Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Triathlon Commence

The HoC and RedRover family is starting up their very own Studio Triathlon! Each player will be put through the grueling events of:
Ping Pong - this sport requires you to hit a miniscule target traveling of speeds up to VERY FAST with and equally tiny paddle
Pool - not the swimming kind, I wish we could fit a pool in here
Foosball - in the words of Abed from Community "I think its European, It's probably a more important game over there, it's like the soccer of pingpong....."

Only the fit will last and only one can reign champion.......... who will it be?

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Did you think all House of Cool did was make cartoons? Well, that's mostly correct but over that last couple of years we have been dabbling in app development. I am please to announce that we have just release our newest app called DoggyTime. It'a a cute app for dog lovers who want to keep track of their dog's age in dog years. Jeffrey Thompson is responsible for most of the artwork. Go download it for free on iTunes or click on this link.

Let us know what you think of DoggyTime and write a review on iTunes.

Stay tuned for our other apps in development. They are going to be game changers in the animation industry. That's a promise!

-Ricardo (Man of the House)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


While Ricardo was head of story on Horton Hears a Who!, he met Chad Walker and Dave LaMattina, two Blue Sky employees.  At the time, Chad was a story PA and Dave was an assistant to the director.  On the side, however, the two had joined with their friend Clay Frost to form a production company called Copper Pot Pictures.  Chad and Dave casually told Ric about a documentary Copper Pot was making called BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT, which was about a pen pal program connecting sixth graders living in Brooklyn, NY housing projects with war orphans in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Ricardo offered the support of House of Cool and, over the next few years, he and Wes helped mentor the first-time directors.  BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT went on to a successful festival run, with stops at the Sarasota, Aspen, Tallinn, Brooklyn, San Francisco and Seattle International Film Festivals among others.  In Seattle, the film was a runner-up for the Golden Space Needle Audience Choice Award.  Additionally, it was a centerpiece for the San Francisco International Film Festival's Schools at the Festival.
Now, Canadians will finally have a chance to see it.  The film has just been added to the lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival's "TIFF Kids" and will have it's Canadian premiere on Wednesday, April 18th at the TIFF Lightbox Theater.  To view BROWNSTONES TO RED DIRT's TIFF screening schedule, please click HERE.

While on the festival circuit, Copper Pot Pictures also undertook a significant fundraising campaign to help the kids profiled in the film.  In September 2011, the team returned to Sierra Leone to attend the opening of a new school built by their efforts (see the new school HERE).  During their trip, they shot with Major League Soccer star Kei Kamara, who was in Sierra Leone to play with the national team.  The resulting short documentary, simply titled KEI, will premier at the Bermuda International Film Festival later this month.  Next up for Copper Pot is I AM BIG BIRD, which profiles Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has been Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street began in 1969.  At 78 years old, he has no intention of stopping.  For updates about all of Copper Pot's projects, follow them on Twitter.