source: Butch Hartman
For those of us who grew up watching Nickelodeon and are still devoted fans, we all know that shows such as Fairly OddParents & Danny Phantom reigned supreme at one point in time and we can all thank the man behind the shows as well. Butch Hartman has announced that he has left Nickelodeon after 20 years of animation gold. It is a rather bitter-sweet moment, because while most may be shambles because our childhoods are in a uproar, we should also wish Butch the best of luck in his future endeavors.
His career started with a short cartoon that ran on Fred Seibert’s cartoon incubator show Oh Yeah! Cartoons, which turned into a very successful full series that went on to be one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running series. That cartoon just happens to be Fairly OddParents, and later Butch Hartman went on to create other series on the network such as Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen is a Beast. Hartman announced his departure from Nickelodeon via a video from his evergrowing YouTube channel. He has already made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the network and that his time working there has been fantastic.
“I must tell you, I have had the time of my life at Nickelodeon. I have never been disappointed. I have never been let down. I have been treated extremely well by everybody there…”
Of course he did explain that these type of things do eventually happen in a career, especially in Hollywood. It is totally understandable and I fully respect his decision. What a relief to learn that Butch’s departure wasn’t under bad circumstances. I reached out to Nickelodeon for a statement and here’s what I got:
“We are grateful for all the stories and characters Butch Hartman brought to fans for the past 20 years and wish him the best. He will always be a part of the Nickelodeon family.”
Hartman also announced the decision to end Bunsen is a Beast and his plans to self-release a new project called Elf Detective and several other projects that have not been announced yet. It is unknown right now what will happen with Fairly OddParents, though we already know it and Hartman’s other shows are property of Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom. It will be interesting to see what direction that will go in. But for now, I think I can speak for many of us when I say: thank you Butch Hartman. Thank you for 20 years of animation gold and memories from our childhood that we can look back at with joy. Once again, good luck to Butch Hartman and we will be covering & supporting your future projects here at Cartoon Buzz.