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North Dakota Animators Go Big Time PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   

OrangeTwo North Dakota natives are taking their animated web series to the Cartoon Network.  

If you have kids, chances are you’ve heard of The Annoying Orange, a pun-laden animated Web series that is, true to its name, just about the most annoying thing on the Internet. The star of the show is a talking orange who insults other pieces of fruit in a kitchen, and the videos often end with a piece of fruit getting sliced, chopped, or otherwise destroyed. The animation consists of a cheesy special effect in which actual pieces of fruit have mouths and eyes superimposed on them. The videos are about three minutes long, and they are almost unbearable.

They are also incredibly popular. Launched just two years ago, The Annoying Orange claims 2.2 million subscribers and has drawn nearly 1 billion views, with a core audience of 8- to 13-year-olds. The show’s creator, 31-year-old Dane Boedigheimer, made the firstAnnoying Orange video on a lark, but now the joke has turned into a serious business. Boedigheimer has struck licensing deals to sell toys at Toys “R” Us and T-shirts at JCPenney. This year he and his writing partner, Spencer Grove, will launch an Annoying Orange show on Cartoon Network.

The pair, who grew up in North Dakota and met as undergraduates in Minnesota, say they still can’t quite believe their good fortune. “We have a lot of conversations where we’re like, ‘Wow, what is going on?’?” says Boe-dig-heimer, who now lives in Los Angeles, where he shoots each week’s episode in his garage. Says Grove: “I keep thinking to myself, ‘Dude, one day I’m going to wake up and realize that this has all been some kind of alternate reality, and I’m actually just flipping burgers for a living.’”

TheDailyBeast.com (click to read the rest of this, please)

For the record... I have kids and -- until recently -- had never heard of "The Annoying Orange."

According to a story from a July edition of the Great Plains Examiner, Boedigheimer hails from Harwood and Spencer Grove is from Steele.  

The Daily Beast article points interested persons to "TubeMogul" for info about how much money these guys are making from their YouTube traffic.  TubeMogul -- says the Daily Beast -- estimates the Annoying Orange brings in $865,000 a year on YouTube.  

Not bad do for some goofy web videos.

This goofy video has had over 31 million views.

Wow.


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