Friday, April 10, 2015


…about how and why things started going wrong at Warner Brothers Animation after a slew of successful shows…

Then you MUST read these fascinating series of articles by John McCann.

Go ye and read!!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014


As most of you know, I'm an ardent admirer of author JP Mac. He "gets it" where other authors "don't".  He's "there" when others "aren't". And his books are always affordable. 

His latest tome, The Little Book of Big Enlightenment, is, in my estimation, the best self-help book ever written. I'll go further:  Self-help celebrities like Dr. Wayne Dyer are mere slugs compared to JP Mac. Worms. Krill. Festive bunting.

JP Mac's The Little Book Big Enlightenment will change your it has mine. I'll give you an example: this morning when I woke up I didn't cry uncontrollably at the thought of facing another day. Instead I turned to page 32 of The Little Book Of Big Enlightenment and used one of its many helpful tips to find inner peace. Then I had coffee. Then I wrote a poem. Then I paid some delinquent bills.

Now, I know that JP Mac has asked the Dalai Lama to provide a critique of the book and perhaps add some additional tips to make The Little Book of Big Enlightenment even more enlighten-y. If such a thing is possible. Like I said, it's pretty good already.

Anyway, Mr. Lama has not responded. Please join me in urging his Lama-ness to read The Little Book Of Big Enlightenment and help JP Mac to help others.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Spent a rather insane couple of hours at the offices of Variety to participate in an interview with some of the amazing voice talent on the 7D. To say these gents are some of the best of the best would be an understatement. Yet, I love understatements! I also love Triscuits. But that's a whole other post.

From Left to Right: Maurice Lamarche (Grumpy), Bill Farmer (Doc), Kevin Michael Richardson (Happy), Scott Menville (Sneezy), Kelly Ward (Voice Director), Me (Lord Starchbottom), Stephen Stanton (Sleepy), Billy West (Bashful)

On the drive to the interview I spotted this shoe car in Santa Monica. This isn't important per se, but I think if someone went through all the trouble of making a shoe car, the very least I could do is mention it here. Well done, shoe car maker! This is the best shoe car I have ever seen. It's also the only shoe car I have ever seen so I really have nothing to judge it by. But, if I ever do see another shoe car I'll let you know how yours compares.

Shoe Car. (Not Pictured - Maurice Lamarche, Bill Farmer, Kevin Michael Richardson, Scott Menville, Kelly Ward, Me, Stephen Stanton, Billy West.)

UPDATE: I have been informed by Doug Langdale that there is a Shoe Car in Burbank. I will attempt to photograph this other shoe car and determine if this Santa Monica shoe car is better or worse. I want to thank Doug Langdale for sharing this information.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Greetings All!

I'm pleased to announce that the premier LIVE webcast of the VO Improv Project will be on Wednesday, September 10th at 7pm (PDT)! Details on how YOU can listen in and even BE A PART of stupendous event will be forthcoming in the forthcoming weeks. 

The Cast will be working hard all summer to make sure our premier broadcast isn't lame. 

Some of you are probably wondering what the heck the VO Improv Project is. Well, quite simply, it's an Improv Show...but with VO Actors. We gather round microphones and do scenes based on YOUR SUGGESTIONS! And it's all LIVE! Isn't that keen?

Stay tuned!

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Happy Return

Hello, everyone!

It's been quite a while since my last post, but I'm happy to be with you once again. The Rugg Family is now settled in at our new home up the coast from Los Angeles. Various projects have kept me rather busy, but now it's time to get back to business here on Froynlaven.

Stay tuned for info on the very first live broadcast and web-stream of the VO Improv project. That's coming up in the next few months.

Also, Chester Phelph, Froynlaven contributor, has quite a few interesting posts he's eager to get up on the website.

And, I'm honored that John McCann and I have been asked to help the Township of Baysharts-Narde develop their new website. So check that out and give Mayor Dale Tendril some words of encouragement.

The 7D premiers on 7/7 on Disney XD. Yours truly voices the character of Lord Starchbottom and I've written a few of the episodes as well. Tom Ruegger is the executive producer and Sherri Stoner is the story editor. Fine folks, those.

