When did you decide to become a cartoonist?
HANNAN: I use to make flip books in the sixth and seventh grade,
and I always drew ridiculous creatures. After high school, I studied
fine art and painted big abstract paintings. On the side, though,
I still drew these silly little drawings. I finally realised I liked the
drawings more than the abstract paintings, so I started doing illustration
did you come up with the idea for CatDog?
CatDog started out
as the Amazing CatDog Man in an idea for a book. The character was
a man's body with two heads - a cat's and a dog's - and they fought amongst
themselves while trying to rescue people. Five years later, I started
thinking about the character as a cartoon, and it became CatDog.
that you've created CatDog, what is your job like?
I work on every part
of the animation process and approve every detail of each episode: the
characters, layouts, backgrounds, scripts, music and sound effects.
So, basically, I run around like a maniac every day.
kind of pets did you have growing up?
I had cats and dogs.
you have any siblings?
Yes, a brother -
but we're not Siamese twins! He's twelve years younger: so we didn't have
the kind of rivalry that Cat and Dog have.
side of CatDog do you think kids will like more?
People almost always
like Dog more right away. But I always like characters who have a little
sour in with the sweet, so Cat appeals to me.
does the voices of the characters?
Dog is played by
Ton Kenny, who is a great stand-up comic and was the voice of Heffer in
Rocko's Modern Life. Cat is played by Jim Cummings, who has been
the voice of Winnie the Pooh for the past ten years. He also narrates
a lot of movie previews.
the most frequently asked question about CatDog?
The first question
people ask is, "How do they go to the bathroom?" My official answer is:
I don't know how they go to the bathroom, but I'm absolutely positive
that they do go to the bathroom. They have a fire hydrant and a litter
box - but the less you think about how they actually do it, the better.
Interview reproduced with kind permission of Nickelodeon Magazine.