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Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island Premiere

Some of you know that when I’m not digging around the web for Flash-animation related news, I’m hard at work producing animation. And for the last year or so, I’ve been producing ‘Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island,’ which begins airing in the US tomorrow morning on Kids’WB! at 9:30am (EST). Along with my co-producer Marge Dean, Supervising Director Matt Danner, and Story Editor Ray DeLaurentis, we’ve pulled together a series we’re all very proud of.

The show is produced almost entirely in Flash, and Matt Danner (character designer and director on ‘Xiaolin Showdown’), who designed the majority of the main characters, created a unique look that we couldn’t have achieved if we produced it traditionally. To compliment Matt’s character designs, we designed intricate vector textures for all of the characters, giving a full, almost photographic, look to the show. And the world of Fruit Salad Island was also realized with a fresh look. Working with Photoshop, we used a library of photos to create a collage aesthetic that almost looks and feels 3D. We think it really jumps off the screen and the bright, tropical color palette is perfect for Coconut Fred’s world.

Throughout much of our pre-production, Matt was busy with his role as a Supervising Director, so he relied on the amazing skills of his design team – namely Chris Battle (‘Powerpuff Girls,’ ‘Samurai Jack’ and ‘Dexter’s Lab’) and Mindy Allen (or as she’s known to some Miss Mindy). They built out the rest of characters in Coconut Fred’s world, and created all of the unique variations of the characters that you’ll see throughout the first 13 episodes. Pay particular attention to the eyes and mouths of the characters. As many of you know, animating in Flash allows the production team to ‘re-use’ many drawings, and this means the design team can spend a great deal of time crafting elaborate, intricate mouths and eyes that can be used repeatedly throughout the production. You can also see this on display in shows like ‘Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends’ on Cartoon Network.

As the premiere nears, I would like to pass on a few more acknowledgements and thanks. ‘Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island’ was created by Don Oriolo and Sammy Oriti. The show was overseen at Warner Bros. Animation by Kim Christianson, Christopher Keenan and Stan Ruiz, who have been with the project from the beginning. From the start, they had a vision of what the show would become, and on top of creatively guiding the development of the show, they also helped build a tremendous team that would carry out that vision. I would also like to thank our Associate Producer Kathy Page and our Production Manager Eric Waldman, who have run an unbelievably smooth production, and have granted the artists great latitude without disrupting the schedule. And the voice actors – such amazing talent, and in particular, Rob Paulson, who plays Coconut Fred, and Michael Donovan, who not only plays Mr. Greenrind, but is also one of our two voice directors.

And lastly, I would like to thank both our Executive Producer, Sander Schwartz and the Kids’WB! team, Michael Diaz, Dana Cluverius and Betsy McGowan, who have all been a pleasure to work with throughout the production.

So, starting tomorrow, tune in to Kids’WB! Saturday mornings at 9:30am (EST) to watch ‘Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island.’ I hope you enjoy it!

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31 Responses to “Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island Premiere”

  1. the doodlers Says:

    Hi Aaron! Congrats on you’re premiere. When can we watch Coconut Fred in Canada?

  2. illoboy Says:

    I’ll be watching..

    Congrats.. I didnt realize such heavy hitting talent..(besides you, Aaron.. and Sammy) was involved.

  3. 13TonGimp Says:

    I just watched it, and found your site after googling the show’s title. Good work! I absolutely loved the animation style and character designs.

    I hope this show is a hit!

  4. RedDiabla Says:

    Hey Aaron,

    I’m ticked that I missed the premiere this morning, but I sure hope to see the shows that I got to storyboard on. It was definitely the most fun show I’ve worked on in a LOOOONG time!

  5. Don Oriolo Says:

    Hey Aaron…I’d really like to thank you and the whole production team for doing such an outstanding job on Fred…….you’re right Christopher Keenan and everyone at WB animation had an immediate vision as to how the show should go…Ray D did an amazing job as writer and script editor….I’m really proud to be associated with all of you….Don Oriolo

  6. flashmaniac Says:

    for a flash show and a flash blog, you didn’t credit any flash people on your crew. SHAME!!!

  7. flashmaniac Says:

    p.s. Big Ups coconut fred flash crew

  8. Aaron Simpson Says:

    Hey, the Coconut Fred Flash animators rock and they know it! Regardless, I’ll surely offer up a big congratulations to the entire Flash team. You really rose to the occasion and the show looks amazing.