Anyway, more to come. Much more.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


So, here I am, sitting on the train on my way to Los Angeles from our new home in a sleepy little beach community about 40 miles north of the city. It Really is sleepy, too. For a while I thought there were lots of homeless people there...but it turns out the sea breeze just makes you sleepy. I have struggled to stay awake just walking to my car. I have fallen asleep in the checkout line at the market. I have dozed mightily watering the plants. I am not quite sure how anyone gets anything done in our town, but I have noticed most everyone carries around a large can of Red Bull. The priest at our new parish takes huge swigs of the stuff between words during his homily. The crime rate here is incredibly low, too. We have a lot of criminals, but they nod off when they're being chased by police officers who wear special breathing masks that provide a continuous supply of non-beach city air. Half of our home is still under construction and has been for 43 years. The carpenters can only manage to drive one nail an hour.

By the way, a bear just tried to attack our train.

Anyway, I'm sure I'll eventually adapt to the slower pace of our new town. the bear is running toward the back of the train. We slowed down a little and he almost got on and then the conductor went a little faster and the bear missed. Everyone is laughing. I guess they do this a lot. Okay, I just checked with the person sitting next to me. He tells me it's called bear-baiting. We just slowed down again and just as the bear almost climbed on the back we sped up again. Everyone is laughing again. I don't know. I think it's kind of mean. Oh we'll, I guess what Marvin Hamlish said was right; 'We're all different."

Not that you asked, but I've come to the conclusion that moving stinks. We Ruggs tend to stay in one place for a long while. So moving 20 years of stuff hasn't been very pleasurable. It's been icky. The last time I moved I was young and stupid. I did what all young, stupid people do when they move...get their friends to help. Now, 20 years older, I never got the memo that people my age hire people to move. It never occurred to me that people will actually put all your stuff in a truck and drive it to the new place, unpack it and then leave. I only realized this as I drove the UHaul truck back to the rental place after a day of lugging heavy furniture up endless flights of stairs with my saintly brother-in-law. I have promised myself that if we ever move again, I'm going all out. I'm going to hire the most expensive movers I can find and sip wine with friends as they go about moving everything. Wait a second...looks like the train slowed down a little too much. Great. Now there's a bear on board.

Monday, June 3, 2013


I know. You're mad at me. I understand. I'm mad at me, too. I'm also typing this on my iPad, which is always a rekuhgre endeavor. Really...I type one thing and it sdcofveoinfdosi the rest. I really don't dckndn it.

So...sorry I haven't kept up on my blogging duties. I am ashamed. I also have plenty of good reasons. Well, not good reasons. Reasons. Okay...I just plain haven't blogged. But that's changing at this very moment with me dehrvoibefc on my iPad.

So, let's catch up. I'll go first:

After years firmly planted in the San Fernando Valley...the Rugg's are pulling up stakes and heading north to a quiet coastal town about 60 miles from Los Angeles. That will make me one of 2 people in Southern California the who will actually be using the train to commute to Los Angeles on a daily basis. I hear that they've really started to make commuting by rail a pleasant experience here in LA. I have been assured that my travel time shouldn't be more than 9 to 10 hours each way.

And, of course, moving means it's time to downsize. Luckily I got a deal on moving boxes. I got 100 of them for only 9.99! They're only 12" x 12"...which means that I have to get rid of anything over a foot long. Turns out...that's most everything I own. Luckily for some Animaniacs or Freakazoid fans out there, my moving-box mixup means there's some memorabilia I'm going to be listing on eBay.

Yep, my long-threatened purge of stuff from the good old days at Warners is about to become reality!   I will have most of the things up for sale on eBay by the end of the week. I will keep you informed. There are some Freakazoid Cels, Animaniacs Cels and some Tiny Toons stuff. And, as I promised years ago...everything I make off the sale of this stuff...100 percent of it...will go to my favorite charity, Angels Way Maternity Home.

The VO Improv Project is humming along smoothly. I will post soon about some upcoming live performances of our merry group. We will also be streaming our shows over...what they call the Internet. I don't know if you've heard of that...but it's really something.

Also, after a bit of a dry spell, I have once again been nominated for an Emmy for writing. I will be joining Doug Langdale, Scott Kreamer, Gene Grillo and Kevin Seccia as we sit together on June 14 to see if we've won for our work on Kung Fu Panda. I will be writing about the whole adventure and taking many pictures to document this grand event. It will be like you are there with us at the table. Sitting with us...eating the chicken...pretending to be enjoying yourself...when all you really want to do is go home and watch How Things Are Made on the Science Channel.

Anyway...that's the latest update. Info on the eBay stuff in a few days!!!! Spread the word!!!!