OK, Jon Schnepp and I want to take a few moments to talk to the “Over-15” crowd of people who love cartoons and animation. If you don’t know who Jon Schnepp is, Number 1: I feel sorry for you, ’cause he’s pretty awesome, Number 2: you are about to meet him in our one-on-one interview, and Number 3: I have to explain to you WHY you want to know him before you meet him.
If you are like me, you saw the original animated Heavy Metal movie from 1981, and liked it so much, you hoped to see something else like it soon after that. I remember seeing this collection of animated short stories that were shown as vignettes within a larger story that tied together the beginning and end of the movie. These stories were adapted from the graphic comic stories in Heavy Metal Magazine. It was definitely something fresh and new because it had nudity, blood, adult themes and violence unlike anything I had seen before in cartoons and animation. And the music soundtrack was freakin’ fantastic, with songs from Cheap Trick, Don Felder, Black Sabbath and Nazareth.
Even though a sequel for Heavy Metal was released in 2000, it didn’t quite live up to the expectations of the original film. So there we were, wondering if we’d ever recapture the same magic in an animated feature made for adults.
I am here to tell you that the magic has been recaptured by Jon Schnepp and his talented team. We saw an amazing panel from Zenescope Entertainment and Titmouse Animation Studio at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con which showed the entire Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series Pilot Episode. This pilot episode brought out all those same core feelings that Heavy Metal did when I was 15.
Before you see the interview, here’s a little background on Jon and the work he has done that you might recognize. Jon has been a producer, director, actor, editor, writer and cinematographer. He has produced and directed many episodes of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim cartoons like Metalocalypse and Venture Brothers. His most current work is with Metalocalypse, an animated series about Dethklok. He designed and created the look of the five band members, directs many episodes, and works with the show’s co-creators/writers, Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. He directed the 2009 Dethklok Tour with Mastodon, providing a heavy metal movie of the fully animated music videos played to every song of this sold-out tour. Jon has co-produced and directed on the three seasons of “Metalocalypse”, and is currently working on the fourth season. Jon has done variant cover arts and helped write all four Dethklok comic books.
Jon Schnepp recently produced and ran a very successful Kickstarter Campaign, raising over $188,000 to make the animated pilot episode for Zenescope’s “Grimm Fairy Tales”, of which he executive produced, wrote and directed. That’s where our interview begins…
Would you like to see the first 3 minutes of this Pilot Episode for Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series? While attendees at Wizard World Philly were able to see the entire episode, 3 minutes is all we can show you here. Enjoy!
So, now that we’ve seen this tremendous pilot episode, we want to see the rest of the series. In order for that to happen, you guys have to send emails and tweets to Jon Schnepp and the folks at Zenescope Entertainment. To follow Jon Schnepp on Twitter, use: @JonSchnepp, and to send emails to Zenescope, tell them you want to see more of the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated Series at firstname.lastname@example.org.