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Michael Fry

writer/co-creator Over The Hedge; writer/illustrator The Odd Squad series, How To Be A Supervillain series (upcoming); co-writer/illustrator The Naughty List series

Michael Fry has been a cartoonist and writer for over 30 years.  He has created or co-created four internationally syndicated comic strips including the current “Over the Hedge” (writer with T Lewis illustrating) for Universal Press Syndicate.  “Over the Hedge”runs in over 130 newspapers worldwide. 

Fry also writes and illustrates the middle grade novel series “The Odd Squad” for Disney-Hyperion.  “The Odd Squad: Bully Bait” was published in February 2013 with the “The Odd Squad: Zero Tolerance” following in September 2013. “The Odd Squad: King Karl” appeared in June 2014.  “King Karl” was awarded the Denise McCoy Legacy Award for the most humorous children’s book of 2015. 

 “The Naughty List,” a Christmas middle grade novel (with Bradley Jackson) was published by Harper Collins September 2015.

Coming soon form Little,Brown is the middle grade illustrated novel, “How to be a Supervillain.”

 “Over the Hedge” was released May 19, 2006 as a CGI animated feature produced by DreamWorks Animation with the lead voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell.   Tim Johnson (Antz)  and Karey Kirkpatrick (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) direct with Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan) producing and Jim Cox (Ferngully) co-executive, producing.   Fry (with Lewis) was a creative consultant.  The film grossed $336 million dollars in worldside box office.

 The “Over the Hedge” feature was previously in development at Fox Family films where Fry (with Lewis) co-wrote the original screenplay. 

Fry was also a co-founder of RingTales, a new media company that animated print comics for all digital media.  RingTales produced short (15-30 second) ad-supported animations for the web, mobile and portable digital devices. Ringtales animated Dilbert, The New Yorker cartoons, Over the Hedge, Pearls Before Swine and many other popular properties.  Since March ’07 RingTales produced over 1000 cartoons that have garnered over 260 million views.

Fry also executive produced the prime-time animated series “Committed” based on his previously syndicated strip of the same name.  Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Andrea Martin provided lead voices.   The show debuted in Canada in March 2001 on CTV.  In the US, “Committed” debuted on the WE: Women’s Entertainment network in October 2002.  “Committed” was nominated for Outstanding Series for All Audience at the 2001 Cartoons on the Bay Television Animation Awards.

Fry made his directorial debut with the live-action (with animation) short, “New Soul” staring comedian Larry Miller in December 2011. “New Soul” debuted at the Cinequest Film Festival in March 2015. It also appeared at SXSW and several other festivals.

 

Fry lives on a small ranch near Austin, Texas with his wife, Kim, dog Jack and a dozen or so unnamed shrub-eating cows.