J. J. Sedelmaier Rocks The Daily Show
To highlight a special midterm elections broadcast from Washington, D.C., Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW hosted by Jon Stewart, commissioned J. J. Sedelmaier Productions to produce a cartoon parody of perennial favorite SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK that demonstrates how the midterms work. It is slated to air on the Tuesday, October 29, 2002 broadcast. Titled "Daily Show Rock," the three-and-a-half minute cartoon follows a friendly grandfather who goes to the polls to explain how the midterms work to his inquisitive grandson Jimmy. Grampa's explanation starts in a pretty straightforward manner, but as his cynicism about the whole sordid process mounts he pops open a beer and starts cussing like a sailor. Meanwhile, the cartoon introduces "Incumbency Bob," a corrupt politico who cheerfully smears his opponents, pockets bags of special interest cash and canoodles with strippers. The cartoon was designed and directed by J. J. Sedelmaier, with Vinnie Bell responsible for layout and animation. Other animation production credits for J. J. Sedelmaier Productions include Todd Cronin, Dave Lovelace, Andrea Gonzalez and Dan Madia, who also was production manager. TapeHouse Toons in New York was responsible for digital paint and compositing. The segment was written for THE DAILY SHOW by Eric Drysdale and D. J. Javerbaum and was produced Justin Meklmann. J.J. Sedelmaier, who, coincidentally, was the animator behind the resurrection of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK in the early 1990s, is also well known for his revival of animated icon Speed Racer for an award-winning spot for Volkswagen. Recently, J. J. Sedelmaier Productions marked its first collaboration with SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in two years with an all-new episode of the animated superhero parody "The Ambiguously Gay Duo," which aired on the sketch comedy show October 19, 2002. The studio's recent commercial work includes spots for Leo Burnett, McCann-Erickson and Sawyer Miller Advertising.