Seth Green

Behind Seth Green's stop-motion animation success

November 26, 2012: 11:42 AM ET

Robot Chicken's Seth Green and John Harvatine discuss the trials of pitching Robot Chicken to Harrison Ford and why the company has an RV for a conference room.

Robot Chicken's Seth Green and John Harvatine

Robot Chicken's Seth Green (left) and animated John Harvatine (right)

FORTUNE – The folks behind Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken care, deeply, about what happens to a Miley Cyrus doll. To make it onto the show, that doll must have started as a writer's brainchild, survived the pitch process, and undergone hours of arduous stop-motion animation. When an animated Miley Cyrus doll gets hauled around, Weekend at Bernie's-style, by other pop culture characters in miniature, what seems like a series of silly, possibly sick jokes is the result of specific creative choices and strict management.

Robot Chicken, which aired its sixth season in September as part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup, recently found a new home -- Seth Green and Matt Senreich's original production company Stoopid Monkey, LLC merged this year with John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner's Buddy Systems Studios to form the current hybrid incarnation: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Robot Chicken co-creator Green and executive producer Harvatine recently spoke with Fortune about leadership, the trials of explaining Robot Chicken to Harrison Ford's agent, and why the company has an RV for a conference room.

What was the goal with this merger?

Seth Green: We wanted to make a place that had a positive vibe and a strong culture of collaboration because we felt like that would empower the artists that we work with the best way.

John Harvatine IV: We have a Winnebago that is kind of part of our theme, and it's one of our conference rooms.

The Winnebago is the conference room?

SG: Well, the Winnebago is sort of the de facto conference room. Buddy Systems Studios used to have a Winnebago that was their main offices and when we formed this studio, we brought it inside and converted it into a conference room

JH: Not only is it our conference room, but around there, we made a campsite environment. It's got fake grass and picnic tables, right where our stages are. So when the animators are doing their thing, they hear the quiet sounds of mosquitoes and woodland creatures. That's kind of our environment.

SG: But that's something important to say -- around that campground, we have a weekly social gathering for everyone that works in the studio. People eat and drink together and everybody celebrates their Friday.

That sounds like fun.

SG: You'd be surprised how fun work can be when you're actually doing something that you like and you're encouraged to have a personal stake in it, not just be working for someone else's success.

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