    As far as the Canadian premiere, I’m not sure.

    Sandy – thanks for the props! We had a blast working with you too. Your shows will be up before you know it, so get the VCR ready.

    Don – glad you enjoyed the premiere. I’ve had an amazing time working on the show. Congrats!


  9. Alan Says:


    I just caught an episode this weekend. Really nice stuff. It definitely looked like a lot of fun to work on.

  10. mojomann67 Says:

    Stubled across Fred thsi weekend. I loved the look and feel of the show and the humor was enough for me and my 5 year old daughter. Kudos to you and your team. Well done.

  11. ubershauna Says:

    Flash huh, that makes sense – your show has a cool look. I love the voices on your show too. Especially the Ted Knight Mr. Greenrind and the Lil’ John reference Slip & Slide made recently. well done!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    i want to download Fred episodes

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Coconut Fred Rocks! It is rare to find a show that is great for kids and entertaining for adults. I watch it with my nephews and have so much fun.

  14. Julie Says:

    Hi! My name is Julie and your show really rocks. My favorite character is Bingo the cherry. He is cute. I wish I can meet the person or write a letter to the person who acted him out. Any ideas on Bingo PLEASE e-mail me at Thanks.

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  16. Anonymous Says:

    Hey there!!!
    I LOVE it! My son and I cannot leave the house Saturdays until we’ve had our dose of coconutty goodness. Then I introduced taping the show and watching it later. My husband insists that I’ve been secretly writing eposodes for you, lol. Too Too fun! Now you’re talkin’ coconut!
    Promise you’ll never leave me…. Don’t make me write it on the sqeeky board. Again, I love it, most wonderfull thing ever invented, besides the ice cream peeler. Keep up the good work!

  17. Anonymous Says:

    This show SUCKS!

    complete rip off of spongebob, the creators are the most un original patheitic people I have ever seen.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    anonymous is a crazy man this is a great show and if he likes spongbob then he needs to go with all the britney fans and shut up

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Oh my gosh!!!! We love the show!!! we are SOOOOO mad it is being canceled!!! We have people we know pretend that they are some of the characters! I am of course Coconut Fred!!! LOL

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Dude, this show rocks. Its more better than Spongebob; plus it involes fruits while Spongebob deals with fish. Everytime I watch this, I bust out laughing.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Dude, this show rocks. Its more better than Spongebob; plus it involes fruits while Spongebob deals with fish. Everytime I watch this, I bust out laughing.

  22. Anonymous Says:

    I loved this show why did it get canceled?

  23. Anonymous Says:

    Someone here knows if exists Coconut FredĀ“s DVD or VHS?

  24. Anonymous Says:

    i like coconut fred how he looks and like him in the epsode of power nut 1 and 2 how he throws the table mr greenbaum the watermelon did like this ahhh its soooooooo hilaris

  25. canadiancroniclovesfred Says:

    i dont think i will ever forget the first time i saw fred and the rest of his crew … i nearly died laughing and i was watching it alone … i’ve since gotten a few buddies to check the show and they think its hillarious too (it is really funny after a sesh :>) … i would love to get my hands on some fred dvd’s please help … yeah imagine if there were dvd’s of the show … oh man swirrly eyes lol

  26. Joey Catalano Says:

    I loved Cocoanut fred’s Fruit salad Island I can’t believe they cancelled it, it was so good, & funny.

  27. Laura Says:

    I love Coconut Fred…But I have never seen him on TV…Have we already missed the show?

  28. Jack Says:

    I miss this series… a lot.

  29. Javaid Says:

    hmmm that’s nice seeing cartoons on I also love coconut fred. Very soon you will see coconut fred on

  30. PhoenixWrongAceCritic Says:

    Coconut Fred…… Honestly it has a ALOT of things ripped off spongebob.. You say spongebog sucks? Wrong Do you know how many kids AROUND THE WHOLE FRIGGIN WORLD WATCH SPONGEBOB? I bet you in about 5 years Spongebob could catch up with Pokemons Popularity >.> I although admit it was quite funny but Fred has like a friggin rapiest smile im happy its cancled i hope it dosent come back so you can all suffer stuck up *****es

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