing animation work! You guys are the greatest!

Sneak Preview! Our Cinderella Cartoon

October 7 2010

Thanks again to everyone who voted for their “favorite fairy” to be part of our new Cinderella song and cartoon music video! As we announced a few weeks ago, the Fairy Godfather won and we are having so much fun working on his lines! We are hard at work on both the song and the cartoon.

Here’s a special “sneak preview” into the music and animation currently in production.

Watch for news of the final version being released in December. Thanks again for voting!

A Cinderella Story Song

August 29 2010

We’re at it again! Debbie and Friends has teamed up with the talented folks at Planet Sunday to bring you another animated music video. This one is going to be a rockin’ adaptation of the Cinderella story (with a slightly different ending).

You may recognize some of the characters from other Debbie and Friends’ cartoons. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in the works and slated to be released in time for the holiday season.

First, meet Cinderella and her animal friends.

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Next, a preview of Cinderella having a great time at the ball. Notice the band playing in the background… look familiar???

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And finally, a new and improved Prince. We adjusted him slightly from the picture above after getting some really helpful feedback from you, our wonderful fan families!

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We’ll post more as the project progresses. For the latest updates on Cinderella and all Debbie and Friends animated music videos, please subscribe to our YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/debbiecavalier

Thanks everyone!

-Debbie

Opposite - A New Cartoon!

July 19 2010

Here is a new cartoon music video from Debbie and Friends based on one of our favorite songs, “Opposite.”

Just like before, there is a spider cameo in this one. See if you and your kids can find it!

Thanks to Robert Heath of Barkley Studios and Goichi Hirata for the Character designs, and Greg David for the backgrounds and production, both from Planet Sunday. Thanks also to my wonderful band and producer, Mike Carrera!

Enjoy!

Debbie

Opposite - A cartoon in development

June 24 2010

Here’s a sneak preview of our new animated music video in the works. It’s based on one of our favorite songs, “Opposite.” Check out how well the guys in the band can dance!

This is a pre-production teaser, and features the amazing animation work of Greg David and Goichi Hirata from Planet Sunday. It also features the wonderful character design work of Robert Heath of Barkley Studios. The final version should be out by the end of the summer.


The band and I hope you enjoy it!

-Debbie

“Where’s the Spider” Contest!

May 8 2010

All Debbie & Friends cartoons include a very quick “spider cameo.” It happens so fast that it’s easy to miss!

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The Spider Cameo in “Home Run Ronnie”

I have a challenge for you, our awesome fan families…
FIND THOSE SPIDERS!

To enter the contest, watch our music videos in the player below and try to find the spider in each one! Parents: simply jot down the approximate time the spider appears in each video, and send me an email with the answers for all six: Debbie [@] debbieandfriends.net on or before June 14, 2010.

For Example:
Home Run Ronnie: spider appears at 3:57
…and so on…

The band and I will throw the names of all the entering families into a hat on June 15, and draw the name of the lucky winner who will receive a Debbie & Friends Prize Package that includes a D&F T-shirt, two CDs, an egg shaker, and a personalized note.

To view the movies in fullscreen mode, click “Fullscreen” at the bottom of the player.

Have fun and good luck finding those spiders!

Live Performance with Video

May 4 2010
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Debbie & Friends in Concert with Video.

As a kid‚Äôs/family performing group, Debbie and Friends are always looking for new ways to actively engage our audience. A typical D&F concert includes our fan families doing everything from starting up the band with a clapping beat, to fixing rhymes, playing the “Simon Says” song game, dancing, singing, and interacting with all five members of the band.

Our good friend and booking agent for the Midwest region, Jeni Cosgrove, challenged us to find a way to to incorporate our animated cartoons into our live show format. It sounded like great fun so we decided to give it a try!

How?
First, we created a version of one of our cartoon music videos without recorded music. Then, we added a click track. During the performance, the click track is sent to our drummer, Bill D’Agostino‚Äôs wireless earphones so that he can lock in with the click and remain in sync with the video from start to finish. The band plays along with Bill so that we are all in sync playing, singing and dancing along with the video.

The Result?
The families in our audience LOVE it! And we do, too. In addition to adding a multimedia dimension to our show, we’re promoting our music video catalog and visits to our Web site, You Tube channel, and Jitterbug.tv. The cartoons all contain movement parts, so the families in our audience continue to be active participants throughout the show.

I highly recommend giving live performance with a music video a try! (Thanks Jeni!)

The following is our “Little Red Riding Hood” animated music video. This is one of the animated music videos that families sing and dance along with during our shows.

Vote for Willy Won’t!

April 1 2010
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We’re in the Semi Finals of the KidVid Tournament!

Please vote before 5pm EST on Friday, April 2.

Click here for to vote!

Thank you!

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